Monday, September 17, 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen


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:

Veronica Roth continues to wow me in this book. Starting where Divergent left off, we see things go from bad to worse in the world of Tris. Her actions at the end of Divergent set off a chain reaction, both in her world and in herself. I am so in love with the world that Veronica Roth has created! I'm sure I'm not the only one who has contemplated what faction I would choose. I'm torn between Amity and Erudite. Although both have their downside.

We get to learn more about the other factions in this installment, since Tris spends time in Amity, Erudite and Candor. You might be surprised to learn just how committed Amity is to keeping the peace! I really enjoyed learning more about the factions that didn't have a major role in Divergent.

Insurgent was a wild ride. There were a couple plot twists that really threw me. In fact, at one point I had to stop reading on the bus because I was so angry at one of the characters! And the ending was great! I can't wait for the next book!

There was a downside to the book that made me enjoy it slightly less than Divergent. Tris was a much harder character to like in this one. I'll cut her some slack because she's grieving, but she does a few things that make me want to yell at her. She lies quite a bit and I'm not always sure that it's necessary. Although perhaps it was. And then there is her at-times rocky relationship with Tobias. There are so many times I just wanted to say to them "Be nice to each other!" But that's probably why I lean toward Amity.

Overall, I loved Insurgent almost as much as Divergent. If you read and loved Divergent, you've got to read Insurgent. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Did I mention that Veronica was super nice to me when I got her autograph at the Smart Chicks Kick It tour stop in my city?

On the Cover:

I like the cover and how it follows in the theme of the Divergent cover.

Rating: 4.5 Hearts

Source: Bought from a bookseller.

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  1. Tris was definitely harder to like in this novel. She was like a completely different person! And I thought it moved a little slower than I would've liked.

    Great review, Megan -- thanks for sharing. :)

  2. I thought this was a great sequel, as well! I agree about the ending - so intense! I do agree that Tris and Tobias and their relationship got a little annoying at times... For someone who has an aptitude for Erudite, Tris often made kind of dumb decisions. But I did try to cut her some slack as well! I think their attitudes will turn around for the third book... Convergent? I have a hunch that's what it'll be titled.

  3. If I'm going to read a series I need feedback from the first book to the last. So, I'll be watching and waiting to see what you think.

  4. I felt the same way about it! Tris made me enjoy Insurgent less than Divergent, because she was constantly behaving in a way that was irrational. I felt so bad for Tobias. He had to constantly put up with her during an already difficult time. I am so excited about the next book, though. The ending was shocking, and I can't wait to read what it means.

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