Monday, 7 May 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Review)

Genre: Dystopian
Number of Pages: 525
For ages 12+

"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." -Goodreads

Sorry, everyone, for not writing my review yesterday. I was totally planning on writing it and then we went to go see The Avengers, (SUPER GOOD!) and then we came home and cleaned, (Super fun... I know you're feeling the sarcasm.) and then I had to read a whole bunch more of Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury because that's my assigned reading for English Literature and Composition. YAY. So, anyways, long story short, I didn't have any time to write my review yesterday. And I SO WANTED to write it yesterday, because I knew it was going to be a long one. So here we are! Going on....

I was extremely excited for this book to come out. SO STINKIN' EXCITED. And I came home and there it was in its cardboard beauty in between my screen door and my front door, when I came home from school. I immediately started reading it when I got it. 

The book starts right back up where it ended which causes SUPER tension right in the beginning. I loved that there was no "easing into the action." We were right there in a matter of pages. Tris is one tough girl. Which I guess, of course, she should be considering she transferred to Dauntless. But seriously, she just saw *SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ DIVERGENT!*
both her mom and dad die, and now she has to move on quickly in order to save her life. *SPOILER OVER!*

Four/ Tobias is still AWESOME. I had re-read Divergent about a month ago, and one thing that kinda irked me was the fact that Tobias agrees with the fact that Tris isn't "the best looking." Yes, looks aren't everything. I whole-heartedly agree with that fact. But the fact that this guy who really cares for Tris is agreeing she isn't beautiful kind of made me mad. I just brought that up, because I guess I never realized that until the second time I read the book. BUT WHATEVS. Back to the fact that I still think Tobias is FANTABULOUUS. He was still super (Have you noticed I say super a lot?) sweet, and was always there for Tris. What is different about this love story, is that Tris isn't the "damsel in distress." Tobias knows how strong Tris is, and he isn't going to comfort her when he knows she can do better. Now, of course, I've just made it sound like he's some kind of jerk that doesn't care about his girlfriend, but he really does care for Tris. So, don't let my explanation turn you off. I loved the romance between these two because they weren't always lovey- dovey "I'll never be mad at you" kind of thing. They had their fights and got over them. Their arguments had reason and it was as realistic as a romance in a dystopian novel can be!

I can not tell you how many times I just wanted to SCREAM AT TRIS. Goodness gracious. That girl did so many things that I would never ever ever ever ever ever (did I mention ever?) do. She also did some pretty stupid stuff. I can't really say what she did, but lets just say she should have listened to Tobias in some situations. 

In Insurgent you get to meet a whole bunch of new characters and you get to reconcile with some old ones! There are twists and betrayal and all that fun stuff. So you HAVE to read this book. It was just as good as the first and maybe possibly even better. Which is really hard to do in a sequel. Especially a sequel! So, I give this book 5 out of 5 diva crowns. LOVED IT! 

Note: I love how I spent most of my time talking about the romance in the book. Sounds like something I would do. ;)

Hope your day is filled with *SPARKLES*


Cass (Words on Paper) said...

I loved this too!!! Was so freaking excited to read it, and now that I have I'm sad because we have to wait another year for book 3. I agree with everything you said. My review of Insurgent was just posted too. ;)

Eesti said...

This is the book I've been waiting like crazy since last year and it most certainly didn't disappoint. I just LOVE IT! I didn't give it 5 stars only because I thought Tris's "phobia" with guns was a little too much, I understand she was working through her issues but I was almost overwhelmed by the amount of pages dedicated to this struggle, it just was WAY too looonng ... nobody in their right mind -specially being Dauntless- is going to go to suicide missions carrying only a knife, come on!
But leaving that aside the book was great, very well written and full of surprises. I really like the second half of it, specially the end.