In her follow up to Divergent, with Insurgent Roth once again takes readers into the faction controlled world of Tris and Tobias who are fighting just to stay alive and to prevent the leader of the faction in control of the pursuit of knowledge (Jeanine) from turning the citizens of their world into mindless drones who would lose free will and the right to exist as individuals. This book when into very great detail about Tris' emotional struggle and depression that she had to deal with after losing her parents and having to shoot a close friend in the previous book. This combined with the interpersonal conflicts between Tris and 'Four'; and Tris and Christina and other characters throughout this story made this a very engrossing read for me especially since I have two psychology related degrees.
The details, and scenery were wonderfully described; in addition I literally felt myself being pulled into the story I finished the book in two sittings and can honestly say I enjoyed every minute. It seemed to show struggles that many people face both in adolescence and through adulthood. Tris is a character that many different age groups can relate to and in this book I was literally rooting her on through every page.
The book contained many dilemmas that everyone has to face eventually dying, losing someone you love, mortality, learning how to solve interpersonal conflicts, and learning that when you truly love someone you are willing to put their needs above your own. Insurgent is one of my new favorites; it shows that when humanity is faced with overwhelming odds we can pull ourselves back up and come back swinging; also it has a great surprise ending ;) But you need to read it to find out!
Honestly, to me, this book wasn't quite as good as the first book of the series, even though I still really enjoyed it. I'm not sure if it is simply because I've read SO MANY BOOKS and seen SO MANY MOVIES with this same type of plot twist, but about halfway through the book, I was able to figure out how the book was going to end, what was 'behind the fence' so to speak. I didn't know exact details, of course, but I knew, without a doubt, what was going to happen at the end of the book. That, to me, made the book a little less awesome than the first one, which was totally unique.
That being said, I still loved the book enough that, the moment I finished it, I began reading the third book in the series to see what is going to happen and how the series is going to end. At least, I THINK the third book is the end. There isn't going to be a fourth, right Divergent fanatics?
I still highly recommend this series and will continue to do so unless something really crazy happens and the third book just totally sucks eggs, but honestly, I don't foresee that happening.
I did not like this novel as much as 'Divergent.' This book often finds Tris crying and screaming, things she never did before, even when being beaten to a pulp. Also, the relationship issues seem contrived and the plot unnecessarily convoluted. Obviously, I liked it enough to give it 3.5 stars, but by comparison with the first book, the second is a bit of a disappointment.
An OK follow up to Divergent. I was not as impressed by the second book, however. I thought it was weaker in plot and anticlimatic at the end. I was left with a "so what?" kind of feeling. It's not that I thought it was a poor entry to the story or not an integral part-- it just shouldn't have left off there.
I think that this story also left many things throughout unexplained. Almost as if the author couldn't figure out how to get character A from one place to another ... so poof, all of a sudden the character was just "there." Example, it took great planning to enter the Eurdite compound in one scene, yet in another, a character has all of a sudden gained entrance, somehow.
I'm also not a fan of the characters' development. Caleb's progression should have been a bigger deal. Why Peter helps Tris was a luke warm reason and how Peter becomes such an "important" person is totally ignored.
Still, all in all, a very interesting and unique story. The author has a wonderful way of "showing" the audience what is going on through her writing. That is the sign of a good writer. Her writing style allows the reader to be right there in the moment with the characters.
I will definitely be reading the third. I do think it's a shame that it won't be released until the fall of 2013. Seems like a long time to wait.