Saturday, 12 May 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth
Edition: HarperCollins Paperback (UK)
Published: May 1st 2012
Notes: Divergent #2
Pages: 525
Rating: See below review.

Unavoidable Divergent spoilers! I warn you now!

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.


Let me just begin by saying Insurgent's prequel, Divergent, is one of my favourite books ever and I definitely had high expectations going into book two. Divergent had an original storyline, strong characters, lots of action and even some romance, so for Insurgent the continuation of all those factors was definitely a biggie for me! And even though, yes, it did meet all of that criteria, I just didn't find it as enjoyable as Divergent - but it was still fab! :)

Since Divergent left us in a state of shock and anticipation you could definitely say I was counting down the days until Insurgent's release! We were left with some MAJOR questions and, I don't know about all of you, but I was desperate to know what came next! I practically ripped off all of the pages in this book when I got it, I just couldn't turn them fast enough! I want to do nothing but ramble on and on about everything that happened (and let me tell you, that was ALOT!) but I'm going to restrain myself since I want everyone to experience this awesome series! I will let you in on one thing though; there are quite a few unexpected, mouth-hanging-open moments!

Tris continued to be brave, strong, smart and cunning. She was probably even more so in this book than in Divergent! I still can't believe just how brave she was and how far she was willing to go for the people she loved! It was a very admirable quality! You also get to see how skillful Roth's writing style is in this book because not only does she make Tris out to be an assured, invincible heroine, she also captures the emotional battle Tris is having in her head. How killing Will affected her greatly and how she looks at herself. Let me just sum up by saying that Tris is definitely a very respectable and likable main character (pushing aside the little bitching moment she had about Amity at the start)! Not only do we get more insight into Tris and Four and all the other characters but there is also a returning character from book one who I didn't think we'd see again!

I felt that in this book the romance between Tris and Four was taken to a new level. They just felt more... real, I suppose. I did feel quite sorry for Four at times though because he knew Tris wasn't telling him something and he wanted her to confide in him instead of beating herself up about it. He was a great love interest for Tris. They're quite alike but not quite the same. They just fit together.

Unfortunately I got really confused at some parts. Even re-reading some parts I still didn't get them (hopefully this isn't due to the fact I refused to put it down near midnight)... I think I managed to grasp the main points of the storyline though!

Overall, I'm going to give this book the rating of four stars with the one mark lost for the confusing parts and because it just wasn't as fshjfbkahgjhsb as Divergent, even though it was sjfhabjfbg. Criticism aside, Insurgent has strong, distinctive characters, action-packed scenes, unexpected twists and a rollercoaster of a romance! Not to mention, that the ending completely blew me away! What a cliffhanger! Seriously. WOW. Why do I need to wait a whole year for book three? That's sooooooo unfair!!!


Happy Reading,
Rachel xoxo

THIS POST HAS BEEN EDITED. Reason: I was tired when I wrote the first draft (you'll be pleased to know that all the spelling mistakes are fixed - sorry about that)! :D

5 comments :

  1. Do you mind if I re-post this on my blog?

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  2. Amazing review!! :) I'm really sorry it got confusing. :(
    I'm so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the awesome review!!
    Happy reading!!,
    Beth xx

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  3. Wonderful review! New follower :) Thanks for stopping by and joining Wonderland :)

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  4. OMG! YESSS!!! I completely agree. Insurgent was definitely lacking. Not that it was an awful book (It really wasn't), It just didn't impact me the same way Divergent did!!

    Great review!!

    Kristin @ GrowingUpYA.blogspot.com

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  5. If you enjoyed Divergent just wait till you read Insurgent! I HIGHLY recommend picking up this book. Just be prepared to buckle up and enjoy the ride Veronica's about to take you on.
    I like that Veronica kept the story realistic with that. I don't want to read about characters who never have challenges, who are perfect, and never have to deal with consequences. I want to read about characters who struggle and learn how to fix the mess they get into. Nor do I want to see everything wrapped up nicely and see a plan that works out perfectly every time it's put into action. Having these flawed and imperfect characters is what keeps me invested with this series. It's what makes me root for them and keeps me turning the pages. Believe me, this story will keep you turning the pages. Everything in this book, including the shocking discoveries, the good and the bad, all ties together eventually, and I like that. I felt like Veronica allowed things to happen for a reason, and it served a purpose in telling Tris's story.

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