Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Review: Insurgent +The Origin of Taps

So this is the week we will celebrate the birth of our country and the glory it has been since its inception. I come from a very patriotic family. My great-grandfathers on both sides fought on World War II and I have had lots of family in the military since then as well. So, in celebration, many of my posts this week will have a patriotic bent, and I may start out each one with a true story about the patriots in my family, or just a patriotic story in general.


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There is a legend about the origin of "Taps." For those who don't know, this is the song, generally played on a trumpet or bugle, used in military funerals. The legend says that Union officer during the Civil War found the short phrases of music in the pocket of his son's jacket, after his son was killed in battle. He performed the song in tribute to his son who died fighting for his country, and since then it has been a tradition.

Though this account is not historically verifiable, and many credit another composer with the modern day version of Taps, this is still a touching story. It is appropriate that this song was first sung in tribute to those who gave their lives to service for their country, and is still used for that purpose today. It's such a beautiful song, and one that creates national melancholy when its notes are heard.



Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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So I finally got around to reading book 2 of Veronica Roth's wonderful series! I really liked book 1, Divergent (my review HERE) and book 2 was even better.

We pick up almost exactly where book 1 left off. In fact, it was so soon after that I had to review the end of book 2 to remember everything that happened. You get back into it quickly and smoothly, though, and the story just doesn't quit.

We see Tris still trying to find out more about her parents and the history of her land. Four (mostly called Tobias in this book) is by her side, but dealing with issues of his own. While there is much less romance in this book, I think Roth does a good job of representing relationships in general. Once the initial passion and decision to be together is out of the way, they start to deal with everyday issues, especially that of trusting one another. Both Tris and Tobias struggle with it (not surprising, considering the world they inhabit) and it's a big part of the story.

Of course, all of this is set against the backdrop of a divided Dauntless faction, at war with all the others, and a growing number of Factionless--those who have left or been kicked out of their factions. Most people are just trying to survive and figure out where their loyalties are best placed. Tris has to deal with old enemies and new, along with the nagging guilt of things that happened at the end of book 1.

I won't give too many spoilers except to say that I loved this book! The action never let up and I couldn't stop reading it. In terms of story arc, it ended in the perfect place to set up for phase 3 (book 3) of this tale. I can't wait for Allegiant to come out early next year. Such a great story!

Have you read Veronica Roth's series? What do you think of it?

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