Ah, the curse of the second novel. It seems that whenever I start reading a new series, I get all gung-ho with the first novel, wait patiently (or not so patiently) for the second novel, only to be underwhelmed. It’s been a long time since I read the second novel in a series and found it to be as engaging and exciting as the first.
I’m afraid I have mixed feelings about Veronica Roth’s ‘Insurgent’, sequel to the wildly popular ‘Divergent’. I was soooo looking forward to this book and it didn’t deliver as much as I’d hoped – maybe my expectations were too high!
Roth pulls no punches in ‘Insurgent’ – it begins literally within hours of where the first book left off. Tris and Tobias (Four) find themselves in the middle of a war in which they have no choice but to fight. Half the Abnegation are dead, Amity continue to keep to themselves, Candor are undecided and the Dauntless have split. Half are aligning themselves with Erudite and the power-hungry Jeanine and half are left drifting. When Candor and Amity refuse aid, the renegade Dauntless have no choice but to align themselves with the underground population of Divergent. But are the Divergent an ally they can trust? And what exactly is Erudite hiding?
Tris, after the horrific death of her parents, spends most of the novel ricocheting through various levels of grief. Her determination and bravery are still there, and an excellent part of her character, but her on-again off-again relationship with Tobias is a little annoying. I would almost rather a giant rift come between them for the whole novel and have them reconcile right at the very end! I reckon they fight and make up about eight times during the novel – it’s a bit distracting. Most of ‘Insurgent’ is action packed and pretty violent, and I got a little tired of it after awhile. However, there is a revelation at the end of the novel that leads into the third book that is exciting and certainly makes me want to continue reading!!
All in all, a predictable second novel that sets up a blockbuster finale. By the way, this is a great series for anyone studying ‘The Nature of Man’ in English.
Happy Reading! Ms White 🙂