Tuesday, March 18, 2014

REVIEW ~ Insurgent by Veronica Roth

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Choice. You can decide when to make it. You can decide to change it.

In the second installment of Divergent series, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, it had been painful to read the hurt Tris suffered from her grief and guilt. Every faction of Tris was present in this novel, and I was able to familiarize myself with the depth behind them. It was all so natural for her. She was so reckless, a total survivor.  At times I had felt her slipping away, but she'd come back stronger. Her genuineness stood out at the sacrifices she had made. I love her with all the respect I could have for a heroine.

From chapter 2, this book had me on edge. Trust betrayed. Trust no one. Loyalty is tested. Just survive. Traitors and allies are discovered. Information was hidden.

Tris was able to get a firsthand look as to why she was divergent, and I was able to understand it along with her. It was a shame of the confliction between the factions due to corruption. What was sad, is the setting behind this series was to separate people into factions because the higher powers thought that would bring a better peace. But I mean of course there’d still be conflict and discrimination. It was no surprise that those who strived to be alpha took wretched, evil direction. However, don’t underestimate the girl who wanted to change it all and the people who supported her.

We did see a personality change in Tobias (Four) that I hadn’t expected. He was a bit of a drama queen towards Tris. I tried to understood his purpose behind that for many reasons- and because I didn’t want my image of him to be ruined. In his defense, Beatrice wasn’t fully honest with him. But he had secrets too. And even though we saw a softer side of Four- the Tobias side, he still continued to be my hero even though I questioned his identity and goals. And at least Four didn't run away like other characters in other books to keep the girl they loved safe. With all that stated, in the end, Four was still direct and upfront. Brutally honest some would think. And he risked his life to save Tris.

The characters in Insurgent had so many damn good attributes, whether they were lead, supportive, and/or pure menacing. Ms. Veronica Roth was exceptional at leaving you frothing out of the mouth at the end of each paragraph, squirming to decipher what could happen next.

Throughout all the tribulations of Insurgent, the second installment in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, I always knew that Tris would pull through and excel in her bravery. Don't look for this one to close as well as Divergent. Roth left me with a cliffy. This was the reason for waiting to read this series back to back.

See my review for the first book in the series, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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