18 December 2013

{Book Review} Insurgent by Veronica Roth

By: Me My Shelf And I | 18 December 2013 at 12:43 AM | | | | | | | |


Divergent #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 525
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Books For Children
Rating: 2.5 Birds

Fighting for survival in a shattered world… the truth is her only hope.
The thrillingly dark sequel to No. 1 New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT.
I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.
Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

Alright, first things first. YES I KNOW… it took me forever to read this. Trust me, it wasn’t for lack of trying. Sometimes what I want to read gets pushed behind what I need to read, and what I need to do.

Now, review time. I have to say that I really wish I had read this sooner. Like, before any notice of who was playing Tris in the movie was announced. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Shailene Woodly, it’s just that ALL I know her from is The Secret Life and she plays an annoying, monotone, whiney pants in that most of the time – which is very ABC Family, so I don’t fault her, but I read her parts in that voice most of the time, and it really made life suck.

For the first 100 pages I thought that this was the main reason I wasn’t really enjoying INSURGENT. That or that fact I waited five-ever to read it. It turns out that while those two things were contributing factors, they were very, very small contributing factors.

  • The book was WAAAAAY too long. That whole story could have been wrapped up in 100 less pages, easily. Probably more.
  • Because it was too long, it was often very repetitive. I’m not talking something mentioned in one chapter, and then again later as reference, that’s common and necessary in books. I’m talking mentioned on one page, then reworded on the next.
  • Because of the above I often felt like I was being talked down to as a reader, like I was incapable of remembering key factors even after it being mentioned 5 times. At length.
  • The whole book seems to center around Tris’ inability to cope with the ending of Divergent. While this is a great plot point and inner character conflict it was ridiculously over done. It got to the point where if I heard Will’s name one more time I was going to toss the book across the room. We could barely move 2 pages with out her inability to hold a gun, eat, get dressed, or communicate was mentioned and Will’s death was the reason why. I get it. It was a huge turning point in her life, but 300+ pages about it was far too much. I often wonder if Will’s name is in the book more than Fours is.
  • Because of the above, Tris was not….Tris. We fell in love with a confidant, strong girl in Divergent and were delivered a barely functioning, mental mess in Insurgent. Again, I know that the effects of the ending of Divergent needed to be expressed and dealt with – but that’s just the thing – it was NEVER really dealt with. It was a safety net, to be used any time Tris was having trouble with even the smallest of things. And furthermore she was more upset over Will than her parents. Sure, she didn’t kill her parents – but I still found this really hard to swallow.
  • It was so predictable. The worst part of it’s predictability was how Tris was written in a state of total confusion over it all. The simplest things, like why would Four beat the crap out of Marcus in front of the whole room – COME ON! She literally ponders over this like the answer isn’t right there the whole time. Again, I felt talked down to and not trusted as a reader.

I am saddened at how the writing changed so much, not just in what Tris became, but the style as well. I want to be trusted as a reader, I don’t want to be talked down to, and that’s how I felt almost constantly. INSURGENT was a shock for me. Will I read Allegiant? Yes, not just because I do want to see what happens but because I have high hopes that I won’t have many of these issues in the next installment. I won’t buy it though, I’ll get it from the library and if I enjoy it I’ll grab a copy to complete my collection.

Also - I wont read any reviews on book 3 because I don’t want to be accidentally spoiled. And I will thank you to keep any info on book 3 out of the comments of this review please, not just for me, but for the other 4 people in the world who have yet to read it. I have successfully avoided any spoilers on it this far, though I am about 1000% sure I know how it ends, so thanks for being awesome and not ruining it for me now. :)

Did I like anything about Insurgent? Yes. I did. I like Veronica Roth, I like this world and the complicated lives and Factions she has created. I love that every time I go to Chicago now, I see it totally differently and that I’m sure when Insurgent becomes a movie my aunts building near the pier will be used, or at least seen in the background….(lol) I love Four, always. I like that she’s not afraid to kill a character off and most of all that there’s one left for me that will hopefully wash away the bumps in the road I encountered with Insurgent.


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