Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
I listened to Divergent almost a month ago but hesitated when it was time to read the sequel. I really liked Divergent, I thought it was pretty fucking brilliant! But, I had heard all about how unhappy (and mad) readers were after reading Allegiant an well, it kind of freaked me out. What the hell happened to make people dislike a book so much. But curiosity got the best of me and I decided since most readers seemed to like Insurgent, I would go ahead and read it then decide if I should continue with the series after…
Perhaps my favorite thing about this book was how badass and kind of heartless Tris had become. She was threatening to kill and/or shoot people left and right! Although, in her defense, most of them deserved it. And she is dealing with some pretty heavy stuff she suffered through in book one. The drawback of this however was how distant she became with Four. I was frustrated at how closed off she became with Four…but, at the same time I understood. Still, poor Four. (Theo let me hug you!) We did get to see some swoony Four moments that I really enjoyed. Although for 512 pages I would have liked more. Because of you can’t make time for a little action while being afraid you might die any day, then when can you??? Still, I found myself enjoying this story and despite the length, I was never bored. Annoyed and frustrated yes, bored? No way! There were so many interesting plot twists to this (some I saw coming, some that blind-sighted me) that it helped over look the parts that bothered me.
My one big issue with Insurgent was Tris and her all-to-ready-to sacrifice-herself attitude. Girl, I get that you are hurt and lost and confused but do you have to turn everything into a suicide mission? What does this say about your feelings for Four that your so ready (and maybe a little too eager?) to die? Towards the end I was ready to say ‘just let her go Four! I’ll comfort you.’ Despite my major frustration over this, I still found myself fascinated by this worlds and especially the fear landscapes. Once again, I can’t wait to see how this is played out in the second movie. I still enjoyed Insurgent, just not as much as Divergent….
After finishing Insurgent, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read Allegiant. So I went online and read all the spoilerific reviews of it….I don’t think I’ve ever done this before. I felt all dirty and wrong. Anyway, I’m soooooo glad that I stopped the series where I did. I wouldn’t have minded the ending if it was necessary or if it made sense or if the rest of the book made up for it, but it looks like neither of these were the case. Seems like she took a page from Suzanne Collins ‘how to end a trilogy’ lesson. AKA, kill all the characters. I’m definitely curious to see how this will be played out in the final movie. After all, their main goal at the end of the day is to make money and I can’t imagine how they can do that while pissing everyone off. This is one of the rare cases where I’m praying they change the ending and give it the ‘hollywood’ ending. Although I’m sad and disappointed that this trilogy ended this way, I’d rather stop on a good note meanwhile I pretend that Tris and Four lived happily ever after. Don’t you dare try to convince me otherwise!
Audiobook Comments: Nothing new to add to this section that I didn’t talk about in my Divergent review. It’s Emma Galvin, she’s one of my favorite narrators and she does the books justice.
If I get another book it will be in the written form. I can not stand the narrators who have done the series!
Absolutely not phony stupid voices! Will never listen to another book she does!
I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!
This is a series that questions what is fundamental about human nature: good or evil. It is a classic literary and philosophical question and never fails to entertain when done well. Veronica Roth has created a compelling world in which to ask this question. But there are two issues that consistently bother me throughout these stories. (1) Veronica Roth tries too hard to make a point about religion as an opiate. Indeed, the correlations she tries to make between her dystopia and religion feel forced at times. (2) The first two books in this series are written from only one point of view, a teenage girl. If you are like me, you may find it slightly tiresome to consistently be presented with only one point of view. All and all, this is an entertaining read but doesn't achieve the philosophical journey it is attempting.
Started to enjoy listening to books after a far too long break from reading nothing but scientific books.
I really enjoyed the development of Tris and her life in this more chaotic continuation of the series.
Tris is my favorite character performed by Emma, but with that said I really think she made a great job with all characters!
I would say that the ending of the book was the moment that made the most impact.
I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy series. Insurgent was not quite as good as divergent but still quite enjoyable. The best feature of the story was absolutely the narrator the stunning job and was very believable as the narrator Tris
I couldn't say that there was anything in particular that I enjoyed the most about the story I can't say that I did find the characters to be a bit whiny and not as well-developed as in divergent
I was a bit disappointed with the way the author kept going back to our main characters fears and traumas, even though they did not effect the story. at certain points it reminded me of a screen play for a telenovela.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
Very entertaining. Kept my attention but I think I liked the first book better. At some point I will listen to the third but not compelled at this time.
At one point Eric tells Trish he can't believe she was so stupid as to not bring a gun. Eric was right. It's impossible for me to believe that Trish can go from stone cold killer to unable to touch a gun even when her life and the life of others depend on her. I struggled through many other ridiculous plot twists, but this was one too many.
Emma did an excellent job with the material she was given. I have no favorite.
Disappointment. Divergent was a decent story. It's too bad Insurgent is such a flop.
If you are a teenage girl, the love interest may be enough for you keep reading.
Fun book except for the obvious train wreck of a love story in it. The love story starts out fine, but then goes into teenage girl train wreck that made me leave this book.without finishing it.