Sunday, August 11, 2013

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 496
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 3.5/5

Tris Prior lived in a world of five factions: Erudite (the intelligent), Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), and Dauntless (the brave). That world still exists, but is now broken. After the Erudite launched the sudden attack on the Abnegation using the brainwashed Dauntless soldiers, Tris and Tobias, two Divergent (people who know when they are under a simulation, or events that occur in the person’s mind and not in real life), along with the rest of their friends have escaped to find shelter.

Now Dauntless has fallen. Some have followed the Erudite, while others have sought out refuge with the Amity and the Candor. Tris and Tobias have reunited with their friends from their faction, but the Erudite continue to attack to seek out the Divergent that hide amongst their friends and family. After allying themselves with a surprising source, a plan is formed to attack the Erudite. But Tris knows there is something the leader of the Erudite is hiding. With an unlikely source of help, Tris must risk herself to find out what is outside the boundaries of her world.

I honestly can’t say I liked Tris in this book. In Divergent, she seemed kind, helpful, and happy. But in Insurgent, she seemed brash, ignorant, and foolhardy. Her actions were risky and sometimes even pointless, and overall I just couldn’t understand her, much less connect with her. She just seemed to make up her plans on the fly, and basically risked her life at every twist and turn. But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t refreshing to read about, it just means that she wasn’t the same person I enjoyed reading about in Divergent.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It had an interesting plot, captivating characters and an overall gripping conclusion. Who knew that such a big secret had been hidden for so long? Definitely one of the highlights of this book for me.

My favorite part of the story would probably be the relationship between Tris and her friend Christina. This might seem like a small thing, but to me it seemed real and heartfelt, one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much.

My biggest problem with this book would be that most of Tris’s actions were dictated by her relationship with Tobias. I honestly felt that there was no point to that. She’s her own individual person, and yes, she and Tobias are in a relationship, but that doesn’t mean that he has to watch over her ever move! She should be free to do what she feels is right if it benefits the Dauntless.

Overall, I really did like this book. It isn’t as great as Divergent, but is definitely worthy of being its sequel. I recommend this book to people who liked Divergent and enjoy dystopian books. Look out for the third book of this series Allegiant, releasing October 22nd, 2013.

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