Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Author: Veronica Roth

Series:Divergent #2


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.


If you thought Divergent was a good book, you are going to think that Insurgent is a great book. As someone who loved the first book, I went into this one with high hopes. It's hard enough to write a good book, it's even harder to keep the story going well when another book is added to a series. A lot of authors drop the ball on the second or third, etc books in popular books. Veronica Roth, though, was able to elevate the series in the second book. I was very pleased with this book.

Tris is back and more dauntless than ever. The world as she knew it before she was sixteen is gone. The factions are no longer co-existing and working alongside each other peacefully. She thought her initiation day was going to be a giant celebration, but that was not the case. She is suddenly thrown into a new situation that she knows nothing about. Life or death situations, war, conflict, grief, pain, and emotional trauma - things that her upbringing as a Abnegation could never have prepared her for.

Tris is such a dynamic character. While she is somewhat predictable in some of her decisions, she is interesting, smart, and she does whatever she thinks needs to be done in order to save her friends and family from danger. I think she is compelling in every sense of the word. She is character that could fight her way to the edge of the earth and back if it meant that her loved ones were safe.

Veronica Roth did it again with this novel. Unlike the first novel in this series, the big reveal of the novel completely caught me off guard. Most of the big things in the first book were easily discovered, but Insurgent took my feet out from under me and made me nearly gasp aloud. It takes a lot to make that happen.

I loved this book. It is definitely a great read, and I would suggest it to anyone.


5 stars

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