May 9, 2012

Review: Insurgent, by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent #2)

Genre: YA Dystopia

Source: Won on Twitter


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.

Wow. Just... there are absolutely no words for what I'm feeling. So okay, I'll be honest. I wasn't a big fan of Divergent, though I was very excited for Insurgent. It just didn't do it for me; it was a good book but not as good as I'd hoped it'd be. But Insurgent completely blew me away.

I was sort of hesitant at the beginning, because 1. I hadn't re-read it before Insurgent came out, so I was really confused on what was happening, and my mind kept confusing things with Matched by Ally Condie... My mind is mean when I'm trying to read. After about 3 chapters it all came back so it became clear again.

Then the story flowed easily, though it was really, really long and I had my SAT that week, so it took me a while to finish it. The story has a lot of things going on, and there are some things that happen really fast, and others that I wish Veronica Roth would've written a longer version of.

Tris is a character that I did not like very much in Divergent, and up to half of Insurgent, I wasn't so fond of her either. And I adored Four. Again, up until half of the book. Tris was very impulsive in her actions, which made me frustrated for her, and Four was someone who though things over. But then they changed and Four started treating her sort of bad, and Tris became so much more Dauntless in my mind than she was before. I understood why she did the things she did, and I wanted Four to support her decisions. Ultimately, I became a big fan of Tris. I liked the values represented in the book, and how characters are influenced deeply by these.

I won't ruin the ending for you guys, but OH MY GOSH. You will absolutely love it, and it answers so many questions, yet leaves so many more hanging. I can't wait for the third book to come out!

5 Stars for this one!


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