I have done bad things.
I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.
In My Opinion…
Author: Veronica Roth
Author’s Blog: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Sequel to Divergent
Divergent was enthralling. And the sequel Insurgent? Epic.
I couldn’t wait until I had my hands on Insurgent. I’d heard it started off exactly where Divergent left off and I love it when books do that. I waited, anxious, desperate, and then devoured Insurgent in a few hair-raising sittings. It was worth every single second.
It does everything a sequel should do. Hooks you. Strangles you. Drowns you. (Perfect descriptions, by the way, for this kind of thrilling dystopian novel.) It’s nonstop action and drama, the quiet scenes merging perfectly with the raucous action moments. There’s friction between characters you know and love from the first book. There’s terror, horror, betrayal, secrets, guilt, murder, revenge, hallucinations, romance, bitterness, cruelty. The old favourites are back (those who survived anyway) and the evil is rising.
My main problem came from the fact that I read the prequel, Divergent, several months ago. I rushed straight into Insurgent and ended up confused as to some of the characters, some of the unfolding plot points and the political side to the series. I recommend you read Divergent before diving in – just for clarity.
The characters keep unfolding and you fall more in love with them, their cause, and their crumpling lives. For me, Tris makes marvellous improvements. I didn’t adore her character in the first books. Cold, heartless, not consistent – those are great, but it didn’t sell me the main character (who narrates the books). In the prequel, Tris shows a softer, more venerable side. Her character doesn’t change – she’s just haunted, horrified, and struggling to keep swimming in a drowning atmosphere. Tobias (aka Four) is as hard, secretive, powerful, silent and…basically flawless, as ever. His lack of “problems” doesn’t take away from his character, rather enhances it (which takes a lot of talent to write well, so hats off to the author there). He’s really in love with Tris, really in love. But she’s struggling to commit, which, I see why. In the world she’s in? At sixteen? Let’s be realistic here. Their relationship plays out in ragged bounces, which is to be expected, and takes some unplanned twists that I thoroughly enjoyed.
While the political side left me gasping for breath, the plot kept my eyes glued to the page. The author isn’t huge on her secondary characters so I didn’t find myself really interested in anyone but Tris and Tobias and their current situations. The ending left me gobsmacked (as it should), and it didn’t have the twist I thought and felt (as a writer myself) should have. But I say no more on it! Spoilers. But, a lot of the time, I did see where the plot was twisting, and that’s unusual for me (who usually just swallows books whole and is surprised no matter what). Still, I couldn’t be more satisfied.
Written in a style I love, with breathtaking events, unforgettable characters and heartbreaking twists, Insurgent is a sequel you won’t forget. The author has set the bar high for the final (yet unnamed) addition to the trilogy.
I. Can’t. Wait.