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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!
The two big issues I had with Divergent where Tris' apathy over Al's suicide and some confusion over the worldbuilding, and Insurgent really digs into both of these. Tris' realizes she messed up by not forgiving Al when he begged for it, she regrets her actions, and we get to explore some of the deeper, more problematic elements of a world where everyone's divided by their strengths.
Insurgent really is fantastic: the combat is well-researched, the injuries play out realistically, the politics and strategies are interesting without getting boring, and the main pair Tris and Four have this powerful argument-fueled relationship where they both have to try and balance out each other's differences. This is the first book in the series where I've really, truly liked Tris as a character, and supported her actions, and it was great fun watching the story unfold.
Insurgent was a great example of how to improve on a first novel without slowing down the action. Now I'm really looking forward to the third book in the series.
I'm not a fan of the UK covers, so I stuck to the Kindle edition. I wish the publishers would use the US covers, which I find more iconic and far more gender-neutral.
Insurgent is all, about a girl called Tris on the run from knowledge seeking Erudite's who crave her death. As the story continues we see many changes with her relationship with Four/Tobias, and when his father enters the mix it all gets complicated. This book is more about Tris reacting to the people around her and trying to save everyone, including the dead. It is also about her searching for the truth. What will Jeanie kill for? What is she so desperate to keep hidden? And why do all the Divergent come from Abnegation?
I was let down in this book because the story line was not as strong and the characters drift a little and I was never sure who was there and who wasn't. There is no firm point in this story and many times I was tempted to stop. The story is very grim. But I read on and at the end I was very pleased I had. Why did Veronica Roth have to end it there!!
Enjoyed the first one a lot. Thought that this one was good too. If you have read Divergent then this is the next step. I did feel though that it didn't have the same addictiveness as Divergent. Can't see me buying the 3rd one. Both books though made a good change from my usual reading. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoyed Divergent. It will answer some of your questions, but also leave you with more that you may, or like me, may not want to know.
Usually in a trilogy, the middle novel is the weakest in the story. It serves as the bridge between the beginning of the story that gets it's chance to hook the reader, and the final book which concludes the overarching plot. Thankfully, this book doesn't end up as dull as some middle books of trilogies (eg- Two Towers in Lord of the Rings trilogy).
It's a great trendy novel, but I doubt it will cross over into literary classic status. It's a fun read.
A great sequel. There are some aspects that get silly - flying into one catastrophe after another on no sleep, no good etc. Tris' behaviour at points is just Odin sky and irritating but the story is powering along! What I like about this trilogy is that it's clearly meant to be a trilogy - not a book that's done well and been exploited. Also don't get attached to the characters - they may not stick around for long!
Not quite as impressive as the first in the series, 'Divergent', but nonetheless an engaging sequel that picks up immediately from where 'Divergent' finished. The relationship between the central characters develops, and the story is left wide open for the final instalment (about which I have read very mixed reviews). I would recommend this one, but read 'Divergent' first.
This was such a damn good book and kept me wanting to know the end through all of it. I just wanted to know what would happen!
Which was why I was soo damn pissed when there was a freaking cift hanger!!! I got was all like "for gods sake saton just kill me now,there is no way I can wait for this book, its just too good!!" But then eventually I got over that and decided that I would still love the book even tho it has a clift hanger, I would just only give it 4 stars. Muhahahahaha!!!!
I would definately recommend it,its amazing only if you dont mind waiting for ages for the next book tho, and not go all "my life isnt worth living anmore" after you get to the end of the book.
The follow up to Divergent, was absolutely amazing! It is action-packed, full of twists, jam-full of lies. It is one of the best books. For all the hype that has been surrounding it, none of it does it justice as it is brilliant! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who had read Divergent and was looking for yet another book that will blow your mind!