Friday, May 18, 2012
"Insurgent" by Veronica Roth
At the end of "Divergent," everything in Tris' world fell apart. She found out that war is brewing between factions, and she lost people she loved in the first battle. Now, in "Insurgent," she's on the run with some of her fellow Dauntless. They don't know where to go or whom to trust. To make matters worse, it appears that the Erudite leadership is looking for and rounding up the Divergent--and the reason for that can't be good. Tris, Tobias, and the others have to make some serious choices about where their loyalties lie.
As far as the plot goes, I loved this story. The action begins on the first page and doesn't let up at all. I like that there is some gray area when it comes to the bad guys--who they are, their motives, etc. There are some good surprising twists along the way. I like the way that Tris is strong but a little unsure of herself--I feel like she's a good role model because she has doubts (which makes her easy to relate to) but she ultimately trusts her own instincts and judgment. However, I felt like the rest of the characters fell flat in this one. For some reason, I don't really like Tobias and I don't see what Tris sees in him, and their relationship feels totally superficial to me. Also, wish there was more about Caleb. He's a really interesting character, and I wish Roth had developed his part of the story more. Despite those few complaints, I think "Insurgent" is a strong follow-up to "Divergent."