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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.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second installment 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.
Performed by Emma Galvin
About the Author
Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four: A Divergent Collection, and Carve the Mark. Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago. You can visit her online at www.veronicarothbooks.com.
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books; Unabridged edition (June 4, 2013)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 10 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062286471
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062286475
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 1.6 x 5.9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is a great deal of similarity between this series and Hunger Games. Teenage coming-of-age adventure story in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society. I could go further into the premise, but it really does not make much sense outside the context of the book.
Again, like Hunger Games, I found the first book gripping and devoured it quickly. The second book did a good job of keeping up that pace.
Then the third book comes up, and, once again like Hunger Games, it takes the "Us vs. Them" story and throws in "oh look, These Guys Too! Bet you didn't see THAT coming!" plot hook, and things go off the rails for me. The first two books seem to be building your hope for the characters and the world they live in and the ability for them to make the world better. Then they expand the world, and the third book goes about crushing your hopes of a happy ending.
While reading the first two books, I was a little bummed that it would be over in three. By the time I was about a quarter through the third book, I was ready for it to be done. I was looking forward to Four during the first two books. After reading the third, I don't have any real interest in reading Four anymore.
The real world does not have happy endings for everyone, but this isn't really about happy endings. It is more about building up these characters to great heights with the implication that they will usher in a new age. Then, it turns out in the end they are a cog in a machine in the end. Important, sure, but used to an end just the same.
I would actually rate the first two books at five stars, but the third book is such a letdown that it brings down the whole series for me, and this book is useless without the other two. If you read Hunger Games and loved it, this scratches the same itch. In the end, I didn't hate it, but it lost a lot of luster quickly in the end.
INSURGENT begins where DIVERGENT left off with Beatrice “Tris” Prior and Tobias “Four” Eaton, along with Marcus Eaton, Peter Hayes and Caleb Prior, riding the train to an uncertain future in the aftermath of the Erudite simulation induced attack that decimated two of the five factions residing in post-apocalyptic Chicago. Roth’s masterful worldbuilding continues as Tris, Four, and the other survivors seek refuge in Amity, Candor, and amongst the factionless sector, giving readers deeper insight into the dystopian world Roth created in Divergent. As Tris struggles to understand what being Divergent means and how she fits in amongst the factions, Erudite’s ruthless leader, Jeanine Matthews, continues to hunt and kill those who are Divergent because she believes their ability to think independently is a threat to society. Meanwhile, Tris overhears Amity representative Johanna Reyes and Marcus Eaton discussing how the Abnegation leaders died to protect secret information entrusted to them from getting into Jeanine Matthews possession.
As war looms between the factions and their ideologies grow, unexpected alliances form to eradicate Erudite’s iron grip on the city. And Tris will risk everything for the one thing that matters: the truth.
Much like DIVERGENT, I saw the movie first—something I almost never do. But now that I’ve read the book, I was once again pleasantly surprised by how close the studio stuck to the storyline. Packed full of action, danger and underlying conflict, the second book in Roth’s DIVERGENT TRILOGY revolves around rebellion, betrayal, guilt, grief, forgiveness, friendship, love and sacrifice. Even though I knew what was going to happen, the amount of detail and worldbuilding found in the book—as opposed to the movie—made for another highly entertaining, addictive read.
As important as that is, Roth's writing is unconscious as yet, and after a good beginning in the first novel, she loses focus, her energetic and competent heroine wishes it would all just go away, hiding every chance she gets, diving into physical romantic moments when she should be planning or running for her life, refusing to ever pick up a gun again, and getting her friends killed at such a rate that as one reviewer noted, one wonders if anyone will be left alive at the end. Roth's switch to an "experiment" instead of reality importantly reflects the difficulty of young people today (or anyone for that matter) perceiving reality in a world that changes as fast as the Erudite Sims. So the author gets lost in the problem she has uncovered, fooled by her own Sim, unable to emulate her heroine.
I believe this is immaturity. Roth is still very young, has a following, and might become a great author. Or a hack. Time will tell, and I wish her luck. I will not be reading the 3rd book. My low rating, though, is intended not only to warn readers but to provide needed feedback to the author in the heady sea of success she must be reveling in with a movie and all, not necessarily to discourage. Becoming an author is a good choice for anyone who cannot decide on a practical career (i.e. faction), and is somewhat like Dauntless or Erudite in that few people really succeed at it. So I suspect the story is personal. Maybe next we'll get a series about a heroine that enjoys unexpected heady success?
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Tris continues in her selfish way of making decisions that have an effect on the lives many more people than just herself, without due consideration to those she professes to like or love, and even without respecting or trusting anyone else to come up with an equal or better plan than the one she has in mind. Her role as martyr becomes tiringly inevitable after a while.
Death has a big role to play in the book, again, and certainly Ms Roth takes no prisoners and gives way to no sentimentality when it comes to choosing who lives and who dies. Whether this is a nod cruelty present in Tris's world, or she is signposting something bigger, I have no idea.
I'm still not sure I know these characters very well. I don't understand a great deal as to their motivations, or really feel what they are feeling. They are still a little 2D for my taste.
That said, actually reading the book is not a negative experience. Watching the characters operate in their highly detailed dystopian world, to rules only they understand, is fascinating.
I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley from the publisher in return for an honest review.
A lot of the time, the second book in a trilogy becomes a "filler" book, basically just to fill the gap between an amazing start and brilliant ending. But this was not the case with Insurgent, It held its own, and gave us a lot of vital information as well as including some of the most memorable scenes.
Insurgent carries on immediately where Divergent ended, leaving our characters to deal with the consequences of the simulation that ended many lives lost. For many of the Dauntless this means dealing with the fact they are now murderers, for Tris this means dealing with the death of her parents and Will, for Tobias this means dealing with the fact that his father back in his life.
