Friday, June 22, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

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.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

My thoughts:
I loved Divergent when I read it a couple months ago and knew immediately that I wanted to read the next book in the series. It was hard to wait for.  I ordered it online, but it didn't come until the end of the week it was released and I eagerly checked the mail every day to see if it was here yet or not.  I thought for sure I had already reviewed it, but it turns out that I never did.  I have recommended it to a ton of people though!

The end of Divergent made me so worried that it was not going to work out as I hoped, not that things weren't bad at the end, but I wanted to know that at least one thing was going right and it did.  Now Tris and her small group must figure out how to clue in other people as to what is going on and get people on their side against the takeover by the Erudite faction.  This book gives you much more of a peek into what Amity is like, a faction we saw very little of in the first book.  People and groups are being forced to take side and the war has gotten just a bit more cut throat.  Tris is visited by guilt over how her parents gave their lives for her so she could continue, but at times she feels like she can't accomplish anything and should have died in their place.

The Erudite have fine tuned their mind control in a deadly, and unexpected way, and more and more Divergent citizens are found and persecuted.  How do you keep going when it seems as though everyone is against you?  How do you know right and wrong in a society in turmoil?  What if even those you think you can trust are actually working against you?  Can you trust yourself and your beliefs in the face of whole groups working against you?

It is hard at times to remember that Tris is only 16 years old and has the whole weight of society on her shoulders.  The end brings about something new to think about and I can't wait to see where Roth goes with the new information in the third book.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062024046
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 101
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Series:Divergent Series , #2

Meet the Author

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first book in a trilogy that she began writing while still a college student. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband call the Chicago area home.

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