I drive 45 miles to work, 5 days a week, and owe my sanity to audiobooks. I get them from friends, the library, and of course - Audible.
I love an underdog in a tough situation. The hero - Tris, is a great underdog, one of those sho doesn't quite know who she is and what she can do yet. Interesting story and world with good bad-guys that you can boo. The story keeps your attention and makes you want more, though Tris does spend way too much time worrying and brooding, she still makes you like her. Hope they hurry up with number 3.
There are a number of books out there that are written for younger audiences, but touch that part in all of us. Don't worry you adults out there - we all enjoy these books. This series will be compared to Hunger Games - I think I like this series better.
Galvin is a good choice for narrator - sometimes you forget you are listening to a person reading a book, and just experience the story. Galvin is able to do this.
No, but not because I didn't like it. There are so many books waiting for me, it is hard to re-listen to any book again. A special privilege only one or two books or series will ever have from me......those are my favorites.
That said, I liked this book. It was a good sequel to Divergent. I reallty like the story line, the world Veronica Roth created and the characters are easy to picture in my mind. A mark of a good writer in my book. I would have given the story five stars, but I felt Beatrice was too much of a maverick, lying to friends too much, running off half cocked too often. Even so, I really liked the book, I was just being too picky for a minute.....I'm back now... No question, I will buy the third book, as soon as I can get my hands on it.
As I said answering this question about Divergent, it has a Hunger Games favor. But it is not a knockoff or copy. It is a good story line and if you liked Hunger Games, you probably would like this series too.
Not going to spoil it for you....read the book....worth the read.
Insurgent is a book I have had on my back burner for a while. I listened to the last book Divergent on a whim, and enjoyed it. As with the first book, much of the charm of this book is the reading by narrator Emma Galvin. She is perfect for these books, and I think I would not have enjoyed them as much without her.
Insurgent, unfortunately though, suffers a little bit from the middle book syndrome I think. While I found myself engrossed in the first book by learning about the factions and the world they live in, the second book has lost this novelty. The book takes a little while to get going, and most of the book is about tying up loose ends from the first book, and setting up things for the next book. Also, being that I am not the teenager that this book is aimed at, I grew a little bored of the teen romance and self pitty.
With that said, Insurgent is not a long book, and for a middle book in a series, I pretty much enjoyed it over all. I am looking forward to the final book in the series.
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.