Thursday Review: Insurgent


One choice can transform you, or destroy you. 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.

My review: Okay, I’m fully expecting hate mail for this review. I liked this book enough to devour it in one sitting, and I am eagerly awaiting the third installment, but I felt like this book was a bit too much like Mockingjay. There were SO many new characters and places, and so many plots (not plot like THE plot, but like plotting evil plans type plots) that I could barely keep up, worse though, I didn’t particularly want to.

Tris was depressed and upset for most of the book, and consequently took bigger and bigger risks. It was realistic in terms of her being human, but depressed characters are hard to care about. I had the same problem with Sazed in the third Mistborn, and I think that book was amazing, so that’s no reflection on the writer. She wrote a very real, multi-dimensional character. Tris couldn’t have reacted any other way and still been Tris. But she was still really annoying to read. Four too. All the characters were pretty much in a constant state of shock and depression throughout the whole book, which again, while realistic, made it very difficult to connect and get all the new people, plots, and places.

Still, I’m excited about the next book. Can’t wait to read it.

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