Usually I try to do a book review as a “no spoilers”, however as this book is the second in a trilogy, I feel like spoilers, certainly to the first book, are quite likely. Therefore if you have not read Divergent, please do not read this book review of Insurgent.
I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.
Tris 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 ahead.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of this trilogy – Divergent. I was under the impression it was similar to Hunger Games so that was my initial appeal in reading. Not long after I read the book, the movie came out and Nat and I went to see Divergent the Movie. This was great too. I immediately went out and bought myself a copy of Insurgent but what with one thing or another, I didn’t get around to reading it for ages. In the end it got to September before I finally picked it up and while I was a little slow to get into it, once I did, I was finished pretty quick.
The book picks up from almost exactly where Divergent leaves off. You follow both Tris and Tobias as the aftermath of the Dauntless attack takes its toll. As I said before, I try to write these reviews without spoilers so I don’t really want to get into plot too much. Instead I will say that while not as good as the first book, Insurgent has a good pace and is interesting enough to get you hooked into the storyline and continue to read. That said, Tris annoys me considerably in this book. Not only that, but her relationship with Tobias frustrates me incredibly. While the plot and story are interesting, though at times I did skim read a page or too, the most dragging part of the story is really the relationship between Tris and Tobias. On many occasions I can’t really understand why they are both acting the way that they do and not only that, I often wanted to bash their heads together.
Overall it was a good book and where I’d give Divergent a 5 star rating, Insurgent would really only warrant a 4. There are some great parts, a lot of suspense etc but really its the main couple’s relationship that lets down this book for me. I’ll definitely still watch the movie when it comes out but fingers crossed its a little better than the book. However, with that said, Insurgent definitely leaves you wanting more. The very day I finished reading Insurgent I ordered Allegiant online. Sadly I have a couple of other books to read first but I am dying to know what happens – despite being told its not a great ending. I’ll let you know what I think, as soon as I get around to reading it!