One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Since I don’t have time to read anything but college textbooks lately, I decided to listen to the audiobook of Insurgent during my three hour commute. I wasn’t a big fan of Divergent, but with all the gushing reviews for its sequel, Insurgent, I wanted to join the party. I’m convinced everyone who gave Insurgent a glowing, perfect review is either bribed with brownies or under simulation. I just had to take myself out of blogging hiatus to rant about this mess of a book.
Tris, The Girl Who Got Possessed by Bella:
I was ambivalent towards her in Divergent, but I loathed her in Insurgent. For a chick that has aptitude for Erudite, she seems to be missing a few brain cells. The most frustrating thing is everyone around her fuels her superiority delusion by saying things like “Oh, you are part Erudite! You must be smarter than all of us! I would’ve never thought of that! We are all such dum-dums!” I’m going to shoot myself if my fate rested upon a mean, suicidal, and emotionally unstable sixteen year old, even if her IQ happens to be higher than mine. Girl doesn’t even have common sense, no wonder the simulation tests don’t work on her.
After witnessing her parents’ and best friend’s death, she goes into emo, suicidal mode. Bella style. But maybe slightly better than Bella because Tris is also obsessed with being a hero, which means plunging herself into dangerous situations as a sacrifice without thinking. And it always backfires. Which leads me to this:
A Brief Summary of Tris from The First Two Thirds of the Book:
Four: I LOVE YOU. Please don’t throw away your life and do stupid things, Tris!
Everyone Else: Please don’t do stupid things, Tris!
Tris: What stupid thing?
*rinse and repeat*