Sunday, 27 October 2013

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

The first time I read Divergent was in June 2012. And, at the time, I loved it.
In fact, I liked it so much, that I placed the reading of Insurgent on hold, just so I could read it closer to Allegiant release date. *insert idiot here*

Take my advice: If you're enjoying a series, read it as soon as possible. That way your literary taste hardly would have changed, like its bound to happen, when one waits more than a year to continue a series.

I could go on a long rant here, but I'm going to try and make it as concise as possible.

The thing that I mostly disliked in this volume is that almost nothing of relevance happens pertaining to this dystopia!

Ninety five percent of this is focused on Tris trying to deal with "The events" that happened in the end of Divergent.

I'm not going to ramble against the fact that she's obviously grieving, in shock, and pretty much useless from a military point of view. In fact she should have been on leave on this book.

And this pisses me off! Because no one truly helped her!!
 Kids that are raised in conservative environments often feel the need to rebel against authority. Trying to find who they really are. Tris had three choices. She didn't have to choose Dauntless... but she did, and that made her grow.

She says something regarding this point in the first book. Something along the lines, of having to face her fears in order to overcome them.
She did it. She grew up during the first book. Even when she was participating in some stupid/dumbass "dauntless" thing.
So, imagine my surprise when soon after I started reading this, I find a completely different Tris and Four/Tobias.
 It felt as if they had regressed to their middle teens!!
It was infuriating... where was the calm and centred Tobias of the first book. The natural leader, that I could see leaving Fearless faction for Abnegation?
Because that eighteen year old boy wasn't here.
Tris, the girl dealing with her parents' death, and the fact that she had to kill a friend to survive, is in obvious pain. You can see it in the way she's always trying to sacrifice herself at every step of the way.  It was painful to read this.
Everything, from her actions and thoughts, shows this, so I guess no one should be surprised with something that happens in the last book.

I'm pretty much sure that there's got to be some rule stating that a dystopia shouldn't be so "sentiments and angsty oriented", as Insurgent turned out to be.
Bottom Line:
The characters display an accented reduction in their neurological faculties... aka, stupidity.
Plot... where?

Here, this is one the most accurate things Tobias says during all the book:

“The truth.” He snorts. “You think you learned the truth from a liar, a traitor, and a sociopath?”

You see, Tris got obsessed with something she heard... from the mouth of someone she shouldn't trust. So against all and everyone, she will do anything to find that elusive truth. Even if that means constantly exposing herself to danger and lying to Tobias.

To love, or not to love... guys, we already know you were meant for one another, so why the drama?

The last pages of the book finally give this dystopia a direction. Too bad this plot wasn't developed on the first pages.

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