Thursday, June 14, 2012

Review: Insurgent (Divergent 2) by Veronica Roth

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.

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.

Publication date: May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen 

The Elliott Review:

Divergent was essentially about Tris rising above her restricted background while learning how to become a bad-ass and falling in love with an epically amazing and tortured-soul guy (aka, my favorite kind of guy). Insurgent takes their story above and beyond the typical love story and stretches it into something uncomfortable but so much more than average.

I'll be honest, since I read the ARC of Divergent forever ago, I had to re-read it in order to keep up with the fast-paced beginning of Insurgent. I'm really glad I did simply because I LOVE Divergent. I love how Four and Tris relate to each other, how their relationship forms. Since Insurgent picks up the story directly after the simulation that left members of Dauntless unwilling murderers, Tris and Four find themselves in a position that most couples would never experience - having to wage a different kind of war, completely unsure of who is trustworthy.

This book continues with Veronica Roth's amazing writing style and character development that I absolutely love, so I felt that I was in trustworthy hands right from the start despite my innate suspicion of second books in a series. I'm glad I felt safe to trust the author's direction because many of the events made me, for lack of a better word, uncomfortable. I've spent so long loving the Four and Tris that I remember from Divergent... But Insurgent is all about the layers within each person. I had to discard a lot of what I thought I knew about both of these characters in order to accept their actions. Their relationship is repeatedly tested as they have to adapt to the changing world around them. Since both of them are Divergent, their actions aren't so cut and dried, and they have to make unlikely alliances in order to uncover the truth.

This book is definitely brilliant, and I can't wait to see the direction that the last book of the trilogy will take. Now that the factions have basically broken apart in one way or another and a startling truth is discovered, I am dying to see how the situation will be resolved. I wonder just how far everyone will have to go.

Young Adult Notes:

Some violence, mild sexual scenes, brief mention of suicide, etc.

Source: Purchased

1 comment:

  1. Obviously I'm dumb for not getting to this one sooner. I can't wait to read it :)))

    Great review!

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