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.
I brought this book only because it's a part of a three book series. It's not bad, not great, just OK. Like the first book, I have trouble following the storyline, something about the pace of the book, I would find the characters in a place during a event, and have no idea how they got there. Of course it's partly thanks to my habit of drifting away while listening, but that's my point, it can't keep me engaged. Anyway, if you like the first book, definitely get this one.
Insurgent was an excellent story and very well performed. I would put it in my top 5 in the teen books shelf.
Beatrice was my favorite this book. She took risks and was the hero as usual, but there was a much more "human" quality about her this book.
She did a very good job portraying the attitudes of the characters. Especially when sharing Beatrices thoughts, it really felt like you were listening inside someones mind.
When Beatrice was administered the Fear syrum. I was surprised that she was so effected and it made me think for minute what a Fear syrum would induce in me.
Very good listen! I am excited for book three to arrive.
I already have! The story in this series is so compelling and the wait for the third book is so agonizing that the second I finished Insurgent, I started the series again!
I especially love Tobias. I think the dynamic of Tris and Tobias's relationship very real (complete with the flaws, arguments and trust issues of real relationships) and sometimes painful, sometimes beautiful to see into.
Emma Galvin has such a beautiful voice to listen to. Although she is able to portray the very steady, even tone I would imagine Tris to have, she is very emotive and captures the other characters very well.
Can't tell you because of spoilers, but there are many moments that will move you emotionally in this book.
Bring on Allegient.
Compelling, suspenseful, surprising.
How Tris learns what it means to be 'truly' dauntless.
Generally a perfect performance.
No, just surprises toward the end.
This is a series not to be missed!!
Mom, birdwatcher, and online teacher
Yes, I will listen to it again right before the third book comes out. It is an excellent tale, and I will need to refresh my memory.
I have never read a book that so flawlessly interweaves observation of human nature with mystery and action. The only somewhat similar authors I can think of would be L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, and Agatha Christie.
The fact that this author is only in her twenties is just stunning to me. She is a truly gifted writer, definitely touched by the Muses. My daughter and one of my students recommended this series to me. Readers of any age should not be turned away by the Young Adult label.
Of course you should start by reading the first book, Divergent. Once I borrowed that first book from the library, I couldn't wait to read the next one, so that is why I ended up purchasing the second book from Audible.