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One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you But every choice has conseuences 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 uestions of grief and forgiveness identity and loyalty politics and loveTris'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 irrevocable—and even 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 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much anticipated second book of the dystopian DIVERGENT series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story rich with hallmark twists heartbreaks romance and powerful insights about human nature


10 thoughts on “Insurgent

  1. says:

    I want to give a big old round of applause to HarperTEEN and their insane marketing campaign Bravo That is not mockery but a legit salute I sincerely have to give it up to you for convincing me that I had to own this book I was caught up and boarded the Twitter hype train as it drove me round and round the blogosphere's Factions BTW I still don't know who drives the damn train So by the time I stepped into my local bookstore and laid eyes on Insurgent I happily handed over my 1799 I wasn't thinking logically It was as if I was under a simulation HAHAHA Did you see what I did there?And that ending? Ugh I I I need a moment Let me just stop myself right here before I end up writing a really negative review and 1 starring one of the most anticipated books of 2012 But know I am displeased VERY Just look at how long it took me to finish the book What a shame The most anticipated book of 2012 is my most disappointing read so far After all the positive reviews I read I knew for sure I'd love it Unfortunately it didn't work out that way I was conflicted on whether to give this book one or two stars In the end Insurgent's saving grace is that it simply doesn't belong with some of my other one starred books So I feel I must warn whoever stumbles across this review If this is one of your favorite series and you love it with the burning passion of a supernova this review might have the potential to piss you off It might be best for both you and I if you just hit the back button now before things get going Go on Spock and I will waitwhistlesOh you're staying huh? Well strap yourself in because I have a feeling it might just be one of those reviewsSpock tells me this review must contain mild spoilers in order to logically explain this illogical novel Sorry kids Spock's callThe first big negative right off the bat was that Insurgent picks up directly after Divergent left off There is virtually no recap to the story or characters and if you read the book a year ago well you may be screwed But thankfully Roth wrote up a lovely little cheat sheet for just this purpose Yay However the problem doesn't just lie with remembering names It lies with the connection the reader may or may not have had with the characters in Divergent which was now non existent since I could barely remember who was who What's that you say? So and so just got shot in the head? I'm sorry I can't find a single fuck to give Then we are introduced to even characters So not only do I have to attempt to remember the old characters but I have to keep track of these newbies too? That's just way too much work Obviously this isn't really Insurgent's fault but I thought it would helpful to point this outThe PlotWhat happened here? What happened to the action packed dystopian series I was introduced to in Divergent? Where the hell was Tris and why was Bella playing her role? Why did Four suddenly update his Facebook status to Douche Bag? Who's idea was it to turn Insurgent into a Dystopian Romance? One thing I loved about Divergent was that the romance took a back seat to the story and action But in Insurgent the action is scattered with a heavier focus on Tris and Four's relationship Look that is not what I signed up for I really don't care if Four loves Tris or if they'll end up riding a unicorn that poops rainbows as they ride off into the sunset Whatever whatever whateverSo the Erudite are trying to take over their world by creating a new serum for those that are Divergent while the Factionless plan a rebellion But all that usually happens in the background with occasional mention to keep the reader up to date Most of the novel we are stuck in Tris' head as she goes into angst mode over Four her parents and Will It was so boring I felt like I was stuck in a throwback episode of As the World Turns On repeat Save me But wait We have a random plot twist at the end right before the battle is about to go down Marcus Four's abusive father decides to enlist Tris to help him retrieve information stolen from Abnegation He tells her it's super secret and that he can't tell her what it is because it's something you have to see that she'll just have to trust him Doing so would betray Four She agreesWait PauseTris hates Marcus Tris loves Four Tris doesn't know what information they would be retrieving She also doesn't know if Marcus is telling her the truth She has absolutely no reason to believe him No real evidence to back up his claim She agrees Without much thought Tris is supposed to have an aptitude for Erudite right? She's supposed to be logical RIGHT? Tris pack your bags I think Spock has just voted you off the islandThat makes no sense And then when I found out the super big secret guess what? He could have easily told her I smell and easy plot cop out folks The secret is kept long enough from the reader just so it can push you off the cliff on the last pageWorld BuildingIn Divergent I let a lot slide and roll off me because I was entertained throughout the