Monday, 7 May 2012
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
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.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : “Cruelty does not make a person honest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”
Divergent was the only one dystopian that was successful to spread the equal amount of madness among the readers same as The Hunger Games trilogy, and now author Veronica Roth is back with its sequel Insurgent with another bang. No wonder why Insurgent has been titled with the crown of most anticipated book of 2012.
Abnegation has fallen, Dauntless is divided in half, and traitors are with Erudite. Erudite is seeking for control over all fractions and fractionless rebels are demanding their position is society. Insurgent picks up exactly where Divergent dropped off, Tris , Four, Celeb, Marcus and Peter made it out alive from Dauntless headquarter and took the refuge in Amity along with few other Abnegation but for how long?
“Insurgent,” he says. “Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.”
Insurgent is a fantastic, beyond compelling story that's part twisty, and another part action packed with some burning romances. Thoroughly engaging and exciting, Insurgent was fast-paced, complex, and riveting than Divergent and continued with series of unexpected events that we never thought would happened and navigations were far beyond our imagination.
In Divergent we only meet Dauntless, Abnegation and Erudite but we explore more information and infrastructure of Amity and Condor in this book, also witnessed uprising of fractionless seeking for the fall of Erudite.
This book has some greater amount of action which was vivid and detailed, and I had no problem in visualizing them, even after finishing the book, certain moments are still floating in my head.
“No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.”
We saw some new alliance formed, and few of them are completely surprising. The society that believed you can only have one quality has shattered and we discover more about the existence of having more divergence among the fractions which was shocking. I was wholly entrenched in this reimagined Chicago well drawn with dystopian background.
There was such refreshing change among the characters and they evolved perfectly with the situation. Some of them were naïve and empathetic, others were cunning and manipulative, and desperation was common characteristic among each of them.
I have a message for the Divergent.
I am Divergent.
This is not a negotiation.
No, it is not.
It is a warning.
We understand why Tris has a bit of a split personality; she is selfless, brave and intelligent. she has a habit of doing the absolute opposite of what the people trying tell her to do to protect her, but I think ultimately that is the important part of her personality and it makes her strongest divergent of all. Her strongest power is her free will and she acts on it; clearly no simulation can control her. We saw her struggling with the pain and guilt of killing Will.
“Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.”
Tobias has always been one of the most crush worth and intriguing YA hero who will always reside in my heart. More shades of his character unraveled based on his past and I’m pleased with depth of his character. Riddled with raw emotions, and flooded with love and protectiveness for Tris, Tobias was deliciously tormenting and charming in equal measure. I loved the way Roth coated his character with different layer of love and angst, frustration and regret.
“He kisses me again, more insistent this time, his hands squeezing my waist. His breaths, his body, my body, we are so close there is no difference.”
I loved the burning romance and intensity between Tris and Four. Although Tris was a less expressive with Tobias and that leads their relationship into an emotional turmoil. Tension continues to build around them and finally they melds in each other’s arm. Their unconditional love will make your heart ached and you will feel the same pain and joy as Tris.
The plot builds with subtle hints to the future, leading to more than one explosive climax that keeps things moving at a rapid pace. There is a definite cliffhanger in the end and I can bet the plot with take a remarkable turn in next installment. Well written and gorgeous, Insurgent showcases a perfect balance of character chemistry and action with twisty plot, another amazing success of Veronica Roth.