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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent Book #2)
by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-202404-6
Suggested Ages: 14+
Buy From Indigo
Release Date: May 1, 2012

Description: One choice can transform youor 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 lovesand herselfwhile 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 irrevocableand 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.

The Good Stuff
  • a non stop wild ride of intense action - I was constantly on the edge of my seat while reading and did not want to put it down
  • Tons of twists and turns that will keep you guessing
  • Beautifully written commentary about human nature and thinly veiled moral questions
  • Some questions answered but even more put out there for you to ponder
  • A gasp worthy ending which has me waiting impatiently until the next book comes out -- don't get me started on how long I have to wait - sorry HarperCollins as soon as I hear the word ARC come out for the final book in the trilogy I will start nagging you for it
  • Fabulous character development
  • You will need kleenex while reading - absolutely heartbreaking at times
  • For the second book in a trilogy it is absolutely brilliant -- this is a very rare thing
  • Some tasteful passionate scenes between Four and Tris
  • Tris is such an intriguing character - Kick ass yet fragile and so very real
  • Was blown away by her commentary on suicide - obviously someone who has felt the urge of not wanting to be "you" anymore but having the strength of character to know it is the wrong choice
The Not So Good Stuff
  • A small thing but I got a wee bit irritated by the switching back and forth of the name Four and Tobias - I understand the usages but it jarred me while reading
  • One other small thing (and more a preference thing) the up and down emotions of Tris for Four irritated me, but remember I am 41 and jaded
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"The truth has a way of changing a person's plans."

"The Candor sing the praises of the truth, but they never tell you how much it costs"

"My parents lost their lives out of love for me. Losing mine for no good reason would be a terrible way to repay them for that sacrifice, no matter what I've done.
Let Guilt teach you how to behave next time," my father would say."

"My father taught me to see Erudite a particular way.  He never taught me that they made no judgements about what people believed, but designed things for them within the confines of those beliefs.  He never told me that they could be funny, or that they could critique their own faction from the inside."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Obviously fans of Divergent will enjoy 
  • If you haven't read Divergent already, I would highly suggest you read it before reading this
  • For fans of post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature
5 Dewey's

I received this in exchange for an honest review - and I am eternally grateful for Rosalyn Steele for introducing me to this series and for getting me free babysitting! 


  1. Ive heard it is just as incredible as Divergent! Glad you liked it!