entire book I'm known to do that with a lot of books like Wither and Across the Universe for example I could not do it with Insurgent You see I have the attention span of a fruit fly If I'm not fully engaged in the book I'm going to notice things Things I probably wouldn't care too much about if I were enjoying myself Like how the Erudite wear glasses just because they're smart Or how even though Tris is emotionally unbalanced 16 year old everyone still looks to her to analyze the situation Or even how impossible I find these factions How is it that you can put all of these traits into neat little boxes and ask a person to choose one over the others? This is the same problem I had with The Hunt In both novels the author tries to pitch an idea of human behavior completely different from what reality is but you can clearly see the flaws with it However the main character fully believes in that world and way of thinking They try to rationalize it convince you of it Yes I realize it's a Dystopian novel but this is a hard concept to sell because it makes it difficult for me to sympathize with the main character their conflicted feelings and understand their world Believability is key for me and I have a hard time believing this world Tris freuently switches back and forth between her Dauntless Erudite and Abnegation sides Other characters comment on her embracing one trait depending on what the situation calls for it But this doesn't work for me Real talk you can't just put logical thinking back in the toy chest when you decide you don't want to play with it any It doesn't work like that At least I don't think so Spock?I'm getting no ish vibesTrisThis series gets a lot of comparisons to The Hunger Games and in a way I can see why You have your young girl who one way or another plays an important part in bringing forth change to her society And if I really had to compare the two I'd say that Insurgent is like Mockingjay Tris is depressed struggling to hold it together and fight in the war The difference comes into play when Tris borderline gives up while Katniss kicked ass until the very end I'm not saying Tris didn't have the right to be depressed because I do believe she did But it was really over done for me I felt like I was drowning in her angst This book is over 500 pages long and most of the action doesn't even show up to the party until the last 30 pages So what was Tris doing for the other 500 pages? Not a damn thing No scratch that Spock tells me that is inaccurate Tris was in fact doing something She was off being selfless trying to get herself killed so that no one else would die Bella is that you? I didn't know you did Dystopias now That irritated me to no end At one point she turns herself into the Erudite because they threatened to kill off people until Divergent started surrendering So of course Tris thinks it has to be her and sneaks off to give herself up before the Dauntless can form a plan Now let's think about this logically Tris knows the Erudite want to experiment on her for a Divergent proof serum Which means people would be enslaved andor killed because of her turning herself in facepalm Then she almost dies but it was too late because I had run out of fucks by then So I had to shake Spock down for some What do you mean you're out of fucks? One of us has to care if Tris lives or dies The EndingOkay lots of spoilers here folks Spoilers all around from this point onI didn't like the ending I felt cheated because I had hung on for the ending Everyone said how it made up for the rest of the book and what not but here's the thing The ending couldn't make up for all the angst filled fluff the rest of the book was stuffed with I didn't feel the anticipation throughout the novel and I hate to admit that I was really tempted to skim The villan was killed really fast without much of a fight I always hate when that happens The villan has been giving the characters hell all throughout the story and by the time their number is up they beg for their life and die by a simple stab wound?Yes if you kill me you'll never find the informationstabby stabinsert blood and stuffUGH I'M MELTINGdies Still no fucks I see That's cold bro And the big secret wasn't anything you couldn't have guessed from Divergent It's revealed that the world is in chaos outside of the fence Murders destruction etc The weird thing is that I actually forgot about their society being enclosed in the fence until it was brought up near the end It totally slipped my mind But I digress The entire point of their society was to be a fresh start to the world Somehow by boxing people in these Factions and waiting for the Divergent to emerge that euates to saving humanity I'm not exactly sure how that works since the book just ends with that revelation and the Acknowledgements rolled But I feel like Roth wrote herself all the way to a deserted island sent up her SOS signal and that cliffhanger fell right out of the sky to the rescue sigh I really hate cliffhangers It was one of the things that I liked about Divergent For the most part things were tied up but with Insurgent? It's uite the mess we'll be walking into in book threeWill I read the next book? Yes because I've come this far and I'm hoping I will enjoy book three as much as I enjoyed Divergent I think Insurgent suffers from Second Book Syndrome and the infamous Hype Train may it die in a fire the Hype Train not the book But ultimately I'm interested in how Roth will explain away everything Maybe then this whole series will make perfect logical sense to me Until then drink time Spock?More reviews and shenanigans at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog


  2. says:

