Insurgent Recap – Chapter 12

In which Tobias and Tris are interrogated, and it’s like a damn recap of everything that happened until now…

The dreaded interrogation begins and it’s everything you would expect. Niles starts by asking Tobias his name and he answers “Four”.

Maybe it isn’t possible to lie under the truth serum, but to select which version of the truth to tell: Four is his name, but it is not his name.

We really needed that last explanation part. Because readers are stupid and don’t remember stuff from previous chapters. Also, I guess the first part is foreshadowing.

Niles insists on finding out his real name, but Tobias kind of resists answering which means he has a strong will and something to hide. It probably doesn’t mean the serum is bad or something, you know. Finally, Tobias answers the question and everybody recognizes that name.

Surnames are just an additional means of identification, useful only to prevent confusion in official records. When we marry, one spouse has to take the other’s surname, or both have to take a new one.

Uhm, I don’t know about you, but there are probably thousands of people that have the same name as me. I have a fairly common name. So, using a combination of name and surname isn’t enough to identify people. That’s away social security numbers or other national numbers exist. I don’t get why a society in the future would give up this fairly convenient way of identification. Continue reading

Insurgent Recap – Chapter 9

In which characters annoyingly interrupt each other… 

Today at work I decided to check my WordPress and got into my stats page. I almost choked on soda when I read that someone got on my blog by searching “tris finds four masturbating“. And it’s still funny after 4 hours. Dude (or dudette), if you want a saucy read, this is not the book you should be reading. And shame on you for getting my hopes up that something interesting might happen in those books. I’m pretty sure that nothing like that would happen, but I’ll keep my eyes open. Maybe pointing scenes where Four masturbating could have been used. Continue reading

Insurgent Recap – Chapter 8

In which there’s a soap opera plot twist…

We decide to follow the railroad tracks to the city because none of us is good at navigation.

*facepalm* Weren’t they blinded from the lights in the last chapter? Just follow the lights, chaps. Also, how hard would it be to navigate an almost destroyed city with just a few landmarks.

Because Tris was walking on the ties, she feels the vibrations of an incoming train. There’s no light and horn, because reasons. You may ask why is a rogue train running around the city. Well, duh, Jeanine’s top priority is catching those two lovebirds, not stopping trains or anything trivial like that. Continue reading

Insurgent Recap – Chapter 6

In which we’re gonna play a game of “Guess the Potion”…

Oh my, how I missed those chapters that start with Tris waking up. This time she wakes from the buzz of Tobias’s electric razor. Short moment of affection and then Tris goes back to her room. But not before Tobias’s lends her a pair of shorts. So, I was right: she had no panties. I know, I’m so crass, but I’m trying to find the interesting parts in this book.

Guess who’s expecting her? Dum dum dum. PETER! Finally, some drama. Tris asks him to get out, but he’s looking at her without his usual malice. So maybe he’s good now. But Tris informs us it’s just an act, so for sure he’s still evil, guys. He asks why is she following Marcus. Why are you following her, Peter?

“I’m here because  I don’t know why you get to keep track of that hard drive,” he says. “It’s not like you’re particularly stable these days.”

What? I mean, I would have expected unstable things from Tris, but she’s basically doing nothing. She eats, sleeps and makes out with Tobias. Anyway, Tris wants to know why he’s interested in the hard drive and he says it contains more than the simulation data. Really? That’s new. But she doesn’t trust him and thinks he’s going to defect to the Erudite and needs the hard drive for that. He calls her an Abnegation-loving faction traitor. She’s like “you are such a psychopath you would’ve left your family to die.” Fun stuff.

“Careful what you say about my family, Stiff.” He moves with me, toward the dresser, but I carefully shift so that I stand between him and the drawers. […]
His eyes shift to the dresser behind me, to the left side, where the hard drive is hidden. I frown at him, and then notice something I didn’t before: a rectangular bulge in one of his pockets.

