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.
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
I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis
While I found Insurgent to be an overall enjoyable experience, I think it ultimately suffers from Middle Book Syndrome – the trap a lot of #2-in-a-series books fall into. There’s a lot of moving pieces around the board without much consequence, which allows the author to save the fireworks for the finale. Our heroine, Tris, sheds a lot of what made her such a unique and compelling character in the first book (her independence, her decisiveness, her straightforward approach to problem solving) and spends most of the time wondering what her on-again, off-again, brainwashed-again boyfriend is thinking about her and their relationship. There are some pretty decent main-story-arc reveals throughout, which keep the plot twisting and turning satisfactorily, and narrator Emma Galvin again does a fine job, but apart from a rather surprising and intriguing final chapter, the book didn’t hit the high notes of its predecessor. I do feel invested enough to see how it all pans out in the final book.
Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
I hate big cliffhangers and planned to read this book after the final installment came out in 2013.. However, after reading so many good reviews I finally gave in and decided to read it now instead of waiting. WOW! I'm so glad I did. This was just as good as the first if not better. So much more of the story is revealed and the ending is well worth the listen. Of course now the wait for book 3 is going to kill me!
If you liked Divergent then you will definitely like this one too. Definitely worth a credit for me!
4.5 stars - minus a half star for the long wait for book 3
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.
Wow! I literally have no words to describe how great a book Insurgent truly is. I just finished listening to it a few minutes ago and I'm still reeling from the amazing storyline. I didn't want to write this review because Insurgent is too emotional and personal for me, but I'm writing it anyway because I feel like I have to, and even though I'm a total book fanatic, I have never been so obsessed with anything before!
I love everything about Insurgent. I love its brutal honesty and its lack of sugarcoating. I love the dystopian world Veronica Roth has created. She gave us a peek at how all the other factions operate along with the personalities behind the people. I love the depth of this book, which seems to be absent in most YA novels nowadays. I love Tris. I love Four. I love their relationship. The characters are very flawed, very human, yet this is exactly what makes them so perfect. I also love the fact that Veronica knows more about the true meaning of love, loyalty and sacrifice than probably any author I've ever known.
Insurgent is just as good as Divergent. Seriously, they are both so excellent it's impossible to say which is better. In this book however, the twists came as huge surprises. I never saw them coming. There are a lot of heart breaks in this story. Having to deal with the grief and guilt of losing Will and her parents, Insurgent is about Tris trying to regain her inner strength and how she embraces her Divergence.
I have very mixed and raw emotions after listening to Insurgent. There are some books which you just devour like a candy and forget about it in a few short hours. However, there are some books which you simply cannot get over no matter how hard you tried, and as time passes, that book eventually becomes part of who you are. Insurgent is one of them. It celebrates humanity under the most difficult of circumstances. It is powerful stuff.
Sometimes a bad narrator can ruin a good book, but Emma Galvin did a fantastic job! She is exactly how I picture Tris would sound like, fierce, determined and direct. I can't imagine anyone else doing the narration.
My only complaint about this series is that I'll have to wait about a year before the third book comes out. This is sheer torture and it's going to drive me insane! I am positive that I'm not the only person feeling this way. Just buy it! You wouldn't want to miss the book of the year.
24. English/Language Arts Enthusiast. Coffee Addict. Aspiring Writer & World Traveler.
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.
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.
My recommendation: re-read the last chapters of Divergent before listening to Insurgent. I didn't, so I spent the first part of this book wondering who was who and what was going on. Insurgent expects listeners to have all the events and everyone's names fresh in mind. That did not happen with me. I don't need a complete recap, but it would have been nice to be reminded which one was the brother and which was the love interest. Those little hints to help jog the memory just aren't there.
I enjoyed Divergent, but I realized a big part of my enjoyment was the school/training aspect and learning about the world. Insurgent focuses on the war between the factions, my least favorite part of book 1. I liked learning more about Amenity and Candor, but I was expecting to discover what's beyond the wall, and that's saved for book 3.
Insurgent is a middle book in a series. You have to read it to find out what comes next, but nothing really happens. Hopefully the next book will be more interesting.
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.