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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.
I listened to Divergent almost a month ago but hesitated when it was time to read the sequel. I really liked Divergent, I thought it was pretty fucking brilliant! But, I had heard all about how unhappy (and mad) readers were after reading Allegiant an well, it kind of freaked me out. What the hell happened to make people dislike a book so much. But curiosity got the best of me and I decided since most readers seemed to like Insurgent, I would go ahead and read it then decide if I should continue with the series after…
Perhaps my favorite thing about this book was how badass and kind of heartless Tris had become. She was threatening to kill and/or shoot people left and right! Although, in her defense, most of them deserved it. And she is dealing with some pretty heavy stuff she suffered through in book one. The drawback of this however was how distant she became with Four. I was frustrated at how closed off she became with Four…but, at the same time I understood. Still, poor Four. (Theo let me hug you!) We did get to see some swoony Four moments that I really enjoyed. Although for 512 pages I would have liked more. Because of you can’t make time for a little action while being afraid you might die any day, then when can you??? Still, I found myself enjoying this story and despite the length, I was never bored. Annoyed and frustrated yes, bored? No way! There were so many interesting plot twists to this (some I saw coming, some that blind-sighted me) that it helped over look the parts that bothered me.
My one big issue with Insurgent was Tris and her all-to-ready-to sacrifice-herself attitude. Girl, I get that you are hurt and lost and confused but do you have to turn everything into a suicide mission? What does this say about your feelings for Four that your so ready (and maybe a little too eager?) to die? Towards the end I was ready to say ‘just let her go Four! I’ll comfort you.’ Despite my major frustration over this, I still found myself fascinated by this worlds and especially the fear landscapes. Once again, I can’t wait to see how this is played out in the second movie. I still enjoyed Insurgent, just not as much as Divergent….
After finishing Insurgent, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read Allegiant. So I went online and read all the spoilerific reviews of it….I don’t think I’ve ever done this before. I felt all dirty and wrong. Anyway, I’m soooooo glad that I stopped the series where I did. I wouldn’t have minded the ending if it was necessary or if it made sense or if the rest of the book made up for it, but it looks like neither of these were the case. Seems like she took a page from Suzanne Collins ‘how to end a trilogy’ lesson. AKA, kill all the characters. I’m definitely curious to see how this will be played out in the final movie. After all, their main goal at the end of the day is to make money and I can’t imagine how they can do that while pissing everyone off. This is one of the rare cases where I’m praying they change the ending and give it the ‘hollywood’ ending. Although I’m sad and disappointed that this trilogy ended this way, I’d rather stop on a good note meanwhile I pretend that Tris and Four lived happily ever after. Don’t you dare try to convince me otherwise!
Audiobook Comments: Nothing new to add to this section that I didn’t talk about in my Divergent review. It’s Emma Galvin, she’s one of my favorite narrators and she does the books justice. Check out a 10 minute (non-spoiler) sample of the Insurgent audiobook below!
Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Insurgent:
We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.
“Sleep,” he says.
“I’ll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.”
“My bare hands, obviously.”
No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.
“That’s why you like me!” I exclaim. “Because you’re not very nice either! It makes so much more sense now.”
“We’re all right, you know,’ he says quietly.
“You and me. Okay?”
My chest aches, and I nod.
“Nothing else is all right.” His whisper tickles my cheek. “But we are.”