Insurgent by Veronica Roth is the second book in her Divergent trilogy.
Summary: This book follows Tris Prior as she continues keeping both herself and her loved ones alive in the war-ridden city she once called home. As she and her friends move about the factions, she deals with heartbreak, loss, and overwhelming guilt. Her love for Tobias and her guilt over killing Will guide her every move. Each choice impacts her world in ways she never thought possible. She continues to unearth secrets about herself, her world, and what it means to be Divergent. This is a tale of love, politics, and the power of choice.
My Thoughts: Overall, I would give this book a 7/10. It was pretty good and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it had its downfalls as well. Nothing ground-breaking here. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an entertaining read, particularly if they are interested in YA.
Positives: Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off, with the characters licking their wounds and recovering from battle. Although it had been a while since I had read Divergent, it was easy to get back into the story. I felt the characters were pretty true to self throughout the novel and the action kept me entertained. It was a quick read and at times, I did not want to put it down! The twist at the end was fun, too. Ms. Roth also did a decent job of not allowing the relationship between Tris and Tobias to get in the way of the overall story. I thought she may throw in a love triangle, but I’m glad she didn’t. Honestly, it’s becoming cliche in YA fiction.
Negatives: Ok, the bad stuff: at times, Tris began to annoy me. I liked her in Divergent, but I kept thinking to myself how idiotic some of her decisions were. In theory, her goals were admirable and would have been enough to realistically drive her decisions, but I felt they lacked passion. We were told how badly Tris wanted to accomplish these goals, but that passion did not translate for the reader. It wasn’t strong enough. Maybe I’m getting too old to read YA, but this novel just didn’t feel real to me.
The first half of the book kept me going through the second half. I got into it really quickly, which is rare for me, and was really excited to keep reading. About midway through, though, I found myself wishing we could just get to the point already. Probably my biggest frustration with the book, though, was Tris and Tobias’ relationship. I am definitely glad it wasn’t made the focal point of the book, but it seemed to be a relationship of convenience. Tris and Tobias were shown happily in love when it was convenient, and then they would fight and Tobias would almost cease to exist until their relationship fit nicely into the story again. Out of sight, out of mind? It was weird to me…
Would I recommend this book? Yes, to fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games. If you don’t typically enjoy YA, I doubt you will enjoy this. If you do, by all means, read it! Tris is definitely a young, dramatic character and her love life is completely PG, but it is absolutely worth reading.