Thursday, October 31, 2013

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
(Divergent #2)
by Veronica Roth
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Publication Date: May 1st 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 525
ISBN: 9780007442911
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Own

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One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature. (Goodreads)
I read Divergent earlier this year, and really enjoyed the book. I kept putting off reading Insurgent because I knew it had one of those terrible cliffhanger endings that make you want to through the book, and it would drive me crazy having to wait on Allegiant to be released. After finishing Insurgent, I am definitely glad that I waited, but I’m also kicking myself as well for not reading this awesome book sooner.

I really enjoyed Tris’ character when we met her in Divergent. She was headstrong and strong willed, exactly the character that I love. She was a completely different person in Insurgent, which honestly was expected considering all that she went through in the previous book. Her growing despair was strong enough to impact a lot of the decisions that she made, and she was constantly throwing herself into dangerous paths.  While frustrating at times, I am glad that the author chose to write Tris this way, as it was definitely more realistic.

The relationship between Tris and Tobias/Four was a strained at best throughout the book. With both having trust issues and having gone through so much, this too was expected. We get to see many different sides of Four in this novel.  As with Tris, I really loved him from the moment I first met him. He is such an insanely complex character, what’s not to love, right? Through everything that they have been through, even when they can’t take anymore, they always find their way back to each other. Looooove!

The secondary characters—Oh my goodness, there are so many secondary characters that I love. There are some that we met in the previous book, and some that we met for the first time, (and sometimes only briefly), in Insurgent. They all managed to make an impact in some way or another. I could go on and on about each and everyone one of them, but this would be insanely long if I did so. Just read the book so you can see for yourself.

I love that we are given so much more information on each individual faction in this book. After reading Divergent, I was always curious for more information, and now I have it. I’m glad for that. I’m super curious to start Allegiant now to find out even more! I’m dying of curiosity.

Insurgent is full of action and suspense, and it will definitely keep you turning the pages! The book ends with a MASSIVE cliffhanger as well. I am SO not a big fan of cliffhangers, especially when you have to wait for long periods of time to get the next book. Thank goodness I have Allegiant to start on right away… Not knowing what is going to happen next would make me insane.

Overall, if you enjoyed reading Divergent, you will definitely enjoy reading Insurgent! It was a great addition to this intense series. I, of course, will be starting Allegiant right away!

Happy Reading!

Books in this Series:

Divergent  |  Insurgent  |  Allegiant

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