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Review - Insurgent

Monday, May 7, 2012
Insurgent (Divergent #2)
by Veronica Roth

Publication: May 1, 2012
Pages: 525
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Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
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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.

Insurgent lived up to my expectations. In fact, it's my favorite dyostopian read of 2012, and I have a hard time picturing it dethroned. Picking up where Divergent left us, Insurgent takes us into the homes of the various factions, giving us glimpses into their lifestyles, their natures, and how different people react to various threats. Overlooming it all is the secret that Marcus is keeping, the secret that spurs Jeanine into motion, the secret that Tris is determined to uncover.

Tris is haunted by the events that brought Divergent to a close. She has lost close friends and family, and she is burdened with the guilt of killing Will. However, there is little time to mourn, as there is still a battle to fight. Instead of hiding out and waiting for an opening to attack, Tris and her friends make the opportunities for themselves to fight. They are active fugitives, and with each move they make--together and separately--the ante ups and secrets threaten to overturn everything they thought they knew about their society. Such as, what were the Abnegation leaders willing to die for?

Veronica Roth is an amazing plot builder with a writing style that brings the world and characters to life. Insurgent is a complex world in which new characters come, go, stay; and old characters return, change, and go. There is an abundance of subplots and twists. I no longer know how to view certain characters or where the story will take us. I absolutely cannot wait to read book three!

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. No payment was received in return for a review. The receipt of the book had no influence on the opinions expressed in my review.
4 comments on "Review - Insurgent"
  1. Just got this from the library. Can't wait to start it. Thanks for the great review.

  2. Oh, I loved the book and like you said, it lived up to my expectations. Everything I wanted to happen, did happen, which is such a rare thing, that I'm still not quite sure I can believe it!

    Hahaha. Anyway, great review!


  3. don't know why but I always have a harder time writing reviews on books that I absolutely loved. I read Insurgent the day that it came out and yet I have been procrastinating to start writing the review. To summarize my feelings: Insurgent was utterly unbelievably and incredibly amazing.

    I'm sure most of you have already read Insurgent by now but I won't write anything about the plot itself in case some of you haven't read it yet (what are you waiting for?!). But I can say that Roth did a wonderful job keeping the sequel as interesting and captivating as Divergent. There were so many twists and turns and so many different emotions being put in the foreground that, really, Insurgent wasn't boring, at all. Even though sometimes I got mad because there was this big secret that everybody would mention but we would never find anything about it but I guess that's what keeps us hooked, right?!

  4. @Natalie: Hope you enjoy Insurgent as much (or more so, if possible!) as I did!

    @Patricia: I know right? I can't wait to read book three!

    @Ceska: I agree. This was a tough review to write.


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