Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Insurgent

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth
Publication Date: May 1,2012
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 525


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.
I really liked the book. A whole lot. But not as much as the first, Divergent.
I don't really comprehend time's passing, at least not in the way that I used to, when time was available to me. So when the door opens again and Peter walks into my cell, I don't know how much time has gone by. 
The book starts out right after the events in the last one. You get a lot of the same characters from the last one. And the new ones fit well with the originals. Though the main character, Tris, and her boyfriend, Tobias, weren't as great as they were in the first one.
Tris is a little more annoying . It seems half the book is about her wondering what's going on with her relationship with Tobias, a quarter of the book hating Marcus for what he did to Tobias, and the rest of it actually paying attention to the war. And Tobias is a lot crueler and meaner. He just seemed a little bipolar.
The main plot was pretty good. I think it could have been cleaned up a little bit to make it slightly easier to understand, but at the end everything is explained. Though, the ending seemed rushed. It's like they had 450 pages leading up to this huge battle, this huge endgame, and spent least then a hundred pages on it. There was also a few smaller plot points that also seemed a little rushed, like the author wanted it mentioned but didn't want to spend a lot of time on it.
Overall, the book was really good. A solid four stars. It wasn't a filler that some sequels are. But, as I stated before, it's not Divergent. I'm not sure where the next book will head but I'm guessing it will be good.   

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