Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

From Amazon.com

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.


**SPOILER Warning** While I try my hardest not to include spoilers in my reviews, this is the second book in the series & it would be hard to discuss this book without referencing events from the first book. If you haven't yet read Divergent, then you might not want to read further.

Like Divergent, I listened to the audiobook for Insurgent about a year ago.  When starting the re-read, I found that I remembered very little of the story.  I'm not really sure what that says about the story since I typically remember at least the main plot points of a book I've read.  While reading it, I found that it wasn't as gripping as Divergent.  I kept finding excuses NOT to read...which is not like me.  I wasn't as invested in the characters as I wanted to be.  

Like the first book, we spend our time in this world inside of Tris' head...which is a very unhappy place.  She has lost her family, several friends & most of all, her faith in herself.  In Divergent, we got to see Tris embrace her new Dauntless life.  She became strong & brave.  While this kept her alive through the attack on her city, she has taken it to a point of recklessness in Insurgent.  Because of this, I found her harder to relate to and more difficult to want to spend time with...which resulted in me avoiding reading for days. However, I count it a good thing that I struggle with relating to a character who has lost all hope & reason to live.  

While this sounds like a mediocre review.  I think it might be to Ms. Roth's credit that her words & her world had such an effect on me.  Where I didn't relate to Tris, I was right there with Tobias.  I couldn't abandon her...no matter what bravely stupid thing she did.  Where I would disappear for a day or two, I would always come back.  I needed to know that she was okay.  I couldn't move on.  Even when I did finally finish...I didn't even consider taking a break & reading something else...no...straight on to Allegiant.

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