Monday, May 21, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

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.  -

Let me start out by saying that I love this author, and I love this series.  Divergent was one of my favorite books of 2011.  I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this book, as have most all YA book fanatics.  Insurgent was a great second installment to what is shaping up to be an awesome series.  I do have some nit-picky things though that detracted from my enjoyment somewhat and kinda kept me from fully loving it as much as I had expected to...

First, was it just me or was Tris kinda whiny in this book?  While I do understand a certain amount of guilt and angst over one or two of her actions in Divergent, I felt that her reaction was a little over the top.  It made her personality be almost completely different in this story than the Tris I'd come to love in the first book.  I missed that spunky Tris! 

Secondly, I just didn't buy her being so close-mouthed and secretive with Four.  She overhears one conversation, one in which he doesn't really say a thing, and suddenly he's untrustworthy?  She keeps so many things from him, and I felt that it went against her character to do that.  There's wasn't really any justification to it, and it seemed like it was done just so that the author could keep some distance there that would have us readers being scared for the outcome of their relationship.

Lastly, I figured out the big secret pretty early in the book.  I'm not sure if the clues were just too overt for me, or if I'm just that darn good (I'm not) but I wasn't really surprised when the big revelation came. 

All that being said though, I really did like the book.  I loved getting a chance to see and experience some of the other factions and get to know their ways and cultures.  That was neat.  And getting to have a more in depth look at how the factionless live was also eye-opening.  There were a couple of wow factors and unexpected things that came from that which I thought were great.

I also loved the relationships in the book, just as I did in the first.  People you thought you could trust turn out to be traitors, and vice-versa.  So that put a bit of a punch into the story, emotionally.  And then there is Tris and Four's relationship...which I also love.  I would have liked to have seen her place a bit more faith in him than she did, as I felt that her distrust and secretiveness was undeserved, but when they're together, they're awesome.  I love Four!!

All in all, the ending of this book has me clammoring for book three.  This was a great second installment and I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next, now that everything is about to change.  What a cliffhanger!

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