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I just had to buy this book after reading and very much enjoying Divergent, I couldn't wait to find out what was next for Tris in this crazy futuristic world.
I loved how it jumped straight into the action and I found myself instantly transported back to where Divergent had left off - amidst danger, fear and confusion. Tris was struggling to come to terms with recent events and her uncertain future, she had faced so many difficult things and I think some of it had finally started to catch up with her. Luckily for me there was lots more action to come!
Tris and Tobias' relationship was tested many times throughout the book, I just couldn't predict the outcome of their disagreements and I liked this because it kept me on my toes. I was just as surprised as Tris when an interesting fact about Tobias' life was revealed and I couldn't wait to see how it would affect the storyline.
I learned more about the other factions this time and that was something I enjoyed, there was also more information about the Divergent and even the factionless so I felt like I got a better view of the city as a whole.
Tris had to make some big decisions and once again I admired how well she dealt with everything that was thrown at her, I had to keep reminding myself that she was only sixteen! Whilst she was in a particularly sticky situation I found that I couldn't figure out if events were real, a simulation or just a dream - my mind was racing with all the possibilities.
There was a big secret that had been mentioned in Divergent and the mystery ran throughout this book too, by the end I was desperate to know exactly what the secret was so when it came to the end and all was revealed I felt a mixture of relief and shock! The ending was truly amazing, leaving me wanting to read the next book straight away but unfortunately I have to wait for its release in October 2013.
This was another fantastic read with an unpredictable, intense atmosphere and many heart-pounding twists and turns.
What I love about good authors of trilogy's is when you dont have to re-read the book before, this is no exception as Veronica seamlessly flows between Divergent and into this second in the trilogy Insurgent. You dont lose that exciting feel and flow as can happen in subsequent books. Its aimed at Young adult but I'm in my 40's and loved it...maybe Im a child at heart...but it felt like an adult read despite being about teenagers. This is not a quickie coffee book read, its a fully immersive escapism read to another magical world.
Insurgent is captivating right from the first chapter again and we are pulled along with Tris as the factions are now at war. I enjoyed the fact of her finding friends and survivors within Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite to find a safe haven. I found the plot quite complex with its multi-layered political conspiracies within conspiracies and even though not difficult to follow; if you dont read this book in one or two sittings you may get confused if you have to come back to it after a break. Im not a girl who loves romancey style books but I did enjoy reading about Tris and Tobias, its very subtle and runs parallel through the book alongside the main plot; but I would have liked to actually see more romance between her and Tobias as they seemed sadly cold towards each other, so I hope this will repair itself in the last book.
In this second book Im finding Tris slightly more cocky and more annoying than in the first book because she has become confident in herself. She has become reckless and makes silly decisions and I found myself wanting to yell at her. She has become a little unlikable since the shy relatable young girl in book one; murder, fighting and death has turned our sweet heroine into a fearless fighting machine; but she is still a brilliantly written heroine. One point however in this read Tris does something so reckless; but so brave and is rescued by someone completely surprising, this part blew me away as it headed towards the breathtaking cliffhanger.
The plot is created and built up well from book one and this continues as you are swept along so fast you really wont want to put this book down till that last digital page. The storylines are so believable and realistic and Roth has continued with her fantastic twists and turns and no matter what you think you may know what is going to happen you wont.
Do I like this book...I....adore this series so far....WOW. ;-) You have everything from stimulating conspiracy, betrayal, suspense and murder with a dash of romance and an amazing cliffhanger. I finished this book at 5.30am and loved every thrilling page. I highly recommend this trilogy, but you need to read Divergent first to fully understand the plot. Veronica Roth is the Queen in this genre and I cant wait for Allegiance the last in the trilogy out now!
ABOUT THE BOOK: "Fighting for survival in a shattered world... the truth is her only hope. The thrillingly dark sequel to No. 1 New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT. 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."
MY THOUGHTS: Wow! This 2nd book in the trilogy did not disappoint. The same great pace, plot and execution. No wonder Veronica Roth is consistently up there on the New York Times Best sellers list. I read this book in a day, and just couldn't stop turning the pages. I am looking forward to the 3rd one in the series which comes out soon. The characters are written so well that they come alive and walk right off the page and into your lap. And despite introducing her readers to a whole new society in this series, Ms Roth manages to avoid drowning her readers with information dumps. As I stated in my review of Divergent (the 1st book in the trilogy), if you are a fan of The Hunger Games, or Twilight, then this series is definitely for you.
THE STRUCTURE: This book has been edited and proofed to a very high standard, and even the ebook comes across in a clean and easy to read format, something which is sadly lacking in many ebooks. Well done to Veronica Roth and her publisher on that score. At over 550 pages, this book is a good length to really get your teeth into.
I was a little concerned after reading some reviews saying that this book wasn't as good as the first one, I have to disagree, I found Insurgent to be as good as Divergent was.
I felt that Tris/Beatrice/whatever she would like to be called at whatever point, was developed well, how she felt about things, the moments she suddenly realised things, they were all in line with how a person might feel in those situations. The one problem I had with all of the characters was that no one seemed really effected by any of the deaths, I realise that the rebel-war thing doesn't lend itself to grief, but it was a little unbelievable.
I had read complaints about how the big reveal at the end wasn't worth it, I can admit that I did find the reveal predictable, but ultimately it was really well built up and there are still questions that I want answers to, which unfortunately I have to wait until October to find out!
There were points in this book where I was surprised, namely by who betrays Beatrice, did not see that coming! Though I won't say any more about that in the interest of spoilers!
I also really liked the fact that Tris/Beatrice's and Four/Tobias' relationship is far from perfect, I suspect if someone looked into it they would find that they argued more than they kissed in this book!
This book has really left some questions, and there was an issue resolved that I thought would take up the entire trilogy has kind of made me slightly confused and interested in what is going to happen in the next book! Bring on October!