I seem to be in the minority.... but I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as Divergent. Maybe my expectations were too high. I found my mind wandering a lot instead of really being engaged. I felt like Tris was bouncing around from one faction to another and, instead of uncovering some of the details of the factions and world building, it felt confusing and disjointed. I also was baffled by the reactions of all the factions in light of what happened at the end of Divergent. As a reader I suppose I just accept it and move on but I found the decisions to be distracting and frustrating.
On a pickier note, there are a lot of side stories going on with characters we are supposed to remember... but I didn't. I'll admit that I'm pretty bad with names but typically authors give us some clues as to who these people are. They didn't leave enough of an impact in Divergent for me to remember all of their names. The beginning of the book was very confusing for me because I could not remember who these people were. I had to go back to Divergent because there were no contextual clues at all.
If you liked Divergent then you will enjoy Insurgent. This book picks up were the first one left off and expands on the conflict. There is plenty of action and internal strife. For being a second book in a series I think Veronica Roth did a good job. Overall I would say its worth a listen.
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I thought this book was fantastic, it really developed the other factions and gave you a taste for their lives. I wasn't always agreeable with Tris' choices, but I won't give any spoilers. Also the author made a few mistakes in the book that left me going "what?" until I realized they were mistakes (noted on the author's blog) and not my comprehension of the story. Most notably she says Zeke instead of what I assume would be Uriah once, which left me completely confused.
My husband wasn't as thrilled about this book, although he enjoyed and couldn't put it down. He said his issue with it was that it is just a really long and round about way to get to the original mission. I can understand his point of view, but I felt that because the action never stopped and I felt like it developed a lot of characters and gave a start of a new story line that it was a worthwhile read.
Both my husband and I finished this book in 2 days, independently, as neither could put it down.
I'm slightly above the young adult age (around twenty five years plus), so consider my opinion taking that into account. You may ask why I read YA books then. Why not? I'm curious.
I enjoyed Insurgent. And I didn't.
The setting is quite compelling, the basic idea is really interesting. How could a society work if people are divided into factions based on their mental attitude? And I arrived to the first point I have problem with. I'm not a sociologist nor psychologist, but I'm sure it cannot work. Humans are not black and white. Humans are not of four clear colour, they cannot be put into boxes. It just doesn't work like that. The idea of creating a society based on this is born dead. But it still could be interesting to see how things can develop in a scenario like this, so I suspended my disbelief and I wanted to know, you know, "what if". It reminded me of religious cults suppressing general truths worshipping only one (often false one). I continued listening as it was an experiment on one possible way to solve the society's serious issues. I put my doubts aside and flowed with the story, and I did enjoy it more. By the end of the book I learned that this environment didn't evolve, but it was established artificially. That helps a little to believe the scenario. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
In the factions individuals start to pup up as divergents, (of course they do, if they didn't the story wouldn't exist), and this society cannot handle them. They blend in pretending having one aptitude or get hunted because they cannot fit in the system. That creates a lot of tension, and gives the floor for the action.
The action moved the story forward, and kept me listening. I really liked the action scenes, those were the best parts of the book. Unfortunately in between there were scenes when the heroin agonized over exaggerated dilemmas. Maybe I've a very simple personality, maybe it was too long time ago when I was teenager, maybe being a man I cannot understand the girls (who can? :) ). Maybe Tris had mental issues. But some of the whining should have been cut out.
I would have enjoyed more world-building. There were some explanations about the supporting equipment like power supply, but I missed some technicalities how they could sustain the supporting services. It was a closed environment after all.
By the way, can somebody tell me who drove the train? People died, factions fought each other, but that damn train still run no matter what.
As I mentioned I'm not in YA age anymore, that may explain my disbelief concerning the hands off love between Four and Tris. At the age of 16-19 teenagers are much more interested in the hands on stuff of sex. It was annoying how the circumstances (or their fears or anger) "accidentally" stopped Four and Tris to get into it more deeply. I don't say there should be explicit sex scenes, not at all. But their love would have been more believable if there were scenes like "Four pulled Tris' shirt off, kissed her on the mouth and... Cut.... Tris smiled at Four and nested herself in his arms with satisfaction". Like in an old movie ;)
The character of Tris is well drawn, we get to know her deepest secrets and fears. She had a special power, she could resist the simulation. Awesome. She is mentally off balance in my opinion, but I gather that was the author's intention. But it didn't help to like her that she made stupid decisions. I mean stupid. For example when she joined Marcus. She loved Four, she knew that Four hates Marcus, she didn't trust Marcus, and didn't have evidence that it was true what he was saying, but she went with him instead of being and fighting on Four's side.
