Insurgent

Insurgent

Book rating: 05 Paperback HarperCollins Children's Books

By (author) Veronica Roth

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 197mm x 130mm | 375g
  • Publication date: 8 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007442920
  • ISBN 13: 9780007442928
  • Illustrations note: 6,99
  • Sales rank: 342

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Fighting for survival in a shattered world! the truth is her only hope. The thrillingly dark sequel to New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT. I have done bad things. I can't take them back, and they are part of who I am. Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever! because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

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Veronica Roth graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in creative writing. While she was a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become 'Divergent' instead of doing her homework. It was indeed a transforming choice. Now a full-time writer, Ms Roth lives near Chicago. Her first novel, 'Divergent', was published by HarperCollins Children's Books in 2011.

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By Moodyno1 09 Apr 2014 4

Favourite Quote: “We don’t need you as an ally,” says Tori. “We’re Dauntless”

Re-reading this book and decided to write a review this time! Since I love the first book so much, I knew the rest of the books could not live up to it and I was right! For me, Insurgent was a little bit disappointing and I give it a 4/5 stars!

I’m finding it hard to pinpoint what exactly annoyed me about this book. I just felt that the first book had a good pace and everything flowed smoothly but in this one everything felt disoriented and sometimes I was confused! Maybe Veronica Roth wanted us to feel what it was like to be in Tris’s head and used the plot to do that, I don’t know. Other than that, I felt the plot was pretty complex as they were numerous things happening and a lot of information being revealed, sometimes it was hard to keep up but overall I felt the plot was great and definitely set up well for the next one! The amount of twists was also incredible!

As for the characters, there was Tris who for me had a huge transformation from the first book. This was realistic as she suffered from so many losses and she was dealing with guilty, plus she had her current problems to do with. I have to admit all the lying she did to Four irritated the hell out of me! And that might also contribute to why this book wasn’t as great as the first. Then there’s Four, who is just as great in this book and he is in the first, seriously he’s my book boyfriend!!!!!! As for the other characters, well each character either had their small storyline or were part of someone else’s and that was interesting and entertaining. I seriously have no clue how Veronica Roth makes such great characters!

Overall this book was good but not as good as the first! And this review is just my jumbled up thoughts that probably make absolutely no sense because I can’t seem to write down what’s in my head! Haha sorry!

By Nea Barabea 16 Sep 2012 5

Oh my freaking God. You know that feeling when you have about 15 pages left and you just want to wait a couple of minutes because you have a feeling you'll be loosing a friend in any moment so you want to savor it a little while longer? That's Insurgent.

This book reminded me why I love books so so much. Because it is incredible. A roller-coaster full of emotions, action, love and so much more. Veronica Roth did it again. I thought Divergent was pure awesomeness, and Insurgent didn't disappoint one little bit. It was magic.

Tris was even more amazing in this second instalment. She grew a lot as a character and she was totally baddass! How she managed not to break will always be a mystery to me. She is so brave, and she doesn't even know it.

Tobias. Awww, a special place in my heart will always belong to him. He's so sweet and caring and still fierce and strong and he keeps trying even when the world looks like it has arrived to its end. He's amazing.

The writing was so beautiful and I couldn't put the book dawn! I am so tired because of work, but I couldn't go to sleep because I needed to read. Yes, this book is that compelling. And I loved every second of it. So, if you are searching for a fast paced book filled with great-amazing-incredible-pure bliss action, a love that it's so great that can defeat anything, with a strong female baddass character, Insurgent is the perfect book for you!

By Esther D. 05 Jun 2012 5

I loved Divergent and couldn't wait until Insurgent came out.
I wasn't disappointed. It was a gripping read. I finished it in one weekend.

It does dive straight into the story, no recap of the first book. I didn't mind that very much. It would be better if you have the first book fresh in your mind.

You get to know the main characters Tris and Four/Tobias a lot better. Tris is not a one dimensional character, you get to see the good and the bad of her in this book.

There is a lot of action and suspense. You really want to read on and get to know what happens next.

This feeling won't leave you when you finish the book, because it ends with a big cliff hanger.

I would like to add, that this is the first time I ordered from the bookdepository and I was pleasantly surprised. Great service and no shipping costs to The Netherlands.

By Laura Williams 28 May 2012 5

Everybody knows that anticipation can be both wonderful and terrible. When you spend a long time wanting something, sometimes when you get it, it fails to meet all those high expectations. That was not the case with Roth's sequel.

INSURGENT LIVED UP TO MY EVERY HOPE!

