Sunday, November 3, 2013

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

One choice can transform you, or destroy you.

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.
Second in my Divergent-read-a-thon is naturally: Insurgent.  I really hadn't read Insurgent that long ago, okay maybe a year ago, but it was the one I finished most recently so I expected to remember a lot of what I was rereading.  Surprisingly I did not.  I think it was a defense mechanism, I forgot about the details in order to save myself from agonizing over the drop off ending.
Insurgent in my opinion is AMAZING.  Suspenseful and action packed it resembles nothing of a middle book, meaning it isn't just filler.  It has it's own twists and turns and doesn't rely on referencing the first book aside from some obvious need to.  Of course I'm not saying it doesn't require reading the first book, you definitely need to read Divergent in order to know what's going on.
The book starts off right where Divergent ends; with the world, as Tris and Tobias know it, in chaos.  Factions are split and no one knows who to trust, anyone could be a spy.  Throughout the book there are multiple people who go from friend to foe and vice versa with some people, who we never would have expected, turning up.  There are also more deaths (naturally) and strained relationships. The book leads up to an intense ending that reveals something BIG, I mean HUGE.  It really answers my question of why is the story set ONLY in Chicago?.
Tobias and Tris' relationship is on the rocks throughout the book, which made me really sad.  I feel like they are stronger when they work together but they spent too much time keeping secrets from each other to be any good as a team.  It really isn't until the end that things sort themselves out again but by then it's the end.
I'm really excited to start Allegiant here in a few but it's been out for a little while now and the feedback I've been reading has been not so good.  Not really because of the writing but more what happens.  I have my own idea of how I want to end and I love this series so much that I am really scared about how Veronica may have ended the story.  I don't think I've ever been so excited but so NERVOUS to read a book before.  Because to be truthful, The Hunger Games trilogy was almost ruined for me when a certain someone died, when that happened I was all "WHAT WAS THE POINT OF EVERYTHING?!" So yeah, I'm a little (a lot) nervous. 
Fernando hops out of the truck bed and offers me his arm.
"Come on, Insurgent," he says with a wink.
"What?" I say.  I take his arm and slide down the side of the truck.
He opens the bag he was sitting with.  It is full of blue clothes.  He sorts through them, tossing garments to Christina and me.  I get a bright blue T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans.
"Insurgent," he says.  "Noun.  A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent."
-Excerpt from Insurgent by Veronica Roth



(Picture and Bio from Veronica's Goodreads Profile)
Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)


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