Insurgent

Insurgent

Book rating: 05 Hardback Divergent Trilogy

By (author) Veronica Roth

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Hardback | 525 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 213mm x 51mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0062024043
  • ISBN 13: 9780062024046
  • Sales rank: 2,454

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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 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.

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By MissPageTurner 27 Nov 2013 5

DIVERGENT drowned me in a pool of emotions with all its life-changing events, the shock of sudden losses and the unique connection between Tris and Four. INSURGENT continues our story seemlessly right where DIVERGENT left off. Tris and Four are granted a few quiet moments in which the damage of the past hours and days can fully sink in. Yet the unpredictability and the explosive potential of the story didn’t change at all. Although things seem calm, pandemonium can break out at any second. Another attack thrown by the enemies, another secret bringing our lovers farther apart. You never know what's waiting behind a new page turned.

Tris and Four are put under a huge pressure to not only save the entire nation, but to save their relationship and themselves. After the tragic events of DIVERGENT, Tris cannot return to being the person she once was. Veronica Roth took Tris on an inevitable journey to finding her true self in the chaos of war. Defining who she can rely on, who are her enemies and what she has to make out of everything for herself, Tris goes through an enormous character transformation. Her character appears one of the weakest and at the same time strongest YA heroines I had the pleasure to meet. She's a very ambivalent character. At times I just wanted to shake her for her stolidity and her inability to stop herself from acting without thinking about her friends and boyfriend first. She also made me admire her for her humanity in times of lack thereof. Thanks to a brilliantly written 1st person narrator, Tris' journey grips you and integrates you into her thoughts and her story as if it were your own.

Tobias, or Four as I still prefer to call him, is definitely one of my favourite YA male characters out there. He always seemed just as strong as Tris and their equality is what makes them such a natural couple to me. They can always rely on the other and their reasons for choosing the other to be their best friend, their love make them so true. But INSURGENT wouldn’t be the second book in a series, if the tension between the two of them wasn’t building. It seems inevitable with all the inner conflicts and outer battles going on, but somehow it just didn’t feel right to me. Tris and Four fighting. They are both two very powerful personalities, but I didn’t want to see them fight and their disagreements honestly started to annoy me at some point. Is it so wrong that the peace-loving me just wanted to see them be happy and have swoon-worthy moments? Well, the rational me knew there just had to be something to come in their way.

Sometimes INSURGENT and its bombastically constructed story held the potential for an information overload. There is just so much happening at once and so much information to process. So don't be afraid to take reading breaks and the time to think about everything that's happening. Give your pulse a chance to calm down.
Veronica Roth always seems to find exactly the right words to make a character like Uriah appear cocky, yet loyal. Four, one of the most relentless fighters among the Dauntless, a sweetly loving boyfriend. Tris such a tough hero and on the inside an emotionally torn daughter, sister, friend, girlfriend. Christina, Peter, Eric, Tori, Caleb, Marcus, Marlene, Lynn just perfect the way they are. Don’t let me get started. You see I’m in love with every character, this series and Veronica Roth for being so talented.

4,5/5 ****/* INSURGENT - A gigantic character cast, an expansive world building and the extensive web of relationships make INSURGENT such a stunningly successful sequel!

Very clever, very complex. A read that challenges your brain cells, your moral beliefs, your heart, demanding the ability to read concentratedly and patiently through 525 pages of a story that equals TNT. Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT trilogy stands out of the YA fiction branch as something entirely new and brilliant!

By Anka_Shuk 04 Aug 2013 5

I reviewed it on my booklikes blog page http://aniashuk.booklikes.com/post/129629/it-gets-better-and-better-and-better-
Maybe, my review is huge, but deal with it:)

"Insurgent," he says. "Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent."

One day, Veronica Roth have decided to write a book. And it was one of her best decisions ever! So, THANK YOU, Veronica!!! You're in my Top Favourite Authors list now and I think carefully while adding someone there, because things like that is really important to me. (Perks of being a booklover:)

OK, lets get to the point.
I've finished this book on July, 16 and could properly write about it only weeks after that. Yes, that's true. After reading the last word I couldn't even speak normally to say nothing about writing. I could just say "WHAT???" "WHAAAAAAAAAT?" :)
As usually, I won't spoil anything, but what I can tell is it was one of the HUGEST cliffhangers, I've ever read...And when I turned the page with eyes like that O__O to see what will happen next and found "Acknowledgement"...OH MY!!! I was home alone and literally shouted "WHAAAT?", "HOW?", "WHAT?"...Now I can't wait for "Allegiant" and it'll come out only in October...jeez. What am I supposed to do? I still haven't got used to waiting for the next book. Because here, where I live, we usually got whole series translated all at once. (well, I'm talking about series that I read).