Why does he linger in her room if he already took the driver? Even more why is he moving in the direction of the dresser? This is stupid. Tris demands the hard drive back otherwise she’ll kill him in his sleep. They start fighting, and of course Tris is uber powerful. It’s not like Peter tried to rape and kill her, or even kicked her ass once. Nope.

Amity starts gathering around them and some grab Tris away from Peter. Apparently she’s acting like a crazy person. She yells that Peter has the drive and Tobias gets the drive. Afterwards, he reprimands Tris and let the two Amity men take her wherever.

The graying Amity man opens a door on the left. A label on the door says CONFLICT ROOM.
“Are you putting me in time-out or something?” I scowl. That is something the Amity would do: put me in time-out, and then teach me to do cleansing breaths or think positive thoughts.

I don’t think those two things are something bad. I mean I take relaxing breaths and try to think positive thoughts. They help coping with stress. The old man tells her to sit, she’s like “I won’t do that again.” The old man keeps saying they must follow protocol.

All their voices are so soft. Not hushed, like the Abnegation speak, always treading holy ground and trying not to disturb. Soft, soothing, low — I wonder, then, if that is something they teach their initiates here. How best to speak, move, smile, to encourage peace.

I’m not sure encouraging peace entails only smiles and soft voices. Otherwise they would tell those guys in the Middle East to just smile and speak softly to resolve everything. Tris eventually sits down and hears the old guy fumbling with something behind her. Apparently, he’s making tea, but Tris doesn’t think that’s the solution. She says they should throw Peter out of the compound. And here comes the interesting part:

“You have no idea what he did to deserve those things.” My cheeks get hot again and mimic my heartbeat. “He tried to kill me. And someone else —  he stabbed someone else in the eye… with a butter knife. He is evil. I had every right to –”
I feel a sharp pain in my neck. Dark spots cover the man in front of me, obscuring my view of his face.
“I’m sorry dear,” he says. “We are just following protocol.”

Ok, so this girl tells you about this guy who tried to kill 2 people and you’re like: “Yeah, let’s drug her.” Problem solved. I’m asking again: how are these fucking factions still standing? There should have been someone smart at some point who would have gamed the system. People escape from maximum security prisons. Someone could have manipulated his way to the top and wreck some havoc.

The old guy injected her with a bright green serum, which again is an unusual color. Do they dye all the serums so they won’t confuse them or what? Tris is dizzy and she doesn’t feel angry anymore, but good. Now you can start guessing what potion is this. She asks where to find Tobias and you have to read this:

“Four, I mean. He’s handsome, isn’t he? I don’t really know why he likes me so much. I’m not very nice, am I?”

This serum makes her very loose-lipped. And uninhibited.

And it does seem like a silly thing, slamming your fist into someone else’s body. Like a caress, but too hard. A caress is much nicer. Maybe I should have run my hand along Peter’s arm instead. That would have felt better to both of us.

This passage is wrong. It gives you the impression she is kind of attracted to Peter, the guy who sexually assaulted her and tried to kill her. WTF? It’s a way of condoning his behavior, albeit subtle.

Also, she’s transformed into clumsy Bella who can’t take a fucking step without stumbling or falling. Let me ask another question. Why is this serum working on her while the rest aren’t? All the serums affect the brain in some way, so her reaction should be similar. She could figure out it’s just an illusion of happiness.

Tris finds Tobias, giggling and swaying. She kisses him, but he’s too preoccupied to figure out why she’s acting like a total moron. She wants to kiss some more.

“That’s why you like me!” I exclaim. “Because you’re not very nice either! It makes so much more sense now.”

Yeah, sure, you’re two fucked up people who liked each other. How hard was that to figure out?

Tobias takes her to see Johanna. Tris continues to act like an idiot. Johanna says that they must have given Tris too much of the peace serum. Goodie, the bright green thing has a name. And it has a calming effect and improves the mood. You know, there are drugs that improve the mood, but they don’t transform you into a total retard. Tobias guesses that she probably dumps this stuff in the water supply to keep the peace. But she denies that.