    All right Start it up We Will Rock You style now Clap clap stomp Clap clap stomp Clap clap stomp Clap clap stompWe are we are DAUNTLESSWe are we are DAUNTLESSBeatrice Now called Tris Made a big changePlaying on the trains She became a Dauntless one dayShe's got mud on her faceA parental disgraceNow she'll be kickin your ass all over the placeSingin'We are we are DIVERGENTWe are we are DIVERGENTTobias is a Dauntless DivergentShoutin' to them all We can take on the world todayErudite got blood on their faceWe'll put them in their placeInto the past out of our Fear LandscapesSingin'We are we are INSURGENTWe are we are INSURGENTCome onWe are we are INSURGENTWe are we are INSURGENT The Rundown Okay I'm sorry but I am NOT going to give you a summary of this book I knew nothing going in and I loved it that way Everything was a surprise and I think maybe that's how it should be Plus you know you want to read it anywayAnd if you haven't read Divergent yet WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Shoo Go read it NOW The Plot and World Building This world in Insurgent is darker and even exciting than Divergent Each chapter raises the stakes until you're all in The characters in this book are so much alive than in any other book I've read recently They have such fascinating layers and depth that I feel I could never uncover all he secrets they hold Luckily Veronica Roth is amazing at helping us do just that The characters are masterfully unraveled before our very eyes Insights unlocked that I'd have never seen comingThe same goes for the storyline There are things happening in this book that I wouldn't have once guessed And I consider myself pretty adept at figuring out storylines Every new plot twist is a welcome surprise Every new bit of info is an exciting revealI was very pleasantly surprised that the romance storyline DID NOT overwhelm the majority of the plot This was a book about society and about war and about dealing with everything that comes with both of those That's what dystopian fiction is supposed to be aboutThe plot expands greatly upon what we know about the society and it's background which in the first was mostly nil I was thrilled with the way the information was revealed and what it means for the future of the series The Characters Tris really FEELS the emotions brought on by the deaths that she believes herself to be responsible for even when she had no other choice In fact she feels her feelings almost too much A lot like the way people really do in even less dire real life situations She's just an ordinary girl in an extraordinary situation At least that's how she sees herself She doesn't at all realize how strong and extraordinary she really isAs much as I love Katniss from The Hunger Games I never really felt her inner turmoil the way I do with Tris My stomach clenches when I think of what she's gone through so far If I think about it too much I'll get nauseousOn another note I have a tiny gripe about the passages involving Four's looks like this one Some girls might focus on the way his ears stick out or the way his nose hooks at the end Plus many other little ones about his spindly long fingers and gaunt faceWow move over Fabio Lemme at him GOOD LORD this woman really does not want us to find Ol' Toby attractive does she?  I appreciate that he isn't your typical hero type because let's face it not every guy has long blonde waves and gleaming teeth But not every girl finds that kind of guy attractive either  It doesn't have to be one or the other I would like a bit sexier description of him from time to time You know something that doesn't make it sound as though he looks like BeetlejuiceFor example most people wouldn't call Edward Scissorhands himself a classically handsome man If you tried to you could make some of Johnny Depp's characters sound pretty hideous in a text description but he somehow manages to transcend the gloomy and uniue nature of those characters and bring them to life in a way that makes them sexy and intriguing I just would like a little something like that in the description of Four in the future The Romance First off yes I still call him Four Tris switches off between calling him Four and Tobias in the book Lately I've found myself calling him Tobias in my head but when I write it it usually ends up being Four I mean that's what he was called throughout almost the entire first novel but the name Tobias is starting to grow on meTo be honest I was afraid that Tris and Four's relationship would go down the cookie cutter route I couldn't be thrilled with the direction their romance has taken They have real issues that they work through There is no angst purely for the sake angst It's all based on their present and past situations If you're looking for a lovey dovey pink fluffy unicorns dancing on rainbows kind of relationship then sorry but you won't find that here Sorry to burst your cotton candy bubble gum bubble And yes I know I'm evil sly grinThere's angst and arguing but NO love triangle with the main character At least not one that was discernible to me If there was one it was a ninja assassin love triangle The Verdict LOVE LOVE LOVE I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this series Insurgent was an incredibly delicious exciting and emotional read But mostly it just flat out made an impact on meThe other night I was watching Merlin which has newly been added to my list of all time favorite TV shows and there was one particular moment where a character shows a redonkulous amount of bravery in a certain heartbreaking scene which cannot be named and I literally thought to myself That's so Dauntless That's the power of the world that Veronica Roth has created When a story becomes part of pop culture when it is so uniue and recognizable that it can be spoofed or merchandised and when it's terminology works its way into your everyday life that's when you see the true power of literature I believe that this is one of those storiesOh and by the way I want a T Shirt with the Dauntless faction symbol so someone get started on that ASAP snap snapThe winner of the Divergent and Insurgent PRIZE PACK has been announced on STRANGEMORECOM Check the Rafflecopter Widget to see the name of the winner