I'm sure my daughter enjoyed the book more, because she already told me she hardly can wait for the third one to come out. She is at the right age, I suppose.
I enjoyed this book as much as the first in the series but with such a great premise I expected more (of both books). The story took a bit of a wild turn in this book and the characters still weren't as fleshed out as I would like and seemed to behave in ways that were quite silly at points and this was distracting. Having said that, the action was fast paced and kept me interested and awaiting what would happen next.
I would like to to listen to the final in the series to find out what happens although there will be a bit of a wait. Not sure if this series is good enough to hold out for.
It was a good 'page turner' but it didn't rock my world.
Book one was amazing, couldn't take the headphones off. this one? I had to force myself to finish.
it draggggggggeeeeeedddddd on and on and on and on. You got us in Tris' corner in book one. this should have been condensed and added to book three. i needed more of her life in dauntless and she did not give fair play to Tris and 4.
This second book was a little of a let down after the excitement and novelty of the first one (Divergent). It felt like the author was searching for a neat way to end and kept going around in circles until she finally ran out of ideas. The end was definitely anti-climactic and somewhat confusing (for me anyways). Overall it was still entertaining, but became less believable as the author stretched each character's personality in every which way possible. Narration was excellent.
Girl with the dragon tattoo
Urgent, young and pleasant
Insurgent was as good as Divergent, picking up right where we left off and then ending with a bang--what a cliffhanger! It was action packed and full of intrigue!
I really enjoyed how Tris' character is evolving, as well as her relationship with Four. She is more focused and less tentative. They questions each others motives a lot and it seems their relationship is hanging by a thread at points, but it all comes to a head with a very satisfying outcome.
We learn a lot of about the different factions and how they operate. We also learn why Tris has aptitude for 3 factions.
Can't wait for the last book!
In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!
I'll admit it, I didn’t know how this would go. Would the author be able to keep up the pace of the last book?
My doubts are laid to rest! This was just as fast and intense as the first book! This is a very strong second installment. If you liked ‘Divergent’ you’re going to be a very happy reader!
It’s not just the action that moves the story, either. Tris and Tobias are becoming more and more complex as characters. You could say that one becomes visibly more divergent, while the other almost seems to become less. All the characters start out bruised and battered, and there isn’t time for physical or emotional healing. Amidst the action and chaos, we watch as Tris uncovers “layers upon layers” of the people around her. Inner strengths, secrets, and betrayals lie waiting in unexpected places.
You get to see more of the city in this book, and get to know a little more about what goes on in different factions, which I really enjoyed. The whole concept of factions is so unique that it was exciting to check out the inner workings of those beside Dauntless and Abnegation!
‘Insurgent’ also filled in some places I had wrongly thought were weak points in the overall storyline. Not all my questions are answered yet, but it’s obvious now that the author does have a big picture clearly in mind! We'll have to wait until next year to see how things end, but now I have even more faith that it'll be worth the wait.
Emma Galvin narrates beautifully. She truly gives Tris her voice. I can’t imagine anyone doing it better.
Overall this was wild, intense, and often surprising. Seriously, for anyone reading this who likes action, YA, and dystopia who *hasn’t* started this series yet… Be dauntless. Just jump in!
I'll start by saying I'm not into the romance side of things, but nevertheless I enjoyed Book 1 of this series. Unfortunately, it would seem that Ms. Roth was paid for X-thousand words, and by golly she was going to deliver them.
The dialogue is circular and repetitive (which renders once-likeable characters as now extremely annoying), and there are continuity issues. It would seem that the editor, if indeed one was employed, has done poor job with the continuity and pacing of this book.
Sadly, I don't think I'll be listening to the 3rd.