Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Book: Insurgent
By: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

Description: 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: So I've finally read insurgent and I'm so excited. When's the next one coming out? I cant wait.

In this book, Tris is dealing with the aftermath of Divergent's end. There is a war brewing, and the entire book makes you feel like you're walking on pins and needles. Tris and Tobias's relationship advances a lot, but we finally get to the real stuff. No relationship is all "hearts and flowers," (Fifty Shades reference for all those who have read it) sometimes you dont agree and sometimes you have to do something you dont want to do because its the right thing, and not the easy thing. That seemed to be the theme of the book.

That said, Tris is a strong freaking heroine. I'm not just saying it because she can keep fighting in the midst of a few bullet wounds, perhaps a few gashes or broken bones when all hopes are lost, but because she keeps going. When odds are stacked against her, and things happen that would make even the the strongest person in the world fall to their knees in defeat, she keeps fighting. I love that about her. She knows how to do one thing well, and thats think of ways to survive, even when she's trying to survive herself. I love it.

This book took you farther in their world than Divergent and answered a bunch of questions including the common question of how they got into this situation to begin with. Why has the world changed so much! The answer is a bit confusing, but it makes sense.

I had one issue with this book. I didnt feel like re-reading the first book because I felt I remembered the jist of what happened. Then, as I started to read this one, I realized I remembered nothing, so a lot of it was confusing. This book didnt give me enough of a refresher. It also didnt suck me in quite as much. Although it was great and I finished it in a day, I didnt feel the all consuming compulsion that I usually feel for other books. That was okay though. I was still happy with it.

All in all, Insurgent was a great read. I will definitely read the next. I give it 4 stars.


Karis Jacobstein said...

I loved Insurgent! I thought it was brilliant! I was excited to learn more about Amity, and was not disappointed. I agree that it was difficult to remember details from Divergent, but at the same time,I hate when authors basically re-tell the 1st book in the 2nd book, so I'm conflicted on that point. Great review!

Karis @YA Litwit

Lan said...

I'm glad this one answers a few questions left over from the last one. I've heard so many good reviews that I feel like I should pick the books up again even though I wasn't that thrilled with Divergent. I don't remember much from the first book either, except that most everyone died!

Anonymous said...

I have to make time to read it. I bought it and have loaned it out twice and still have not read it. Thanks for the great review and for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Like you, I don't have the urge to re-read Divergent anytime soon. I would like to read Insurgent with all the pieces in my mind though. It may take a while before I get to this.

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