  3. says:

    The size of my disappointment probably has something to do with why I can't bring myself to award this two stars I know Divergent isn't really a great book the dystopia makes no sense the Dauntless are ridiculous people who jump off trains to prove themselves but for me it was still a wildly entertaining read It was fast paced full of action Tris was delightfully kickass and the romance between her and Four complemented the main story without overtaking it Insurgent failed on all of thoseNormally I might put it down to middle book syndrome and carry on with book three anyway but not this time Even though no time passes between the end of the first book and the start of this one Tris and TobiasFour feel like completely different characters and this is an inconsistency I can't forgive Whatever happened to tough Tris who made difficult decisions and put survival above all else? She has disappeared and in her place is a heroine uite like the majority of other young adult romantic heroines Tris is now solely concerned with Tobias and their relationship angst I lost count of how many pages were filled with their make out sessions and melodramaTobias also seems to have changed a lot than his name I really liked his character in Divergent I found him to be sweet kind and a little mysterious indeed in this book he was the only mystery However he has been replaced by someone who is aggressive always frowning and freuently yells at Tris He used to be so cool even in a crisis so what the hell happened? I couldn't even begin to believe in a story where the characters had changed so dramatically without logical reasonPlus there's also the whopping great fact that nothing actually happens Okay so let me be honest I read the first 300 pages and then I skim read the rest So I suppose that it's entirely possible that I missed something really good it couldn't have saved the novel for me anyway but I'm just saying that it is possible In those first 300 pages though nothing happens People sit around talking about their problems and what they should do Tris repeatedly remembers her parents I know she's upset but can't we move on to the current drama? Tris thinks about Tobias obsesses about Tobias worries about Tobias tries to solve the mystery that is TobiasBasically the first 100 pages go something like Tris and Tobias make out Tris thinks about where they should go from here Tris and Tobias make out Tris and Tobias talk about where they should go from here Tris and Tobias make out Tris thinks about her parents' deaths Tris and Tobias make outI honestly don't care about their relationship Maybe I did when I liked their characters but now I don't even recognise them It's not even that I doubt Roth has some brilliant ending planned for the third book it's that I no longer give a single damn about Tris or Tobias I didn't even care enough to read this book properly and find out what happens at the end I think it's clear that this series just died out for me


  4. says:

    Well I definitely like the title Divergent better than Insurgent Sounds a bit like InsuranceWow eight likes Maybe people have had some bad experience with insurance? DunnoTEN LIKESOO OO OO I love that face ## There are so many different combinations XDEleven Whoa OO I don't understand this My review isn't at the top of the review page is it? It's very cool though D Thanks everyoneOh my word Fourteen likes oo OO OO228 DAYS I think 219 DAYS5278 HOURS316728 MINUTES AND ABOUT19003700 SECONDS UNTILINSURGENT THE BOOK WITH THE WACKY TITLE217 days5223 hours313427 minutes18805657 secondsI don't know how I'm going to SURVIVE whenif Tris meets up with Christina and Christina FINDS OUT TRIS KILLED WILL WAHHHHH D'X Christina and Will were PERFECT PERFECTPURFECTPAIRFECT Ahaha pairfect Oh sobs PAIRFECT I think I'm going to reread Divergent I can't wait 212 days211 days210 days 5055 hours 303346 minutes and about 18200800 secondsHOORAY DIVERGENT CAME I can reread it ^^ ^^ ^^I've forgotten how gripping it is oo It's likewow Wow WOWAwwTris and Four are so cute togetherHey am I reviewing Insurgent or Divergent? Better cut down on the Divergent snippets Of course properly I shouldn't even be reviewing Insurgent I mean it's not out yet My main cause of dismay books that are not out yet Go figure? 199 days189 days4536 hours272190 minutes and about 16331455 secondsAnd so in agony I'm probably the most agonized person waiting for InsurgentInsurance AGH AGH AGH AGHBack to rereading Harry Potter 167 days5277 now OOMy countdown clock is acting upAAAH ONLY 131 DAYS It's a palindrome oh yeah I don't like this cover as much as Divergent's but it's still cool I dunno Divergent just had a little somethingto it It was striking in my opinion 55 days 1330 hours 79851 minutes and about 4791064 seconds until you know what FOOOORRRRRTY TWO DAYSAAH I JUST FOUND OUT THE RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN BUMPED UPJust kidding April Fool's D AAAAHH AAH AAH IT'S OUT Only there are thirty four darn holds on it at the library I have to wait like for ages sobsUPDATE READOh my goshit washow do I even begin to review this book?It was first of all awesome I am so thankful that Roth didn't install a love triangle I hate those But all of the hopes I had for Will still being alive were crushed The cover has the tree symbolizing Amity on it and for pretty good reason Tris for reasons which you will have to read yourself spends a good deal of time in the Amity headuarters compound? complex? and you got to know their faction better The leadership system is uite interesting they don't really have one I actually think being Amity wouldn't be too bad view spoilerExcept not the fact that they put drugs or whatever in their bread hide spoiler


