As is the case with most sophomore novels; this is not as good as the original but it's not terrible. I didn't think the first was great. This fell off a little.
There is the obligatory split between the young lovers, a lot of action and teen angst. All of which is the crux of most YA fiction. Roth goes into a little more character development in this book but they all still appear to be pretty straightforward. The action is a little too pat and action movie-esque. People are constantly getting shot and persevering. I've never been shot but I imagine a bullet wound to my leg would completely put me out of commission and almost certainly I wouldn't be able to jump a train with one in my shoulder. But alas, there is that necessity for suspension of disbelief.
One thing that really started to irritate me toward the end of the book is Roth's overuse of, "I/he/she said." to delineate who was speaking. Many times, it would have been obvious who the speaker was without it but and in the cases where it was necessary, it would have been prudent to use other words, eg: exclaimed, shouted, mumbled etc... Here is where Roth's age and inexperience as a writer was most evident. A little variation goes a long way. Even my second grader knows to do this! I think even Emma Galvin got tired of reading it since by the end of the book, it sounded like she was saying, "I said" with a sneer! It was only minimally distracting however.
I will listen to the 3rd book when it comes out, however, unlike The Hunger Games, I am not recommending this series to my husband. He was too irritated by the teenage angst in THG to put up with it in this one.
I hope Roth continues to write and grow as an author. I think she has a lot of promise and some interesting ideas.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
Super crazy awesome.
Come on really? Tris is obviously fantastic. Wonderfully flawed, and it's really interesting to see her evolution between a "Stiff," and a hard core soldier. However, the supporting characters are all strong. Who doesn't love Four? I think the dynamic between Uriah, Marlene, and Lynn is great fun as well.
Everything. She's at the top of my list of favorite narrators. The voices are all very distinct and done well. No stupid accents like other narrators do.
No, I needed a break. It gets heavy and I took a break to listen to a comedy and came back refreshed. I did the same thing when I read the book.
Veronica Roth hit a serious home run with this series and I can't wait for book 3!
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
Can't wait for book 3! Love this series! I wasn't gonna try this series because I don't usually read this genre but I am so glad I gave it a chance.
I liked the story and the performance. However, the narrator sounded slightly young at times and didn't sound as tough/mature as I imagined Tris would despite her young age. Nevertheless, it was definitely worth a listen! I cannot wait to hear what happens next.
YES, IT KEPT YOU ON AN ADVENTURE. SOMETIMES FUN, SCARRY AND TOUCHING.
Yes. I listened to Divergent first and loved the story. The story picks back up in Insurgent and I'm absolutely hooked.
I liked that it was thrilling. Moving from one exciting part to the next without long intervals of nothing.
She really made the story come alive.
Insurgent is book two of the Divergent series. It starts almost immediately where it left off, in a dystopian world on the cusp of revolution.
I loved Divergent and Insurgent did not disappoint. Emma Galvin narrates in a heartfelt, believable way. She is able to convey the aspects of Trice that are overly mature as well as less mature. The characters are complex, the action is intense, and mysteries are slowly revealed. There is alway something new to experience when listening to this book. The third isn't out yet, so I now find myself twiddling my thumbs in anticipation.
Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
I'm not sure because I had mixed feelings about this book. At points I hated it, but at some other points it took me by such surprise that I loved it again. And at the end, I just felt it was too short because I was yearning for more. But that's what books are all about - taking you to extremes, to the edges, and 'Insurgent' does that.
When Johanna talks to Evelyn about how things can surprisingly turn around, and when Tobias realizes that Tris is right and forgives her. At that last moment I felt so relieved...
So many! And I mean in good and bad ways. One example was when Tris decided to do what Marcus told her, rather than going to battle with the Dauntless. I felt this was such a huge betrayal towards Tobias that I refused to listen to the audio book for like a day! (and I just continued because I wanted to hear the end of the story.
Veronica Roth leaves us dangling because when things are heating up again, and I make my peace with my feelings towards the book, I hear that book 3 will only come out in 2013!
I love this book. I even like it more than the first one, and I liked the first one a lot. The way it's performed and written I feel like I can see the world the characters live in. I can't wait for book 3.