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“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth is the long-anticipated sequel to “Divergent.” It features a futuristic Chicago in which there are 5 factions, or groups that you choose to live in for the rest of your life. Each faction is defined by one trait: Abnegation, the selfless, Dauntless, the brave, Erudite, the intelligent, Amity, the peaceful, and Candor, the honest. Each faction believes the opposite of their trait to be the reason for war. (i.e, Abnegation attributes selfishness to war, Dauntless cowardice, etc.) Literally, as soon as I put “Divergent” down after not being able to stop reading, I was just like “…what in the world am I supposed to do with my life now? I can’t wait until MAY for the next book!” And when May 2012 finally arrived I had overdue library books, so I couldn’t check it out, and soon after I returned them they were OUT OF COPIES and then the school library closed. So FINALLY, I got to the public library, reread “Divergent” to refresh my memory, (even better the second time through), shut myself off from society, and delved into “Insurgent.”
The first 150 pages. Were. Ah-maz.ing. Veronica Roth doesn’t waste time with an incredible amount of detail, which is a very appropriate choice in this case. It keeps the book snappy, like an action movie. There was action, suspense, sweetness, and hilarity had me zipping through at a pace my eyes were not capable of moving, and my brain was not capable of comprehending. I just needed. To know. What. Happened.
But gradually, my interest sort of, slowed down. It was just… okay.
A BOOK BY VERONICA ROTH!? “JUST *OKAY!?*”
(Even though it’s the second book she’s ever published.)
I felt like the action was overused, and it just became so extreme that it wasn't very believable. It kept going around in circles. I mean, as a reader, we understand the first time. We don’t need to be told the same thing over and over and over unless you want to hammer in a specific point each time, or you switch it up a little, but I really wasn’t feeling that vibe. “Oh! Let’s go throw ourselves in danger again!” “Okay!” “Whoa, that was rough, dude.” “I know, man, I hate stuff like this… let’s go do it again!” “Yeah, bro!”
I also had a hard time visualizing settings. I'm not good with seeing buildings and different gadgets in my mind, so that really frustrated me.
Questionable content: sexual immorality, minor swearing, and violence. In the area of sexual immorality, no, there isn’t sex, but two characters are definitely flirting at the edge of arousal, with frequent kissing, and almost-but-not-quite taking each other’s clothes off. (That particular one and a half page scene can easily be skimmed over without missing out on anything important.) There is also plenty of violence, and in some instances it is even glorified. It’s best to be alert and discern what is really Truth if you choose to read it. (Haha, truth… that’s a theme in the book. I’m so clever. That's actually another thing I like about this: fight for te truth no matter what, because it changes everything. From a Christian perspecitvive, it's easy to see how that can apply.)
Overall, 4/5 stars. Waiting in anticipation for the final book. (Title prediction: Resurgent. Or just Urgent.)