Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: Insurgent

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Date Released: May 1st, 2012
Pages: 525
Rating: 5 out of 5

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.

Oh. My. Goodness. Insurgent was just an amazing, mindblowing sequel to Divergent and I enjoyed every single bit of it! Everything in this book was just absolutely awesome. There was just the right amount of romance, intensity, action, and AWESOMENESS to keep me glued to the book from cover to cover.

Insurgent basically leaves off where Divergent leaves off, and then takes off from there, leading you through a roller coaster ride of a story full of intense action scenes and shocking revelations. Tris and Four go around everywhere in their isolated city of Chicago, from the Amity headquarter to the headquarters of the factionless, and they even end up in the Candor headquarter at one point, too! It was just exciting to see where they would end up next and what those places would bring them.

I will admit that Tris was a bit annoying in Insurgent, or at least I found her to be that way. I admire her headstrong personality and courage, but sometimes it was just too much that she would make pretty risky decisions, which is probably why she was placed in Dauntless... But still. You need to be rational sometimes (I could obviously NEVER be in Dauntless). I still loved Four though :) Oh, Four. You're just like the coolest bad boy protective boyfriend ever even though Tris doesn't want that protectiveness.

Roth is still able to keep that perfect balance of romance and action/suspense in Insurgent, with the romance not exactly overpowering the rest of the novel, but still making it somewhat important. It is, of course, the thing that really keeps me going in any book, but action and suspense still works, too :D 

From reading Insurgent, you discover so much more about Tris's world.  You learn more about the different factions and how they each have their own types of dessert, special serums, and whatnot.  There are also a whole bunch of secrets and surprises that come about in Insurgent that just keep you wanting to find out more! 

Overall, Insurgent is a fantastic follow up to Divergent. Everything was just absolutely incredible in the novel, despite Tris's slight flaw. Insurgent of course leaves off on a cliffhanger, so I will definitely be impatiently waiting for the next book! If you haven't read Divergent yet, I suggest that you go get it now! If you're a big fan of the dystopian genre in general, then you should definitely give this a try.

Cover Review:
While the covers for both Divergent and Insurgent don't exactly have that beauty that the covers for the Beautiful Creatures novels or the Wolves of Mercy Falls series posses, I still like it because of how much they just fit with the series and what it's about. This time, the cover for Insurgent displays the symbol for the Amity faction with a Chicago landscape gracing the bottom of the cover. I must say that the symbol is absolutely beautiful with the leaves just going around the tree. I really like the color scheme as well and how this cover and Divergent's cover are practically like fraternal twins. 

Cleo :)

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1 comment:

  1. I was bugged by Tris in this novel too. Her character just took a nose dive for me. However she did redeem herself in the end. Other than that I loved this book! Veronica Roth definitely succeeded in writing an awesome sequel! Can't wait to see how it all wraps up in the final book. :)

    Julia @ That Hapa Chick


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