Wine Pairing: I recommend pairing a nice big glass of Barefoot Pinot Noir with your Insurgent re-read, not only because this book is dark and bloody, but our lead characters also spend a surprising amount of time running around barefoot in this story.
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, 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 questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
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.
I’m re-reading the Divergent series in preparation of Veronica Roth’s Utah tour stop NEXT MONTH! Check tour schedule below to see if she’s coming to a city near you. I’m so glad I decided to do this re-read, because there are so many things I’d forgotten and that had become muddled in my mind after watching the movie…multiple times. While I feel like they nailed the Divergent movie, there are some very critical elements to Insurgent that were changed or left out of movie altogether. I understand why they do that, because some of the elements in the book are more raw, real, and ugly, and just don’t appeal to a movie audience. The movie sugar coats the darker, emotional elements of the story to make it more widely appealing. I think it’s important though for people to contemplate what they would genuinely be thinking and feeling after that sort of traumatic incident. If you’re human, you would most likely be thinking with your emotional mind, not your rational mind, which is what we typically imagine we would be using while we’re reading the book or watching the movie from the safety of our homes. We all know how we would rationally react to a given scenario, what we can’t predict is how our emotions would change those reactions. Insurgent forces readers to confront those dark feelings and truly walk in these characters’ shoes, which is what reading is all about!
Even though it isn’t pleasant to read, I very much enjoyed the relationship tension between Tobias and Tris in this book. Their lying does, admittedly, make them both less likable characters. However, if you take the time to put yourself in their shoes and really imagine what you would be doing and what you would feeling in that situation, I feel like it’s very authentic. This is a huge trial of their relationship, and the fact that they survive it goes a long way toward redeeming their characters.
I also really wish the movie would have had the time to incorporate the return to Dauntless Headquarters and the actual attack on Erudite. The whole simulation that Tris goes through in the movie is not what Tris experiences when she gives herself over to the Erudite in the book. In the book, they already know what the big secret message is that Tris is trying to uncover. What they’re trying to do is create a Divergent-proof simulation serum. While the movie adaptation of this is entertaining, I do feel like the storyline in the book is more believable and entertaining.
Basically I’m on Team Book. No surprises there.
Book Rating:Insurgent dives deep into the psychology of Tris Prior and the trauma she is suffering after the loss of her parents, her prior faction, and the world she thought she knew. While it isn’t always pleasant to read, it’s important to read. It brings a new understanding to the idea of the emotional mind vs the rational mind and how the two correlate. This book will make you uncomfortable, will make you hate the characters at times, but it conveys some very important messages, and I feel like it is very well-done.
Cover Rating:I love all of the Divergent Series book covers. They are beautiful, and I love how they incorporate the insignias of the various factions.
Swoon Worthiness: Four is in this book. Nuff said.
Tris flings herself into deadly situation after deadly situation, not only to try to do what’s right, (let’s face it, her Abnegation is showing), but also because she is so blinded by her guilt over the death of Will and her parents, she can’t accurately see her own desire to live. Not only are these scenes high-stakes and heart-pounding, they’ll also twist your stomach into about a zillion knots, because you’ll so badly want Tris to see what a strong, capable, and important person she truly is.
Why You Should Re-Read This Book Too:
If you’re a fan of this series, re-reading it, especially after watching the movie, is crucial for you to keep yourself from forgetting the actual storyline and the depth of emotion that exists in this story.
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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.
We both have a war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.
Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.
The Nitty Gritty:
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Pub Date: May 1, 2012
*Wine Recommendations are, of course, for those of legal drinking age only.*