Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I was against reading the Divergent series. It was the time when it seemed like every author was trying their hand at writing a dystopian novel. I figured, you read one, you’ve read them all. Luckily, my friends persuaded me otherwise and I couldn’t put Divergent down. The same thing happened with Insurgent. In Insurgent, we see Tris in a more vulnerable and raw state after losing her parents. She struggles with who she is and what her purpose is; something that everyone can relate to on some level. But dealing with this on the verge of a war erupting is difficult for any girl trying to find her way.

"One choice can destroy you."

“One choice can destroy you.”

I did watch the Insurgent movie after I finished the novel and I had high hopes because the Divergent movie was actually pretty close to the book. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the same way after watching Insurgent. I felt that the movie just took a completely different plot then the novel. Honestly, I’m a little worried about the path they are going to continue to take for the next film. You don’t really see Tris’s struggle with herself and Tobias in the movie. You don’t see a lot of character development in the movie, which granted, is hard to do when you only have two hours to fit everything in.

Favorite Book Quotes:

  • “We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”
  • “Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”
  • “People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”
  • “I do trust you, is what I want to say. But it isn’t true-I didn’t trust him to love me despite the terrible things I had done. I don’t trust anyone to do that, but that isn’t his problem; it’s mine.”
  • “So why is it so difficult for me to forgive myself?”
  • “Evil depends on where you’re standing.”
  • “I read somewhere, once, that crying defies scientific explanation. Tears are only meant to lubricate the eyes. There is no real reason for tear glands to overproduce tears at the behest of emotion. I think we cry to release the animal parts of us without losing our humanity.”
  • “Maybe I was afraid to trust him with something so personal as my devotion. Or afraid that I did not know what it was to love someone.”
  • “‘Insurgent,’ he says. ‘Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.'”
  • “I am still the person who would have died rather than kill you.”
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