Book Review: Divergent #2: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

RATING: StarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Dystopia

(Divergent #2)

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.

Book 1: Divergent review


One thing that my favorite books had to their disadvantage is that i tend to be overcritical of its sequel and/or series. I mean, if the first book was amazing, it’s only logic that the rest of the books to follow will follow its awesomeness, right? Sigh. Insurgent almost didn’t lived up to its predecessor. Why, oh why, does Tris have to be this insipid, whiny girl when her world is in the cusp of war? Fortunately, Four miraculously saved the book. character-wise, he was the epitome of Divergent, not Tris. Um, Ms .Roth? Can we switch the POV to Four, then?

I thought the rebellion was not fully capitalized. I only felt it near the end, because the book paid more attention to Tris’ dramatic antics. Where was the girl i admired and loved in Divergent? Where? Gah. Her strength is nowhere visible.

Now Four is the star of Insurgent. He was a true soldier, Dauntless and Divergent. why didn’t Tris’ character developed like Four’s? He was capable, more matured, and more than stole the spotlight from Tris with his skills, street smarts and detailed reasoning. Man, you sweep me off my feet! I believe the 2-year age difference between you and Tris is really a difference, yes? Haha!

The dystopian plot was better; the action scenes were nerve-wracking, too. The ending was predictable, though. I mean, i saw that kind of twist before. Several times already.

And the inconsistencies I found flagged Roth to be this amateur author that I often forget when reading her book. Well, this sequel was easy to read. But stick to consistency, please! (1) Tris gave up her gun, but later she pulled it to blast (a door or a window?). What? (2) Uriah lost someone, he grieved for a short time. Christina lost someone, she still grieves. C’mon! people might grieve differently but the contrast between Uriah’s and Christina’s was noticeable. Both Dauntless. both teenagers. Figure it out.

Yes, i have rants, and yes i have issues. But Insurgent is still a fast and fun read for me. Four was to-die-for. He was not all chocolates-and-flowers sweet to Tris all the time. and you can see that even if he was in love, he does not forget that people are dying around him, that war is looming near. Tris, oh my, i still could not get over my disappointment with you. Go sulk, mourn and guilt-trip yourself but far away from Four, please.

Detergent will really fit the third book’s title. I hope it cleanses Tris, and disinfects her brattiness. 😐