May 10, 2012
Review #13 Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Pages: 505 (Hardback)
Long Story Short: Amazing! So much happening! Great story world!
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 this first paragraph I usually say why I bought this book. This time? One word: Divergent.
Yes, I loved Divergent. I'm not a big dystopian fan, but I loved Veronica Roth's writing, how easily you could slide into the world she created. I liked the different factions, the main character Tris, the fast paced action, the different twists and turns the story took.
For the first time in a while, I wasn't afraid to read a sequel. Usually, I am disappointed with sequels. Whenever I loved a first book, my expectations towards the second one are so high - no author could possibly fulfill them. Insurgent, though, was not a problem at all. If anything, I liked it even better than Divergent.
The points I mentioned above - why I liked Divergent so much - are still true for Insurgent. It is as action-packed and suspenseful. The one thing that made it even better - in my opinion - was the way the story world expanded, how you got to know so much more about factions and the characters and the different relationships. Again, after the first few pages, I felt like I was in the story and I love when books do that.
What I also liked was the love story that was there but only slightly, in the background. Tris and Four's relationship developed like it would probably have in real life. I was so glad Insurgent didn't turn into one of those the-world-around-us-doesn't-matter-anymore-because-we're-in-a-relationship kind of way.
There was nothing actually that I didn't like about this book. Amazing. Simply Amazing. Everyone, really, should go and pick it up now :)
RATING: 3 out of 3 Smarties