Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Intense, both emotionally and physically. Small spoilers ahead.
Publisher’s Description: 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’s 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.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Kat Mandu says…
Emotionally – I like that the author ups the growing tension between Tris and Tobias. I read a lot of reviews that people thought Tris was too whiny and self-destructive, but her character had also faced the death of both parents and that would be enough to offset a lot of her original strength and curiosity. I like that Tris went against the grain and went with her gut at the end, betraying even those she loved for what she believed in. I like that she never gets over her fear of holding a gun because of what happened with Will. And I like how the relationships with Uriah, Christina, Tori, Caleb, and Peter all begin to change. There’s just a lot of emotional conflict that I feel opened up plot lines that were free to “diverge” on their own.
Physically – Lots of action. I loved the brewing war within Erudite and Dauntless. I love that Tris may have been self-sacrificial a lot but she was pretty brave to help other Divergents escape when they were attacked, very brave to act against Eric to save others, and very brave to listen in on plans Candor’s leader were making with Erudite’s leaders. Tris always stands up for what she thinks is right, even if it’s wrong and that makes her action scenes more interesting for me.
I love the new interactions of new characters. There’s so much drama brewing for the Eaton family – Evelyn showing up as the leader of the factionless and Marcus doing his own thing as usual. I love the description of Joanna, how she has a scar over her eye, making her decision to be an Amity leader very intriguing since the Amity faction is all about peace and love. And I like how both Peter and Cara step up to the plate when they’re needed most.
I was saddened to see a couple people go – not naming names for spoilers but the girls near the end. Very sad. One thrown off the roof – one of the most intense scenes I’ve ever read – and the other shot down. Roth knows her extremes.
I actually took one of those online tests for fun to see where I’d fall into faction wise. I ended up with a Divergent result, mostly a mix of Amity and Abnegation with a little bit of Erudite. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a world where you only had to focus on one particular virtue.
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