Warning: There may be Spoilers in the review if you have not read Divergent or Insurgent! Read at your own risk!
Insurgent by Veronica Roth is the second novel in the Divergent trilogy. I loved the first novel, and I guess I didn’t hate this one. To me, the first novel was a great introduction to Tris’ world and her relationships. The progression between Divergent and Insurgent reminds me a lot of the progression between The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. The first novel is the introductory action-filled starter, and the second one is what I like to call “the fighting book.” Basically all anyone does in Insurgent is fight and Tris gets to act like a martyr 24/7. I wouldn’t say the same for Katniss in Catching Fire, but I guess it isn’t fair to compare the two female leads because of the different circumstances they are both in.
The character of Tris in this book is slightly annoying. She starts out like she had in the last book, strong and sure of herself. But as the novel continues, she starts to become more rash in her decisions and less conscious of how much danger she is really putting herself in. She starts lying to everyone just so she can do whatever she wants, and for most of the book she believes dying will help honor her parents. Eventually she gets out of this strange and annoying funk and the book continues on like Divergent. For the first three-quarters of Insurgent I hated Tris and everything she had become. But in the last 150 pages or so, she became one of my favorite characters once again because of her improved actions.
After I first started to become annoyed with Tris, I figured she must be acting so rashly for a reason. Perhaps the stress and trauma of the war really messed up her brain and choices? Or perhaps she was so wrought with grief and sadness for her parents that she had no other choice but to tempt and actually pine for death? Something to think about, I guess.
Overall I wasn’t disappointed with Insurgent. Sure I liked Divergent much more, but I understand the difficulty that comes with writing a sequel that lives up to the hype of the first book in a trilogy. For Allegiant coming out in October I have no extremely high expectations. I have some goals I want met and I’m sure will be, considering how Roth writes these novels. I can’t say I’m not excited for the third and final installment in the trilogy; Insurgent definitely leaves you on a giant cliffhanger. I had expected it, but I didn’t expect to be so hungry for the final book! All in all I give Insurgent a 9.0 out of 10.0 because it wasn’t as good as Divergent, but it served the purposes of the plot set up in the second book.
Until next time, DFTBA!