I didn't enjoy INSURGENT as much as the first book in the series, DIVERGENT. At 525 hardcover pages, I'd say a good 200 pages could've been edited out without losing anything.
The pacing was slow, with the reader having to go step-by-step with Tris as she woke up everyday, went to the bathroom, got dressed, walked down a hallway....I mean, can we get on with the plot please?? And when something did finally happen it followed a tiresome formula: 1) Tris is in a bind 2) she's rescued or gets away 3) repeat.
There wasn't enough substance to fill the pages, IMO, and the novelty of the faction-based society wore off. Now it's just revolution and factions attacking each other, and I just didn't find it to be all that interesting, especially since we're limited to Tris' point-of-view of everything. I think this is the biggest disservice to the plot. It would be nice to get some other perspectives on things.
I give this one a C. I really don't think I'm interested to read the final book of the trilogy, but I am looking forward to the upcoming Divergent movie.
So book 2 was just as good as book 1. Veronica Roth seems to create a new drama but with the same premise. New dilemmas set in the same world. We find ourselves rooting once again for both Beatrice/Tris and Four/Tobias to conquer all the problems set before them while hoping that their love for one another will be enough.
In a world where you are at war at the young age of 16 how can love truly be what's important. In this book once again Tris must learn to cope with the reality of what war brings and the losses that occur. Not just close friends but even enemies. She has to learn to cope with her own actions from book, Killing one of her best friends in order to save herself. How does she cope with betrayle and learning that some of the people closest to her are hiding things from her and are not who they appear to be.
She struggles with learning to cope and realizing that giving up is not the answer. Learning that living is the way to honor those that have passed away and stuggling to maintain your humanity and do what's right even if it's at risk of losing the ones you love the most.
Tris once again does not disappoint. She is probably one of the strongest YA heroine's I have read about. Even though at times she does stuff you don't agree with and takes unneccesary risks. In the end she always does what she feels is right, even if she is the only that believes in it. She loves Four but is willing to risk her relationship with him to make sure the right thing is done for all people. Even if it means risking her life. She takes the path less traveled. That is what makes her such a strong heroine.
In book 2 we feel the tension between Tris and Four. Her trying to cope with the things she has done and knowing Fours isn't telling her everything. Four struggles with knowing she is also keeping things from him and trying to stand by her even though she seems hell bent on ending her own life at times. These are not simple things that they can overcome. These are issues that can break any relationship. The question are they strong enough to withstand it.
From the minute I started I couldn't stop. Well except for work and sleep :-( I even read while I ate dinner, breakfast, and lunch. The 2nd enstallment was full of action, drama, heartache, and hope. There was not one point in this 2nd book that I thought of stopping. It lived up to my expectations and am now anxiously awaiting the final book next year, fall of 2013. What is on the other side of the fence and what kind of future is there to look forward too?
When we last saw Tris, she was doing what she could to stop the attack by her chosen faction on the one she left behind, master minded by another faction entirely. This novel picks up pretty much where the last one ended theres a war going on and someone needs to make sense of it in order to stop it. Since most of the adults who would normally figure that all out were killed in the attack, it somewhat falls to Tris and her friends to sort it all out.
I was really conflicted about Tris in this one. On the one hand, I get that shes just sixteen. But on the other, either behave like a child and sideline yourself, or get your head in the game you cant have both! She makes one decision after another that just seem ridiculous. And so much of the trouble she gets herself into could simply be avoided if she had only trusted a couple of people and told them what she was thinking. Instead, she is hell bent on destroying herself and seems unwilling to acknowledge that she could take the whole world down with her.
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I read and enjoyed Divergent, it wasn't my favorite YA dystopian novel but Tris was engaging and the world design was an interesting one. Cue Insurgent and my disappointment. The pacing was terrible-things were happening constantly in this book and yet NOTHING was happening. I guess the plot was fine but aside from Tris I don't really care about any of the characters. The big reveal at the end seemed anticlimactic. I probably won't go on to read Allegiant.
Insurgent continues the story from Divergent as if you were just reading the same book. In fact, it reads like they were perhaps one long book that a publisher cut in half to make more money or avoid massive edits. Divergent ends in some chaos with no resolution, Insurgent picks up like the next sentence. This is good, there's very little recapping or backstory filling to waste our time. Things develop, Tris and Tobias make headway in their relationship and there are some interesting revelations.
I read the third book, Allegiant and it was pretty bad. The retroactive changing of facts in past books, the nonsensical resolution to the story, the pretty boring story, and the unhappy ending make me kind of wish I hadn't read it. While things are still up in the air at the end of this book, I was so disappointed and frustrated with the third book it made me almost sorry I read them at all.