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REVIEW Insurgent 107 · One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you But every choice has conseuences 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 uestions of grief and forgiveness identity and loyalty politics and loveTris's initiation day should have beeOne choice can transform you or it can destroy you But every choice has conseuences 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 uestions of grief and forgiveness identity and loyalty politics and loveTris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration an. I want to give a big old round of applause to HarperTEEN and their insane marketing campaign Bravo That is not mockery but a legit salute I sincerely have to give it up to you for convincing me that I had to own this book I was caught up and boarded the Twitter hype train as it drove me round and round the blogosphere's Factions BTW I still don't know who drives the damn train So by the time I stepped into my local bookstore and laid eyes on Insurgent I happily handed over my 1799 I wasn't thinking logically It was as if I was under a simulation HAHAHA Did you see what I did thereAnd that ending Ugh I I I need a moment Let me just stop myself right here before I end up writing a really negative review and 1 starring one of the most anticipated books of 2012 But know I am displeased VERY Just look at how long it took me to finish the book What a shame The most anticipated book of 2012 is my most disappointing read so far After all the positive reviews I read I knew for sure I'd love it Unfortunately it didn't work out that way I was conflicted on whether to give this book one or two stars In the end Insurgent's saving grace is that it simply doesn't belong with some of my other one starred books So I feel I must warn whoever stumbles across this review If this is one of your favorite series and you love it with the burning passion of a supernova this review might have the potential to piss you off It might be best for both you and I if you just hit the back button now before things get going Go on Spock and I will waitwhistlesOh you're staying huh Well strap yourself in because I have a feeling it might just be one of those reviewsSpock tells me this review must contain mild spoilers in order to logically explain this illogical novel Sorry kids Spock's callThe first big negative right off the bat was that Insurgent picks up directly after Divergent left off There is virtually no recap to the story or characters and if you read the book a year ago well you may be screwed But thankfully Roth wrote up a lovely little cheat sheet for just this purpose Yay However the problem doesn't just lie with remembering names It lies with the connection the reader may or may not have had with the characters in Divergent which was now non existent since I could barely remember who was who What's that you say So and so just got shot in the head I'm sorry I can't find a single fuck to give Then we are introduced to even characters So not only do I have to attempt to remember the old characters but I have to keep track of these newbies too That's just way too much work Obviously this isn't really Insurgent's fault but I thought it would helpful to point this outThe PlotWhat happened here What happened to the action packed dystopian series I was introduced to in Divergent Where the hell was Tris and why was Bella playing her role Why did Four suddenly update his Facebook status to Douche Bag Who's idea was it to turn Insurgent into a Dystopian Romance One thing I loved about Divergent was that the romance took a back seat to the story and action But in Insurgent the action is scattered with a heavier focus on Tris and Four's relationship Look that is not what I signed up for I really don't care if Four loves Tris or if they'll end up riding a unicorn that poops rainbows as they ride off into the sunset Whatever whatever whateverSo the Erudite are trying to take over their world by creating a new serum for those that are Divergent while the Factionless plan a rebellion But all that usually happens in the background with occasional mention to keep the reader up to date Most of the novel we are stuck in Tris' head as she goes into angst mode over Four her parents and Will It was so boring I felt like I was stuck in a throwback episode of As the World Turns On repeat Save me But wait We have a random plot twist at the end right before the battle is about to go down Marcus Four's abusive father decides to enlist Tris to help him retrieve information stolen from Abnegation He tells her it's super secret and that he can't tell her what it is because it's something you have to see that she'll just have to trust him Doing so would betray Four She agreesWait PauseTris hates Marcus Tris loves Four Tris doesn't know what information they would be retrieving She also doesn't know if Marcus is telling her the truth She has absolutely no reason to believe him No real evidence to back up his claim She agrees Without much thought Tris is supposed to have an aptitude for Erudite right She's supposed to be logical RIGHT Tris pack your bags I think Spock has just voted you off the islandThat makes no sense And then when I found out the super big secret guess what He could have easily told her I smell and easy plot cop out folks The secret is kept long enough from the reader just so it can push you off the cliff on the last pageWorld BuildingIn Divergent I let a lot slide and roll off me because I was entertained throughout the entire book I'm known to do that with a lot of books like Wither and Across the Universe for example I could not do it with Insurgent You see I have the attention span of a fruit fly If I'm not fully engaged in the book I'm going to notice things Things I probably wouldn't care too much about if I were enjoying myself Like how the Erudite wear glasses just because they're smart Or how even though Tris is emotionally unbalanced 16 year old everyone still looks to her to analyze the situation Or even how impossible I find these factions How is it that you can put all of these traits into neat little boxes and ask a person to choose one over the others This is the same problem I had with The Hunt In both novels the author tries to pitch an idea of human behavior completely different from what reality is but you can clearly see