Review: Insurgent (Veronica Roth)

When I finished Divergent (which I haven’t reviewed since I didn’t have the blog up at that time, considering to write one, perhaps after Bout of Books is done), I immediately got Insurgent and Allegiant because… Divergent! I mean, that book was such a good read, I couldn’t put it down, and while some parts of the story doesn’t make much sense (since when do dystopian stories make sense, anyway?), I loved it. Then, I read some well-written reviews about the fall of the two follow up books, and was a bit disconcerted. Luckily, I decided to go ahead and read Insurgent anyway.

This book filled me with so much emotion I actually had to take several breaks just to keep myself sane. Even then, I find my thoughts to be lost in the world of the story. I even went to bed with the story replaying in my head once I finished it. The thing is, I understand some people’s frustration about Tris. I felt it as well. She was unbearable at times, a complete and total idiot, and we the readers have no choice but to follow her and her ridiculous decisions, since the story is told from her point of view.

On the other hand, however, I can also feel all the sorrow inside Tris. I can even understand some of her decisions. This is a girl of 16 who has had way too many horrible things happen to her over the course of a few weeks after all. She didn’t change characters to become flawed and weak in comparison to the Tris we met in Divergent, she was just being human, a very much traumatized human being, I might add. In fact, I am quite surprised this girl manages to do all the things she does in Insurgent. If it was me, I’d curl up in the arms of someone I trust and love and refuse to do anything at all, forever.

Another thing that seems to frustrate a lot of people about Insurgent was the relationship between Tris and Tobias. In a perfect world, of course, lovers will trust each other and tell each other everything, and not lie and do things behind their backs and leave them in the middle of the night to die without even saying goodbye and right after you said you wouldn’t leave. Geez. Can you tell that was one part where I was EXTREMELY frustrated with Tris? And yet, the fact that their relationship is so flawed is what makes this story so appealing to me. I would hate this book if Tris and Tobias are all mushy and sweet and fighting next to each other all the time in the midst of the chaos around them.

I suppose I would’ve liked it if Tris was a little less annoying, but as I said earlier, her behavior does make sense to me. I would be more surprised if she wasn’t so twisted psychologically with everything that happened to her. Veronica Roth, you’re a genius. Although I still hate you for what you’re about to do in Allegiant (the internet spoiled that for me, but I’m looking forward to reading it anyway).

PS: This was the first book I finished during Bout of Books 10.

Insurgent Book Cover Insurgent
Divergent #2
Veronica Roth
525 pages

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.

Aiko

If I had my way, I’d spend the rest of my days at the corner of a coffee shop, reading, writing, and talking to the one I love.

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