Thursday, 18 April 2013

Insurgent (Divergent #2), Veronica Roth - The Review

“You stupid girl,” she says. “You think this is about you, and your abnormal brain? This is not about you. It is not about me. It is about keeping this city safe from the people who intend to plunge it into hell!”

The second book in the Divergent Series, brings us more
Erudite 'evilness', full body contact with the factionless, an
unraveling of the faction system, a seeming civil war, more
breathless fast paced action and some super sensitive information
about what is 'beyond the fence'.

The Concept
While maintaining a consistent flow of twists and turns, dangle
an impossibly juicy, so-sensitive-it-is-unexpressable-and-must-only-be-seen,
information in front of the reader and ride that bait till the reader
lies squirming in your fish bucket.

The Writing
The whole book is written from Tris' first person singular present
tense (I don't know if what I mean is what I am saying but I am
sure you know the meaning of what I want to say), point of view.

The book is action packed, full of twists, and runs along at so
breathtaking a pace, that it feels like the reader is sitting in the body
of a formula one race car driver while said driver, (maybe Michael
Schumacher of old) tries to beat a field of 15 other race cars to the
finish line of a very complicated formula one race course.

Except for a period between two-thirds and three-quarters of the
race, when it seems Mrs Roth slightly loses her way and forces
crashes just because she can, without any regard for the laws of
physics (i.e,  logic, if the analogy has gotten too tiresome for you to

The Story
The story picks up from exactly where Divergent left off.
In a post-Attack simulation city, half of dauntless have inexplicably
(I mean who wakes up to the realization that he's been brainwashed
into killing his neighbours and still goes ahead to align himself with his
puppet-master?) taken the side of Erudite while the other half, having
left their dauntless home are temporarily residing in Candor.

It follows Tris as she journeys from Amity, through Candor, Dauntless,
Erudite, Abnegation and back to Erudite in an attempt to simultaneously
thwart Jeanine's world domination desires, discover and reveal some
super secret information that could change Everything, as well as do
what she can to prevent a civil war from breaking out.

The Resolution
The end, just like Divergent's seems designed as a set up for the
next book, but unlike Divergent, Insurgent gives the reader an end
with enough key questions answered for the reader to be reasonably
satisfied that the storyteller is justified to take a break where she does.

The Verdict
Insurgent is perfect for a quick, intense, get-lost-in-a-thrilling-book,
read. You should read it, and get somebody else to read it too.

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