  5. says:

    FINALLY the book is out After months of waiting I managed to snag this book on the day of its release and thank goodness for thatWarning There will be no spoilers of Insurgent only of DivergentAfter having not been immersed in the Divergent world since the first book came out last year I had ualms about diving headfirst into Insurgent without refreshing myself with the basic events that happened prior to the start of this novel However having neither the time nor the care for rereading a book with this enticing new fresh book lying in front of me I decided to be a Dauntless and take the risk small risk but hey it's the thought that countsMy first thought? That rereading Divergent would have been unnecessary in the fact that Insurgent picked up right where Divergent left off and had enough continuity to it that I slowly but surely picked up all the dormant pieces of information that I needed to know for this book The action picks up right away and my worries for this book the middle book of this trilogy were completely blown away with the events that happen Oftentimes the second book of a trilogy slows down and loses some if not a lot of the pacing of the first book only for the climax and the denouement to pick up drastically in the finale Insurgent however did not disappoint me in that wayI loved so many things from this novel many of which I will point out belowSTRONG FEMALE LEAD Tris is a kickass sort of person and there's no denying that truth Not only is she Divergent but she's also a particularly strong type of Divergent which we had all the clues for in Divergent but were not pronounced clearly until now She is inherently strong but she isn't invulnerable; she shows weakness when we expect her to just like any human and regardless of her Dauntless faction She's strong but she's not overly ambitious unlike Jeanine and other people who will rise up to power and take advantage of the chaos What sets her apart from others is that she has all the capabilities of a leader yet she shows enough humbleness and humility to know when to step down I was feeling iffy about the polarization of characteristics between the different factions but Tris's multiple affinities make her well rounded and admirable for what she chooses to do instead of what she can do with the capabilities she hasFOCUS OF THE NOVELCome on I didn't read Insurgent for its romance It's obviously a perk of course but the romance between Tobias and Tris isn't the main focus of the novel not at all The conspiracies the conspiracies within the conspiracies and the struggle between choosing what feels right and what logically is right is oftentimes employed here that makes you want to read further and further to see who's really the good guy And then somewhere along the way you realize that the good guy may not be the nicest guy I think Roth aptly puts this to justice when she writes And while he has done cruel evil things our society is not divided into “good” and “bad” Cruelty does not make a person dishonest the same way bravery does not make a person kind The multilayers to every action and every character makes you stop and think of the macro events which is what I believe books should truly be aboutREALISTIC OUTCOMES AND PLOT DEVICES THAT MAKE YOU WIDE EYED FOR MOREStemming from what I said earlier about events that occur in this book I just want to say that Roth really does know how to set her pacing for the trilogy well Just reading the revelations that each page brings shows the careful thought and planning that was placed into the creation of the Divergent world People you thought you could trust to be on the good side suddenly aren't so clear any; everyone falls into some gray fuzzy area on where their loyalties lie The aptness of the adage the road to hell is often paved with good intentions fits in with this world and many people think that the end justifies the means of their actions This strikes out to me not only for the complexity it brings to the series but also the reality of the situation that no matter how much you're a part of Abnegation in the end human instincts demand that you take a look at the grand scheme of things and figure out how you're going to survive It's not necessarily saying that people are inherently bad or good it's just that everyone takes action for their own survival and that ultimately pits people against each other both realistic and true Who you trust ends up affecting what actions you take and uoted from Roth People I have discovered are layers and layers of secrets You believe you know them that you understand them but their motives are always hidden from you buried in their own hearts You will never know them but sometimes you decide to trust them Roth doesn't hesitate to pull out all the stops with layers upon layers of events that make Tris change her mind about which course of action to take countless times It's the sort of thing that makes your brain freak with the constant flow of new information while it simultaneously processes what it just learnedCHARACTERS'nuff said You don't find multifaceted characters easily and every single one of these characters has something to contribute to the Divergent world as a whole Remember it's a society where things were always a specific way when a huge wave of reform is about to strike violently at you It's a time of strife and war something that most of us in first world countries can't comprehend on a personal level I uote an example from Isabel Allende here Once my daughter said to me that feminism was dated that I should move on Feminism is dated? Yes for privileged women like my daughter but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage prostitution forced labor In such a setting chaos is everywhere and I can't stress how good it was reading about the diversity of people who at the end of the day all wanted to just survive ENDINGI would be cautious of reading Insurgent if I were you The ending was the most terrible horrible jaw dropping cliffhanger that I've read in a while We don't even have a specific date to look forward for the third book either I can't well yes I can but you understand my shock believe that Roth would put us through such misery of revealing such a huge closely guarded secret the truth of all truths to Divergent and then end it right when chaos breaks out Such a tease and such a brilliant move That'll keep us fans holding on for sureWould I recommend this book? Heck yes without a single doubt It's got action suspense adventure mystery and romance packed into it and it was both cleverly and well executed I couldn't ask for of a novel and I sincerely thank Roth for sharing it with usThe pre review I had posted that gathered all the likes to this reviewWHO REVIEWED IT ALREADY??? I'm tempted to give death glares to any that did because at this point giving it a rating is just petty hate mail Judging by the average rating for the first book and the FACT THAT THE SECOND BOOK ISN'T EVEN OUT FOR ARCs YET there should be no ratings How can you rate a book based on what you're anticipating it to be???What it's rated now is by no means true since we don't even know what the book is about


