It's late and I was supposed to go to bed ages ago and work is CRAZY, but I wanted to share that I might not finish the book Insurgent, by Veronica Roth, which is a sequel to Divergent, which was slight but at least compelling in an action packed kind of way.
So at the beginning of this book, Tris and Four and their little band of misfits has just escaped the battle in the city toward the Amity compound. While I remember the overarching story of the previous book, I remember almost none of the secondary characters or the complicated plot, so right off, I have very little idea what's going on. How did Tobias's father end up with them? And that violent jerk Peter? But okay, whatever, let's follow along and see what happens.
But without the sort of shallow, straightforward training montage of the first book, this one just can't hold me. Because none of this stuff makes any sense! Only very rare, unusual people have this special brain chemistry that causes them to have more than one character trait. No one can imagine a world in which people have multiple character traits. This is extremely weak. Those nasty Slytherins--I knew they were up to something!
And plot-wise, lots of very intelligent adults with lots on the line say, "Yeah, it's true that they broke into our homes and tried to kill lots of us, but you're just a kid, so whatever you advocate, no matter how sensible, we'll do the opposite." Tris is angry that strangers are keeping secrets from her, when she's full of secrets herself. It's just one dumb move on top of another, by everyone. It's all angsty and mournful, and that would be fine if I could follow what the hell is going on, but they're all just fighting and breaking into each other's compounds and shooting each other with simulation serum, and it's boring boring boring.
This book and Crossed belong in the exact same category: the first book takes a not-quite-convincing future dystopia and tells a very simple, relatively enjoyable personal story. In the second book, things get political and complicated and hard to follow and just ridiculous, and the plot holes pop up, and now I'm feeling very meh. I don't think I'm going to finish.
Two notes before I go. One: I maintain my firm conviction that the third book will be called Emergent, and I expect someone to congratulate me if I'm right. Two: Brenda, my image is left-aligned. Is it totally blowing your mind?