Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review: Insurgent

Media Type: Print Book
Title: Insurgent
   *Series: Divergent #2
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: Hardcover; 525
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Source: Library
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Intended Reading Group: Young Adult
Content Screening: Violence
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HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Fans of the series! You definitely need to have read the first to fully appreciate this one.

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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.

As soon as I finally finished Divergent about a month ago, I knew that I needed to get Insurgent into my hands as soon as possible. I was eager for more Tris, more Tobias, and of course to find out what was going to happen next. When my library finally announced that I was next on the waiting list I was ecstatic! I dove into this book with all the fervor that I had within me. Let me tell you, it was so worth the wait.

Tris and Tobias are back, and this time around Veronica Roth proves she isn't just using this book as a filler for what's to come. The story line that is crafted here is expertly done, and there is raw emotion on every single page. I think what I liked best about Insurgent as a whole was seeing Tris really come into her own. In the first book we saw a girl who was ready to break out of her shell. In this one she's already there. Filled with guilt, anger, and a bit of confusion, Tris is a well fleshed out character. Sure, she might seem a little angst ridden some of the time, but it is this total spectrum of emotion that fuels her choices. I loved it.

Insurgent also brings to light a lot more about the factions themselves, as well as the people that reside within them. Roth shows readers who these people really are at their core. It's a lot simpler to understand why they might choose the way they do. If you were curious about Amity, this is your time! A lot of the story takes place in their headquarters, which was a nice change of pace. Best of all, the chemistry between Tris and Tobias is still present and, in my opinion, better than ever. Thank goodness for the lack of a love triangle! All I need are Tris and Tobias. Tobias and Tris. Dysfunctional maybe, but totally worth it.

Anyway I know I'm rambling. Let's just leave it at this. Although I didn't quite fall in love with Insurgent as much as I did Roth's first installment, I'm happy to report that there was a lot that I did completely enjoy. This is not a filler book. It is a well-written, beautifully paced, middle part to a so far amazing trilogy. The ending is killer. You've been warned. Now all I can think about is getting my hands on the next book in the series so I can sate my need for completion. Definitely one of my new favorite series.

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