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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Young Adult
Pages: 525
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Romance
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.

High anticipation drove me to diving into this novel before all my other books that I had to review. Since I read Divergent back in the late months of 2011 I can tell you that I wasn't very up to date on the characters and how the book ended. So when Veronica Roth picks Tris's story up right from the get-go, I was highly confused and lost for most of the beginning. Of course I knew who Four was who doesn't? but when talk of Caleb, Will, and Susan come up now and again, it took a while for Tris to explain to me again who these people, allowing for some clarity.

One thing that Insurgent kept shoveling out nonstop was action, tension, and anticipation. There was never a dull moment while reading and that's how I enjoy my books. During the beginning of the book, because of my lack of information towards what was really going on from the previous novel, I had my moments of start-stop reading and tended to put the book down after each individual chapter. But after I started to learn and remember who was who and what was what, the story picked up for me and I found myself loving the dystopian setting once more.

Tris, the mighty sixteen-year-old girl that she is, started to have some irksome characteristics about her. She's headstrong and brash when it comes to the dangerous and life-threatening, constantly arguing with Four. But there is some growth within her character and we can see how Divergence really breaks her personality into the three factions she has aptitude for: Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite. Though Tris did irk me, I found her a strong, courageous, and reliable girl and that made her a kickass character in my book.

One thing I'm sure many people had said after reading the book was possibly along the lines of this: "HOLY COW WHAT?! WHAT IS LIFE? DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN? THE ENDING! THAT ENDING! OH MY GOD, PRAISE VERONICA ROTH ON HIGH!" And I couldn't agree more because those were literally the very words coming out of my mouth. The ending exploded in my face as has me dying to read book 3.

Final Summation: The beginning failed to really captivate me and left me frazzled until chapters upon chapters into the book. If you don't remember what happened in Divergent or who anyone was, I highly suggest a reread because it would be most helpful in remembering the characters and the lead up into Insurgent. And trust me,  Insurgent is worth the read, the whole 525 pages because that ending made my head clock all the way around. Book three please come out sooner!

First Line: I wake with his name in my mouth.

Four targets slayed for cliffhangers


vivalabooks said...

Oh! My! Goodness! YAY! I loved this book too! And, I know, the ending was so unexpected. I was freaking out days afterwards xD

ashelynn hetland said...

I do wish she reminded us of who was who in Insurgent since I was also confused in the beginning (and she even did a what happened at the end of Divergent post before Insurgent published, but still.)

great review! I did love it and OMG THAT ENDING I CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 3! <3

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