I haven't really stopped listening since I bought this book.
I originally found the book on the 7-day loan shelf at the library. I picked it up because I was drawn to the cover. After reading the first paragraph, I realized that this was a sequel and I marched to the card catalogue to find Divergent. I took out both books and read them within the 7 days before I had to return Insurgent.
The world laid out by Veronica Roth is both familiar and fascinating. After I returned the library books I kept asking myself how I would respond to such terrible challenges. I realized that I needed to read them again so I picked up the audible books so I could work out the answer to my questions while driving to work, preparing dinner, or brushing my teeth.
When I was 16 or 17, I'm sure that I would have believed that Roth's world of factions, choices, and consequences could be navigated with confidence in my own intelligence and my grounded, no-nonsense life style. At 45, however, I can be honest enough with myself to say that choosing to completely break with my family to choose a new lifestyle would have been overwhelming. And at middle age, I know that I cannot even begin to imagine how to face the series of losses faced by the main character Tris. So I have to keep listening, because I'm still learning about myself.
And Allegiant is coming to take us all home.
Tris has to continually assess her acceptance of herself and reinvent her place in a changing society, while working through layers of survivor's guilt. The character reads so true you just can't help but examine your own life and motivations. So many authors make the hero and heroine attractive, confident, and exceptionally skilled, while in real life, the bravest of people are often the least noticed. It is wonderful that Roth has given us a character with believable doubts and has tempered the heroine's successes with them.
Emma Galvin breathes life into Tris and the rest of Chicago. She matches her fine performance in Divergent. There are no moments in her delivery that ring untrue.
Having studied Jewish history for most of my life, I found that I kept drawing comparisons between Tris' reactions to actions she took or did not take and survivors' histories from the Holocaust. The author captured true mental pain and I find that I believed in the character and her motivations all the more because of it.
If you always have a book with you...
I really enjoyed this book. The first book Divergent was great, but Insurgent was even better. Continuing off where the first book ended, the action is fast paced and the story continues to develop well. The ending was done really well, it sets the scene so that book 3 could take us anywhere. This could easily become a series with several books in it.
One of the better narrators that I have listened to, Emma does excellent voices and is enjoyable to listen to. Keep the coming!
Yes. This is another great book by Veronica Roth, narrated by Emma Galvin. One wouldn't expect a young girl to be such a great narrator for so many diverse characters but she does a fabulous job.
The entire book is fantastic. Roth has done her research and created a world that seems insane, yet plausible all at the same time. She truly immerses you in this world. Even my husband likes this series.
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. Tris has grown up a lot in this book, finding herself in real love and friendship, relationships that are not based on being told what to believe or how to act. She also is grieving, hurting, angry, and passionate about her cause. I felt like she was more "human" than other characters in other books, because of how she acted/reacted to situations. Sometimes her anger blinded logic and sometimes her impulses created huge problems. Isn't that the human way? Acting too quickly creates chaos. Anyway, I enjoy this series and will be anxiously awaiting the next book!
Social sci-fi, vampires, and modern detective thrillers, oh my!
Absolutely! The book has the emotions of the young adult genre with the violence and action of a Will Smith movie.
Tris, she grows and is constantly pulled in different directions (factions) throughout the series. Her strength is inspirational.
The last scene, it was completely unexpected. I love a book where I can't predict the ending. I also can't predict what will happen in the next book.
Fight to be yourself.
This book is similar to the Delirium series. The main character has to fight for her freedom in a totalitarian society, that is not far fetched or unimaginable.
I'm accustomed to being disappointed by sequels, but Insurgent is a terrific read. If you liked Divergent, do yourself a favor and get Insurgent today!
This is a good story, but wow were there a lot of contradictions. One minute Tris absolutely one way and the next she's the opposite. One minute she's masquerading as an Ameity, and totally fools a guard, and the next she's reflecting on how her tattoos show in her Ameity dress.??...so how did she fool the guard? The whole book is full of these kinds of contradictions, with a big one at the end that I will not reveal as it would be a spoiler. I like the characters, but I was frustrated and confused with Tris's roller coaster thoughts and actions, but maybe that is because she is so Divergent :) and with the many contradictions. In general, I thought this second book was not as thought out and cohesive as the first.
She did a good job with differentiating between characters.
These books are good entertainment if you do not pay too close attention to what is actually happening, or wonder which faction forges the steel to make the guns, or why,if they have computer and network technology, haven't they hooked up a telephone, etc... but I very much enjoyed both books, and will listen to the third and hope for a bit less violence, and a bit more romance.
I love this series... Book 1 was much better but enjoyed this as well. Look forward to Book 3
Exciting, Roller-coaster, Unexpected
This is just an all around great book and I cannot wait for the last one in the series to come out!!! It will keep you guessing throughout the whole thing.
Strong follow-up novel, and definitely a good story. One reviewer said that the teen angst had been toned down a bit, but I think it may have actually gone up!
That said, Veronica Roth's dystopian world continues to be fleshed out, with more details on both Amity and Candor. The cardboard Erudite villainess is the exception happily, with most of the characters being very complex and rich. Even most of the "bad" characters acquire shades of gray.
There are some moments when you seriously want to smack Tris (and a couple of the characters -- notably Christine -- come close!), but that is a small price to pay for the excellent story-telling and rich world that is presented.
Emma Galvin's performance was excellent, and she has a marvelous feel for the character.