Monday, September 24, 2012

Insurgent Review

Title: Insurgent 

Author: Veronica Roth
Illustrator: --------
Genre: Dystopian
Age: 14+
Pages: 525 (Hardcover)
Publisher: HarperCollins


Book One Review (Divergent)


        Erudite has declared war upon Abnegation and soon people must decide if the oppose Erudite or want to work for them. Tris is at the core of this war and she must find the strength to fight off her grief and guilt before she can fight Erudite. Destroying the traitors is only half the battle. They must discover the motives behind the attack. In a society that is so abnormal people must choose faction over blood, freedom over love, and truth over greed in order to get to the bottom of this!

        Insurgentwas one of those deep young adult dystopian themed books. The character complexity was very well done and there were many believable aspects about them. Tris had a lot of burdened anguish and grief which made her a depressive character. While I could not relate to her situation at hand I really felt her guilt and in some way I felt bad for her and the situation she was put in. Even side characters such as Marcus and Jeanine had some complex issues which weren't surfaced much but were still visible.

        The lack of action in the novel was cushioned by the plot twists which were pretty much spread out through the reading experience. Of course at the end we really had its full force and really understood how big the twists could affect the story or the readers. I liked how the twists were very unexpected and were quite risky on the author's part. I mean they weren't necessary but really added that extra spice to the brew!

        I believe that Roth showed us the true meaning of a young adult novel. While the characters were complex this was reinforced by the fact that they had a lot of inner conflicts. Just to name a few. Tris held her grief and guilt inside. She lied a lot to save others and was somewhat depressed. Tobias had a hard time trusting Tris and he was constantly tormented by his own father. Insurgent did a great job working on the emotional levels character wise and was rewarded in the end.

        While the plot twists did in fact cushion the lack of action I was still very disappointed by it and felt as if I was reading the Hunger Games all over again. I mean you can't start a series strongly and then go downhill from there. Anyways this was one of the big downfalls for Insurgent and it really annoyed me.

       I enjoyed Divergent because it had so many characters and the relationships were well established. I felt as if Insurgent broke all those relationships and moved everyone apart. No one felt really close and we did not see Tris with the help of an amazing friend. It was always Tris and four. I understand that the love relationship has to blossom but having friends on the side would of helped smoothen the plot line.

        If you're a Divergent fan then I bet you'll enjoy this one as well. If you disliked Divergent then you might hate this one even more. It's your call but make sure to tell me what you thought.

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Rating: 3.5/5

5 comments:

Antonietta Scrofani

Hello! New follower via GFC from bookblogs, under Nette.
I've been wanting to read this book...thanks for your review!
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Nic Bast

Hey Antionette, thanks for stopping by. I suggest your pick up Insurgent quickly! Also you should read Divergent first if you haven't read this one. Because if you did not notice this is the second book in the series. :)

Page Girl's Page of Book Reviews

Hi New follower. I love both of these books but I love the genre! PageGirlsPageofBookReviews

Leigh Ann

I think that I have this book on my TBR list but I'm not sure! I found you on Book Blogs and I am now your newest follower! I hope you have a great Monday and that you'll stop by for a visit sometime when you get the chance. :)
Leigh Ann
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Laura Agnella

Hi there! I found your blog completely by accident while looking at another and we have a lot of books in common. I'll be back for a return visit. I just started my blog a couple of months ago so I'm still learning.

I loved both Divergent and Insurgent and am looking forward to the next book. Your blog looks great! Mine is at www.thebooknerd2013.blogspot.com.

Have a great week!

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