has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has
paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever
more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet
if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be
stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie
an “artistic decision” in Insurgent not to do a lot of recapping (that
device used in sequels to remind readers of what happened in the first
book). Recapping is not a bad thing– it is very useful, and often
necessary–but I felt that it would bog down Tris’s narrative and would
sound unnatural in her voice.’
Speaking of Tris… she’s not amazing in this book. While not unbearable, she’s a little more annoying than I remember her being in Divergent. She’s definitely a strong female role model, but she tends to make stupid decisions that she promised not to make because somebody already told her exactly how stupid it really is.
A large part of the book revolves around some big secret that certain faction leaders know but won’t share. Tris doesn’t know what this is and KNOWS she doesn’t know what this is, yet still makes a drastic decision about that secret without knowing anything about it. She seems to have lost the ability to actually think decisions through instead of making snap judgements based on her grief.
Actually, the grand revelation of that secret is what would have prevented me from giving this book five stars. You know, if I actually did ratings. It just wasn’t… well, grand enough. I was expecting something a little more unique and shocking, and it fell a little flat. For me it didn’t seem to fit with the tone of the book and didn’t really deserve the way in which it was so fiercely protected by the faction leaders.
It was unfortunate that Insurgent ended on kind of a low point for me, because I really did love the rest of the book. It’s fast-paced, continues the story brilliantly from Divergent and I can’t wait for the next book. Like I said, I’m more than a little impressed how it managed to keep exactly the same tone and atmosphere from the previous. If only more YA novels could follow the precedent set by Veronica Roth!