Insurgent (2012) is Veronica Roth's second book in her Divergent trilogy. I had some issues with Roth's character and plot development in Divergent (2011), but it was still interesting enough that I knew I would finish this series. And so what do I think of this second novel? The thing is, this is another one of those books that I read months ago. I can barely remember it. In order to recall my thoughts, I read through some Amazon reviews and hunted up some spoilers on the internet. It's kind of coming back to me, but Divergent certainly made more of an impression on me than this second novel.
Tris is a teenager living in a dystopian world comprised of five factions: the smart people (erudite), the selfless (abnegation), the friendly (amity), the honest (candor), and the daredevil/warmongers (dauntless). Each faction contributes something important to society. Divergent focused on Tris coming of age in her faction with an enormous upset at the end. Roth's second book deals with the fall out from the uprising/fight at the end of her first book.
In trying to probe back into my mind, I think I enjoyed reading this one because I was curious what would happen. I do think I got a little bored with Tris constantly complaining and making stupid, risky decisions. I stopped really caring about the characters because I could not always understand their motives. In looking over the Amazon reviews, almost all mentioned an amazing revelation at the end. And I had no idea what they were talking about. I think that sums up my experience of this book pretty succinctly. I read it quickly to find out what was going to happen. However, I never really felt moved, and I quickly forgot the entire plot. Entertaining fare, but it just didn't stick. I still remember most of the first book in this series better than any scene in Insurgent. However, even with this rather lackluster review, I'm sure I'll be reading the third book.