  6. says:

    Uh oh Why did I break my promise to myself and read this book?Was it my curiosity? Well I need to be careful After all curiosity killed the cat and I'm a Leo Uh oh Now I'm afraid that this book may have made me use up a few of my allotted nine lives OO Welcome back to the senseless world of dystopian Chicago where you are only allowed to have one personality trait which apparently is determined in what seems to be an euivalent of a 5 uestion multiple choice test And this ridiculousness is presented very seriously Let's catch up shall we?If you happen to give your seat on a bus to an old lady well you must be selfless Welcome to Abnegation where you can enjoy shapeless clothes and bland foodIf you have ever wondered how stuff works and dared to ask a smart uestion welcome to the EEEEvil Educated Erudites Exclusive Establishment A set of complementary spectacles and a seat at the library are waiting for youYou frown upon lying? Welcome to candid life of Candor Enjoy your lie detector tests Now there's only one answer you can give to the eternal uestion Does this make me look fat? and punched in the face you will be no doubtYou are a tree hugging or people hugging hippie? Amity 'nuff said You are a near suicidal borderline sociopath who loves jumping off moving trains and beat the crap out of people??? Heh heh You must be Brainless Dauntless Enjoy your youth because you'll die young and in true Darwin Awards fashionBut what if you happen to be a normal person with than one personality trait? What if you are a tree hugging gardening loving hippie who helps old ladies cross the street while being able to truthfully recite 34 decimal digits of pi?????? HIGH ALERT YOU ARE DIVERGENT THE HORROR YOU ARE SOMEHOW SPECIAL DANGER TO THE SOCIETY RUN AND HIDEThis how we left things in Divergent that for all its flaws was uite entertaining Now we're moving on to Insurgent where ridiculous overpowers the fun amidst nothing happeningWe start with our lovely heroine Tris recently tortured and shot in the shoulder after which she lost uite a bit of blood right away easily jumping off trains and running around like the invincible little special snowflake she is When she's not defying basic laws of human physiology she moons over her boyfriend Tobias and tries to pull the traditional YA self sacrificing for the sake of the loved one clichéPeripheral characters die left and right in this book but Tris is not even slowed down by serious physical injuries It's like she's Superman's long lost cousin And how exactly is she so badass? Is it her 'extensive' Dauntless training? I beg to differAfter a few weeks of haphazard training in the Dauntless compound the training that appeared to consist of teenagers pummeling each other into pulp shooting guns and throwing knives without any real instructions jumping from moving trains and never actually having time to recover from physical injuries and playing 'Capture the Flag' Tris is of course a highly trained physical menace If that's what makes you so super fit in this dystopian world the rest of them must be so deconditioned they fall over from just walking Dauntless training Left what we are expected to believe it is Right what it probably looked like the entire timeSeriously all the training happened in the previous book This one really presents Tris as an accomplished badass again after a month or so of physical training Really book? Tobias apparently less than impressed with Tris's special snowflake ness spends the majority of this book pouting at her yelling at her being bossy patronizing dismissive and full of double standards In the meantime Tris spends uite a bit of time swooning over him while Nataliya spends uite a bit of time perfecting the eye rolling exercises my version of Dauntless workouts using eye muscles only And here's the worst thing in many many many many pages of this book not much of significance ever happens SeriouslyThe rest of the story the parts not about Tobias and Tris' relationship consists of contrived yet repetitive situations in this ridiculously constructed world that is completely unsustainable the way it's presented that read like a 12 year old wrote them Go to a new compound meet stupid and selfishevilplottingweak leaders engage in a confrontation with the Erudites meet those prejudiced against you watch a peripheral character die do something noble do something reckless do something selfless rinse repeat pass 'Go' collect some angst pointsMost side characters are so under developed and one sided that the idea of the world where people are okay with being defined only by a single uality almost begins to make sense except I think it's less deliberate planning than poor characterization Add to this the fact that not much actually happens in this book to meaningfully advance the plot in any way and you see how this can get juuuuust a bit frustrating And the much talked about ending? I found it a ridiculous and b uite predictable I called it not that far into the book thinking about the only possible way a world so illogical as this one would ever come into being and in all honesty I watched enough of M Night Shyamalan's films to jump to the conclusion that is the Big Reveal Call me nerdy? Well yeah Hey but at least we get a mention of prefrontal cortex and mirror neurons in the context of pseudo science of the Erudites here Neuroscience Made Ridiculously Simple huh? If things like that are what makes the Erudite seem smart this world is screwedBy the way What did smart people ever do to Veronica Roth? Erudite Evil gets annoying rather uickly Why is it that it's the brave who are awesome and all the other ualities appear vastly inferior? Is it because Gryffindor in Harry Potter another universe that sorted kids by their one defining character trait housed the brave? Is it because bespectacled kids the stereotypical 'smart' seem like easy targets on the playground? C'mon Veronica Roth smart kids are cool oh kay?Cool smart people See I'm not kiddingAnyway 2 stars I feel generous since I had so much fun looking for all the Big Bang Theory images for this review I still may read the third one because apparently I enjoy torturing myself with eyeroll worthy books By the way my review of 'Divergent' is right over hereAnd my review of the final book in the series 'Allegiant' is here