the flaws with it However the main character fully believes in that world and way of thinking They try to rationalize it convince you of it Yes I realize it's a Dystopian novel but this is a hard concept to sell because it makes it difficult for me to sympathize with the main character their conflicted feelings and understand their world Believability is key for me and I have a hard time believing this world Tris freuently switches back and forth between her Dauntless Erudite and Abnegation sides Other characters comment on her embracing one trait depending on what the situation calls for it But this doesn't work for me Real talk you can't just put logical thinking back in the toy chest when you decide you don't want to play with it any It doesn't work like that At least I don't think so SpockI'm getting no ish vibesTrisThis series gets a lot of comparisons to The Hunger Games and in a way I can see why You have your young girl who one way or another plays an important part in bringing forth change to her society And if I really had to compare the two I'd say that Insurgent is like Mockingjay Tris is depressed struggling to hold it together and fight in the war The difference comes into play when Tris borderline gives up while Katniss kicked ass until the very end I'm not saying Tris didn't have the right to be depressed because I do believe she did But it was really over done for me I felt like I was drowning in her angst This book is over 500 pages long and most of the action doesn't even show up to the party until the last 30 pages So what was Tris doing for the other 500 pages Not a damn thing No scratch that Spock tells me that is inaccurate Tris was in fact doing something She was off being selfless trying to get herself killed so that no one else would die Bella is that you I didn't know you did Dystopias now That irritated me to no end At one point she turns herself into the Erudite because they threatened to kill off people until Divergent started surrendering So of course Tris thinks it has to be her and sneaks off to give herself up before the Dauntless can form a plan Now let's think about this logically Tris knows the Erudite want to experiment on her for a Divergent proof serum Which means people would be enslaved andor killed because of her turning herself in facepalm Then she almost dies but it was too late because I had run out of fucks by then So I had to shake Spock down for some What do you mean you're out of fucks One of us has to care if Tris lives or dies The EndingOkay lots of spoilers here folks Spoilers all around from this point onI didn't like the ending I felt cheated because I had hung on for the ending Everyone said how it made up for the rest of the book and what not but here's the thing The ending couldn't make up for all the angst filled fluff the rest of the book was stuffed with I didn't feel the anticipation throughout the novel and I hate to admit that I was really tempted to skim The villan was killed really fast without much of a fight I always hate when that happens The villan has been giving the characters hell all throughout the story and by the time their number is up they beg for their life and die by a simple stab woundYes if you kill me you'll never find the informationstabby stabinsert blood and stuffUGH I'M MELTINGdies Still no fucks I see That's cold bro And the big secret wasn't anything you couldn't have guessed from Divergent It's revealed that the world is in chaos outside of the fence Murders destruction etc The weird thing is that I actually forgot about their society being enclosed in the fence until it was brought up near the end It totally slipped my mind But I digress The entire point of their society was to be a fresh start to the world Somehow by boxing people in these Factions and waiting for the Divergent to emerge that euates to saving humanity I'm not exactly sure how that works since the book just ends with that revelation and the Acknowledgements rolled But I feel like Roth wrote herself all the way to a deserted island sent up her SOS signal and that cliffhanger fell right out of the sky to the rescue sigh I really hate cliffhangers It was one of the things that I liked about Divergent For the most part things were tied up but with Insurgent It's uite the mess we'll be walking into in book threeWill I read the next book Yes because I've come this far and I'm hoping I will enjoy book three as much as I enjoyed Divergent I think Insurgent suffers from Second Book Syndrome and the infamous Hype Train may it die in a fire the Hype Train not the book But ultimately I'm interested in how Roth will explain away everything Maybe then this whole series will make perfect logical sense to me Until then drink time SpockMore reviews and shenanigans at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog

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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. People I have discovered are layers and layers of secrets Umm no honey You're thinking of something else Of the three books this book is the long neglected and likely disturbed middle child Not as fun as the first nor as smart as the third Doesn't contribute or stand out Essentially it's just there staring at us and wanting us to notice it The plot Tris Co are betrayed run to a new faction cue long description of new factionfaction life Tris Co are betrayedrun to new factionetc Literally the whole book is Tris running around of the Divergent world It's like Veronica spent too much time designing these factions and didn't want the effort to go to wastehence we get the grand tour Well I shouldn't say that's all we getwe also get gems like this “Killing you is not the worst thing they can do to you I say Controlling you is” You could completely skip this novel and not miss a thing for the third Oh wait They do use the classic 'government knew of everything and manipulated every possible thing to get this exact outcome' LovelyMy favorite part When Veronica Roth assumed we were too stupid to understand the title Insurgent he says Noun A person who acts in opposition to the established authority who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent Mind Freaking Blown YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

