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Loved Insurgent. Love Veronica Roth!,
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This review is from: Insurgent (Hardcover)
First Impressions: I had been looking forward to reading Insurgent ever since I finished reading Divergent (for the millionth time) last year. One morning I woke up and before I even had my morning coffee, I heard a nice thud outside of my front door. I kind of feel like there should have been fireworks and confetti when I opened up the package and laid my hands on my pretty proof of Insurgent. I hugged it. I stroked the cover, and it gained its place at the top of my review pile. My precious..... If you haven't already read Divergent, you need to go get a copy NOW! You are missing out on reading an amazing trilogy and trust me; you don't want to miss these books.
First 50 Pages: The beginning of Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off, luckily. I was hoping there wouldn't be any gaps in time between the first book and the second, and there wasn't. I was also worried that Insurgent would suffer from Sophomore Slump, but it didn't. If fact, I think I enjoyed Insurgent more than I did Divergent because this book has a ton of action and more character development. However, the world-building in both books is phenomenal. I would love to know how Veronica Roth comes up with the things that she does, because even though this world she dreamed up is crazy (and awesome), it never seems too far-fetched. The Young Adult market is so flooded with dystopian novels right now that aren't plausible, with the exception of a select few, including the Divergent/Insurgent novels.
Characters & Plot: I'll do my best to keep this part as spoiler-free as possible so I don't ruin anything for anyone, but there might be some minor spoilers, so readers beware.
Like I stated above, Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off. Tris is heading back to the Amity headquarters, not to mention being devastated from having to watch a good majority of her family murdered and from murdering one of her best friends, Will, while he was under a simulation. All of the consequences of the events that happened in Divergent begin to truly take its toll on Tris and she has a lot of feelings and emotions she has to work through.
Four, Caleb, and Marcus are also accompanying Tris as they travel to not only Amity, but Candor as well. They need to let everyone know about the war against Abnegation and that they have teamed up with Dauntless and Erudite. Unfortunately, they gain no support from either faction. A lot happens in Insurgent and it is easy to get confused on what exactly is going on. Jeanine Matthews is still on the loose and is collecting Divergent people for a purpose that isn't fully known. Four's mom also makes a comeback as the leader of the Factionless, and all sorts of other sub-plots and hell break loose. Veronica Roth makes it increasingly difficult to be able to choose sides and to be able to see which factions are the real villains, compared to the factions that have made bad choices. It is an incredibly complex story that somehow just works and I'm not sure any other author would have been able to put together so many different ideas that flow together so well.
Another relief of mine was the fact the Roth decided not to include a love triangle when it comes to Four and Tris' relationship. I was really worried that she would, because it seems like the thing to do in Young Adult novels, but she didn't. However, there are some personality issues that are going on in Insurgent that has changed from Divergent, and the couple endures their own struggles because of the varying feelings and emotions they are experiencing. Tris feels very helpless and is depressed for the majority of the story and it comes across in her recklessness. Four, or Tobias as he is called more often in this book, is a little more edgy in Insurgent, and does his best trying to do well for Tris, but he has his struggles and you can't help but to feel bad for him. Tris doesn't always make his job as the good boyfriend, easy.
Final Thoughts: There is a HUGE revelation that takes place in the final half of Insurgent and the book ends with a cliffhanger that is going to drive me absolutely insane until I can read the last and final book. Insurgent surpassed my expectations and I foresee it ending up on every single "Best of 2012" list later this year. Without a doubt, I very highly recommend picking up your own copy of Insurgent when it comes out May 1st!
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Initial post: May 1, 2012 6:23:19 PM PDT
I am so happy beyond words to hear that there is no love triangle. And great review--I can't wait to read it! :)
In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 7:04:41 PM PDT
I was also relieved that there was no love triangle. That would have killed me. LOL
Posted on May 1, 2012 7:11:45 PM PDT
I am so pleased that there is no love triangle; I can't imagine that it won't meet all of my expectations now.
Posted on May 9, 2012 1:46:18 PM PDT
Dawn R. Daunhauer says:
Does anyone know when the third one will be out? Can not wait!
In reply to an earlier post on May 15, 2012 12:11:08 AM PDT
Amanda Welling says:
Veronica Roth just stated yesterday on her blog that the third book will be coming out Fall of 2013.
Posted on May 21, 2012 10:31:18 PM PDT
Becka Gar says:
I agree with all of you. SO happy that there's no love triangle. I don't know why, but I'm getting a little tired of reading about the whole theme lately. Yay for no love triangle!
Posted on Jun 2, 2012 10:16:21 AM PDT
D. Amico says:
Great review and you are absolutely correct when you say it will be insane that we need to wait so long for the final book. She is a great writer and couldn't put this book down.
Posted on Sep 23, 2012 10:59:26 PM PDT
Turner Reeves says:
ah finally someone who shares my hate towards all of todays YA lovey-dovey books, because they are all the same except for a handful, this series in that hand.
Posted on May 14, 2013 4:57:56 PM PDT
Yes yes yes! You definitely have the same thoughts as me. What an amazing book!
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