Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperTeen, 525 Pages (May 1st, 2012)
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: 5 Stars - Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent Trilogy by none other than author Veronica Roth is in a word, stunning! With the same emotion, characters, dynamic world Roth set the bar high with Divergent and surpassed it with ease in Insurgent.
I’ve been struggling to write this review for awhile now. For lack of the proper words needed to express (again) how amazing this trilogy is. Without giving too much away, because I’m not one who enjoys spoilers, I’ll try to do Roth and Insurgent the justice the author and book deserve.
After reading Divergent, which was hands down the best book I read in 2011, I knew that Roth had a hit on her hands. I kicked myself that I didn’t read it sooner and didn’t know how I’d survive the wait until the second book was released. I’m far from the only person who felt this way. There are many of us in the Divergent Nation and are proud members of the group. We’ve held our breath and fought right alongside Tris, we’ve pined for Four and we’ve wanted to be part of the Dauntless faction… or one of the other factions from the first page. The book was visually stunning to my imagination and I just couldn’t wait to see what was about to happen next.
There’s no way not to see while you’re reading Insurgent that Roth has some epic plans in store for her characters. She’s brought through some pretty dark times and with some of the shocking revelations in this second book, it’s pretty amazing, at least to me that what was such a perfect first book could continue right through to the second book and never let up, one bit. How Roth manages to do this making her a Rock Star in the YA genre. Insurgent was just as stunning to my imagination as it was to Divergent. Roth had me from the first page. I was a goner. I was lost. I was fascinated. Just a great book should do to the reader.
Some things I really loved about Insurgent are – getting a chance to understand and meet some members from the other factions. In Divergent there was some, but in Insurgent it gives you a better idea into the world and life within some of the other factions such as Amity and also the factionless.
Tris and Four are the same, yet changed from things they had to face in Divergent. There were a few things I was frustrated about with these two. And that’s all I’ll say there. You guys can read it in a few days and see if you felt the frustration that I did. The good thing, the frustration I felt didn’t bother me much because it fell to the wayside easily and wasn’t distracting from the story in the slightest.
I think one of the huge key elements that I love about this trilogy so much… besides the beautiful writing and characters is that these teens, because that’s what Tris and Four are, make some really massive life changing decisions right from the start. And throughout both books they have to make some of these decisions for the greater good of a huge group of people. They don’t think of just themselves. I mean being a true member of Abnegation and all, they are always selfless, but for teens to deal with what they do is pretty amazing to read about. Talk about two amazing strong characters.
Roth is hands down one of my favorite YA authors. Her story and characters are often on my mind. I have suggested this series to more people that I know. I’ve purchased and given Divergent to many people as gifts, which I will continue to do. I’m a huge fan and will read anything she writes. No question about it.
All in all, if you haven’t read Divergent, I have no idea why and will say that you are missing out on something huge, something thrilling and something you’ll be kicking yourself over for not reading sooner. And in a few days when Insurgent is finally out on the shelves of a bookstore near you, you’ll be able to read both back to back and be right there with me and the many others out there who are now sitting on pins and needles until the third and final book in this breathtaking series finally finds our way to us.
There is no way that I won’t be rereading this trilogy time and time again. I know you will be too.
FTC Disclaimer: I did NOT pay for this book, nor have I been compensated at all in any way or means for reading and writing this HONEST review.