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InsurgentD 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 irrevocable and even powerful Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt radical new discoveries. Uh oh Why did I break my promise to myself and read this bookWas it my curiosity Well I need to be careful After all curiosity killed the cat and I'm a Leo Uh oh Now I'm afraid that this book may have made me use up a few of my allotted nine lives OO Welcome back to the senseless world of dystopian Chicago where you are only allowed to have one personality trait which apparently is determined in what seems to be an euivalent of a 5 uestion multiple choice test And this ridiculousness is presented very seriously Let's catch up shall weIf you happen to give your seat on a bus to an old lady well you must be selfless Welcome to Abnegation where you can enjoy shapeless clothes and bland foodIf you have ever wondered how stuff works and dared to ask a smart uestion welcome to the EEEEvil Educated Erudites Exclusive Establishment A set of complementary spectacles and a seat at the library are waiting for youYou frown upon lying Welcome to candid life of Candor Enjoy your lie detector tests Now there's only one answer you can give to the eternal uestion Does this make me look fat and punched in the face you will be no doubtYou are a tree hugging or people hugging hippie Amity 'nuff said You are a near suicidal borderline sociopath who loves jumping off moving trains and beat the crap out of people Heh heh You must be Brainless Dauntless Enjoy your youth because you'll die young and in true Darwin Awards fashionBut what if you happen to be a normal person with than one personality trait What if you are a tree hugging gardening loving hippie who helps old ladies cross the street while being able to truthfully recite 34 decimal digits of pi HIGH ALERT YOU ARE DIVERGENT THE HORROR YOU ARE SOMEHOW SPECIAL DANGER TO THE SOCIETY RUN AND HIDEThis how we left things in Divergent that for all its flaws was uite entertaining Now we're moving on to Insurgent where ridiculous overpowers the fun amidst nothing happeningWe start with our lovely heroine Tris recently tortured and shot in the shoulder after which she lost uite a bit of blood right away easily jumping off trains and running around like the invincible little special snowflake she is When she's not defying basic laws of human physiology she moons over her boyfriend Tobias and tries to pull the traditional YA self sacrificing for the sake of the loved one clichéPeripheral characters die left and right in this book but Tris is not even slowed down by serious physical injuries It's like she's Superman's long lost cousin And how exactly is she so badass Is it her 'extensive' Dauntless training I beg to differAfter a few weeks of haphazard training in the Dauntless compound the training that appeared to consist of teenagers pummeling each other into pulp shooting guns and throwing knives without any real instructions jumping from moving trains and never actually having time to recover from physical injuries and playing 'Capture the Flag' Tris is of course a highly trained physical menace If that's what makes you so super fit in this dystopian world the rest of them must be so deconditioned they fall over from just walking Dauntless training Left what we are expected to believe it is Right what it probably looked like the entire timeSeriously all the training happened in the previous book This one really presents Tris as an accomplished badass again after a month or so of physical training Really book Tobias apparently less than impressed with Tris's special snowflake ness spends the majority of this book pouting at her yelling at her being bossy patronizing dismissive and full of double standards In the meantime Tris spends uite a bit of time swooning over him while Nataliya spends uite a bit of time perfecting the eye rolling exercises my version of Dauntless workouts using eye muscles only And here's the worst thing in many many many many pages of this book not much of significance ever happens SeriouslyThe rest of the story the parts not about Tobias and Tris' relationship consists of contrived yet repetitive situations in this ridiculously constructed world that is completely unsustainable the way it's presented that read like a 12 year old wrote them Go to a new compound meet stupid and selfishevilplottingweak leaders engage in a confrontation with the Erudites meet those prejudiced against you watch a peripheral character die do something noble do something reckless do something selfless rinse repeat pass 'Go' collect some angst pointsMost side characters are so under developed and one sided that the idea of the world where people are okay with being defined only by a single uality almost begins to make sense except I think it's less deliberate planning than poor characterization Add to this the fact that not much actually happens in this book to meaningfully advance the plot in any way and you see how this can get juuuuust a bit frustrating And the much talked about ending I found it a ridiculous and b uite predictable I called it not that far into the book thinking about the only possible way a world so illogical as this one would ever come into being and in all honesty I watched enough of M Night Shyamalan's films to jump to the conclusion that is the Big Reveal Call me nerdy Well yeah Hey but at least we get a mention of prefrontal cortex and mirror neurons in the context of pseudo science of the Erudites here Neuroscience Made Ridiculously Simple huh If things like that are what makes the Erudite seem smart this world is screwedBy the way What did smart people ever do to Veronica Roth Erudite Evil gets annoying rather uickly Why is it that it's the brave who are awesome and all the other ualities appear vastly inferior Is it because Gryffindor in Harry Potter another universe that sorted kids by their one defining character trait housed the brave Is it because bespectacled kids the stereotypical 'smart' seem like easy targets on the playground C'mon Veronica Roth smart kids are cool oh kayCool smart people See I'm not kiddingAnyway 2 stars I feel generous since I had so much fun looking for all the Big Bang Theory images for this review I still may read the third one because apparently I enjoy torturing myself with eyeroll worthy books By the way my review of 'Divergent' is right over hereAnd my review of the final book in the series 'Allegiant' is here