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.
I mostly listen to Fantasy and Young Adult Fiction, sometimes Humor or just plain old Fiction. I have a long commute and listen to a lot.
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.
The narration is very good in the book and the appeal that the reader gave to the different characters kept my interest more than the story did. The author is not a bad writer- she does well with dialog and has some interesting ideas. But the actual story was lacking for me. Many things that were supposed to be big 'reveals' were so blatantly obvious from the beginning that it was just annoying to sit through. This book takes place immediately after the first one, but what I had hoped were just 'first novel' mistakes kept happening here. Tris continues to do things that are so just dumb, that I lost interest in her as a character. It isn't a terrible book, but I think it could have been a much better one.
I have to say I am a bit let down by this book after the first book. I feel like I was let down. I had trouble with chapter after chapter of Tris wanting to die and trying just about everything she could to accomplish that goal. Along with all the self pity over living when others did not.
If it wasn't for the fact that there is only one more book left I'm not sure I would finish the series. I just hope that the next book is not filled with the same Tris issues as this one.
Divergent moved along nicely and had an interesting concept. Unfortunately Insurgent is simply not that good (and if you read reviews for the last book in the series, you will see it only gets worse). Insurgent is just a cast of characters moving from place to place with the same result - needing to fight their way out of the situation only to move on to other. There's really no story, it's like one of those action movies with a lot of car chases and crashes. I lost interest 2/3rds through and just moved on.
I'm not sure why the author tried so hard to make Tris so wishy washy and create exaggerated drama. I bought this book in order to see where she would go with the story and I found out it was a teenage angst melodrama.
Much of the book seems to be a stream of conscious which is confusing to know when Tris is speaking versus carrying a conversation in her own head.
I'll finish the book but avoid the third installment.
Doubtful. the writing leaves me lacking for more.
Struggled for depth
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As a "mature" adult, I suppose I would omit all of the teenage kissing, gasping, hormonal back and forth-borderline Silhouette/Harlequin Romance for tweens; however, that is the target audience...it was a risk, but I think it was worth it.
The ending was enough to make me want to grab the third book. There's a fun surprise waiting just within the last chapter!
I can't say, but the narration wasn't for me. I really wanted to hear the story, though, but we must do things like work, right?
I utilized Whispersync (sp?) for this book, which I find fantastic. I always love the option of listening, as life never permits enough time for all of the great books available.
The author has an ability to draw one in, and really allow one to view this dystopian version of the future through the eyes of a young female adult. I would certainly recommend this to young readers (14+, or am I being frigid???), especially those who may not typically read a great deal. The books are filled with enough intriguing twists to engage young readers. The format is very much along the same lines as the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I do think it's something adults can enjoy, as well. There is a great deal of action, and violence; however, the underlying message does not condone these actions but is more of an Orwellian warning.
I don't think I want to read the third book.
This is not my usual style of book, but I was taken in by the Hunger Games series and The Road. I will most likely go back to my usual nonfiction.
The action was repetitive, repetitive, repetitive and this book seemed to go on forever before reaching its less-than-satisfying conclusion.
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.
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Insurgent, the second novel in the Divergent series, has its flaws.
I entered this novel hoping to gain a sense of progression and justice within the broken world that Roth has created--and yet, as I (slowly) crept towards the ending, I was left feeling dissatisfied. Relationships are drawn out. Characters feel static. The plot has little progression. (I think you get the idea.)
All of that being said, whatever scraps of excitement, joy, and/or intensity this novel has; it is amplified to the fullest by the narrator. Galvin's performance is truly what saves this mediocre sequel.