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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.
Insurgent delves deeper into the faction filled world Veronica Roth created in Divergent. The factions are at odds with one another as Insurgent starts where Divergent ended. Tris is more in the dark than she has ever imagined. The moment she discovers an answer to her question, new ones are created. There are secrets, deceptions, and manipulation.
The fast paced nature of the story line makes this a page turner which I gladly gave up sleep for! The reader finds out more about each character. I love how Veronica Roth builds each character. They aren't the cookie cutter stereotypes. Tris isn't just the strong heroine trying to survive . She has doubts, she isn't always fearless and sometimes she makes mistakes. Tobias struggles with his own demons in Insurgent as he tries to figure out his own motives.
This is one of the best sequesl to come out for a series. Often second books work as a bridge to the third. They usually are slower paced and work solely on providing background and setting the reader up for a climatic action packed third book. Not so with Insurgent. This second book is strong in its plot, character development and leaves the reader wanting more.
Highly recommend going back to Divergent to refresh your memory on names,etc since the book jumps right into the action. Divergent fans will not be disappointed.
I have been anxiously awaiting this sequel since I finished reading all 487 pages of Divergent in less than 24 hours last May! I was NOT disappointed! In fact, I treated this like the opening of a midnight movie and began reading as soon as the digital copy was released around 1:00a.m. and finished 15 hours later.
Insurgent picks up right where Divergent leaves off and is full of action, intensity, lies, betrayal, romance and heartbreak. It had me feeling all the emotions! I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to punch, kick and jump off stuff. *puts on Dauntless t-shirt*
Tris and Four/Tobias are trying to navigate their way through the war that has begun between what's left of the factions. He has ideas about which side they should choose but Tris is conflicted about who to trust especially after secrets are revealed that leave her questioning everyone around her. The only thing she knows for sure is she'll have to fully embrace her Divergence if there's any hope of saving those she loves or herself.
She is struggling with her guilt and grief (over her parents and Will) and it's affecting all of the decisions she makes as well as her relationship with Four/Tobias. (This broke my heart for her.) As she learned in Divergent, our choices can transform us but they also have the ability to destroy us and everything that's important to us.
The relationship between she and Tobias feels strained most of the time. There are things they withhold in an effort to protect one another but instead of helping it only hurts them. It's obvious that he loves her and would do anything for her but he feels a responsibility to help and serve too which is all the more reason to *hearts* him. (I LOVE YOU FOUR!!) The things these two characters have to endure both together and individually, are truly heartbreaking. *CLUTCHES CHEST* However, they also share some pretty swoon worthy scenes too. *fans face*
War and grief are ugly monsters but have way of both tearing people apart and bringing them together at the same time. They reveal sides of us and those we love that can shock, surprise and disappoint and have us questioning just how well we know each other, if at all? It's in those moments that friendship and love are tested, sides are chosen and forgiveness is offered or denied. It's also in those moments when we find out exactly what we're made of.
I was prepared for an intense sequel but I was NOT prepared to have my heart in my throat the entire time I was reading. *cries* There are a few twists and surprises and plenty of loss but you can't have growth and new life without loss. I am soooo excited to see how it all ends!
Insurgent is action-packed from the first chapter all the way to the end. There are plot twists, fights, simulations, and some truly frightening experiences in store for Tris and her friends. It's certainly a page-turner of a book. Tris grows more as a character in this book than she did in Divergent, and I appreciated that. She thought more, struggled more, and was less willing to make decisions simply because it was a Dauntless-type of decision to make. I think she's close to understanding the true meaning of bravery and self-sacrifice, the two character traits that form the lifeblood of her original faction and her chosen faction.
As much as I enjoyed the action and plot twists, I was less enthusiastic with the world-building and the character development and motivation. While Tris grew steadily through the story, Tobias/Four seemed to digress and do or say things that are out of character for the Tobias I fell in love with in Divergent. The crux of the conflict between Tris and Tobias could easily be solved with an honest conversation or two and that made their continued difficulty (and the HUGE choice Tris makes in the end) hard to believe. I wanted a deeper, more meaningful, conflict to drive their story. As for the world-building, we still only get a tiny piece of what caused the factions and what is outside the fence. And it doesn't feel strong enough, or fleshed out enough, to carry the kind of weight a series like this deserves. I wanted to be truly shocked and terrified, but instead I was left scratching my head.
However, that being said, I do think fans of Divergent will enjoy Insurgent as well. I strongly suggest re-reading Divergent first as we are plunged immediately back into the world, and I was often lost as to which secondary character was which for the first several chapters. No clues are given as to their physical appearance or their relationship to Tris, and that left me distracted and floundering as a reader. Reading Divergent again would make reading Insurgent more enjoyable from the start. :)
All in all, it's a fast-paced, action-packed page turner with some nice emotional moments sprinkled throughout. Fans of Ms. Roth will most likely enjoy the ride.
What'd I do? ... Kept reading! Haha!
I have so many mixed emotions though because this showed a whole new side of Tris, and honestly, I didn't like it. It made me so angry at her. I mean, helllooooo you have this great guy who really cares for you. Why keep things secret? She was just keeping everything from him and I really didn't understand why. Was it because of where she came from or what? Scared he wouldn't love her the same? I have no idea. I think if it was in front of my face (which I'm sure it was) I still wouldn't get it. Oh well. Amazing awesome hella epic book anyway!
There were so many things that happened that just sideswiped me. I'm still kinda reeling after this book. I think it'll take me a while to actually get over what just happened.
That ending though!
A cliffhanger! REALLY?! That is NOT fair!
I have GOT to get my hands on the next book before I go insane.
-Basically Tris and Four."
Yes. Their relationship drama gets the best of this book.
But the action is even better.
Most of it made me mad, some of it made me sad, and the rest of it was awesome.
It was great and now I'm ready for the next.
Insurgent is probably one of the best sequels ever made. It covers the characters and sticks to its topic. Although it is an amazing sequel, it is not as good as Divergent. When I first picked it up I knew I would finish it only in a matter of time. I had received both Divergent and Insurgent at the same time so right after I read Book 1 I could not wait to get my hands on Book 2. I was so involved my mom had to take it way from me every night so that I could get some sleep! Once you start reading Insurgent you will never want it to end. It is a wonderful story!With all these guidelines for success it is no wonder why Insurgent is a New York Times #1 Bestseller! I can not wait to get the third book in the series, Allegiance.
-Wonderful if you liked the Hunger Games
-An amazing sequel; was able to cover each topic without doing the same thing
Tris did not die
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.
Insurgent is a science fiction novel. If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love Insurgent. I suggest that you read Divergent, the first one in the series, first though. They are both written by Veronica Roth. She writes these books in a way so that you can feel the emotions that the characters feel, like embarrassment and sorrow. Divergent is about five factions, or groups, that inhabit a city. The purpose of these factions is to prevent wars and other conflict. When a child turns sixteen they can make the choice to stay in their current faction or move to a different one. The five factions are Amity (The Peaceful), Abnegation (The Selfless), Candor (The Honest), Erudite (The Brilliant), and Dauntless (The Brave). The main character, Beatrice, lives in Abnegation and she will make a decision that will surprise everybody, even herself. Without giving too much away, there is a war that affects every faction in one way or another. The second book is all about the after effects of that war. So go out today, and get copies of these mind blowing books!