Insurgent, Veronica Roth
The last chapter of Divergent definitely left me curious to know what happens to the factions at war. However, as with most trilogy middles, Insurgent felt just like it was a trilogy middle. There was a lot of plot layout and foreshadowing. The characters moved around often but not a whole lot happened until the end.
Tris whined and complained a lot and I was often frustrated with her relationship with Four. I’ve known plenty of teenage romances and under more realistic circumstances couples tend to work a little harder to stay together and confide in one another.
All criticisms aside, Insurgent left me anxious and excited to find out what happens next, especially with the outside information and the factions.
Historical Value- 0
Emotional Value- 3
Entertainment Value- 4
Personal Character Value- 2
Age recommendation- 14+
“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.”
“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”
“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”
“No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.”
“Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.”
“Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.”
“The truth has a way of changing people’s plans.”
“Insurgent, he says. Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.”
“Sometimes…people just want to be happy, even if it’s not real.”
“Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.”