I wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it instead of listened to the audiobook... I heard good things but this was hard to bear via au...moreI wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it instead of listened to the audiobook... I heard good things but this was hard to bear via audio.(less)
Book number 29 in my 2012 Reading Challenge of 50 books is Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Insurgent is the second installment in Roth's Divergent series....moreBook number 29 in my 2012 Reading Challenge of 50 books is Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Insurgent is the second installment in Roth's Divergent series.
Insurgent: This is what Beatrice Prior has been categorized as by Marcus Eaton.
"Insurgent," he says. "Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as belligerent." [Roth, p.458]
For those living in Chicago's factions, the completion of their initiation has always been regarded as a celebratory milestone. Each year, sixteen year olds in dystopian Chicago must choose a faction which they will build the rest of their life around. Beatrice 'Tris' Prior has gone through the gruelling tasks of proving that she is indeed cut out for a Dauntless lifestyle; however, when the day of initiation comes around, it isn't exactly what Tris expects. Marred by the tensions of a broken faction and a looming war, Tris and her companions must flee to safer grounds in order to escape the turmoil of the Erudite and Dauntless traitors.
Life isn't easy. And it doesn't get any easier after shooting friends and watching your parents make the ultimate sacrifice of dying to protect you. As Tris travels through the factions searching for safe houses, answers and those who have survived, the burden of witnessing her parents separate sacrificial deaths has really encompassed her. Author, Veronica Roth, has always written Tris' characteristics as if she was an every day person with a greater willpower. She is stubborn; she is slightly rude and erratic; she is timid when it comes to approaching love; and she struggles with her inner being to be brave. Tris is not born brave, but she shapes herself to be courageous for the sake of others and herself. Beatrice Prior is a perfect and genuine character because she has flaws; she admits to them; and she forces herself over hurdles to overcome her flaws. However, in Insurgent, we see the sixteen year old that resides within Tris' stoic outer shell. As Tris continues to witness the heinous acts of the Erudite and Dauntless traitors, she finds herself struggling with the notions of self sacrifice. Without any previous suggestions, Tris's parents pushed her to safety so she could continue; but Tris struggles to determine the purpose of their deaths. Deriving from Abnegation herself and guilted by many losses, Tris encourages the thought that she too must make sacrifices. Vulnerable and unsure, Tris dives into dangerous situations unarmed time and time again, leaving Tobias beyond frustration.
As the Insurgent characters scramble to stay on their feet, I too, felt myself constantly reaching and scrambling to keep afloat. Lost in a chaotic sea of words full of danger, planning, action and movement, I reacted to Insurgent like a deer in the headlights. At times, there was nothing more that I could do but stare forward, quickly rummaging through pages of my novel, moving forward without taking enough time to digest the the content and new scenarios. With old characters resurfacing and new and unexpected characters emerging, there was no time to waste. Plans needed to be made, ambushes needed to be staged and people needed to be saved --this is precisely how I read through Insurgent. It was as though the entire dystopian world rested on my shoulders... and I guess a bit on Tris as well. :)
I must admit that I have had my heart broken several times, and that was only in Insurgent alone. After establishing well rounded relationships with characters, I felt shell-shocked and distraught when their time came to an end. I stand by my prior comment when reviewing Divergent. Roth takes so much care with each and every character. It is as if each one was shaped and formed individually with a sense of purpose in this nasrrative. Each character is so diverse and has so much depth that this series could have followed any one of them. In the rare and random events where Tris and Tobias were at peace with one another, I felt as if my heart would jump out of my chest just jumping for joy. It was difficult to witness this duo without one another, as one acted as much a part of the other as if they were whole. It was complementary. Watching the two divulge in their separate ways was difficult. It started so small and slowly, each virtuous layer of their relationship was stripped away until there was almost nothing left to bear. And as Tris and Tobias struggled as a team and as lovers, I also struggled to keep focus on the chaotic and horrendous events within Insurgent because there was nothing more that I wanted but to see them back with one another.
