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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