Thursday, May 31, 2012

YA Book Club: Insurgent


It's time for the May YA book club hosted by Tracey Neithercott, and today we are discussing Insurgent by Veronica Roth!


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.


I was a huge fan of Divergent. I got everyone I knew to read it, including my students, who actually had a little Divergent book club going on for a bit, and I was bouncing off the walls waiting for Insurgent, the second book in the series.

The thing is, though...when Insurgent finally came out it took me for-ev-er to get through it. For. Ev. Er.


There are various reasons it took me so long to get through it, but, really there is only one big reason. 

Not enough Four.

Because...you guys? I'm in love with Four. I don't give a flying fig about any of the other characters. Not even Tris. She can die in a fire for all I care...I just want MOAR FOUR. 

Every scene in this book that didn't have Four in it...I didn't care. It was torture to get through. Okay, not torture...but it was slow. Too slow. I just wanted to rush through it and get to the parts with Four again. Four angsting. Four brooding over something. Four making a plan. 

And let's not even talk about how many times I read and re-read chapter five. Man, I'm such a perv. 

So, yeah, I'm That Girl. I'm the girl who wants more kissing...always. Even at the end of the world as we know it, I want more kissing. Even in a book about...well, anything but romance. I want more kissing. Some people complain that certain books put too much emphasis on romance, I always say there isn't enough. There is never enough angst, never enough touching, and never enough making out to keep me happy, Insurgent included. The more Tris did something dumb, the more annoyed I got because I knew it would be taking her away from Four and there would be less making out than I wanted. 

Do I have any other hardcore romance lovers out there...even in dystopian books? Even in books that aren't even supposed to be romance books at all? Anyone else constantly disappointed that there isn't awesome kissing on every page?

Anyone else go back and read chapter five more than once?

No? Just me?

Ah well. 

Who else read Insurgent? What did you think about it?

24 comments:

  1. It's taking me a long time to get through Insurgent, too. So long that I didn't finish in time to participate. :(

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    1. Yeah, it was really a slow slog for me. I had a hard time keeping track of all the characters, where everyone was going, and what faction they were taking down. I liked it, but it wasn't a fast read for me at all.

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  2. Ha! MOAR FOUR indeed! I had a hard time thinking of him as Tobias--I loved the name Four.
    I wouldn't have minded more kissing, but I also appreciated that in such a desperate time/scenario the characters were often too distracted or threatened to kiss. I'm a stickler for realism, I guess. :)

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    1. It's funny how Four as a name went from being strange to being COMPLETELY SEXY.

      Yeah, it totally makes sense for the characters and the story for them to not be making out on every page, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. ;-)

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  3. I cannot tell you how much I agree with this post!!!!

    I was so disappointed in the lack of Four-ness throughout, I actually felt like I didn't want to finish reading it - and that's saying a lot! And unlike Divergent which I finished in ONE day, then promptly re-read again because I loved Four THAT MUCH - INSURGENT was so painfully slow.

    And yes, chapter 5? Ha, totally right there with you!

    But definitely, bring on the kissing...much, much, much more kissing, please. It's a good thing I dove straight from INSURGENT, right into the GRACELING series - which I devoured all 3 books in less than 2 weeks, and now I'm bummed because I need more Katsa / Po and Fire / Brigan action. See, kissing = love. Who knew?

    I will say, the the ending of INSURGENT was a good twist. And of course, it's not like I won't read the third book when it comes out - but dang-nabbit (yes, I did just type that!), there better much more of Four and his lips, is all I'm saying. :)

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    1. *high five*

      I also liked the ending, and I'm glad it didn't end how I thought it might. But, yeah, more Four and his lips FOR SURE.

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  4. Hahaha. Do I even need to answer this question? You know how I roll when it comes to romance. ;)

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  5. I love Four, too. Not quite as much as you, though. I actually liked the break from all kissing, because it made the few and far between scenes more special. @Erin- I'm with you on Bitterblue. I loved it, but I kept wanting more Katsa and Po! I actually just finished CC's City of Lost Souls, and it was a little stagnant on the plot side, but it has plennnnty steamy, steamy scenes.

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    1. It did make the few scenes more special, but I wanted MORE SPECIAL SCENES. Haha.

      I'm so ridiculous.

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  6. I have to agree with you on this. I wanted MOAR FOUR too. It seemed like most of the time they shared page time, Tris and Four were bickering. That may be more realistic than constant smooching, but it certainly wasn't as enjoyable. :P

    I also just missed the interaction between them that didn't involve making out. One thing I will say is that this book taught me that too much strife between love interests can be off-putting. I'm struggling with this in my own WiP, so now I know to tone it down a bit. See? Always a silver lining. :)

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    1. YES. Stop fighting and start making out, please!

      Ooh, and good lesson to learn! :-D

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  7. Mmmmm...Four.

    I've completely forgotten what I was going to say.

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  8. Hahaha. There can never be too much Four. I also have a serious crush on him. I didn't feel like the story dragged like you did, I guess because I never expect much romance when reading a dystopian or action-adventure story. Also, I have no idea what's in chapter five without going back to check, but I think I can guess. *deep sigh*

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    1. I never expect romance in stories like this, but I ALWAYS hope for it. :-)

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  9. Yes, more Four would have been awesome. I found that I was constantly waiting for something... More. And when they were together it just wasn't enough.

    But the book was good and I will read #3 :)

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    1. Oh heck yeah...it's going to be a LONG wait for book 3!

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  10. Oh, Jessica, we are YA Lit soul mates. I still go back and re-read the train scene in Divergent. I know you know what I'm talking about. And, really I'm with you. I liked Divergent more, like Insurgent enough, and I really missed moments with Four! All those great moments in book one where they were alone was all the action I needed, whereas the action in Insurgent was actually growing Tris' character, buuuut she sometimes comes off as TOO cerebral and preachy to me. KnowwhadImean?

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  11. We might be the same person.

    These were my thoughts EXACTLY. I liked the book (I really did!), but yeah... Not enough Four (I can't even use the name Tobias), and not enough lovin'.

    And no, there can never, EVER be enough angst, touching, kissing, or romancing. This is why I adore books like FORGET YOU and JELLICOE ROAD. They're *almost* there. :)

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    1. I REALLY need to reread Jellicoe Road. I need to be reacquainted with Jonah in a bad way.

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    2. I need to read Jellicoe Road. I don't know WHAT my problem is that I haven't read it, yet!

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  12. Four has always been my favorite part of these books. (Especially in book 1. I think the sexiest thing he ever did was say that he believes bravery and selflessness are the same thing. THAT is why I fell in love with him. For being so damn smart. For making Tris see things in a new light.) Like you, I'd have liked to see more of him in book two. Maybe #3 will be different :)

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