Overall, I am rating Insurgent4.5 out of 5 stars. Although the pace of the book was slightly different from the first installment, I still found myself excited to escape into its narrative as if it was a thrill ride. In addition, Insurgent proved that separation anxiety does exist. It was difficult to witness Tris and Tobias apart and it was difficult to be apart from them and this novel. Well done Veronica Roth! My only wish and/or criticism (though, unrealistic)is that your books be released a lot sooner or that you clone yourself so many more books can be written by you. (less)
Book number 27 in my 2012 Reading Challenge of 50 books is Divergent by Veronica Roth. Divergent is the first installment of the Divergent series.
Dive...moreBook number 27 in my 2012 Reading Challenge of 50 books is Divergent by Veronica Roth. Divergent is the first installment of the Divergent series.
Divergent explores the dystopian society of post apocalyptic Chicago where citizens are divided and categorized into five different factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave) and Erudite (the intelligent). In order to prevent future wars and chaos, citizens are assembled at the age of sixteen to choose their future. Each faction and future holds a virtue and each faction would work together responsible for certain tasks to keep society progressing forward. However, Beatrice Prior has never really felt the selflessness which her faction, Abnegation, has embedded into her for the last sixteen years. Additionally, she finds out that she does not fit into any one faction. (view spoiler)[ She fits into three: her current faction of Abnegation, Dauntless and Erudite. After personal conflicts against some Erudite members at school, Beatrice narrows down her choices to Abnegation and Dauntless. The choice is difficult --once one chooses a different faction, you must leave your family behind and rebuild a new family in your new faction, for being nostalgic about your former life is regarded as a weakness. Unfortunately, the choice isn't the only one of Beatrice's problems. She has been identified as divergent by the aptitude test. One who is divergent is able to hold more than one virtue and is in danger. The government is unable to control those who are divergent, especially since they are able to think in so many different ways and are usually not happy completing the everyday tasks of their faction. (hide spoiler)]
Making new friends and new enemies, Beatrice, who later changes her name to Tris, soon finds out that their societal ideals are not ideal at all and there is a war on their hands. Tris continually challenges herself in her initiation's tasks and finds herself entrusting in someone who she never expected to befriend: her initiation leader, Four. Through many turmoils and tests, Tris soon learns that she may have been more selfless than she thought. And maybe, being selfless and being brave are not too different at all.
Constantly in flux and pushing the boundaries, I found myself at the edge of my seat during the entire duration of reading this book. Whether it was a quiet and subdued dinner with the family, training during faction initiation or fighting the urge to approach a tense and unexplored feeling of love, there was not a moment where I was disengaged or disinterested. I have heard time and again of the quality and adventure that Roth delivers in her writing of Divergent. Finally, I have approached the novel myself, not knowing anything about it except that it was a great read and I have found myself in full agreement.
When I first began Divergent, I was quite intimidated by the size and length of this book (487 pages) as well as the complexities of the factions. I found myself continuously flipping to the side flap of the book to refer to which faction represented which virtue. However, as I grew comfortable with Tris as a character and her lifestyle, I found it easier to allow myself to completely sink in without references. Roth does an amazing job at building Tris' character as well as the additional surrounding characters. Each character through the novel is very carefully thought out, each holding their own intricacies whether they are a minor character or become a major character within the novel. It is as if Roth had planned out the entire life span of each character and she finally chose the one of Tris' to elaborate on. Regarding Tris' character, it is a very honest and at the same time virtuous depiction of a heroine. We witness Tris as she combats her fears, fights through her personal demons and learns who she is as a person --the good and the bad. It's a very real depiction of a heroine.
Captivating and compelling, I am rating Divergent 5 out of 5 stars. The entire ride felt like a simulation. Although it is a lengthy novel, I found myself nearing the end of it way too soon. I'm very excited to begin the next installment of this series. Insurgent --here I come!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)