Monday, May 7, 2012

Insurgent (Divergent #2) Review and Giveaway - by Veronica Roth

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' 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.

"Insurgent," he says.  "Noun.  A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as belligerent."
Review: Insurgent takes place immediately where Divergent left off. Tris, Four, Marcus, Caleb and Peter are still on the train, heading out to Amity headquarters. The Dauntless have broken into two factions - Dauntless and Dauntless traitors, Abnegation has been rocked by many deaths, and Erudite is continuing to control Dauntless traitors and to attempt to rid the world of Divergent.

Tris and Tobias are working together, and are still becoming comfortable with their relationship. The relationship is not the focus of this book, but it is a constant presence. I'm not going to rehash the plot, because frankly, it would be way too long of a read. There are a lot of things happening in this book. Different factions are fighting for power, including the factionless. Erudite is attempting to capture, study and kill the Divergent.  There are a few surprises, one concerning Tobias and one concerning Caleb, in addition to the cliff hanger of an ending.

This book is darker in content than Divergent. Since I love dark plots, this made me even more intrigued with the Divergent world. There is a lot of violence and blood. A lot of death and torture. And a lot of betrayal. I like the darkness and the scariness that is incorporated into this book. The darkness gives this YA book much more of a feel of an adult book.

"You will never be able to control me."

I have mixed feelings about Tris in this book.  On one hand, she is terribly brave and bad ass.  She is able to organize, analyze and physically overtake her enemies.  On the other hand, she is vulnerable, and clearly has a death wish that puts her in harm's way several times.  
We stand for a few minutes.  I don't say what I'm thinking, which is that he might be right.  There is a part of me that wants to be lost, that struggles to join my parents and Will so that I don't have to ache for them anymore.  A part of me wants to see whatever comes next.

I think that Tris really grows up over the course of this book.  She undergoes violent torture, both mentally and physically.  She is betrayed by a close confidante.  There were times when I wanted to shake her because it was obvious that her decision-making skills were only going to lead to pain and possible death.  By the end of this book, Tris is strong enough to stand up for her beliefs, even turning her back on a loved one's plan which is seen as a traitorous act, and comes to the self-realization that she wants to live.

And then rising within me is a single thought:  I don't want to die.  
All those times Tobias scolded me for risking my life, I never took them seriously.  I believed that I wanted to be with my parents and for all of this to be over.  I was sure I wanted to emulate their self-sacrifice.  But no. No, no.

We learn some new information about Tobias.  There is a reveal concerning his personal life, and we also find out that Tobias had planned to leave the Dauntless faction.  Tobias has his own agenda and his own beliefs about what the factions should do.  We meet a new character, Evelyn, whom Tobias eventually works with, and  whom I immediately dislike.  Tobias is trying to do the right thing - to make the right decision for all of the factions.  There are a few times in this book that he makes decisions that Tris doesn't necessarily agree with.

We both have a war inside of us.  Sometimes it keeps us alive.  Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.

Tobias and Tris are on shaky ground throughout most of this book.   It is apparent that these two love one another, but this world and the turmoil that they are in is bigger than them both.  Tobias gives Tris a few ultimatums in this book, which I really didn't like.  I know that he did this to try to protect her, and to shelter himself from the pain of her self destruction, but it still didn't sit well with me.

"I love Tris the Divergent, who makes decisions apart from faction loyalty, who isn't some faction archetype.  But that Tris who is trying as hard as she can to destroy herself...I can't love her.

Tris is also guilty of being hard-headed, and what could amount to disloyalty.  She does not listen to anything Tobias tells her, and she constantly puts herself in danger.  She lies to him more than once, and at the end of this book, her lie becomes close to a betrayal.  She is not betraying him out of callousness or uncaring, but because she truly believes that her plan is the best chance for all the factions.

He thinks I will be here, but I will be working against him, working with the [person] he despises.  This lie - this lie is the worst I have ever told.  I will never be able to take it back.

 The main plot conflict surrounds what to do with the Erudite information concerning Divergent.  This is what drives the book, along with Jeaniene's intense desire to control all of the factions.  It all comes down to this - Jeaniene and Erudite want to control all of the information surrounding Divergent and what is on the other side of the "wall," the factionless want to destroy Erudite and all of the Erudite information, and the small band of Insurgent want to destroy Erudite but keep all of their research.  

We learn information about what's on the other side of the wall and who is involved with it.  I apologize for being so cagey, but this is an ending I don't want to spoil.  It's a wild ride, with an ever wilder ending.  This book ends on a cliff hanger that will keep me waiting impatiently for the third book in this trilogy.  

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HeatherJay said...

Great review, Jamie!I'm reading this now and I'm LOVING it!!!

Jamie said...

Thanks, Heather ;-) I obviously loved it enough to gush over it. There are so many things I wanted to say, but I didn't want to spoil it ;-)

Monie Garcia said...

I didn't love Divergent only liked it and didn't think I was going to read Insurgent but the more reviews I read the more I want to read it.

caffeinejunkie said...

Cool review! I can't wait to read this book. Lol.

Alyssa Susanna said...

Thanks for the review! Like half the world, I am SO excited to read this book! Haven't yet cuz I'm broke lol.
Alyssa Susanna

Jennifer L. Bielman said...

You have no idea how bad I want to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Evie said...

I can't wait to read this book! Thanks a lot for the giveaway :)

Tasnia Mahmud said...

I would really like to read this book.
Divergent was awesome and i can't wait to read Insurgent. Four is sooooo HOT!

Jennifer @ A Librarians Library said...

Great review, addressing everything of importance without giving anything away! =)

kimba88 said...

I totally loved it and agree it was darker but Roth really stepped it up a notch and good lord now we have to wait forever for book!

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I'm so happy we find out what's outside the walls - that bugged me all the previous book :) Great review!

PuttPutt1198Eve said...

Sounds like a book I would like to read. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Braine @ Talk Supe said...

Hanks for the giveaway!

Littlechoo2 said...

I really liked Insurgent but I loved Divergent. Really excited for book three

laura thomas said...

I loved Divergent and I have heard good things about Insurgent.

VanesMate said...

I didn't read the review cuz I just finally started Divergent but Im excited cuz I hear its awesome!!

VanesMate said...

Oh...BTW great giveaway girlies!!

Kelsey said...

I just finished Insurgent yesterday. WOAH ending... I don't really know how I feel about it all.

I'm working on my review right now... it's seriously tricky because so much happens and there are so many twists that the plot hinges on that I feel like I can't say anything without giving something away. I liked your use o quotes; I think that worked really well here.

Thank you for the follow, by the way. I am following back =)

Karen Chan said...

Thank you so much!

Tina B said...

Wonderful review! Thank you for sharing. :)
And also for the giveaway!

April Alvey said...

Thank YOu For The Wonderful Giveaway.

LisaILJ said...

Divergent was my favorite book of last year, I am so excited about Insurgent.

Miss Vain's Paranormal Fantasy said...

I didn't read your review because I don't want to spoil. I bet it's awesome though!!

I want this book!! Thank you girlies for the giveaway!!:)

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