Insurgent by Veronica Roth

By: Alyssa Wynans Email
By: Alyssa Wynans Email

You have no idea the self-control exhibited by me when
Insurgent, the latest book in the Divergent series, was released just a few days before my Spring 2012 finals started. Book publishers seem to like to tease me that way. Finals ended eventually, though and Veronica Roth’s newest proved to be the perfect avenue into a summer filled with many good books.

So, picking up where Divergent left off, Tris and Four and their various companions are doing their absolute best to get the hell outta dodge and over to the Amity encampment outside of the fence. They know the Erudite and the Dauntless won’t just let them go, especially with Marcus in the group, but if they can win the support of the Amity, they could fight back. The Amity, however, value peace and unity in their faction above all else; so will they be willing to join the battle? And on the outskirts of all of this, Tris discovers that Marcus has a secret. He knows something that he thinks, and Tris becomes convinced, will change everything people believe about themselves and their way of life.

This book really hit the ground running. There’s no recap or any kind of easing back into the world of the book that is common in a series. It seems as if Roth never stopped writing Divergent; like the break was decided later, so it’s all one fluid story. And I loved that. I’ve never enjoyed the constant starting and stopping. If there’s one thing I can say about the Harry Potter books, (and I shudder to disrespect the amazingly talented J.K. Rowling in any way) it’s that the beginnings of each book got a bit repetitive. No underage magic, we get it. The avoidance of that issue in Insurgent was incredibly refreshing and unexpected.

Roth continued to do what she does best throughout Insurgent. She kept me guessing the whole time. I laughed, I cried and I wanted to shoot Marcus in the back of the head. The characters never did what I expected them to do, and she broke my heart with a couple of them. I still hold out hope for Peter. I desperately want him to be a good guy, but I don’t even know why.

And then, an absolute bomb gets dropped on you at the very end, and you’re left cursing the day Veronica Roth ever decided to write (and desperately checking the internet for the release date of the next book). It really is torture, what these authors do to us. I can honestly say I never saw it coming, and it adds a whole new aspect to the much anticipated (by me, at least) third book.

If Miss Roth continues this way, she is well on her way to being one of my favorites (which is what every author strives for with their books, obviously).

Despite all that, though, I still find myself failing to find the lesson in the series. That’s okay, not every story has to teach something, I suppose. As I said in the Divergent review, however, it leaves me feeling slightly disconnected. I don’t quite feel like I’m part of the world when I’m reading; just a third party observer. But that’s just me. Maybe I’m not reading carefully enough (any excuse to reread them, right?).

For Divergent and Insurgent, however, I am worried about the rumored to be released in 2014 movie. It’s going to take a very special director/producer team to effectively translate these books to the big screen. The Hunger Games was practically written to be made into a movie. Not the Divergent series, though. And if they insult these books with terrible movie like they did Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Lightning Thief, I will not be a happy camper.

Click here to read Alyssa's Divergent review

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