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Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: May 1, 2012
Source: Purchased
Series: Divergent #2

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.

I don’t even know where to begin with this review. I loved Insurgent, just because it’s the sequel to Divergent, but I honestly don’t love it as much as I loved Divergent. But even as I’m writing this review just after having finished the book, I don’t feel like I’ve finished. I’ll explain that in a little bit.

I think the reason behind why I didn’t like Insurgent quite as much as Divergent is because of Tris and Four. Which is funny since they’re the main reason I loved Divergent. But there’s some trouble in paradise, which when you think about Tris and her personality, is not completely unexpected. Even so, I was not happy with those particular troubles. Other characters stepped up, even one that was completely unexpected. Others betray those they love.

There’s just as much action as ever though in this sequel, and lots happening. It’s a big book, and for the most part the pacing is good. Every once in a while though I’d hit a spot where it just felt like it slowed temporarily, but soon enough picked up again. And the reason why I feel like I haven’t finished is because of the way it ends. Pretty much right in the middle of something, just like the first book. I didn’t really feel like questions from the first book were answered completely. Just reiterated so that we wouldn’t forget. I’m hoping they’re delivered in the final installment.

Insurgent is definitely still an awesome read, and I seriously cannot wait for the third book. I want more Four and Tris! If you loved Divergent you have to read this book. If you love dystopian books in general, this is a series that you absolutely should not miss!

Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover, 487 pages
Challenge: Debut Author
Purchase: Amazon – Book DepositoryB&N

Summary from GoodReads:
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

My thoughts on Divergent

AMAZING. SPECTACULAR. STUPENDOUS. I seriously cannot gush enough about this book. There was so much hype about this book that you almost expect it to fall short of your expectations despite all the awesome hype. BUT IT DOESN’T! It vastly exceeded any expectations I had. It sits right up there in awesomeness with The Hunger Games.

The first novel in this new trilogy seems pretty much devoted to setting everything up, and while sometimes that doesn’t work, obviously it did this time, at least for me. The pacing was excellent. It allowed these characters to develop, and gave us time to see who they really are and what their hidden agendas were. Twists and turns arrived perfectly and kept me on the edge of my seat. I didn’t know what I was going to be hit with next.

Tris herself had awesome development. She went from Abnegation (selfless) to Dauntless (fearless) with very little trouble. In fact, it was much easier for her than any other transfer from another faction. And believe me, you find out why that might be so. Then there is Four. You never know what he is thinking because he has the tightest leash you will ever see on his emotions. It’s amazing. But watching the romance between them develop was so much fun. Not too much, but not too little. It felt just right. There were possible hints at a love triangle, but I’m so glad that doesn’t pan out. It would’ve just brought down the awesomeness.

And then it all comes to a head at the action-packed end. The end was actually a little hard to read, there’s just so much going on, and bam. Things happen. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel. It will be on pre-order as soon as that is available. I definitely recommend this for anyone who loved The Hunger Games, or dystopia in general. If you have not read it yet, go get it ASAP!