Publication Date: May 1st 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
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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.
May 1st bought the exciting sequel to Veronica Roth's popular debut novel for young adults; Insurgent proved to be very bit as exciting as Divergent was.
Set against the dystopian backdrop of a post-apocalyptic Chicago. Insurgent continues the adventure of Tris, a born Abnegation but a chosen Dauntless, after the failed Erudite attempt uses a mind controlling simulation to murder the innocent and take a position as the dominant faction.
Once again Tris must take advantage of her Divergent nature to find and reveal a truth that will change life as they know it.
What I Liked: In Insurgent, Veronica Roth maintained the fast paced adventure of Divergent and kept Tris' voice pure while still giving her more depth and emotion than the previous novel. So too, did Four earn himself a voice as a friend, not just as a mentor.
What I Didn't Like: Like most dystopian novel, the science of Insurgent confused me. I like that Roth takes the time to explain the science behind manipulating the brain for the simulations, but I think I'd like her to repeat it in English.
My only real problem (beyond my own limited understanding of science, genealogy and the human anatomy) was how heavily Roth hinted at a lesbian relationship between two characters. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with the lesbian relationship, but it felt like she was forcing a gay relationship into the story just to have it there. The first mention is brief and vague, you understand the possibility of the implication, and the second mention confirms that suspicion. After that it was like it was being shoved in our faces, and being forced on a stubborn character. I think next time Roth would be better of thinking that less is more.
Over all though, Roth created another engaging adventure where she refused to let the thrills hurt the plot. I look forward to the thrilling conclusion of Roth's Divergent series.
Judging by the cover: I like the Insurgent cover (shown above) that matches the original Divergent cover. The tree suggests there is more to the situation than we can see. The green and brass sepia cast really emphasise the feel of a dystopian society.