  7. says:

    People I have discovered are layers and layers of secrets Umm no honey You're thinking of something else Of the three books this book is the long neglected and likely disturbed middle child Not as fun as the first nor as smart as the third Doesn't contribute or stand out Essentially it's just there staring at us and wanting us to notice it The plot Tris Co are betrayed run to a new faction cue long description of new factionfaction life Tris Co are betrayedrun to new factionetc Literally the whole book is Tris running around of the Divergent world It's like Veronica spent too much time designing these factions and didn't want the effort to go to wastehence we get the grand tour Well I shouldn't say that's all we getwe also get gems like this “Killing you is not the worst thing they can do to you I say Controlling you is” You could completely skip this novel and not miss a thing for the third Oh wait They do use the classic 'government knew of everything and manipulated every possible thing to get this exact outcome' LovelyMy favorite part? When Veronica Roth assumed we were too stupid to understand the title Insurgent he says Noun A person who acts in opposition to the established authority who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent Mind Freaking Blown YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


  8. says:

    45 starsWhen I first read Divergent I was awed I loved it and I really enjoyed it However there was this small part of me that just cannot acknowledge that this series could be like most reviews had said leveled with The Hunger Games I don't know there was something I need to see or feel for me to be completely convinced that it is worth comparing to THG or say that it could be as great as THG And well great job Veronica Roth because Insurgent just had me convinced that this series is indeed fcking AH MA ZING I was floored I can certainly say now that this series could be leveled with not just THG but other really great dystopian novels as well I was so happy this seuel didn't become a filler book or that it didn't suffer on the second book syndrome in which most second novels in a trilogy tend to be I was surprised to realized that throughout the book there were so many things that actually happened so many discoveries and things learned I thoroughly enjoyed the parts where we get a look on each faction It was fascinating and interesting to see how they work and learn their beliefs and principles and ways of living I saw the good and the bad in each of them their issues and flaws and realized how much their world were twisted seeing how it limited their people to have their own individuality With her grief over the loss of her parents and her guilt over Will's death Tris went through an intense emotional roller coaster ride Her regrets and remorse from what had happened drove her to make thoughtless and careless decisions and actions Which made me ache for her but also drove me pretty crazy and frustrated me a bit It was understandable and believable though especially after all that had happened and obstacles they were still facing With all those emotional suffering she'd been through she was still an amazing and admirable character a really brave and strong willed heroine In the end she was able to find her way and realized the right things she has to do TobiasFour I saw a lot of different sides of him in this book His usual 'cold and aloof' facade he wear most of the time was gone He showed a lot of emotions in this one and he'd been open regarding his feelings I saw a frustrated Four a vulnerable Four a regretful Four but also a very loving and caring Four and boy did I fall in love all over againWhat I also loved so much in this book was how Tris and Tobias's relationship was handled It was very real believable and mature I love that it showed how it was to have a relationship in a situation were too many obstacles conflicts emotional baggages were thrown It wasn't easy and it wasn't always beautiful But they were still able to overcome it The downside of it helped established their relationship into a much stronger and in depth one I was touched by them and I just so freaking loved them I found myself dumbfounded by the ending It was mind blowing and I was seriously surprised It wasn't really a brutal cliffhanger but it was a very good cliffhanger I wasn't expecting that and it made me so excited for the next book Overall Insurgent was a very remarkable and impressive seuel Once you read it you'll never have a doubt about his series I highly recommend it Book 3 hurry up This review is also posted at Book OverdoseTeaser He kisses me again insistent this time his hands sueezing my waist His breaths his body my body we are so close there is no difference


