Publishing Info: May 1st, 2012 by HarperCollins
Source: Anderson's Bookshop
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: October 31, 2012
Related Posts: Divergent (Divergent #1)
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.
INSURGENT sort of followed the same pattern that DIVERGENT did for me — I was like “Wow what an ending!” but I was still kind of confused on how I felt about the rest of the story. Once I was done, I spent hours thinking about it afterwards, but I was still confused on whether or not I was really enjoying it while I was reading. Okay — I didn’t mean that. I did enjoy it. Quite a bit, actually. But I still found myself hoping for more. I could never quite place myself in the story though I really, really wanted to.
Somehow I finish over 500 pages and I can’t quite come up with what to say about it. It felt very reminiscent of DIVERGENT to me and not quite like a separate story, although we do find out more secrets here and there and more about the other people who are Divergent like Tris which play into the major conflicts.
Overall, I just felt like I was missing something, that I just needed a little something more and I could never quite figure out what I was missing! It was still very enjoyable though with a nice surprise ending and actually lended a lot of ideas to me for my current NaNoWriMo project (and believe me, for how confused I am about INSURGENT right now, I find myself struggling to make this novel NOT sound like the DIVERGENT series! It really had an impact on me)!
Beatrice/Tris: Sadly, I think I was more annoyed by Tris in this book. I wanted her to get even stronger and instead, her little lover’s spats with Four started to get on my nerves. I mean, I guess they ARE teenagers, but still. Tris is a strong character and I wanted every aspect about her to grow even stronger.
Four: Same with Four. Enough about the fights with Tris. Be strong and save everyone from the Erudite!
Marcus: Is it bad that I kind of like Marcus in this book? I liked that we got to know him more outside of Four’s nightmares and I thought he became a really interesting character.
INSURGENT was enjoyable but I still find myself so torn. I can’t stop thinking about the book and yet I can’t think of what I really LOVED.