#rothreread Insurgent’s Ending

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#rothreread is an effort hosted by Allodoxophobia and Gone Pecan as we reread Divergent and Insurgent to prepare for the final installment of the Divergent trilogy.

I swear sometimes my mind is like a sieve. I finished rereading both Divergent and Insurgent last month and already some of the impact of the ending is leaving me. I clearly need to hurry up and read the short stories and preorder Allegiant. Today’s #rothreread topic is the ending of Insurgent. Which obviously means that there will be spoilers in this post. Don’t be caught unaware! You have been warned.

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I realized that the first time I read Insurgent, I had thought the big name reveal of one of the original inhabitants of this new Chicago was Tris’s mother. That obviously led to a lot of confusion for me. But now that I know that it is not her mother, it makes a bit more sense. I have to admit, the ending still upsets me a little. I don’t appreciate the rug being pulled out from under me as a reader. The thing that saves this book from being thrown across the room is that the main character believed everything the reader was made to believe too. It’s a product of her point of view that were misled. I still don’t know if I truly understand the whole premise of the entire series. Like what really is Divergent? How is not everyone already that way? Is the whole experiment designed to force people to evolve physically, physiologically, psychologically to become more flexible? Wouldn’t it take more effort to evolve to becoming suitable for a single faction than it would to become divergent?

I still am very curious to finish the series, particularly because I really do hope that there are more answers to be found in Allegiant. Perhaps I would be better off keeping my questions to myself and just enjoying the action that throws the reader forward in the book…hmmm.

What did you think of the ending of Insurgent?

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#rothreread Week 3: Faction or Blood?

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#rothreread is an effort hosted by Allodoxophobia and Gone Pecan as we reread Divergent and Insurgent to prepare for the final installment of the Divergent trilogy.

While I was behind on this endeavor initially to reread Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth ahead of the release of Allegiant, I have now finished both. I actually finished Insurgent in less than 24 hours (both because it sucked me back in but also I was lapping my mother-she is still working her way through it and we only have one copy). I am now nice and refreshed on the story to properly enjoy Allegiant. I just -might- for the first time, preorder it so I can make sure I read it before someone spoils it for me.

This week’s discussion is about faction before blood. In the books, the society touts that it is imperative to follow your faction, to remain loyal to your chosen faction even if the rest of your biological family is part of a different faction and on the other side of an argument (or war in this case). Would you follow that rule?

I have a bit of a problem with all of this. I think that it is meant to be thought-provoking. I don’t think anyone in the books has an easy time with this dilemma either. I trust my family’s opinions on things. If it came down to the rest of the world versus my family, I’d stick by them. I’d defend them against attacks if possible. It was both the way I was raised and the kind of person I am.

But I am also the kind of person that can’t keep her mouth shut if she disagrees with something. Whether I was aligning myself with the faction or with my family, I don’t think I’d end up just going along with the flow. For me to keep my mouth shut when I disagree with something is almost painful. I might regret opening my mouth and stating my opinion later, but the regret is easier to deal with if I stood up for my side of things than if I stayed quiet.

So if I were in the world of the Divergent books, I would have probably ended up factionless. Or perhaps Candor or Dauntless would appreciate my bluntness?

What would you do? Align yourself with your faction or your family?

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#RothReread Week 2: Fear Landscape

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#rothreread is an effort hosted by Allodoxophobia and Gone Pecan as we reread Divergent and Insurgent to prepare for the final installment of the Divergent trilogy.

So I have now finished both books (yay ahead of schedule!) so I’m very excited for the next book! This week’s prompt is what would be in your fear landscape? For the uninitiated to the trilogy (and within the trilogy) those 16 year olds who want to join Dauntless have to go through a version of simulation where they are confronted with their fears. It is meant to make them able to still operate despite their fears. So what are my fears?

  • I feel like I’d be remiss if I did not mention the death of those I love. Unfortunately, it’s sort of fact of life, but it is still not something I’d like to think about and I’d rather if it didn’t come prematurely.
  • Rats. I have a phobia of rats. Mice are still not pleasant for me, but it’s really rats that I have a problem with. It’s completely irrational, I know. But I can’t help it. My heart will begin to race just to look at the rats in a pet store.
  • Frogs. But really, anything that has the potential to jump on my feet. Even going to the ocean is somewhat terrifying because there’s the potential that something could mess with my feet. It must have something to do with vulnerability.
  • Some of my scariest nightmares involve a breaking and entering of some kind with the intention to cause harm to me or those inside the house. There’s this violence to it and real intent to harm that is just terrifying.
  • Maybe being chased by wolves? I get a few nightmares about that, despite how again, completely irrational and unlikely that would be.

I could see a few of the ones that I’d be surprised by in the fear landscape involving different versions of loss of control or vulnerability.

What would be in your fear landscape?

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#RothReread Week 1: Factions

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(I’m feeling that wave of laziness that strikes me about once a month when it comes to blogging. So I’m a bit late in getting this post up, and probably others as well.)

I was a bit late in starting my reread of Divergent, but I’m pleased to say that I have finished it. I won’t be able to start Insurgent until my mother finishes my copy,  but maybe I’ll get it back this weekend. I will I realized a few things in my reread of it.

  • Details are super vague and confusing. I kind of noticed it on my first read but I was too propelled by the drama to care. It is still good for the drama, but I do wish that it was a bit more detailed in terms of setting and character movements.
  • The serum technology is also really confusing. I think there a lot of things you have to take in stride when reading this series versus some other books.
  • Tris is really kind of bitch. She treated Al way meaner that I would have. I think that Four/Tobias is in a few ways more of a dynamic character than Tris is.

Those little thoughts aside, today’s conversation is on which faction I would be a part of, both born into and then chosen.

I have a harder time thinking of which faction I would have been born into. I don’t think I can figure that one out. When I first read the book, I thought I’d want to be in Candor, but two different quizzes have placed me closer to Abnegation. Which is really strange, because I’m really an extraordinarily selfish person. I would want to pick Dauntless, but Dauntless how it was back when and not how it is with Eric in charge. I would suffer from the lack of natural light in their headquarters.

Which faction would you have been born into? Which faction would you have joined?

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