I'll try to keep this review shorter, 'cos as you may know, I can speak (write) for aaaaages:)
I really liked to know more about factions and Chicago itself here (I've never been to Chicago, so now I have an interesting image in my head. Lets hope that I won't be jumping about every sound there and won't turn my head like crazy searching for danger, because in some moments this book was intense like that and it imprinted in my memory, I'm sure.). Now I knew more about relations between factions, their views on each other, more about their leaders (well, for factions that have ones), more about past. And I like that in books.


[ That is what series exist for (one of the reasons) - you'll know more and more with each book. 1st book will ignite a desire to read this series in you, will tell you basics and show you few flashbacks. And then the 2nd one will open up a whole picture, it'll be deeper and even stronger, and you won't be able to put in down, because "WHAT'S NEXT, MAN?". And finally the 3rd one. It will wrap the whole thing up, often with freaking wtf moments (it's dystopian novel, dude). And don't tell me it's not true (look at The Hunger Games, this series description is basically fits there, too. Good for me, then:))
My attempt to become a bookish philosopher]

I want to say, that with this book i got few massive bonuses:
-- I got 2 favourite supporting characters, that I can add to my Top Supporting Characters List (it's all about lists, maaan). I'm writing about Zeke and Uriah, Oooooh, I LOVE THOSE TWO! They gave me this "Aaaaw!" moment ^.^ in book and I really appreciate that (love those moments). SUPER!
-- I was surprised by some characters (no spoilers, but P...surprise, surprise...), and it was pleasant surprises.
-- LOVE BONUS. Because Four. (Do I need to explane this? Nuh, I think I don't) :)

Well, about love. Relationship between Tris and Four in Insurgent was in most parts like a GIANT roller-coaster, but that's O.K. It looks more realistic like that. (But in some parts I honestly thought that "they'll punch each other in the face now". Tension, tension..). EMOTIONS, guys, EMOTIONS! Four.....(I'd still marry him at the earliest opportunity....yes. Top Man!)
There're also some moments when I thought that Tris is sobbing too much, but then I tried to put myself in her shoes. And what I can tell you, is that I'm not sure I wouldn't curl and coccon myself like a freaking butterfly if such situations happen in my like (God forbid). So, I think that readers should try to understand characters better before judging them. This thought helped me a lot.
There were few unexpected deaths, and I wasn't well prepared for them. But what can we do, right? It happens a lot in books like this one. So, I think that I should be awared next time.
And, finally, award for Biggest Disappointment - Caleb! I won't tell you why, you have to figure it out yourself (maybe you won't even feel the way I felt, who knows?!). But I was reeeealy frustrated and sometimes even annoyed by him. Didn't expact that...

O.K., fellaz. I gave this book 5/5 [*****] stars on Goodreads, and I wish I could give it more (but it's a maximum and It's a pity!). AMAZING BOOK! Hope that waiting for "Allegiant" will pass easily.

Hope you're reading your next favourite book now. Wish you all the best and DFTBA!

P.S.
About my copy:
-language: Russian
-format: Hardback (with original cover art)
-pages: 448
-publisher: Eksmo
-where have I got it? Bought it for myself:).

"Sometimes [...] people just want to be happy, even if it's not real"
(SO TRUE!)

