Author: Veronica Roth
Time taken to read: 4 days
Goodreads synopsis: 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 read this back in 2013 I believe, and I wanted to read Allegiant, but I couldn’t remember a single thing that happened in Insurgent, so I had to reread this one. I wish I had been able to write this review before reading Allegiant because now I’m not sure which things happened in which book, but I’ll do my best.
Even after a second time, the events of this book aren’t terribly memorable. There are kind of a lot of characters, which can make it difficult to keep track of everyone. And I’m not terribly fond of Tris or Tobias, and I got rather sick of their many passionate moments, which Roth had to describe in detail rather strangely and suggestively. Those scenes made me uncomfortable, honestly. The ending is the best part because then you’re like, holy crap, what is this place? Tell me more. And then of course you don’t get any good information until the next book, so it’s like three pages of excitement after five hundred pages of awkward teen kissing and PTSD symptoms, and that’s the whole book. Oh, and the big twist with Caleb was exciting too. I felt kinda bad for him, the poor, loyal nerd. He didn’t know any better.
Also, why do people die so much? Like, relax? It’s okay if people live? Your story can still be edgy and different with alive people?
That’s all the sass I have in me for now. Happy reading, friends.