Friday, 8 February 2013

Insurgent, Review on Review


This is a review on Insurgent found on Sam's blog called Books R Us.


Sam and I both agree this novel was fantastic but there is some things I agree and disagree with. He thought the theme of this novel was “power can lead to disaster”. I disagree. He stated 1½ factions, meaning Erudite and half of Dauntless, were leading and then their power crumbled. I am asking: Were they really in power? I feel like if Jeanine thought she had power and was ruling, she wouldn’t feel the need to brainwash a whole faction (Not to mention that was the second time doing so). I think the theme is greed can lead to disaster because Jeanine had greed for power and knowledge. Something Sam said and I agree with is that the characters should stay in settings (scene specific) for longer periods of time. By this I mean the location and I found supporting evidence through the pages. I did this by opening up to a random page and marked down when the setting changed. I opened up to page 286 it changed on 287, then it also changed in page 288, then on page 289 to 294 it was the same. Then it changed on 295. If you averaged the book changes settings three times for every ten pages, which feels true. I have to disagree with Sam; Insurgent is not better than Divergent. The characterization in the novels I found to be overall weak. Small relationships seemed to appear more in Insurgent, which, I think, made connecting to characters easier but I really did not like the relationship between Tobias and Four in Insurgent. Divergent’s plot was a lot clearer in this novel and easier to follow, though both books were compelling I had trouble noticing the plot of Insurgent until later into the novel which I didn’t like. That’s why I enjoyed the first book more.

In the first book, Divergent, I found the relationship between Tobias/Four and Tris to be balanced and complementary to the novel. Forced, is a word I would use to discuss their relationship in Insurgent. Maybe others disagree, however, I felt the relationship was very unnatural. Veronica Roth made a fantastic book, although, it had poor characterization. I think what happened is that she tried to give us detail with almost all the characters and it didn’t leave room to really evolve the main ones. Another thing I found interesting and I realized after the book is Tobias is a foil character to Tris. I don’t think he was specifically created for that reason, though I can list some supporting evidence in why I say so. They are similar characters in the way that they are both strong headed, divergent, average intelligence and transfers from Abnegation to Dauntless. I think she did a great job on naming the factions. When searched the definition of the factions/words definition was the exact same characteristics as in the book. I would recommend this novel to ages 12 and up, there is some kissing in both books, but the novel itself should not be withheld for just a particular age group but I feel like people under 12 might not completely understand it.

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9 comments:

  1. Hi Paige!

    First of all your blog title is creative and the background attracts the person to the blog. Your book review here about insurgent is wonderful. I liked how throughout your review you included things like how the setting had changed, characterization and likes/dislikes. By adding all these things to your book review the reader (me) gets a better idea of the book and gives me more information on if I should read it or not. Is there another book after this book insurgent in the series?

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  2. Yes, There will be another book. It is not yet published though. However, I hope you get a chance to read this novel.

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  3. Awesome review! I am still reading this book and I totally agree with the stuff I have read. Why dont you think people under 12 will get it?

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  4. Hi Curtis, I felt as though it may be confusing to people at that age, the plot was well thought through by the author however, it seemed very intricate to me. Maybe I am wrong, but that is just how I felt.

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog,
    Paige

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  5. Hey Paige,

    I really like you litspiration challenge because of how unique and different it is, not to mention your blog as well. I really agree with what Sanchit said about how the background attracts the person to your blog. I love how detailed you are in each of your book reviews and how you cover a lot of literary elements. Some thing great I thought you did was how you were very specific and said like on page number 286 it was this setting and in another page number it was somewhere else. What are all the different factions and how many are there in the book? I am intrigued to read the book/series now, so thank you. Keep up the good work?

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    1. *Keep up the good work!*

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    2. The faction names are: Candor, Amity, Dauntless, Abnegation and Erudite. There are five factions in total. If you do decide to read the book I hope you enjoy it, remember, Divergent is the first book and insurgent is second.

      Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog,

      Paige

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  6. Hi Paige, How are you doing today? When I looked at your blog, the title is really what caught my attention. It's so cool how you called it Paige's Pages. When I was scrolling down your blog, I liked how you would always back up your ideas and you would always find evidence for that particular subject and not leave it hanging. I was wondering why kids under 12 years old shouldn't read the book?. Over all that was a rocking awesome review.

    If you could, please reply to my question.

    Thanks

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  7. Hi Omar. I thought that the plot was really well planned but intricate as well. I feel like it would be a little confusing to that age, I may be wrong but that is just how I felt.

    Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog,
    Paige

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