By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 10 Feb 2013 5

So... I had already forgotten stuff, and this one picks right up where Divergent left off, so it took me a few pages to get back into the story and slowly remember little details. LOL. At first I was like who IS Tobias, then I was like DUH. I was just used to him being called Four.
Tris was a wild card in this one though. I know its guilt, fear, and the different factions warring in her head, but at times I liked her and others I wished I could smack some sense into her. She takes risks without thinking about the gain and sometimes that puts those she loves in more danger because of it. But she is still strong, and loyal. Everything she does, she does it out of love, loyalty and her view of the greater good. It is just hard though when she is taking those risks and being self sacrificing because you know that it won't go down a good road.
It was hard reading about Four and Tris in this one though. They had moments where they seemed to really belong together and then the next second they are lying to each other and constantly hiding things. So I am torn because I overall really like Four and he is a bright spot for me, and I know I can't expect anyone to be perfect especially in a world that is so torn, but there are some moments where I didn't like that side of him that I saw. On the other hand, there were some very hot moments between them then more that were so sweet, so I hope we are just seeing both of the characters grow and change and that they will come out the other side.
There is some really dark stuff in this book, and more characters don't make it until the end. So it is very emotional and Tris hardly ever gets a moment reprieve.
And, oh holy traitor. I can't say much obviously without spoiling but I COULD NOT believe it. I could've strangled him. There were some that I expected, but this one. NO.
I loved learning and seeing more of the factions in their day to day and also how they respond when faced with violence and when it is time to make a stand for what it right.
The ending sent me for a loop and I can't wait for the next book.
Bottom Line: 2nd in a series that connected me more with the characters and left me wanting more.

By Jessica B 24 Jul 2012 5

Insurgent picked up right where Divergent left off which made it nice to read them one after the other. Divergent was good and set up the world really well, but I liked the conflict in Insurgent much better. The factions are so interesting and we get to learn more about the factions Amity and Candor. I love how the factions are this weird combination of a gang, an entire culture of dress and style, mannerisms and education training for a job. The books only skim the surface of all there is to know of this complex and detailed world. This is one of those worlds where they could write an encyclopedia about it and you'd still want to know more. The writing style was much better in this book. I didn't notice the word "I" glaring at me so much.

Tris doesn't always make good decisions. In fact, she makes some really, really bad decisions but I felt like I understood her so well that I got why she did the things she did even if it's not what I would do. My favorite thing about Insurgent was how well the author messed with your expectations of who is good and who is not. And it's not based just on who Tris likes. I kind of saw the twist at the end coming, but it still gave me chills when I read it. This was a fast read and I couldn't put it down. It left me with some deep thoughts about how easily your virtues can become a vice if you're not careful. I loved the complex idea and story arc. It was an intense, action-packed ride that had me saying "Wow" when I closed the book.

By Sam 25 Jun 2012 4

Originally reviewed on my blog: http://sikbookreviews.blogspot.ca

The second book of Veronica Roth's trilogy, Insurgent begins right where Divergent left off, with no boring introduction that a lot of series books tend to have. War is now prominent, factions are torn apart, and evil people are looming. In this book, Tris faces many obstacles, including being betrayed, relationships issues with Four, having to publicly acknowledge her divergence, and utilizing her divergence to help fight against the powerful Erudite and the Dauntless traitors. Roth takes the reader on a journey of action, surprising twists and turns, and emotion.

First of all, I love that the novel begins right where the first one left off. It is a nice change from most sequels. As with Divergent, I love the uniqueness of the title. What is "insurgent" anyway? Well...

Google dictionary defines "insurgent" as "rising in active revolt"

See, I told you I know how to use a dictionary! I am an English major, after all. But, I'm not afraid to admit when I don't know what a particular word means (such as divergent and insurgent before I felt the need to look them up!).

I gave this book an 8.5 instead of a 9 like Divergent got, because...well...let's just say I'm a sucker for romance. And this book did not have Four in it as much as the first. Don't get me wrong, I do not want the entire book to be about a love story...that would be too much. The first book was a good mix of romance and action-packed adventure. I just wish this one was the same. I also felt sad a lot, because Tris and Four seemed very disconnected throughout the novel. Pathetic, I know! But, that's just my opinion and I am a romantic at heart.

I also enjoyed the fact that there were twists that were actually shocking to me! I hate it when I see things coming, which does happen. It is refreshing to not really have predicted anything that happened in this book. I had no idea what was coming at the end (what information Tris was going to find out, if any). I didn't know how Tris was going to get out of certain sticky situations. This was a really nice and surprising aspect of Roth's creative mind and writing.

Lastly, the ending was very well done as well. As I said, it was pretty surprising. But more than that, Insurgent - like that of Divergent - ended with a bang, barely stopping the action to end. It leaves the reader wanting more and desperately wanting to read the third book right now. I know I do! A part of me wishes I would have waited until all three of the trilogy were out before reading them...but, oh well, what's done is done. And I did enjoy them.

I will be waiting with bated breath for the final book in this captivating trilogy!

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