Tobias informs her that they are leaving soon and throws some insults, just for fun. But apparently, Johanna disagrees privately with her faction about their decision to remain uninvolved in the conflict between Erudite and Abnegation. Well, they aren’t really maintaining peace. They are just pretending there’s no conflict. Stupid faction. Tobias says that they will be leaving in two days.

“Four,” she says. “If you and your friends would like to remain… untouched by our serum, you may want to avoid the bread.”

Spiked bread, huh? That’s just great: drugging all the faction to keep up “peace”.

So, have you guessed the potion similar to the serum?
Potions club

Insurgent Recap – Chapter 5

I didn’t forget about this book. I just went through some changes in my life including a new job I’m very excited about. But no more slacking on my recaps. Last time, we left Tris wanting to know the truth, a truth only Marcus knows. Usually I would get super excited and want to find out more, but I figure it’s just gonna be something stupid.

Tris follows Marcus after breakfast into the filtration building. The description of the building is hilarious: small building with a few huge machines that take the dirty water and just purify it. There’s a difference between waste water treatment and drinking water treatment. And purifying water can be a time consuming process, not just something that happens in a second. Continue reading

Insurgent Recap – Chapter 1

I debated with myself if I should continue recapping the next book in the Divergent series or start something else and then return to Insurgent. But then I read that there is basically no recapping of the first book in the second one, so I said to myself I better read it now, otherwise I’m going to forget stuff.

Veronica Roth did a guide for remembering stuff and I checked it out, even though I didn’t really need it. So, imagine my surprise when the first thing I read is:

Tris, Caleb, Natalie, Andrew: the family Prior. Youngest child, oldest child, mother, father, respectively.

ANDREW? The father’s name is Andrew? That’s the moment when panic surged through my body and whiny thoughts started running through my head, thoughts like “his name is mentioned” and “I hate you, book, for making me wrong.” After calming myself, I searched “Andrew” in the Divergent ebook. Guess how many times it appears? ONE! Just one freaking time. And it’s not even in a conversation between Natalie and him, or Marcus and him. Nope. It’s in the article Molly is reading to annoy Tris. So, it’s understandable why I glossed over that detail. Anyway, being that the father was an important character in the end, his name should have been mentioned in a memorable situation or repeated enough times. Therefore, I’m not feeling bad for saying he’s an unnamed character.

One more thing I want to emphasize from that blog post:

Jeanine, Eric, Max, and the other Erudite are…regrouping.

Nope, you can’t do that. You can’t add new stuff that doesn’t appear in the book in a post for remembering stuff. In the end of Divergent, Tris escapes the compound alongside other people and doesn’t know what happens in the rest of the city. Maybe the woken up Dauntless are so pissed off, they are executing the Erudite and Dauntless leaders. That’s a better possibility than the Dauntless doing nothing. That’s all I had to say, so let’s move on to the first chapter of Insurgent.  Continue reading

Divergent Recap – Chapter 39

In which we get some sort of ending…

This is it, guys! The day I finish the first book of Divergent. And from the length of it, I can safely assume it won’t be the ending I want. I think my last recaps were sort of mellow, probably because I was in holiday bliss, but now I’m back home and pissed that my vacation ended. Also, I was writing from an iPad which is manageable, but pretty much sucks. The WordPress app for iPad is so buggy, I lost half a post. In normal circumstance, such a happening would incite the mother of all furies, but I was so tired, the only things I did were to sigh, take a nap and then rewrite. Let’s get to business. Continue reading

Divergent Recap – Chapter 38

In which Tris and Tobias fight each other…

A short chapter today. Tobias looks confused and points his weapon at Tris, demanding she drops her weapon. Tris tells him that he’s in a simulation, and she drops her weapon. She thinks he cannot hear or see her which makes her almost cry.

