I’m giving up on Insurgent by Veronica Roth, and it makes me want to cry. I loved Divergent, but I am about two-thirds of the way through Insurgent and ready to quit. It is frustrating because the idea behind the book is attention grabbing, and I love Tris and Tobias. While many fans will disagree with this review, there are elements of the story that do not work.
For someone with an aptitude for intelligence, Tris makes too many stupid decisions in Insurgent. She runs on instinct and does not think rationally throughout the book (or at least the part I completed). She also doesn’t even attempt to work anyone else: The leaders of her faction, Tobias, or her friends. This is not rational, brave, or intelligent.
Her relationship with Tobias becomes unrealistic. They are either not speaking to each other or making out. They have a real conversation maybe one time (Okay, I am exaggerating, but it feels that way). The relationship fails to grow or develop, but the reader must accept that they are in love. While the relationship was hypothetically strained from events in Divergent, it comes off as forced and unreal in Insurgent.
The violence. I write about zombies so please do not take this point as hypocritical. I had no problems with the use of violence in the Hunger Games or Divergent as part of the story or the writer’s craft, but the violence in Insurgent seems extreme and pointless other than to force Tris into another bad decision.
Some of the writing. The author makes changes in the narrative abruptly. At times, Tris is wounded but able to run, jump, and complete acts of daring without a problem. Nothing hurts. Then her wound is intensely painful when Tobias hugs her. The same choppy transitions occur with Tris and Tobias’s relationship. At times, she loves him and then two pages later she refuses to speak to him. The author needs more explanation before she shifts between extremes.
Insurgent has many positives, and most fans of Divergent will love it. While I loved Divergent, I had to leave Insurgent behind.