Monday, May 7, 2012

Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 544
  • Source: Own/Purchased
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Overview

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

This is the way sequels should be!! It jumps back in where Divergent ended. I really don't know how to go about this review because honestly I don't know what to say. There is so much I want to say, but can't. I want to just gush about this book. Did I love this as much as I loved Divergent? No, I didn't. Did I still absolutely love it? Definitely!! The pacing in this one is done very well. I loved that we get a lot of great action and then it slows back down to let you catch your breath and think about the things that just happened. 


I really like Tris, but in this one she kind of bothered me with some of her stupidity. I know she is just trying to do what she thinks she should, but she does some dumb things. She really does start to find herself and I guess she has to do some stupid things in order to get to that point. Then there is Four. (I can't make myself call him Tobias.) I know that there is a lot going on and some major personal things with him, but I really think he was kind of a jerk at some times when it wasn't necessary. I suppose when there is a war of factions looming your thoughts may not be where they should be though, so I can excuse their behavior. By the end I totally loved them again.
 
The ending I know came as a shock to a lot of people, but honestly, I kind of expected something like that. Not specifically that, but some variation of it. I wish it could have taken me by surprise, but it really didn't. It was an excellent set up for the next book though and has me absolutely dying to know what will happen now. Overall this book was a great follow up to Divergent. I liked to see Tris trying to find herself while really she was losing herself. If that makes any sense. I also liked getting to know more about Four and his background. It was great to get to know about the other factions headquarters too. I am not really doing this review any justice I don't think, so I am just going to stop. I don't really want to say anything about the book, because you just need to read it and experience it yourself. I really loved this book. Maybe not as much as most people, but it was fantastic and I will be highly anticipating the next book. 5 out of 5 stars.

20 comments:

  1. I agree! The ending wasn't a huge shock for me either! I will admit that I got pretty pissed off with Tris a few times when it came to the way she treated Four. I totally understood why he was the way he was with her. But it all worked out to be a fabulous book to me! :D Love your review!!! I wanna gush about this book all the time.

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    1. It was a hard review for me to write. I didn't really know what to say lol!! It was a fantastic book though.

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  2. Awesome review! Four and Tris made decisions I didn't always agree with in this book but I did still love their characters. I agree about the pacing! The mix of action and slower scenes was perfect. I can't wait for book 3 now! :)

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    1. Yes, it was very well done. I think that it was a good pace for a second book and a great set up for the next one.

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  3. I'm finding Four very cranky so far and Tris whines a lot. I'm about half way through. I still love it but not as much as Divergent either. I'm super curious about this ending!!

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    1. Yeah that was my thing with them too. They were just not as likable as in the first one. I know they are both going through a lot though, so I let it slide. I don't think you will be that shocked my the ending. You are pretty perceptive like me.

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  4. I don't know that I can say I saw the end coming, but I agree that I could see something in that fashion was coming. I loved this one, but I didn't love it as much as I'd hoped too! (I hope that makes sense! *lol* )


    -Jac @ For Love and Books

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    1. I think I am just really perceptive of the things people say and how they say them. That was how I figured some variation of that ending would happen. I understand exactly what you mean. I think it's hard when you have something so hyped up. No matter how good it is it's often hard to live up to such a big expectation.

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  5. Agh! A big cliffhanger. I can't wait to read this. Thanks for the Twitter follow and I'm now a blog follower!

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    1. I don't know if I would really call it a big cliffhanger, more like a big revelation. You discover something that is kind of a wow factor. It will make for a very interesting book 3 though.

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    2. Oh and thanks so much for the follow. That made my day. :)

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  6. Awesome review! It's never fun when the main characters get on your nerves, but middle books in a trilogy are typically the worst, so if you still loved this one, the last book is sure to be insanely awesome.

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    1. Yes, I still really loved it. I understand why the Tris and Four are acting the way that they are, I just got a bit bothered by it after a while. They redeemed themselves though. :)

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  7. Sigh... I'm looking forward to reading Insurgent, but I'm not in a huge hurry, either.
    I'm generally not a fan of "middle books". I expect to be upset with the characters and I expect a shocking ending.
    I'm glad you enjoyed Insurgent. I hope I love it too.

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    1. I'm sure you will love it. I loved it in a different way than I loved the first one. Characters do tend to get a bit bothersome in in between books, not just with this series. It just happens. Big stuff going on, too much for them to handle, blah, blah. Still it's what makes you ultimately love them. You are seeing their ups and downs and watching them grow.

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  8. Glad you enjoyed this one girl! I saw it at the store today and wanted to buy it. haha But then I was like PUT IT DOWN! You haven't read the first one. hehe I need to do it soon though! But I always like to wait until a series is over before I start another one. Especially right now! There are so many out! Sheesh. Great review and I"ms o glad you loved it! :)

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    1. I know what you mean. I am in the middle of so many series right now. A lot of books in series I have been buying as they come out, but might wait for the whole series before I actually start reading them.

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  9. How did I miss this review on Monday???
    I still haven't read Insurgent yet -- too many review books to get to.
    But thanks for a great spoiler-free review!!

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    1. Haha! It gets hard to keep up with so many blogs. I really didn't know what to say because I didn't want to give anything at all away, but I wanted to say how much I loved it.

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  10. I totally agree with you in every way! I believe that Tris was being slightly stupid in this one compared to Divergent...but I read Veronica Roth's reason as to why she wrote some of the things she did, and it made more sense.

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