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Thursday 10 May 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Page Count: 525 pages, Hardcover
Date Published: May 1st 2012

 Goodreads Blurb:
 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.

 My Thoughts: SOOOO GOOD. Undescribably amazing... But I'll try. ;)

By now, most of you have probably seen at least one review of Insurgent. Why? BECAUSE IT'S THE INCREDIBLE SEQUEL TO DIVERGENT!!! Veronica Roth has done it again. She has left us with a jaw-dropping book and we have to wait another for the next book. (Yes, I read Divergent at the beginning of this year, but it still felt like an eternity waiting for this one!) Insurgent impressed the heck out of me. It's probably one of the best 'second-books' or 'sophomore-books' I've ever read. Roth has kept the fast paced  plot that we loved in Divergent and personally, I think her writing has improved greatly. While Divergent left me confused and disoriented in the beginning of the novel, Insurgent was clear and controlled. I never felt the need to go back and read something over again, (unless it was super shocking and I just couldn't believe it) and this made the 525 page book as quick of a read as it could be!

Insurgent has a pretty different feel from the first book, when it comes to Tris and Tobias' romance. I knew it had to happen, but I just wasn't really prepared. They are very tense and stiff around each other a lot of the time, but then other times they're pretty much back to that sweet couple we know and love from Divergent. Tris is very upset after Will's death and becomes suicidal... We see just how much she is hurting, as well as how she is hurting Tobias. The only thing he wants the most is for her to be safe but she insists on lying to him and go out on dangerous, life-threatening missions. It was hard for me to see Tris this way, because of how much I love her character. There was also one point where I was worried Tris and Uriah were going to have a 'thing', but as soon as that didn't happen, I was relieved. This series is great so far with the no love-triangle thing it's got going on. 

All in all, Insurgent was a fantastic sequel. It was incredibly well-written, has that fast-paced, action-packed adventure we love and an ending that will literally take your breath away. I almost threw the book across the room, but, I didn't want it to get hurt... If you've read Divergent, you should really go pick up a copy of this, if you haven't already. It will NOT disappoint. I can't actually say much else, because this book is just so awesome!

Have an incredible day/night guys!

1 comment:

  1. This book had everything. If possible it was better than the first. It picked up right where it left off and just flows throughout. Tobias and Tris's relationship definitely grows. You see both weakness and strength in both characters especially Tris she definitely is a strong female lead but she'd not invincible even if she pretends to be. She has her judgements that are wrong and many that are right even if she doesn't want to believe it. Thankfully the author doesn't lead you astray with the imperfection of her characters, you can trust what Tris is telling you. I know many people have compared Divergent to Hunger Games trilogy but besides the Districts/Factions and being about a dystopian society I hardly see much similarity. This book involves all parts of their society, showing the good and bad of each faction and examining human nature. If anything its a mixture of The City of Ember, The Giver trilogy and Veronica Roth's own brand of creativeness. While the big mystery was somewhat obvious Veronica didn't spend time dwelling on something I'm sure she knew her readers figured out. She pushed on and it was more about the pursuit and how people's choices can shape many lives. Excellent writing as always.


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