I had been not-so-patiently awaiting the release of Insurgent ever since I finished Divergent ... which I read cover to cover the day it was released, so it was a long, excruciating wait.
I love that Insurgent places the readers exactly where Divergent left us. Everyone is reeling from the aftermath of what has just occurred, and we see first-hand how these characters are being affected by recent events and how they are going to cope with everything they’ve lost. While I enjoyed Insurgent, I missed Divergent’s change of pace and some of the characteristics that made me fall so hard for these characters. There were a few times I wanted to knock Four’s and Tris’s heads together, because they weren’t doing the things I wanted them to do or having the conversations I wanted them to have. Although, if I were doing the writing, their story would end up complete romantic fluff, so we’re all lucky that Ms. Roth is the brilliant best-selling author and I am just a humble fangirl.
I loved the deeper look into Four that this sequel brought us. He goes through tremendous character development, and, just when I think I can’t possibly love him more, he says or does something that proves I can.
“‘Sleep,’ he says. ‘I'll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.’
‘With what?’ ‘My bare hands, obviously.’”
“It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place:
not because they are perfect, but because they are alive.
Because they are free.”
Insurgent definitely had a couple of jaw-dropping moments for me, and that, along with Ms. Roth’s masterful story telling, made this a very enjoyable sequel. Although this book didn’t quite measure up to Divergent, Four and Tris remain one of my favorite fictional couples.
“Cruelty does not make a person honest,
the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”
“And sometimes, if you want the truth, you have to demand it.”