May 14, 2012
Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
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.
In INSURGENT, war is on the horizon as tensions between the factions grow. Sides will be chosen, relationships will be tested, and secrets will be revealed. Tris must learn to accept and embrace her Divergence if she wants this war to end.
I always have a hard time writing about books I loved so much, as if I can’t do them justice, or even because I’m afraid someone is going to disagree with me and I won’t be able to defend it well enough. But I’m going to try not to worry about it and just be honest. Because I have nothing but good things to say about INSURGENT.
In a nutshell, just as amazing as DIVERGENT. And it’s not too often I’ll say that about a sequel. However, I think this book perfectly complements the first.
The action, just like the first book, was awesome. The suspense and mystery was perfectly balanced to keep me reading the whole way through. And the characters, oh the characters, they are just as amazing as they were in the first book of course.
I loved seeing the factionless in this book. I think they were a great addition to the story. I also loved seeing more of the other factions because it really started to make this world start to come together and feel more real and developed (not that I didn’t think that already, but it just solidified it).
As well, Tris is a great character. I loved watching her growth throughout the novel, and through the series as a whole. I loved seeing her recognize and embrace her Divergence.
My favourite part of this book was seeing the development of Tris and Four/Tobias’s relationship. Not only do I completely understand why Tris cares for Tobias (I mean, come on, honestly), but I also completely understand why Tobias cares for Tris. These characters are so real and their relationship is really honest. Neither of them are perfect, their relationship isn’t perfect, and yet you can still see the love and caring between them. In INSURGENT, Tris and Tobias do go through my relationship troubles, but it doesn’t feel like drama just for the sake of having drama. Their relationship troubles are real and reflect the world they live in.
So! I know I’ve been waxing poetic about the characters for my reviews on both DIVERGENT and INSURGENT, but I just need it to be clear how much I love them! Ha! And it leads me into my next point about the action. If this book didn’t have good characters I cared about, I wouldn’t care about the action or the plot or anything in the book, really. But thankfully, Roth perfectly balances both the action/physical stuff with the emotional stuff. I love the action in INSURGENT because, well, it’s awesome. I love the characters because all that emotional stuff makes them 3D and feel real. But I care about the action and I care about the outcome because I care about the characters.
Okay, I feel like that was kind of wordy. Basically, what I’m saying is that that balance between action and emotion is what makes a good book.
And Roth is able to balance the action and emotion because, as I’ve mentioned before, she is a fantastic writer. Good writing makes good characters makes good stories. Roth nails every element.
So I recommend this book to anyone who has read DIVERGENT. It’s a great sequel.
Must Read! Highly Recommended!
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**
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