I know, I know. This review is long overdue. I couldn’t help it, shit happened and it took longer than I anticipated.
I will start off by admitting that I committed like a major bookworm sin and watched the movies before I started reading the books. I was late to the Divergent train (haha, pun totally intended) But I really enjoyed the movies. And then I read the books…
*Dramatic pause for effect*
Veronica Roth writes really well and now that I’ve read Insurgent I honestly think they completely screwed it up in the movie. There are way too many things they did wrong and made up in the movie. Like what was with the Divergent being suspended in the air attached to those metal pipe things during the simulations? And that box – wtf? But I’m not writing this to point out all the things that were bullshit in the movie.
Let’s get back to the book. If you haven’t read Divergent yet then I suggest you do not continue reading the rest of this review.
Go and read Divergent!
Anyway, I personally think that this is a really good trilogy.
“Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you.”
Insurgent is so much darker than Divergent. Throughout the novel Tris is dealing with the death of both her parents and the fact that she had to kill one of her best friends (Will who is also Christina’s boyfriend) while he was under the simulation. This makes for a pretty fucking depressed main character and if you’re not willing to feel them feels I suggest you wait until you’re in the mood for something like that.
That was kind of one the reasons why I tooks so long to finish it.
Warning, I’m gonna get a little personal for a moment. I lost my father in 2011. The way Tris deals with grief and emotion reminds me of 18 year old me. I could relate to her irrational thoughts and reaction in certain situations. It took me completely by surprise because as I was reading I started to become pretty depressed myself so I had to put the book down.
That, and the fact that I came across a spoiler that put me on a major reading slump. I couldn’t pick Insurgent up again for a couple of weeks because I was upset and sad and angry and aaaaaaaah! And I needed to mentally prepare myself to face my own little demons. #bookwormproblems
But please, I do not want to discourage anyone from reading Insurgent, that was just my reaction because I really did not expect to connect with the characters the way I did so I needed to re-evaluate.
I really do think this novel is worth the read. In fact it is worth a second read and there is just so many things that you have to experience while being in Tris’s head. I will warn you, there will be moments when you find yourself shouting at the book because of some of the shit Tris does or doesn’t do. And you’ll be like, “Oh my god, that could have totally been avoided if you stopped pushing everyone away!”
Lots of feels. Lots and lots and lots!
Go read it!