I run at him, grabbing his wrist. I feel his muscles shift as he ponches the trigger and duck my head just in time. The bullets hits the wall behind me. Gasping, I kick him in the ribs and twist his wrist to the side as hard as I can. He drops the gun.

I wonder why didn’t he shoot her when she started running. Anyway, the fight begins. She knows she can’t beat him but has to destroy the simulation, so she dives for the gun. Tobias grabs her and throws her to the side and punches her in the jaw. She protects her face and figures she can’t fall because he will kick her.

She tries punching him in the stomach, but he catches her leg, pull her, and she drops on the floor, on. her shoulder. Why isn’t her shoulder bleeding yet? He’s about to kick her, but she rolls and grabs the gun. She cannot shoot him because he’s “in there somewhere”. And Will wasn’t, Tris?

“Tobias,” I say.
Did his grip falter? I twist and kick back, my heel hitting him in the leg. When my hair slips through his fingers, I dive at the gun and my fingertips close around the cool metal. I flip over onto my back and point the gun at him.

Ookay, so all she has to do is talk to him to get him out of the simulation? She continues to say his name and beg him to see her. She can’t kill him because she might love him, and she’s sure he wouldn’t kill her if their positions were reversed. Maybe he would, Tris. If it was for the greater good.

I have done this before–in my fear landscape, with the gun in my hand, a voice shouting at me to fire at the people I love. I volunteered to die instead, that time, but I can’t imagine how that would help me now. But I just know, I know what the right thing to do is.

And still, both your parents are dead, Tris, because you couldn’t find time between your naps to warn them. So, it’s nice how you volunteered in the simulation, but you did shit for them in real life. Also, it’s great how you always know what’s the right thing to, what everyone else is planning and so on. And people say she’s not a Mary Sue. Well, she is. A very annoying one if you ask me.

She gives him her weapon. He presses the barrel to her forehead. Tris rests his hand on his chest and notices how his heartbeat is still him. Well, duh, it’s not like his heart stops working while in the simulation. He clicks the bullet in the chamber. Tris thinks it will probably be easy to let him shoot her and she’ll find herself in another world. Heaven I guess. Or hell.

Can I be forgiven for all I’ve done to get here?
I don’t know. I don’t know.
Please.

She wants to be forgiven by who? By God? I guess so. Well, if she talks about Christian religion, then the answer is no. Not without repenting to a priest or something. And that’s how the chapter ends. One more to go and I guess Tobias will “wake up” from the simulation and they will stop the computer or something.

Divergent Recap – Chapter 37

Tris concludes that as long as they leave the Abnegation sector, they won’t encounter any difficulties. Because Jeanine is stupid and didn’t think to secure the area, so no one escapes. Because everyone is stupid in this book except Tris. She is going to the Dauntless compound with Caleb who apparently knows the most about the Erudite plan, Marcus who is good with computers because we all know that being good with computers is a genetic trait, not an acquired skill, and Tris’s father who is just observing or something. The others are running toward Amity, away from the so-called war.

We stand next to the railroad tracks, which will carry us into danger.

WTF? The train is still running? Why? The Erudite are really dumb then. Seizing means of transportation should have been a fucking priority to make sure no one escapes. Tris tells us how natural is for her to jump on trains, even though she has done that like 5 times only. They all manage to jump on the train and Tris thinks that Jeanine probably sent most Dauntless soldiers to the main entrance, above the Pit, so they should try the back entrance. Because no one thought to install security cameras there.

Marcus says that she probably regrets joining the Dauntless, but she shakes her head and says she learned how to be selfless because being brave and being selfless are often the same thing. I think Tobias said something like that, so she didn’t really learn that but heard it.

Tris tells them they have to jump at her signal, and Caleb is worried that they are seven stories up. I would be too.

If I survive, I will undoubtedly go on to do far more difficult things than even that, like live without a faction, something I never imagined possible.