The dystopia in which Tris lives becomes even more vivid in Insurgent. The politics and power-struggles are more fierce, the themes of control and rebellion are more poignant. I loved the direction that this book took.

Tris and Four's relationship hit some speed--bumps in this book, which is common in sequels. However, I'm glad that this remained a background conflict. Both Divergent and Insurgent keep the love interest as a pleasant aside, instead of making it the heart and soul of the story.

I particularly loved the exploration of each faction in this book. While we saw a lot of the Abnegation and Dauntless factions in the first book, there were more situations involving Amity, Erudite and also The Factionless in Insurgent. I also really enjoyed how much more we learned about Tobias/Four's family.

In my opinion, the book had only two teeny-tiny little drawbacks. Nothing so big that I'm going to give this any less than five stars! The first was that Tris kept shutting Tobias out. I always find it irksome in books when characters don;t just talk about things which are blatantly going to cause trouble. Still, it did up the conflict. The second thing was something which always annoys me about sequels...

You know when you watch a TV show which ends on a big cliffhanger and then you have to wait a week for the second part? Well, before part two airs there's always a catch up, right? A quick 'n' dirty thirty-second recap which just refreshes the ol' noggin. Well, the older I get and the more books I read, the more I think all series books should have a paragraph or two at the start which reminds people like me what the hell is going on! Like I said, I'm not gonna take a star off because I get confused easily! He he.

All in all, this rocked. I can't wait for book three to come out. The ending of this book promises BIG things and it's going to be an agonising wait!

By Stephanie Forster (Stepping out of the Page) 01 May 2012 5

It's hard to know where to start with this book. Insurgent has been anticipated for months by fans of Divergent, myself included, and so it had a lot to live up to. I am very pleased to say that it more than lived up to expectations and I'd go as far as saying that it was better than Divergent! Hard to believe for a lot of you, right?

I thought that Divergent was great, but Insurgent was spectacular. Roth has already introduced us to her dystopian society and bold characters and in Insurgent, we get to learn a lot more about both. There are a whole load of twists, turns and revelations in Insurgent and you'll probably find yourself changing your opinions on factions and people every few pages - nothing that is happen is simple - it's all very dramatic. This is real edge of your seat reading and it most probably will keep you awake at night, as it's so very compelling!


I felt like I got to know the characters a lot better in this book. I felt as though I grew closer to Tris and understood her more, and although I did find her to be a little silly in her actions at points, she is an incredible heroine. Tris isn't completely strong or brave though, as she is still haunted and uneasy from witnessing so many deaths. As expected, Tris is still battling with herself and her Divergent categorisation. Her vulnerability let me into her mindset and let me like her more. I certainly formed more of a fondness towards Tobias (Four) in this book, too (and by that, I mean that I now wish he could be my boyfriend). Following on from Divergent, Tris and Tobias's relationship has developed well and I really, really loved the bond that they have - oh, plus there were some very romantic scenes that were just... swoon-worthy.


As aforementioned, my opinions of most of the characters changed a lot throughout. I was so pleased that we were given more information about the factions (especially Amity, who we didn't hear much about in Divergent). The story and characters are surprisingly complex. Roth makes all of her characters seem real and interact in a very authentic way. It did feel as though I knew the people that I was reading about and I was willing them on to make the right decisions. I actually gasped in disbelief at some things. I could see where the book was heading, but I definitely wouldn't call it predictable - there were quite a few moments when I gasped in disbelief! There is just so much that happens and nearly everything that is mentioned is purposeful and contributes to the story.


If you want a nice relaxing read, this isn't it - It's a bit of a roller coaster to say the least - it'll have you laughing at some parts and worrying at others. However, if you want a grabbing, engrossing and addictive read, this is it. There is a major cliffhanger at the end of Insurgent and I actually can not wait to see what happens in the next instalment - it sounds like it's going to be phenomenal. I really can't get enough of this series and urge you to all go out, buy this book and get reading now! This series really does feel like it could be the next best thing to The Hunger Games.

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Praise for DIVERGENT: `A taut and shiveringly exciting read! Tris is exactly the sort of unflinching and fierce heroine I love. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.` Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely `DIVERGENT is a captivating, fascinating book that kept me in constant suspense and was never short on surprises. It will be a long time before I quit thinking about this haunting vision of the future.` James Dashner, author of 'The Maze Runner' `Well-written and brilliantly executed, DIVERGENT is a heart-pounding debut that cannot be missed. Tris stands out in her action-packed, thrilling, and emotionally honest journey to determine who she wants to be in a society that demands she conform. It's dystopian fiction at its best!` Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of PARANORMALCY