Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

SUMMARY: 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.


Completely gripping, brilliantly woven, and full of shocking twists, Insurgent is a whirlwind continuation of an already stunning series. With an intelligent and insightful central character who’s development continues to pull readers in, and a soft but tested romance still building, this one has an internal driving force that rivals the external one. Picking up immediately after the close of Divergent, and never relenting in the pacing, this book is impossible to put down and will leave readers craving more from the world and characters.

Tris continues to be a remarkable heroine, one who certainly has her moments of fear but who always pushes forward. While she has some flaws, who she is and how she is outweighs it, creating a perfectly balanced and well fleshed out character. The way she relies on Four without being dependent makes for a great realistic element, and helps to build not only the romance but the friendship between the two. Facing down some pretty rough events, and having some nearly impossible choices to make, Tris is a character who readers will back fully while still worrying about the outcome of everything.

Four will continue to make readers melt, even when he and Tris have their battles. While his relationship with Tris tested in some pretty big ways in this installment, painful but realistic at times, readers will still smile at the gentle touches, stolen kisses, and softness that radiates between the pair. A rougher side of Four is seen at times, yet he is such a strongly written character that it’s easy enough to look past the exterior and see what’s underneath. His motivations and reasons come through as strongly as Tris’s, and he plays his own important role in the events of this installment.

The plot of this one will wow readers as much if not more than Divergent did, throwing some gutting twists in and leading to an explosive and heart pounding climax. Roth continues to build the overall plot that will carry on into the final installment, while also rounding things out for this specific book. With plenty of clues dropped along the way, Roth lets her readers guess just enough to be self-satisfied while keeping some jaw-dropping reveals of her own. There are plenty of small intricacies and nuances that will leave readers astounded, each of which is woven seamlessly into the story. While this is a hard book to talk about without spoiling it or Divergent, rest assured it lives up to the stellar impact Divergent left and takes things to another level. With the same succinct yet vivid writing, and having a great pacing throughout, Insurgent is both enthralling and stunning.

Source: TLA 
Reading level: Ages 14 and up 
Hardcover: 544 pages 
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 1, 2012

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