Yeah, you keep telling us that, Tris, how horrible it is to be factionless. But why not be free? Leave the city, see what’s out there. Why does nobody talk about that?

She lets her father and Marcus jump first, so they would jump a shorter distance. Her father, Caleb and she make it, but Marcus almost fall. Caleb and her dad haul him on the roof.

Somewhere inside me, a vicious chants: fall. fall, fall.

The sociopath emerges again. Only when it comes to killing Eric, godly thoughts come into her mind. Stupid book.

The thought of what comes next has me preoccupied. It is one thing to ask people to jump off a train, but a roof?
“This next part is why I asked about fear of heights,” I say, walking to the edge of the roof. I hear their shuffling footsteps behind me and step onto the ledge. Wind rushes up the side of the building and lifts my shirt from my skin. I stare down at the hole in the ground, seven stories below me, and then close my eyes as the air blows over my face.

They jumped seven stories from a moving train, Tris. Jumping seven stories from a roof should be easier. Her advice is just jump, nothing about how they should keep their posture. Not that she knows anything about that, because apparently she loses her balance and “drops like a stone”. She hits the net with her shoulder which doesn’t start bleeding because it’s not like she got stitches about an hour ago. Caleb jumps on the net, but then hits the platform hard because Tris doesn’t help him. Her father hits the net, and Caleb helps him across. Why don’t we have a book from Caleb’s perspective? Her father also vomits because? Reasons.

“Do you have a plan, Beatrice?” my father says.
“Yes.” And it’s true. I do, though I’m not sure when I developed it.

Well, it’s not a plan then if you didn’t thought about it. It’s just an idea, Tris and it is probably stupid. Oh, what I’m talking about? It’s Tris’s idea, so it must be the best idea ever. They start walking down the hallway to the Pit. When they hear a gunshot, they drop to the ground. After she asks if everybody’s okay, she starts doing some Bond moves, so whoever is shooting won’t see her in the dark.

Guess who is the guard shooting at them? Evil Peter. I guess we should prepare for something annoying now.

Cold slips over my skin and around my heart and into the pit of my stomach.
His face is tense–he isn’t a sleepwalker. He looks around, but his eyes search the air above me and beyond me. Judging by his silence, he does not intend to negotiate with us; he will kill us without questions.

As I said, annoying. Why isn’t he mind-controlled? When did the leaders approach him? One hour after the banquet? Before the fear landscape test? And more importantly, why? He was sixth. Tris kicks him in the groin, and he drops his weapon, so Tris picks it up and she presses the barrel to his head. And we get the. answer to my why question.

“The Dauntless leaders…they evaluated my records and removed me from the simulation,” he says.

Why him? WHY? Why not Uriah who was second? There’s some talk about how Peter’s murderous or not, and a liar. She asks him where are the computers. He says she won’t shoot him.

“People tend to overestimate my character,” I say quietly. “They think that because I’m small, or a girl, or a Stiff, I can’t be cruel. But they’re wrong.”

Yeah, I don’t think anyone says that Tris. Especially after you’re fight with Molly and your harsh words to Al. Do I have to mention the way you killed Will? Anyway, Tris just shoots him in the arm, because everyone evil in this book doesn’t deserve a headshot. Those are for friends only.

Peter screams like any human being shot. Tris asks him again where are the computers. He responds that they are listening and agrees to help her with the condition that she will take him with them.

It feels like a choice, but it isn’t. Every minute that I waste staring at Peter, thinking about how he haunts my nightmares and the damage he did to me, another dozen Abnegation members die at the hands of the brain-dead Dauntless army.

The nightmares we never get to experience, and really what’s the damage? I don’t feel like that experience changed her. Also, I like how we evolved from sleepwalker to brain-dead. Finally, she agrees. Well, you can kill him later, Tris, after you find out what you want. There’s nothing stopping you.

