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Sunday 27 May 2012

Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent
Book #: 2
Pages: 525
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.43
Published: May 1st, 2012

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.

Taschima's POV:

I was between a 4.5 and a five star rating but at the end I decided that the author did a fantastic job not only with the entire story but with how she wrote Tris in grief and dealing with her emotions. I think I might like this one even more than I did Divergent!

So my main problem with Divergent, the whole reason I didn't give it a five star, was that the character's personality was all over the place and she sometimes did things that kind of went agaisnt what she preached. For example, killing Will. If you read Divergent you know it happened so I don't consider it a major spoiler if you are in this page. The nonsense of killing Will, even in the heat of battle and seconds away from him killing you, is what pissed me off about the other book (I was talking about it for days after I finished, it pissed me off real bad). I felt betrayed by someone I had come to like, even love, and it really pissed me off.

But on Insurgent the author, as well as Tris, manage to redeem herself. The way they handled the grief, and guilt, was pretty fantastic and I would have gladly read the book for that alone. But come on, we all need a little more right? So if you are not satisfied with epic story telling, how about action, suspense, romance that doesn't overwhelm the page but feels real, and betrayal? Sounds fantastic! I felt the same. Oh and the ending. THE ENDING. My emotions, my emotions! I don't consider it a cliffhanger, not really. More of a shocking ending with promise. I damn sure liked it though.

Gosh, I love how the author isn't afraid to go there. She isn't afraid to kill characters, all sorts of characters. She doesn't leave many if any strings loose and manages to spring up a new story line that makes sense and keeps the reader hooked and craving the next installment in the series. I can't wait for it really; this series cannot be a 3 book deal only right? There is soo much potential for it to go the long way.

The book is long, pretty long, but it goes by quick. Every other page there is a new obstacle to be overcomed, a new enemy, new information to be unraveled that leaves your jaw on the floor. It was just so interesting and fun! A very round book with everything you need to make it a perfect read.
Tris is more true to character this time around. I love her kick-assness. She ain't afraid to go there, and, as Peter at one point pointed out, if she wants something badly enough she gets it. But what really attracts me about her is that she is so flawed and she knows it, and tries to be a better person all the time. Four was a little more complicated this time around, you got to see the "real" Four as is, his true feelings when it came to the order of the government and other things. They have big fights, fights that make the relationship or break it. But throught the fighting I was still team Tris, cause she made more sense. Let's just say Four is battling some serious trust issues.

Issues with the book: What kind of name is Tobias really? And the entire book it kept going back and forward between Tobais and Four and I was just like "JUST GO BY FOUR!".

As a sophmore read in the series Insurgent really couldn't have been any better. It didn't let me down, it addressed some issues I had for the first book, and it open new doors for future installments. It was all that a sophmore read should be, plus so much more.

1 comment:

  1. hi! im new here i found u thru murphy's library:) and u do have a kickass YA blog, so i signed up here too...i love ur review for this book...coz i love this book too. its long and a lot of details going on,but what a ride! great tension bet. tris & four's relationship but i'm glad its not really the only focus of the series. thanks for this review :)


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