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Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2 | [Veronica Roth]

Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

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.
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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.

©2012 Veronica Roth (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Willie Cedar Hills, UT, United States 08-27-12
    Willie Cedar Hills, UT, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book. Not as good as the Divergent, but good."

    The Book was Good. Not as good as the Divergent, but it was worth listening to it... I would recommend the two books.

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    Pamela Boise, ID, United States 08-27-12
    Pamela Boise, ID, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Intriguing Concept.."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Insurgent to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. That being said, the audio version was great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insurgent?

    I just appreciate the concept of getting into trouble because you don't fit in, or are different


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    She was wonderful. Her voice really took me to the place that the book lived


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ??


    Any additional comments?

    Well written. Great concept. But, unlike the Hunger Games, the fact that it was a young adult book, sometimes made the concepts feel immature to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-25-12
    susan Port Perry, ON, Canada 08-25-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Enjoyable Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Made for teens - but a good adult read as well.


    What did you like best about this story?

    kept your attention - as story took different turns and twists,


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    easy on the ear.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tarrengit Michigan 08-23-12
    Tarrengit Michigan 08-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW I like this one much better than the first one"
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin?

    I wish she’d working on distinguishing each character voices. I love her voice for Tris, but she is no Tavia Gilbert.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DonnaRussell Ace, TX, United States 08-20-12
    DonnaRussell Ace, TX, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Sequels are Hard"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Not really. It was okay but there are so many better books around that I would suggest something else. There are some books that are so powerful that when they are over I just sit in more or less stunned silence. Insurgent was not one of those.


    If you’ve listened to books by Veronica Roth before, how does this one compare?

    Insurgent is really just a transition between Divergent and the third book (if there is one.) Insurgent did not bring in any new ideas (unlike Divergent which set up a really interesting and unusual civilization) but was more of an action-romance to get us from here to there. That Triss and Four would finally kill the evil egghead witch who wanted to take over the world was a forgone conclusion. No surprise there. Most of the book was spent in shooting and angst. The ending was especially flat because it wasn't really an ending. The third book might be better because it will deal with ideas again instead of two young lovers in the midst of war.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When I read fiction I am not aware of the words. I hear a voice and see pictures. All the narrators provide the voice and I am concentrate more on the pictures. This narrator did a good job with a less than stellar book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't a great book or maybe even a very good book. But I wouldn't call it a bad book and I can see that a much younger person than me would like it better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-19-12
    Lorna Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Sequel!"

    This book is a great continuation from Divergent. It's hard to say which one of these two novels I like the best. They both are so unbelievably gripping. Insurgent has all the powerful emotion that Divergent instills but it also has something else that was a bit lacking in the first novel. This novel gives a better understanding of all the factions in Veronica Roth's world. The first book mainly focusses on Dauntless and Abnegation, but now we get to learn more about Erudite, Cander, and Amity. I was glad this book explained all the factions with better clarity, because I wondered about the others when I read Divergent. The main character Tris, is one of the best characters in a YA novel I've come across, someone that I think is so real its a little scarry. And the love story between Tris and Tobias is moving. Veronica Roth has a gift and it shines. The only thing I didn't like about this book is the fact that I have to wait for the third book, because like Divergent I never wanted the story to end.
    Emma Galvin has done such a fantastic job with both the Divergent novels, she makes both books an absolute delight. If you are a fan of Divergent then you will love Insurgent and if you haven't read Divergent yet, then what are you waiting for!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leila DURHAM, NC, United States 08-13-12
    Leila DURHAM, NC, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Just as good at the first"

    This was an excellent addition to the storyline. There was a real sense of danger and stress and emotion though the book that I enjoyed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve Aurora, CO, United States 08-13-12
    Genevieve Aurora, CO, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story and performance!"
    What did you love best about Insurgent?

    I loved the characters and how each of their background stories comes out during the plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insurgent?

    When she had to fight herself.


    What does Emma Galvin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings a lot of emotion and excitement to the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One choice


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Castaic, CA, United States 08-07-12
    Chris Castaic, CA, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book, As good as the first."

    Veronica Roth has a way of grabbing the reader and pulling them head long into the story, while increasing the intensity. This is a five star book all the way, just like the first one. One of the best books I've read in a long time, cannot wait for the next one.
    Her pacing is perfect, her storytelling is amazing, and she delivers on everything she sets up.
    Emma Galvin's reading is a perfect match for the intensity of the story.
    I cannot recommend this series enough. It's not only good, it's great. It's one of those books that makes you pause before reading another book, because you know it won't be as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katie HAUBSTADT, IN, United States 08-06-12
    Katie HAUBSTADT, IN, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Book 2 - Good, but not as great as the first"

    The second book goes on to answer all of your questions left from the first and put an end to the ongoing drama from the first. However, the ending is not what I was expecting and left you hanging for a third to finish what the second started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Laura
    NEATH, United Kingdom
    5/28/12
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Victoria Hicks
    Bristol, UK
    4/7/13
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    "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.



    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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!:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Debbie
    Hitchin, United Kingdom
    6/11/12
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    "Easy Listen"

    Not quite as good as the first book but definately still an enjoyable listen and am now just waiting for the final installment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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