TW: suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts, graphic depictions of violenceThis review may contain mild spoilers for the first book in the Divergent series. Read at your own caution.This book was so dull, oh my god. Going into it, I was sort of expecting that based on how the previous book had ended, which in and of itself was a dull ending either way. It was an easy read but not an easy book to enjoy. The characters, for the most part, were dull, the villains were dull, the p TW: suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal thoughts, graphic depictions of violenceThis review may contain mild spoilers for the first book in the Divergent series. Read at your own caution.This book was so dull, oh my god. Going into it, I was sort of expecting that based on how the previous book had ended, which in and of itself was a dull ending either way. It was an easy read but not an easy book to enjoy. The characters, for the most part, were dull, the villains were dull, the plot was dull, the plot twists were dull...it was so dull to the point that dull doesn-t even seem like a word . This book deserves three stars because it had no entertainment value, but I could still stand to read it. I got through it in a little over a week and it wasn-t too slow-paced. It was boring but I got through it easily.Insurgent is the second installment in the Divergent series. In this sequel, we follow Tris Prior, a teenage girl who is on the run from her former faction Dauntless, along with her boyfriend Tobias, her (Erudite) brother, and a few other stragglers from the faction that was recently destroyed, Abnegation. Meanwhile, Tris is coping with her trauma - and holding a secret that she desperately wants to tell her friends - by keeping silent and acting like a hero. By throwing herself into reckless activities and behaving irrationally to distract herself from everything going on, Tris may lose who and what she loves most.Something that deeply frustrated me throughout this book was the leading ship of the series: Fourtris, the pairing of Tobias (Four) and Tris. Fourtris was cute during the first book, but then ended up transitioning to...extremely toxic. First off, we have Tobias, who began to act emotionally manipulative when he found out what Tris did. He called her brave and powerful and said that he loved her, but actions speak louder than words. When it was really time for Tris-s "power" and "bravery" to come to fruition, Tobias would treat her like she was too weak to fight and get angry with her when she acted on her impulses. On the other hand, Tris did nothing to help the situation. At first, the reader can see that Tobias is in the wrong, treating Tris like a fledgling, but then she goes and deliberately lies to him and expects him to be happy with her afterward. All of this, plus the constant bickering, just led to an unpleasant reading experience. The persistent fighting didn-t represent realistic relationships...it was just toxic. If the toxic relationship wasn-t enough, the characters weren-t all that lovable either. Tris-s slightly likable personality from the previous book was completely warped into a whiny, reckless girl who never even made the effort to make the people around her less miserable. Tobias-s charming and caring personality turned cold, forbidding, and unforgiving. I slightly liked Christina because she was kind to Tris after...what she had done...but even she managed to get less exciting. Most of the other side characters were enjoyable in the first book...but after my favorite side character died in the last book...they just weren-t as enjoyable . And I did like a side character in this book, but then they died, so what can I do?The plot itself wasn-t particularly impressive either. Tris, Tobias, and Caleb skipped around to different factions and asked for refuge. The factions said yes, and either had Tris and Tobias wreak havoc on them or vice versa. It was honestly tiring. The one aspect I liked was the interactions between the Dauntless because it allowed me to break from the tedious action. Now you might ask, "Andrea, it seems like you don-t really like this book. Why is it that you-re rating it to be -meh- rather than -disliked-?" Well, the truth is, despite all the problems I had with it being boring and Tris and Tobias being annoying...I actually kind of enjoyed reading it. It wasn-t boring to the point that it tired me to read the book. Some of the characters were a bit likable at times. I appreciate this book because it wasn-t up to par, but it really wasn-t too bad.Also, there was one thing that left me attached to this series. One factor. One character. That character was Will. I will forever be mad at Tris for what ended up happening between them. If you have read the series, you know what I-m talking about. If not, then disregard this character completely. I-m just...I-m still upset.In summation, Insurgent, as a book, as a sequel, fell flat in general. Tris-s and Tobias-s decisions made me upset, along with a certain recurring plot detail from the previous book. It was a very...middle-of-the-road type of book...besides the fact that the ending just felt like a lazy, cop out response to a whole subplot that made the reader wonder during their whole reading experience. But alas, this book wasn-t really as bad as people make it out to be, and I guess it deserv credit than it really gets.