Some actual action please! No, moving from place to place and then griping with each other some more is not action! This second book in the series is filler material and served just two purposes: 1) to resolve the war among the factions and 2) reveal the Big Secret about what this whole fenced-in Chicago area is all about (which happens, literally, on the last page.)
I would have liked less whining from the main characters.
Not as good.
Waiting for Book 3 and hoping it's better than Book 2.
It ties right into Divergent and continues on with the story. I'm looking forward to part 3.
Four, without a doubt.
I loved Divergent! I had just finished the Hunger Games and was looking for something to fill the void left by finishing the series. In my opinion, the first book was better. This book was filled with similar feats of heroics and dauntlessness, and interestingly Trice starts to explore her tendencies for the other factions. I just felt the there was a little too much "drama" between Tobias and Trice. Even now that I'm done reading the novel, I'm still confused about all the tension between those two. I loved the ending, it rocked my world! Now I just have to wait for the next book to come out...
I'm sorry to leave a negative review on a great book, but I couldn't stand listening to Emma Galvin. She sounds as though she has either a head cold or allergies, and it was so distracting that I couldn't manage to finish listening -- I purchased the book and just read it myself. I very much enjoyed the novel itself, but will not be purchasing any more books that are read by Emma Galvin. Very disappointing.
Awesome; Amazing!!! Just as good - No; Better than the first book!
If you haven't read Book 1 (Divergent) in a while, though, make sure you do a quick brush up on your characters. I stumbled in the beginning trying to remember who everyone was since the author immediately starts throwing names your way without a ton of background reminders.
Other than that, I LOVED the entire adventure!
One of the top in the long line of audiobooks I have listened to. Insurgent, along with it's predecessor, Divergent are on equal footing in the very top of my favorites in new mystery/suspense books.
When Tris was fighting her way to get to Jeanine Matthews and save the information linking their past linking their future. She faced several unique and interesting dilemmas.
She narrates well. She has a good voice for this.
It made me think. It made me curious. It made me second guess the motives and the characters and wonder about their futures.
Can't wait until the next book in this trilogy is released.
Once again, I am surprised by so many raving reviews, leaving me wondering, "Did we all read the same book?" I liked Divergent. I didn't exactly buy into the dystopian, faction-split world, but I thought the idea was interesting enough. Learning all the factions was fun as was the brutal Dauntless initiation tests. In Divergent, I especially liked it when Triss made quick Dauntless-like decisions, instead of sitting around brooding over right and wrong. She had spunk. She was brave and crazy. The character was refreshing.
I don't know what I expected from Insurgent, but I did not expect everything to fall apart. None of the characters actually stayed in character. Were they even the same characters? Same names, but completely different personalities. Triss was the worst. While in Divergent, she acted first and thought later, didn't worry about her family or consequences or right and wrong, or anything like that. Now, suddenly in Insurgent, she's this weak, wishy-washy little girl who does nothing but cry and faint and whine about how little she is. Insert cringe here. At some point in the beginning (or possibly the last book), she is shot, and she milks her injury throughout the whole book. She even lets people carry her around because she's too hopeless to stand on her own two feet.
Tobias, a.k.a. Four, is another one who's been taken over by aliens. In the last book, he was a tough guy, strong, hard to read. In this book, he's moody and childish. Caleb makes a longwinded appearance in Insurgent, but just like the other two, we can't tell who he is and what side he's on. Add in the remaining 700 characters, all with multiple personalities, and good luck keeping track of anything that's going on.
Insurgent had absolutely no transitional introduction, nothing to remind you of who everyone was and why they were wandering aimlessly. I actually had to go back and relisten to Divergent, because I couldn't follow this book. Once I got into the flow, I was still confused. For example, Triss and Four and a whole group of people suddenly show up at Amety headquarters. I had to rewind several times to see if I missed something. Why were they there? Did they announce that they were going there? The Amety promise that they're safe there, but as soon as the Erodite show up, they turn over their "guests" without the slightest coercion. "Sure, you can have them. There they are!" So they run to Candor, who say, "Yes, we know Erodite used mind control on everyone, but I see you on this camera doing bad things. So you must be guilty and not the mind controllers." Hmm, strike two. Hey, let's try going back to Dauntless. After all, we did save everyone's life. Surprise. Dauntless hates you too. That makes sense. Or not. Really, I know there a lot of stupid people in the world, fictional or otherwise, but does everyone have to be stupid?
Okay, so what saved this trilogy? The ending. At the very end, there is a somewhat, almost believable explanation for everything. It doesn't excuse the unforgivable chaos of characters running around with no memorable qualities. It doesn't explain why everyone's running around killing each other. But if you squint your eyes and tilt your head, the ending might possibly explain the factions and the post apocalyptic world that they live in.
If you've already read Divergent, you can't really miss Insurgent, because you have to finish the trilogy. Just take it all with a rain of salt. Grit your teeth and bear it until you get to the end. I plan to read the third, but after this fiasco, the third book BETTER be good.
Brave, Honest, Beautiful
Nothing...it is it's own...but I would put it in the dystopian category, with books like the Hunger Games
Great voices...realist...stingingly emotional.
Laugh and cry...excitement...a great mix of everything...just like life.
Wonderful book...great series.
Librarian, Avid Reader, Audiobook Addict!
In my review of Divergent I asked the question: is the whole world is split into factions or if it’s just Chicago well we get some of the answers to this in Insurgent and I cannot wait for the next book in this series to hear the rest of the story. It’s quite a revelation at the end of this book and WOW I don’t want to wait to read the next one!
I really enjoy this series, this was action packed and Tris was so guilt riddled from events in Divergent that she was even more of an adrenalin junkie than ever before. Or is she just trying to get herself killed?
We find out that Tris isn’t as unique and we thought in the first book and that causes major trouble in all the factions. We get a closer look at the factionless and there are some surprises there. Ok that’s all I can say without giving too much away.
I really enjoy this dystopian world, the factions are very interesting and we see how each one had its place and what they bring to the table. I like the relationship between Tris and Tobias (Four) they both are so flawed for different reasons and hold everything inside that nothing is easy for them including their relationship with each other. I also feel like this is a relationship not so much a romance there’s very few kissyface moments it’s about trust and respect and counting on each other , and we’ll see if in the end they can make it work or not.
Be warned the ending is a Huge cliffhanger and will leave you clamoring for the next book; Veronica Roth kept me completely fascinated throughout this book and sitting in my garage so I didn’t have to stop listening because I just needed to know what happens next. Ms. Roth Please write fast because I want the next book NOW!!
Emma Galvin’s narration was again spot on she is the voice of Tris she reads this with great feeling and the emphasis is always right. One small thing was in one spot she said that Tris put her mouth over her hand not her hand over her mouth and I haven’t looked through the paper copy to find the exact spot to see if it was a typo in the book itself or if it was just a narrator oops. But it only took me out of the book for a minute or two and gave me a giggle.
This story just gets better I highly recommend if you like YA Dystopian.
4 ½ Stars
The first book had violence but this book just got worse each chapter
She is a very good reader, very enjoyable