Thursday, March 28, 2013

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Genre:  YA Dystopian
Divergent Series, Book 2

Description (taken from Veronica Roth's website):
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.

First off, I have to state that the Divergent series is one of the most thrilling, action-packed dystopian series out there.  I enjoyed it, however like the first novel, I still had some issues.  This book picks up from where Divergent left off.  We also get to learn a little more about what it means to be Divergent.  And as we meet new people, get to know old, our loyalties will be tested, and we must pick a side in the end.

My biggest problem with this series is Tris.  I do not like her character a whole lot.  I had this issue with the first novel, but I just feel like she doesn't show any emotion, and she's pretty much nuts.  And unlike the first novel, I really did not like the dynamic between Tris and Four in this novel.  The whole let's make out, now let's keep secrets, let's not tell each other anything, but hey we can keep making out, but I don't know if we really like each other, but hey kissing's good.  It got old for me.

As far as the plot goes, Veronica Roth does an excellent job at seeding in bits and pieces for the reader to figure things out.  As for me, I had the plot figured out from the beginning (like the first novel).  However I don't really have any predictions for the next novel because I'm too busy scratching my head thinking, "Say what?  That really just happened?"

Go read these books if you like dystopian novels.  They're jam-packed with action, and you really won't be disappointed (even if my review makes you feel that way).

Challenges:  TBR Pile and Dystopian Reading Challenges

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