Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: YA Dystopian
Summery from Goodreads…
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.
Note from the Elf: Heya! So, I decided to change my review format a little for the simple fact that separating what I think is “good” or “bad” about the book is actually kinda hard and the reviews not as well done as I would like. So I’m putting it all together and seeing what I can do with it. Sorry for the lack of reviews lately. I’ve been reading like krazy but haven’t taken the time to review. Hopefully I can’t get back on track with this. OK, I’ve babbled enough. On to the review…
The Good, The Bad, The Krazyness…
I don’t think I need to tell anyone how anticipated this book has been in the YA world. It was like “the” book to read. To be honest this probably would have been closer to the bottom of my TBR list if my sister hadn’t gotten it quickly from the library. I wasn’t that big of a fan of the first book so I was quite surprised when I read this book and found it AMAZING!!! Finally, I believe it has lived up to its hype. It kept a fast pace, I connected with the characters like I didn’t do in the first book, and there was ACTION, ACTION, ACTION!!!
I love the characters of Tris and Four/Tobias. Despite her suicidal tendencies Tris is doing whatever she can to save the people from the harsh rule of the Erudite and Dauntless traitors (not all Dauntless but some), even if it means doing it behind Four’s back. The relationship between the two gets a little bumpy at times cause Four keeps trying to get Tris to worry about her own safety a little and she just blows him off and does whatever comes into her head despite the risk. I guess that’s what makes her Dauntless but he’s trying to help her see the more Divergent part of her. I actually kinda like it when books make the girl be the hothead and the guy the voice of reason (ok, so maybe Tris and Four share the roles but she was more krazy this time). Each has their own obstacles to overcome and they tried to help each other out when they could. I will say I thought there was a lot more make-out scenes then I thought was needed but it might satisfy those of you who love the romance aspect.lol
One thing I loved about this book was the constant danger and the action. It’s sounds like just another day in the Dauntless faction but it’s not just for fun or proving yourself this time, it was about survival which is what I love about Dystopian books; everything they did had a reason. This definitely satisfied my thirst for action and we got to be introduced more to the factionless which I was really looking forward to. I hope that they can have a bigger role in the next book just because I find the rogue-like groups very interesting.
And what can a book like this be without a few big twists! Roth surprised us a few times in ways that I never saw coming, especially with the cliff-hanger. Yes, beware all, there is a bit of a cliff-hanger. Nothing like “the building blew up and we don’t know who lived” type of thing but you do learn something that will shock you and make you beg for the next book to find out more about it.
Discussion Question: Ever since we learned Four’s real name I’ve been calling him Tobias. Now it throws me off when someone calls him Four. In this book both Tris and Four are called both their Abnegation name and their Dauntless name. Do you like the multiple names or do you find it distracting?
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