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Books: Insurgent, by Veronica Roth 
5th-Feb-2013 09:15 pm
Today to Read
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

In four pages she destroyed a thousand pages of good plot and action.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Why the hell did she have to end it like that? For the love of all that is good storytelling, why?

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Insurgent, by Veronica Roth. YA Dystopia. Hardback, 525 pages, second in the duology.

In Divergent, Tris Prior made the decision that was supposed to guide her adult life. Instead, it made her just strong enough to fight back when the five factions fell into chaos. In this book, Tris must work past the memories of death and destruction (in the Divergent conclusion) to find out the purpose in the fighting, resolve the conflict, and bring about a new "world" order. She... doesn't. She spends a lot of the second book arguing with her teenage crush, Tobias, about love and trust. She also spends a lot of time making promises she won't keep, deliberately telling lies, and generally getting herself into messes.

I picked this book up because Divergent (link to my review) was quite good. Heck, it was voted Good Reads book of the year in 2011. But unfortunately, Insurgent can't compare. I recommend Insurgent to people who just have to know how to fight ends. Otherwise, I recommend that everyone else stick with Divergent as a stand-alone.

Books for 2013
Comments 
6th-Feb-2013 03:02 am (UTC)
Didn't I warn you about this?
6th-Feb-2013 11:07 am (UTC)
Yes, yes you did. I didn't think it was going to be this bad.
6th-Feb-2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I only warn for the truly egregious! And man... Ugh.

(I.e. I liked Matched a lot and was disappointed by Crossed, but I could vaguely accept it as a book that had as its sole purpose traveling to the end of the trilogy. Insurgent, however, just undermined her whole mythos. Annoying book!!!! RRRRRAAARRR!)
6th-Feb-2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Sure, I get it. I haven't read the third in Matched/Crossed/Lit on Fire... yet. My niece said it was ok. On the same note, Birthmarked was good, Prized was... odd, and I haven't decided if I want to try the third one.

Insurgent didn't have to go that way. It really didn't. She didn't have to bother expanding the worldview to larger than the first 1.5 books. But she did, and totally blew away almost all of the reasons for... ok. I'll stop now.
6th-Feb-2013 10:49 am (UTC)
Some authors just can't end stories. There are a couple where I read books 1-3 and ignore book 4, because well at least I've gotten a good story.
6th-Feb-2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
I just read a new-to-me Tom Holt book, and I got paranoid as I approached the last chapter since every once in a while he writes a really enjoyable book and then destroys it utterly in the last 15 pages. Only author who I've ever been tempted to rip apart a book over. I settled for putting a note in my copy of the book in question "STOP READING HERE!!!!"
6th-Feb-2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thankfully, Melebeth warned me about the Paranormalcy series. I read the first one and said "that was nice" and went on with my life.
6th-Feb-2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I've seen you react so strongly to a book before! Given that I have very limited tolerance for YA dystopia to begin with, I'm guessing I should give this series a miss.
6th-Feb-2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
I think the first one was good. If you don't mind unhappy endings, Divergent had a solid world-building and an interesting take on the dystopia flavor. But just stop there and go watch paint dry when you are done.
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6th-Feb-2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
It's good for the first 200 pages. Then it's ok for another 300. Then... well, I'm sorry.

Also, I plan to return this copy to my SIL this Sunday, so you might want to put it on your library list.

Edited at 2013-02-06 03:38 pm (UTC)
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