One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable - and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.
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I was thrilled to read Insurgent finally, because (1) I want to see the movie and have a strict rule about reading books BEFORE watching the movie and (2) I'm already into the series. Now that I've read Insurgent I'm equally glad it won. I devoured it in just 2 days time and I've already downloaded Allegiant to start on as soon as I'm done writing this review :)
Even though I read Divergent back in November of 2014, I had no trouble picking up where the story left off - although I did have to try and separate in my head the book's version versus the movie's version since they are slightly different. I felt like the pacing in Insurgent was pretty non-stop, which I loved. Even in the lulls there was a lot going on mentally - Tris was either trying to figure out her own feelings, what was happening on a larger scale, or there were developments within the different factions.
There were so many twists and turns in the story, I don't think it's possible to call all the twists - I did call one of the biggest ones (*mental high five* lol) but I wasn't 100% sure of it until literally the last moments of the audiobook. The story just keeps you on your toes. One of the things I really liked was the stress in Tris and Four/Tobias's relationship - particularly because it wasn't caused by the introduction of third person. No love triangles here - just the stress a new relationship would understandably go through in the midst of a rebellion/war/revolution (it's kind of all three) where both partners are deeply involved and don't always agree 100%. I don't necessarily dislike love triangles, but this was still a refreshing change for a YA dystopian.
Needless to say I did really enjoy the story and I can't exactly tell you why I'm not giving it the full five stars, except to say it wasn't quite five stars. *shrug* But 4.5 is pretty damn good, right? Oh and I should totally mention that Emma Galvin does a really good narration - I listened at 1.5 speed and it still sounded really good, with a variety of voices and clear male voices. Not all narrators can handle that increased speed in my opinion, so I'm putting her down on my list of pretty great narrators.
Can't wait to see how this trilogy wraps up (please don't let it have the YA dystopian third book kiss of death....)
I had high hopes since there is so much buzz about this series. Could hardly get through these long, drawn out passages. I'm not bothering to finish the series.
yes, they all follow the same formula and try too hard to be the hunger games
I am neutral about the narrator, not outstanding in either direction. The poor quality of the writing stood out more.
skip this fad
The film did not do this book justice. It took away all the complexity, and motivation of the characters and plot. This book, and this series, makes me forget it was written for young adults. My jaw dropped at the ending, and now I'm writing this. The ending of this book is better than Divergent, hopefully Allegiance brings as much suspense to the table.
I saw the movie first and was pleasantly surprised when I read the novels. The story is loaded with moral ambiguity which is refreshing in young fiction. While the dystopian coming of age tale is nothing new seeing the world through the eyes of a surly angry young girl sets this story apart. The young protagonist is valued for her selflessness and intellect rather than her appearance.
As far as performance the voice actor does an amazing job.
there were so many scenes that could have been left out all together. it's pretty boring for the most part and if it's not boring its annoying because tris and four spend half of the book arguing over literally nothing.
probably not. divergent was great, the story moved and it kept you interested. insurgent was so far from that. i have no desire to read another novel from her again because theres no consistency
no. she's flat most of the time, inflecting the wrong parts of the sentence and getting the mood of some scenes totally wrong.
the end where the message is finally revealed is clearer in the book than in the movie but thats about it.
i saw the movies and loved them, so i read divergent and it was great. I figured that insurgent would follow in suit. boy was i wrong. my rule of thumb is that if i like the movie i'll love the book. the book gets more of the details of the characters that movies can glaze over. unfortunataly there are exceptions to the rule. insurgent is one of those exceptions. the movie changed the story for the better. this book fell so flat for me. i have no desire to read the next story in the series.
I do not want to read book 3. There is so many problems in this book that is only created because the maincharacter is stubborn, untrustworthy and secretive, I really don't like her character and then she wimpers because people keep her at a distance - go figure.
There was so many unanswered questions in this book and it became so frustrating. I can not imagine this series ending well, so I won't even bother listening to it. I can recommend the Four - series instead. It is so much more thought through and believeable.
Emma Galvin does a really great job voicing each character definitely going to look into more books she does voice over for. The story plot is definitely good enough for you to keep hearing chapters over chapters. if you like the hunger games series, Mortal Instruments, or Twilight sage definitely check this book out it doesn't have a strong trio romance like hunger games nor as much drama as twilight and not as surreal as mortal instrument but Divergent series journeys you into a plausible dark and griddy territory that walks you on the boarder lines of fantasy and actuality if you thought Tris went through the ringer in the first book wait till you finish this book!
"An amazing sequel!"
INSURGENT LIVED UP TO MY EVERY HOPE!
The dystopia in which Tris lives becomes even more vivid in Insurgent. The politics and power-struggles are more fierce, the themes of control and rebellion are more poignant. I loved the direction that this book took.
Tris and Four's relationship hit some speed--bumps in this book, which is common in sequels. However, I'm glad that this remained a background conflict. Both Divergent and Insurgent keep the love interest as a pleasant aside, instead of making it the heart and soul of the story.
I particularly loved the exploration of each faction in this book. While we saw a lot of the Abnegation and Dauntless factions in the first book, there were more situations involving Amity, Erudite and also The Factionless in Insurgent. I also really enjoyed how much more we learned about Tobias/Four's family.
In my opinion, the book had only two teeny-tiny little drawbacks. Nothing so big that I'm going to give this any less than five stars! The first was that Tris kept shutting Tobias out. I always find it irksome in books when characters don;t just talk about things which are blatantly going to cause trouble. Still, it did up the conflict. The second thing was something which always annoys me about sequels...
You know when you watch a TV show which ends on a big cliffhanger and then you have to wait a week for the second part? Well, before part two airs there's always a catch up, right? A quick 'n' dirty thirty-second recap which just refreshes the ol' noggin. Well, the older I get and the more books I read, the more I think all series books should have a paragraph or two at the start which reminds people like me what the hell is going on! Like I said, I'm not gonna take a star off because I get confused easily! He he.
All in all, this rocked. I can't wait for book three to come out. The ending of this book promises BIG things and it's going to be an agonising wait!
"Another strong dystopian piece from Veronica Roth"
Like the first book in this trilogy, Divergent, i love Insurgent and have it in Paperback, Kindle e-book & Audible audiobook.
Insurgent starts where Divergent finished and in this installment the dystopian world is thrown into chaos.
With fierce political and power struggles, the sub themes of political control and social rebellion are even more enhanced.
In this book the reader/listener gets to discover and experience more about each faction and the factionless.
Remaining questions for Divergent are answered while new ones are created, some of which are answered before the book ends and some are not, leaving you wanting more.
The return of Emma Galvin as narrator is very welcome, she does a brilliant job.
I cannot wait for the third and final book in this awesome trilogy.
"Good series !"
I really liked this series and am especially looking forward to the next instalment however I don't think( as many of the marketing campaigns would suggest) it is on a level with the hunger games. It seems to draw on many of the hunger games themes and ideas ( different segments of the city etc) which is annoyingly repetitive.
The novel pretty much starts off where the first one ended, making it a bit difficult to follow with out a bit of divergent catchup. However once properly settled the plot really takes off and I found it difficult to put down!
Be warned the ending is a cliff hanger, not a brutal one but one never the less, so anyone looking for closure might be better off elsewhere!
Overall highly recommended!:)
Not quite as good as the first book but definately still an enjoyable listen and am now just waiting for the final installment.
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