Rating: 4/5 stars.
My thought process two days ago: Now that I’m back from Governor’s School, I’m going to work diligently and complete my summer homework before my cruise next week!
My thought process yesterday, after beginning Insurgent: Okay, whatever. Sorry, homework. *throws AP Calculus packet aside* Tobias/Four, stop changing your name!
I’m kidding. The Tobias/Four phenomenon did not bother me as much as I think it did other people. The only slight issue I had with Insurgent was the disconnect between Tris and me in the middle of the book.
In fact, I loved the rocky relationship between Tris and Tobias/Four. The trust issues and the fights they had were not insipid or immature – they were unavoidable plot problems that they each had to deal with. Sure, Tris behaved rashly at times, and sure, Tobias/Four might have had an issue with communication, but the foils they faced were real enough so that readers would not have to castigate Tris and Tobias/Four for their actions.
Another aspect of the book I enjoyed was Tris’ character development. She went from blindly accepting the faction system, to questioning it, to finally realizing its flaws. The change in her mindset was not abrupt or clear – it was slow and subtle and confusing, just like it should’ve been.
Overall, while I did not love this book like I did Divergent, I still finished it in one day and am eager to read the next installment. Veronica Roth knows how to captivate people with her words, and the betrayal and bloodshed in this book will not leave readers disappointed. Highly recommended to fans of Divergent and to those seeking a seriously mind-blowing YA dystopian series.