Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #2)

3 Stars

No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.

In Insurgent we get to see more of the world outside Dauntless. We get a glimpse of the culture and compounds of the other factions, which was nice. I especially liked Amity’s. It felt like your traditional “countryside” town where conflicts were almost nonexistent. The way this world’s society functioned reminded me of how Districts in Panem worked: one industry per faction.

Now on to the story: this book had so many conflicts I’m not even sure where to start. I suppose the most important climax was the Erudite HQ invasion near the end of the book. What I liked about this was that the characters were given a chance for redemption. No one was truly purely good or purely evil. They showcased humanity by letting forgiveness prevail over pain and sorrow.

What bothered me though was how easily Erudite was able to gain control and power over the other factions. Yes, they had the technology and the smarts, but I felt like the other factions succumbed way too easily as if they had no backbone whatsoever. Weren’t factions supposed to be equally important, relevant and necessary? At least that was how the founders designed their society to be. It felt like Erudite was given too much advantage, like the others had no choice at all but to conform. I was mostly disappointed by the Candor’s frailty under pressure.

*WARNING: SOME SPOILERS*

The greatest cliffhanger was the ending: The Message from Edith Prior, who’s probably Tris’ great-great-grandmother. Must be several generations before her since the society had been established way before her mother’s. So, apparently, they’re placed inside the fence for the sake of humanity’s moral and spiritual development. I honestly can’t imagine how bad and cruel mankind has become “outside” for them to resort to this method of self-preservation. Although interesting, the big reveal was not exactly original. The concept strongly reminded me of  The Village (Shyamalan), The Maze Runner (James Dashner) and City of Ember (Jeanne DuPrau). Despite all the cons, I’m actually pretty excited on what will happen in the next book. The ending of Insurgent was pretty vague. Everybody shouting could’ve meant joy, panic, anger or total chaos.

How will the people progress? Will they finally cross the wall? What’s the real world really like? Are there still existing cities? Conflicting countries? Warring societies? If there are, how will our faction-based society reintegrate into the real world?

I guess I’ll just have to wait for the third book, Allegiant, to find out.

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