  9. says:

    25 stars


  10. says:

    “ Come on Insurgent”“ What?”“ Insurgent” he says “ Noun A person who acts in opposition to the established authority who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent” I look at Fernando The last time I broke into a faction’s headuarters I did it with a gun in my hand and I left bodies behind me I want this time to be different I need this time to be different “ I like it” I say “ Insurgent It’s perfect”Once again I find myself with mixed views over a book Middle books are usually filled with landscape designing set up and transition for the next book so I usually didn't expect much from them But Divergent is far from usual And it’s ending? Let just say the expectation to the second book was set pretty high I admit there were so many things I forgot about in this series I had trouble remembering who was who like with Tris guilt for killing Will I can’t freaking remember who's Will was To my defense Divergent was blindly fast pace and with a year gap between the two books it’s a bit disorienting for Insurgent to immediately jumping right in Insurgent started directly after where the first book left us Will's murder Tris parents' deaths and the destruction of Dauntless and Abnegation with Tris Four Marcus Four's father and Peter all on the run It picks up exactly where it ended on the trainThe first part of the story was already full of action And comparing the amount of actions in this book to the first one? Better not because this will give you no pause for time out There is also a great sense of unease and unknown As the book progresses there are events that complicate and confuse me that It made the pace kind of slow But the worst was me keep guessing what's the unimaginable scary thing outside the fence that they kept secret all the time I really can’t get that out of my mind the whole time I’m reading this It’s frustrating like Tris annoying character in hereInsurgent has lots of loopholes and unpolished side that to my opinion is not that noticeable if you didn’t give it too damn time to criticize Veronica writes with a believable heroine I kind of hated Tris character in here but it still believable none the less I still like this book and still super like this series The shifts gear of the ending was a major WHOA And the other major thing that I really like is the 'It don’t have love triangle drama' 'That' my friends is a major plus for me Post from Veronica Roth's blog about her 2nd bookINSURGENTThis post really wouldn't be complete without a dictionary definition so here it is INSURGENT Origin1755–65; Latin insurgent stem of insurgēns present participle of insurgere to get up ascend rebel1 a person who rises in forcible opposition to lawful authority especially a person who engages in armed resistance to a government or to the execution of its laws; rebel2 a member of a section of a political party that revolts against the methods or policies of the party3 one that acts contrary to the established leadership as of a political party union or corporation or its decisions and policies4 international law a person or group that rises in revolt against an established government or authority but whose conduct does not amount to belligerencyNot all of those definitions are eually applicable to the book some are spot on than others But I won't tell you which ones yetNow all I have to do is finish Back to the writing caveNow my friends if you haven't read Divergent yet well turn off that darn screen and run the hell out of your house and buy that freaking book and READ IT NOWSuper love the title 3