The rest of her party comes behind her, and her father takes off his long-sleeved shirt and ties it around Peter’s arm, asking Tris if it was necessary to shoot him. Marcus says that sometimes pain is for the greater good which triggers Tris to think about what he did to Tobias. Well, I don’t think child molestation is for the greater good, Marcus. Maybe for your own good, to blow off some steam. Tris thinks that’s something Dauntless to say and I’m thinking if everyone in that society is okay with child beating. Except the Erudite who released the reports about Marcus.

Tris gets Peter up to walk to Caleb’s outrage. She asks Peter where to, so they head to the glass building, eighth floor. Tris and her father start a small fight about shooting people, which is totally useless as Caleb breaks them apart before they could say anything meaningful.

Her father huffs and puffs because he’s old according to Tris, and old people are unfit or something. except when they have to climb 20 flights of stairs. He wasn’t huffing then. Anyway, they arrive to the metal stairs that take them to the glass building. Tris watches the guards movement, then she’s very bratty with her dad asking him if she should let the people there kill her.

“Go,” he says, “and God help you.”

New God reference! Just because.

Bond time again. She shoots the first guard to his death, the next one in the arm. Why could’t you shoot Will in his shooting arm too, Tris? She gets another gun. She shoots another guard and rips her stitches. They were rip long time ago in my opinion. The next guard she encounters is Divergent and he lets her go, fleeing afterwards. She hands one gun to Caleb, so he would stay behind with Marcus and Peter and keep guard. Her real reason is for Caleb to stay safe and not die.

My head pounds. I haven’t eaten; I haven’t slept; I haven’t sobbed or screamed or even paused for a moment.

Am I reading another book or what? She went to a banquet and ate, and then went to sleep. Then, she woke up to find everyone else mind-controlled. She sobbed and screamed after she killed Will. She paused when her father took the bullet out and in the train. Fucking whiny brat.

She enters the elevator with her father and he thanks her for protecting Caleb. Outside the elevator, at the eight floor, there are two guards who are startled by them. And her father shoots them, killing one of them. So, yeah, the fight about shooting people was pointless. More guards appear from the left hallway and Tris figures the computers are in that direction. Her father runs down the right hallway as bait for the Dauntless soldiers before Tris could stop him.

My father fires over his shoulder at the guards pursuing him, but he is not fast enough. One of them fires at his stomach, and he groans so loud I can almost feel it in my chest.

How poetic! Both her parents die from gunshot wounds in the stomach. I guess it’s bye-bye, unnamed father character.

The guards are under the simulation; they keep moving even when the bullets him them, keep moving until their hearts stop, but they don’t reach my father.

Because the father kills them all before dying. Don’t the soldiers need muscles and brains to move, besides heart?

Tris is upset about his death, almost crying, almost giving up. But she pushes herself further because she has to save the Abnegation members, and she gets to the control room. There are dozens of screen there with parts of the city.

One of the screens has a line of code instead of an image. It breezes past faster that I can read. It is the simulation, the code already compiled, a complicated list of commands that anticipate and address a thousand different outcomes.

*facepalm* That’s like a scene taken from a very bad hacker movie. Code is compiled before it is running most of the time. Something that breezes past fast would be something totally unusable in software terms. It’s not the stock market, FFS. Also, it should have a nice user interface, which isn’t so hard to make. And I thought that the program was an AI bot which would have made more sense, not a dumb list of commands.

And Tobias is there, in a chair, in front of the screen. Yay, I can’t wait for the next chapter. *sarcasm*

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Divergent Recap – Chapter 36

In which Tris does something horrible, but she’s still super special…

Despite being in immense pain, Tris continues to run. She’s followed by three Dauntless soldiers who fire at her. She dives into an alley because it’s not like she’s been shot in the shoulder or anything. She remebers the Dauntless killed her mother, so she fires in the direction of the soldiers and she kills two of them. She points her gun to the last soldiers, but she doesn’t fire because the last soldier is Will. Who is mindless and ready to shot her. But she’s faster. Continue reading