Friday, March 1, 2013

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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. (from GoodReads)

I FINALLY read Insurgent! I've been waiting to read it since it was released almost a year ago. It's actually okay that I waited because now there isn't that much time until the conclusion is published. I have a few thoughts on Insurgent but I can say that I enjoyed it.

Looking back, I didn't realize that it's been over a year since I read Divergent. Normally I don't have a problem jumping back into a series, but this time I was so lost. There is not recap at the beginning of Insurgent and I was really hazy on minor characters and plot details. A lot of the names of Tris's friends and peers went right over my head. I couldn't even remember who Will was, and he was such a huge part of Tris's development in this book.

I can definitely tell that Insurgent is the middle book of the trilogy, because it wasn't as good as its predecessor and there is a lot of set-up for the last novel. There is still action and plot twists, but it's nothing like the whirlwind exciting ride that was Divergent. 

The whole book is centered around this "secret" that is the reason why there are factions in the first place and  explains why their community is fenced it. That detail was something that I totally forgot. Luckily at the end you find out the secret, and now I'm really excited to find out what happens next because the book ends on a cliffhanger!

So overall I liked Divergent a lot better but Insurgent was still a quick and enjoyable read. I can't wait to see how everything wraps up for Tris and Tobias!

Rating: 8 out of 10.
FTC: Christmas gift.

2012/HarperTeen/525 pages.


Bookworm1858 said...

I was pretty disappointed in this book as I thought the first 3/5th were rather boring but the ending was pretty exciting and set me up anxiously to read the conclusion, as it should.

Stephanie Ingrid Sarah Kristan said...

We had similar thoughts/feelings as you and Bookworm1858. Good review!