Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

insurgent headerTo continue Tris’s story started in Divergent, it’s time to scale back from the challenges of becoming Dauntless and explore what it means to be an individual in a society that survives because of conformity.

Basically it’s bad for Tris, and all of those like her.  Continuing the story from the end of the previous novel in which the Erudite decided to attack Abnegation by taking control of the non-divergent members of Dauntless, the whole city is brought into the conflict.  Tris and a group of survivors escape the city to take shelter, but it is not as easy for Tris to escape the emotional damage done by what went on that night.  The death of her mother, father, and what she had to do to survive will haunt her through the rest of the book, creating issues between her and those close to her.  And that’s even before considering the added difficulties of being divergent, seeing as the leader of Erudite is not too happy with not being able to solve them.

Those who are hoping for more romance between Tris and Tobias should be happy to know that there is plenty of time between the two, but a lot of it is also full of drama as the two start to struggle with each other in terms of goals and views on what is going on.  There’s plenty of love between the two, but that just means that there is more reason to scream at each other, especially because they are so similar.  So quick to anger, and these feelings and the secrets each keeps pushes these two apart in many ways, even when they remain close together.

Veronica Roth continues to build on the world and characters introduced in Divergent, and just as it was with the first book in the series I found it impossible to let go of the story.  This was definitely a detriment to my sleeping schedule as I spent two nights addicted to this dystopian future, and I really don’t know how I am going to survive with my sanity intact waiting for the trilogy to come to an end this October.  Especially considering how Insurgent ends.

Don’t worry, I wont give anything away, though I will say that finishing Insurgent threw me back to how I often felt at the end of M. Night Shyamalan’s earlier films in which the stories end with an reveal that changes everything.  I have no idea how the story is going to continue on after that huge twist, and Roth is pretty brave to trust the readers to embrace all the changes that will probably come from this ending.  Good thing the world we hold on to so dearly is so addictive, because it is thanks to everything she has created so far that I am more than willing to be put through a lot if it means I get to spend more time in this world eventually.

Now if you will excuse me, I have to go hibernate for a few months because not knowing what comes next is not in any way easy to handle.  With that said, you should accept that life is full of suffering and read the books so you can tear your hair out with me.  It is worth it.

Final Grade:  4.5 out of 5     

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