Insurgent by Veronica Roth

July 1, 2012

Title : Insurgent
Series : Divergent #2
Author : Veronica Roth
First Published : May 2012
Publisher : HarperCollins/HarperTeen
Pages : 525
Genre : dystopian fiction, romance and action
Extras : none
Price : US $12.00 (IDR 120k)
Rating : 10/10

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. Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.


"One choice- A choice becomes a sacrifice. A sacrifice becomes a loss. A loss becomes a burden. A burden becomes a battle. One choice can destroy you."

Soon after I finished reading Divergent, I simply couldn't bear the thought of how mind-blowing it was. And I did put the highest expectation on the second book, Insurgent, and my, Veronica Roth, how in the hell did you manage to do it all over again, even in a better way? Manipulating my mind to love it better, even I wanted to kiss the book! Best book in 2012, no doubt.

The story flows right after the most hookly awesome end in Divergent (lucky for me that I read Divergent late, because I could easily continue the ride within 3 days span), with no time lag at all; it's like she gave you a slight chill, but then she quickly pulls your hand to jump on a train again with her, taking you to wherever she wants you to be. And better (or worse?), she doesn't slow down. Plus, you should be thankful that she doesn't throw you a spark of boredom, instead, she provides you with dozens of PiƱata with more and more surprises and twisted plots inside. For whatever things she intends to do, she's still messing our heads up with conflicts, conspirations, betrayal and traumas. Maybe she does it just for fun, but that fun works; it gives me thrill in a fast-paced and constantly tenseful way. Well done.

A little advice for you who hasn't read this book; slow down. I know this book is highly addictive; you simply can't stop sucking it, but then again, focus, or you're gonna get lost. I find that the plot goes real fast; you won't notice because you're enjoying it already. Roth makes quite a recipe in terms of plot : fast with jolt of excitements; a spoonful of suspense and kicking actions, a pinch of deeply frustated romance, a drop of teary friendship and alliance, a piece of juicy betrayal, and a bar of ugly truth and acknowledgement, all in a bowl of well-maintained and captivating story.

I honestly kinda lost in the middle, as my mind was overwhelmed with all Insurgent's things. It is hard to connect all the missing pieces as whole, moreover to follow the fast track, but I feel like it simply something that I need to do, or else, I won't be able to sleep. Praise to the Roth for finally embraces every other factions besides Dauntless and Abnegation (moreover, the factionless) through a short yet well-balanced sizzling journeys. And we finally get to see more of Divergents and their 'things'. Plus, the appearance and the development for each old and new characters are interesting to keep up; it's easy to like and dislike them. I'm enjoying every events that are happening to them, as it is the world's most intriguing moment.

I still love Tris in this book. I somehow find her more mature than ever; she acts and thinks like grown up (I wonder if her Divergence has anything to do with it). It is interesting to watch her swallows some ugly truths, diving in her own guilt, as well as her intention to fight over her selfishness. It is interesting to watch her struggle to find out her actual being; as Dauntless, Abnegation, or simply Divergent. Her journey; as being strong, then vulnerable, then cracked, then rise again, inspires me, as well as her bravely spoken words and demands (which is smart of you, Roth). She's the heroine, as all events are meant to be hers; Insurgent is Tris's. And let's talk about Four; man he's been through a lot. I can't imagine how overwhelmed and cracked he is, as all changes are banging into him, forces him to stay or decide. I will say that Four in Insurgent is far more vulnerable than Four in Divergent. Let's just say, he's Tobias again. Tobias, who has only four fears but he still is afraid of his own father, hatred all over him. He steals the show, I can say. And the relationship between those two, not much developing, but it is desperate. Let's just say that their relationship is somehow strong but still is fragile, as if Tris tries to kick it out of her way, then there it is, a broken glass, a shattered heart. As much as I love (and envy, I mean, who doesn't?!) their closeness, every touch they make, every little out-breathe moment between them, it still confuses me how they're willing to take it further, as they do too many PDA (even when they're in war, like seriously dude?), like what next?

I will brutally say (by yelling while running around a park, whatever you imagine me to do) that I SERIOUSLY CAN'T WAIT FOR ANOTHER YEAR to read the last and the most anticipated series to be written and released. I mean, I can't stand the ending, as it is the biggest twist Roth ever pulls (damn it). I REALLY NEED TO KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT, real soon.

Last words, Insurgent is probably Roth's best work besides Divergent, as it able to intoxicated you with whatever she puts in it as well as it creates a whole complete package of something we called an awesomeness. Thrill, tense, tears, you name it, the best of it. I don't think I need to recommend you to read it, as it definitely the best dystopian YA slash fiction novel (besides THG, to be honest) I've ever read. You decide whether to read it or not. And a call for every producers, directors and production houses out there in Hollywood, EXECUTE THIS ONE AS A MOVIE, will you? Be brave!

btw, that Amity's logo on the cover is as cool as hell! Whoever made that, damn you talented person!

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