Thursday, June 7, 2012

Insurgent - Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 1st, 2012, Hardcover
Publisher: HarperTeen
Group: Young Adult Literature
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.
I have been excited to read this book since I finished Divergent. I was crazy obsessed with Divergent after I read it. I forced all my friends to read it and would never shut up about it. I hadn't felt that way about a book since The Hunger Games, so I knew that this series was going to be something special. And I was right. Veronica Roth is such a talented author. I was so lucky to meet her at the Joseph-Beth book signing in Cincinnati a few weeks ago! So I now have both books signed!

Divergent was such a fun and suspenseful read. I felt like I just didn't want to put it down and read the whole book in just one day. But Insurgent was different, and I don't mean that in a bad way. I just felt like there was just so much going on that if I tried to read all of it in one setting that my head would explode. It got so intense at some parts that I had to put the book down and go do something else then come back to it later. There has only been one other book that this has happened with me and it was the last book in the Hunger Games series; Mockingjay. Not that Insurgent was anything like Mockingjay, and I just can't help but notice that these two series, although they are very and truly different and unique, I notice that they are somewhat the same in how I read them and think about them. And that too me means that the Divergent series is one badass epic and awesome book series!

Insurgent starts out right where Divergent left off at. Four, Tris, Marcus, Peter, and Caleb all heading to the Amity compound. I was so excited to find out more about the Amity faction. When I read Divergent I was always trying to think of what faction I would want to be in and Amity was the one I felt like I would even want to be in if I had to choose, but now I definitely do not want to be in Amity. Now we know why all the Amity people are so happy all the time! They are drugged with these happy pills in their food! That is crazy! I loved it when Peter and Tris got into a huge fight and they took Tris to the conflict room and injected her with this happy serum. All the stuff she said to Four was hilarious! And then we find out more about the Candor faction when Tris and Four go to meet up with the other Dauntless. I definitely would not want to be in Candor either. What they did to Four and Tris was ridiculous with the truth serum and to even think that people thought Four and Tris was behind the huge attack in the last book was stupid, but I am glad that it got cleared up after a while. I was happy to see Uriah and everybody else once they got to Candor! I can't believe that secret about Uriah.

Tris and Four's relationship in this book frustrated me to no end. I could understand where both of them were coming from. I feel like they are both such relatable characters. I am glad that their relationship survived this book. So now I feel like nothing can come between them now if they were able to get through all of that. Also there was no love triangle! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You Veronica Roth.

Tris has a lot of problems in this book with risking her own life. She feels like it is selfless and she wants to do these things because of what she did too Will and that her mother sacrificed herself. But then Four said she was be selfish and that she didn't care about her life. I could understand both points. I felt so sorry for Tris about her mom. The pain that Tris went through was so believable and I just wanted to hug Tris to help her through it. I never understood why Tris wouldn't tell Four about how she killed Will. I know she felt like Four wouldn't love her anymore, but that is the most stupidest thing ever to think. Obviously, he wouldn't hate her for killing Will because he wants Tris to stay alive. Like I said their relationship frustrated me, but I liked it at the same time. I am just weird like that I guess.... (:

I also got to talk about Peter. Talk about huge character development. I hated, hated, hated him in Divergent but is it weird that I actually like him now?.

Now let’s talk about that ending. Just wow, wow, wow. I don't even know what to say about it. I had this theory after I finished Divergent. I felt that it was strange that they didn't know what was happening on the outside of the fence and that something strange was going on. I was kind of close but not exactly right. Edith Prior!? OMG. The next book is going to be crazy and awesome and epic. I can't believe that I have to wait over a year to read the next book. It doesn't even have a title yet. How will I ever wait?! This is for sure one of the best series that I have ever read.



  1. Awesome review. I agree completely! Both Divergent and Insugent are amazing books!!!


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