#11 Second Book Syndrome (#15)

Following my success of devouring “This Book is Gay” yesterday, I was feeling motivated to try to finish a number of novels I’ve been flitting between. Today, that meant finishing #11 A book with a one-word title, “Insurgent” by Veronica Roth (my 15th read in my 2015 Reading Challenge).

As always, I needed to read the book before watching the movie adaption (which is out later this month), and having enjoyed “Divergent”, I figured I would fly through the second book. Unfortunately, “Insurgent” suffered from what I dub (and many others apparently, following a Google search) Second Book Syndrome…

My Goodreads Review
“Talk about stark contrast. ‘Divergent’ was fast-paced, but easy to follow. ‘Insurgent’ on the other hand was jumpy and disjointed. New characters were seemingly continuously being introduced, only for them to disappear soon after. Tris and Four were racing from A to B to C to B to A to D. It was incredibly difficult to keep up with where they were, what they were doing, and who they were with, as well as the all important ‘why’ they were doing what they were doing. Even upon finishing this book, I still am not entirely sure what events occurred.
There seemed to be a great deal of backstabbing, changing allegiances (probably a sign of what is to come) and “war crimes” committed, so much so that I am not fully content with who are the good guys, and who are the bad guys. I’m not sure I particularly ‘like’ any of the characters. I admire a number of them, but they then tend to go and do something profoundly stupid, leaving me rolling my eyes.
Part of the problem I believe I had with this book was that I couldn’t settle into a reading pattern: I jumped between Kindle, paperback and audiobook, which led to my reading experience being slightly disjointed. I have to praise the audiobook though, which in itself was thoroughly enjoyable!
The final 50 pages reprieved this 500+ page book somewhat. The action was more understandable, and the simulation aspect became clearer, and the book itself concluded in a cliffhanger – always good before the final book in a series.


Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book in parts. No one could deny that it is action packed, but there is little character development, and the whole world felt incomplete. I have no doubt that I’ll read “Allegiant” in the near future to conclude this trilogy, but I can’t help but feel disappointed with this book – that will not hamper my willingness to see the movie though (I’m hoping that it will clarify some of the disjointedness when I see it visually).

#11 A book with a one-word title – Insurgent by Veronica Roth (5/10)

Fourteen down, thirty-six to go. (Fifteen read)

My journey will also be instagrammed frequently on @charlottebibliophile

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