Friday, May 4, 2012

Review: Insurgent

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

GoodReads Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts: This was not your typical “middle” book of a trilogy. The action did not let up and what made it more “real” for me was that the emotions.

While Tris and Four and glad they made it through the simulation that mostly wiped out Agnegation, Tris is dealing with some pretty major PTSD. She is haunted by killing Will and can’t even touch a gun. Since no one knows it was her that killed Will, the guilt is that much greater. But once it is revealed that she did pull the trigger, everyone turns on her.

Things are not all “lovey-dovey” between Tris and Four either…which added to the reality of the story. They are both pretty true to their Dauntless conditioning. While Four is focused on figuring out how to know Erudite out of control. Tris is hell-bent on figuring out what information is worth all this death and destruction.

We spend a lot of time getting to know how each of the factions thinks and operates which was one of the things I looked most forward to in this book. And it was fascinating…then we spent a bunch of time with the factionless, who were, in fact, a faction themselves.

Lots of intrigue and infighting made this impossible to put down! Allegiances and alliances change so fast and frequently you are never quite sure who anyone is or where their heart lies. Absolutely can not wait to see how this all finishes up. This series is going to end up as one of my all-time favorites, I’m sure.

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