This book very much tests the friendships and relationships made in Divergent. Family betrays family, lovers lie and friendships are tested when the ultimate forgiveness is required.
“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”
Divergent was all about making the choice of who you wanted to be, Insurgent seems to be more about fighting for the right to be that person. We have previously only seen life in Abnegation and Dauntless, but in Insurgent we are given glimpses into the lives of Amity, Erudite and Candor. I found it fascinating seeing how each faction worked and seeing the differences in the beliefs and ways of life. Each faction has something that is important to them, whether its honesty, peace, intelligence, bravery or selflessness. The way Veronica Roth wrote about each faction allows us to see both the good and bad of each faction, and the importance of them all both separately and as a whole.
“It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place: not because they are perfect, but because they are alive. Because they are free.”
Insurgent is an intense emotional rollercoaster for Tris who is dealing with the death of her parents and the guilt she feels over Will's death. This results in Tris making a lot of careless decisions which leave her in some extremely dangerous situations. It was quite hard to see her in such a desperate way at times, but even so she remained a strong character and eventually finds her way.
“Sleep,” he says. “I'll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.” “With what?” “My bare hands, obviously.”
Insurgent allows us to see a lot more of Four/Tobias then just the strong and brave trainer he was in Divergent. He is still that strong character, but we also get to see him at his most vulnerable, at his most frustrated and at his most loving. Tobias has a lot to deal with in the book; an unwanted reunion with his dad at the end of Divergent really shakes him and he has difficulty deciding how he wants to deal with it whilst trying to survive and fight for the survival of those he loves.
“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”
Insurgent makes way for the development of Tris and Tobias'/Fours relationship. It's not easy or beautiful, there are a lot of obstacles and emotional baggage, with each keeping secrets from the other to try and protect them, which doesn't help matters. But it makes it real. They are forced into this tough situation, of course there's going to be struggles, and that's what makes it believable. I will admit, there were points when I was slightly worried for them, but they always overcame it, and it made their relationship even stronger, and made me love them even more!
“The truth has a way of changing people's plans.”
This book is action packed and a shock cliff hanger ending really leaves you wanting more. I actually had to read the ending a few times it was that much of a shock. I can't wait to see were Veronica Roth takes it after this.
So, back in Divergent, Beatrice discovered in her aptitude test that she was classed as `divergent' and subsequently transferred from Abnegation, the faction she grew up in, into Dauntless. She became Tris, she both struggled with and excelled in the trials for new members, she watched as her fellow faction members - under the effects of a mind-controlling simulation - massacred the people of Abnegation, she was captured but escaped before she could be executed, she watched both her parents die, she freed Tobias from his own simulation and they - along with her brother Caleb and one or two others - jumped on a train heading towards Amity. Phew!
Things don't really slow down at all in Insurgent. The action is so constant, and the dynamics changing so frequently, that it's hard to say much without giving away key plot points. At the same time as trying to figure out who's working with who, and what the big secret is that everything seems to hinge on, Tris struggles to keep her relationship with Tobias on steady ground. I like this strand of the plot; often in young adult dystopian fiction, the heroine is so caught up in challenging dangerous regimes and saving society that it's all too easy to forget she's just a teenage girl. I like that we see both sides of Tris: the strong, brave Dauntless initiate and the girl trying to interpret the words and behaviour of her first boyfriend.
Having said that, this is definitely not just a girls' book. As with Divergent, there's a lot of action and a fair amount of violence throughout. Innocent people both (unwittingly) kill and are killed. The ongoing threat of mind-controlling simulations means nobody can really be trusted, and allegiances frequently switch. There's one big twist that I just didn't see coming at all, completely changed how I saw things, and even had me looking back at Divergent to retrospectively join up some dots.
Going back to that big secret though, that I did see coming. I suspect many, maybe even most, readers will. This is the secret that sits at the centre of everything: it's at the heart of the faction system and it's what people are killing and dying to obtain or protect. And I kind of guessed what it was back in the first book. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might not see it coming, but it was a tad disappointing to simply have my suspicions confirmed.
Overall, if you enjoyed Divergent, you'll certainly enjoy Insurgent. And - while this isn't my favourite series in the genre - I'll no doubt read the final book in the trilogy.
Four's father has more of a role in this book, and he is definitely a character with secrets. I think, in this book, he is the reason the readers turn the pages. We want to find out what he knows.
I have to admit, both Tris and Four/Tobias irritated me in places during the story. They made choices throughout the book that felt completely out of character for them, and in places felt as if it were just to move the story forwards, but after a couple of chapters, they made more sense. This created more tension for the couple, but it was realistic. How can a couple survive if they are either keeping secrets from one another or don't trust each other fully?
As the story moves on further and further, the action ramps up further and further, particularly once Tris makes a choice that puts her in the direct line of fire. From this moment, I couldn't put the book down.
There are quite a few moments in Insurgent that made me gasp, like the emergence of the truth about Jeanine and what she is trying to accomplish with the serums and how she wants to control the factions. The twist at the end, segues perfectly into the third, and final, book of the series. Yet, again, Tris makes a choice that is out of character and completely blew me away.
I felt that this book, more than Divergent, was a lot more visual and descriptive. I have never been to Chicago, having only seen pictures of a bustling and vibrant city, but Roth's Chicago is completely different. Through her words, I can see it's is run down, the streets are in ruin, with greenery growing anywhere it wants and can. Transportation is virtually non existent yet electricity and technology has continued to move forward. The world she has created is at odds with itself, and that is no hard to imagine as you read.