Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Tris is a kickass sort of person, and there’s no denying that truth. Not only is she Divergent, but she’s also a particularly strong type of Divergent, which we had all the clues for in Divergent but were not pronounced clearly until now. She is inherently strong, but she isn’t invulnerable; she shows weakness when we expect her to, just like any human and regardless of her Dauntless faction. She’s strong, but she’s not overly ambitious, unlike Jeanine and other people who will rise up to power and take advantage of the chaos. What sets her apart from others is that she has all the capabilities of a leader, yet she shows enough humbleness and humility to know when to step down. I was feeling iffy about the polarization of characteristics between the different factions, but Tris’s multiple affinities make her more well rounded and more admirable for what she chooses to do instead of what she can do with the capabilities she has.
FOCUS OF THE NOVEL:
Come on, I didn’t read Insurgent for its romance. It’s obviously a perk, of course, but the romance between Tobias and Tris isn’t the main focus of the novel, not at all. The conspiracies, the conspiracies within the conspiracies, and the struggle between choosing what feels right and what logically is right is oftentimes employed here that makes you want to read further and further to see who’s really the good guy. And then somewhere along the way, you realize that the good guy may not be the nicest guy. I think Roth aptly puts this to justice when she writes: “And while he has done cruel, evil things, our society is not divided into “good” and “bad.” Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” The multilayers to every action and every character makes you stop and think of the macro events, which is what I believe books should truly be about.
REALISTIC OUTCOMES AND PLOT DEVICES THAT MAKE YOU WIDE EYED FOR MORE:
Stemming from what I said earlier about events that occur in this book, I just want to say that Roth really does know how to set her pacing for the trilogy well. Just reading the revelations that each page brings shows the careful thought and planning that was placed into the creation of the Divergent world. People you thought you could trust to be on the “good” side suddenly aren’t so clear anymore; everyone falls into some gray, fuzzy area on where their loyalties lie. The aptness of the adage “the road to hell is often paved with good intentions” fits in with this world, and many people think that the end justifies the means of their actions. This strikes out to me not only for the complexity it brings to the series, but also the reality of the situation that no matter how much you’re a part of Abnegation, in the end human instincts demand that you take a look at the grand scheme of things and figure out how you’re going to survive. It’s not necessarily saying that people are inherently bad or good, it’s just that everyone takes action for their own survival, and that ultimately pits people against each other, both realistic and true. Who you trust ends up affecting what actions you take, and quoted from Roth: “People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.” Roth doesn’t hesitate to pull out all the stops with layers upon layers of events that make Tris change her mind about which course of action to take countless times. It’s the sort of thing that makes your brain freak with the constant flow of new information while it simultaneously processes what it just learned.
’nuff said. You don’t find multifaceted characters easily, and each one of these characters has something to give to the Divergent world as a whole. Remember, it’s a society where things were always a specific way when a huge wave of reform is about to strike violently at you. It’s a time of strife and war, something that most of us in first world countries can’t comprehend on a personal level. (I quote an example from Isabel Allende here: “Once my daughter said to me that feminism was dated, that I should move on. Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women like my daughter, but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor”). In such a setting, chaos is everywhere, and I can’t stress how good it was reading about the diversity of people who, at the end of the day, all wanted to just survive.
I would be cautious of reading Insurgent if I were you. The ending was the most terrible, horrible, jaw-dropping cliffhanger that I’ve read in a while. We don’t even have a specific date to look forward for the third book, either! I can’t (well, yes I can, but you understand my shock) believe that Roth would put us through such misery of revealing such a huge closely guarded secret, the truth of all truths to Divergent, and then end it right when chaos breaks out. Such a tease, and such a brilliant move. That’ll keep us fans holding on for sure.
Would I recommend this book? Heck yes, without a single doubt. It’s got action, suspense, adventure, mystery, and romance packed into it, and it was both cleverly and well executed. I couldn’t ask for more of a novel, and I sincerely thank Roth for sharing it with us.
The pre-review I had posted that gathered all the likes to this review:
WHO REVIEWED IT ALREADY??? I’m tempted to give death glares to any that did because at this point giving it a rating is just petty hate mail. Judging by the average rating for the first book and the FACT THAT THE SECOND BOOK ISN’T EVEN OUT FOR ARCs YET, there should be no ratings! How can you rate a book based on what you’re anticipating it to be???
What it’s rated now is by no means true, since we don’t even know what the book is about!