Monday, May 28, 2012

Insurgent review


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.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. I LOVED IT! There were so many emotions that went through me when I read this book. Mostly frustration because Tris and Four could be so stupid sometimes. But don't let that hold you back from enjoying this book. It is MINDBLOWING! I was........was so enthralled in it. I hated that I finished it. I wish it went on and on. *Sigh

Anyway, Insurgent starts where Divergent left off, with Marcus, Tris, Four (Tobias), Caleb, and Peter on the train headed for Amity, the peace hippies. There, they hope to find safe ground and figure things out. Well, it was all good until the traitor Dauntless and the evil Erudite come looking for them. So the start running again and head for Candor, but they meet an old frienemy on the way there, and then BAM! NEW CHARACTER THAT IS SO SURPRISING THAT I WAS LIKE: NO. FREAKING. WAY. And the background of this character was shocking. I didn't even know Abnegation did that.

Well, at Candor, we find out what Four's biggest regret is. I was kinda shocked, but at the same time, I felt that Four started to grow a bit more and more afterwards. He started to be a leader, a true leader, among the Dauntless and he got over one fear, even though he replaced it with another. And he stands up to his dad! Well, not really 'stand' up, but he does something that got me thinking: "That was unnecessary yet necessary at the same time. It was about time." I love Four. (Note: I'm not a fan of his actually name.)

Now I believe that Four's and Tris's simulation results were the same. Abnegation, Dauntless, and Eurdite. Four showed mostly Dauntless and Erudite in both books. I'm sure he's capable of Abnegation, but he doesn't show it that often. But Tris, yeah she does. She shows her Eudite by her talking. At some points, she figures out things that some of the rebel Erudite would say, like figuring out why Jeanine wouldn't come to a meeting between representatives. And because of the incident with Will, she's changed. In Divergent, she because this brave, short blonde girl with a gun. In Insurgent, she's scared to pick one up, and soon she starts becoming more Abnegation and starts taking risks to save others. She does this one stupid thing in the book that is stupid and selfless that I wanted to SCREAM! What her brother does is no better.

One thing I am grateful of is that there was no love triangle introduced. At first I thought there was going to be one between Tris, Four, and Uriah, but later Uriah gets with Marlene (which is sweet untill something really bad happens). Nope, just Tris and Four. Insurgent for them was like a love-hate relationship between them. One moment they were kissing, a few pages they are fighting over something the other did or is going to do (like the stupid thing Tris did). Reguardless, they still came back to each other and fought off all the stress and problems the other factions where causing them. Most of it kept pushing them more and more together (in my opinion). *Sigh. They are my second favorite YA Lit couple, right after Percy and Annabeth. :D

The ending: IT CAN'T END LIKE THAT! It was BAM and BOOM. Shocking really. I always wondered why Chicago was so enclosed and why a huge fence was around it. In Divergent, it said some of the Dauntless were guarding the fence from what was outside so nothing could get in. Turns out, it was the other way around. The fence is to keep everyone in. And.......nope, can't say anymore. But OMG, the cliffhanger was so huge I nearly screamed. It was wow.

Future: The last one in the Divergent Trilogy comes out NEXT YEAR! WHY!!!!!!

Quotes: Mostly the whole book, but here are some of my favorites.

Dialogue between Tris and Four after Tris's 'timeout' in Candor. pg. 69

"Okay, okay!" He puts up his hands. "It's just...I'm not very nice either, you know. That's why I like you so-"
"Out!" I shout, pointing at the door.
Laughing to himself, Tobias kisses my cheek and leaves the room.

More dialogue between our love birds. pg. 311-2

"You would be fine." I dont' look at him. I stare at his T-shirt between my fingers and the black ink curling around his neck, but I dont' look at his face. "Not a first. But you would move on, and do what you have to."
He wraps an arm around my waist and pulls me against him. "That's a lie," he says, before he kisses me again."

One more. pg 400

He frowns at me. "Say it again."
"Tobias," I say, "I love you."

Insurgent will have you on the edge the whole way through it. The emotions and action and drama of it all will capture you and you will be screaming for more. Veronica Roth is a genius.

I finished this thing at 12 in the morning. Not in one day, unforunately. I got addicted to Pinning just recently. But still, it's an all-nighter. :D

I love how they did the Amity symbol all fancy and the city below.

O. M.G. That's all.

*Bought this book from Amazon.

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Up Next:
Yeah, I'm finally getting around to reading the rest of the series. I read the first one a long time ago, but with all the other books I needed to read I just couldn't get to this series until now. But I have all of them. :D


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