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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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    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 05-07-12
    JanBreesmom MIRA LOMA, CA, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Breesmom

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    "A Thrillling, Gripping Page Turner"
    Where does Insurgent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top in the long line of audiobooks I have listened to. Insurgent, along with it's predecessor, Divergent are on equal footing in the very top of my favorites in new mystery/suspense books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insurgent?

    When Tris was fighting her way to get to Jeanine Matthews and save the information linking their past linking their future. She faced several unique and interesting dilemmas.


    Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She narrates well. She has a good voice for this.


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

    It made me think. It made me curious. It made me second guess the motives and the characters and wonder about their futures.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait until the next book in this trilogy is released.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Word Nerd United States 05-29-12
    Word Nerd United States 05-29-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Grit your teeth and hang on till the end"

    Once again, I am surprised by so many raving reviews, leaving me wondering, "Did we all read the same book?" I liked Divergent. I didn't exactly buy into the dystopian, faction-split world, but I thought the idea was interesting enough. Learning all the factions was fun as was the brutal Dauntless initiation tests. In Divergent, I especially liked it when Triss made quick Dauntless-like decisions, instead of sitting around brooding over right and wrong. She had spunk. She was brave and crazy. The character was refreshing.

    I don't know what I expected from Insurgent, but I did not expect everything to fall apart. None of the characters actually stayed in character. Were they even the same characters? Same names, but completely different personalities. Triss was the worst. While in Divergent, she acted first and thought later, didn't worry about her family or consequences or right and wrong, or anything like that. Now, suddenly in Insurgent, she's this weak, wishy-washy little girl who does nothing but cry and faint and whine about how little she is. Insert cringe here. At some point in the beginning (or possibly the last book), she is shot, and she milks her injury throughout the whole book. She even lets people carry her around because she's too hopeless to stand on her own two feet.

    Tobias, a.k.a. Four, is another one who's been taken over by aliens. In the last book, he was a tough guy, strong, hard to read. In this book, he's moody and childish. Caleb makes a longwinded appearance in Insurgent, but just like the other two, we can't tell who he is and what side he's on. Add in the remaining 700 characters, all with multiple personalities, and good luck keeping track of anything that's going on.

    Insurgent had absolutely no transitional introduction, nothing to remind you of who everyone was and why they were wandering aimlessly. I actually had to go back and relisten to Divergent, because I couldn't follow this book. Once I got into the flow, I was still confused. For example, Triss and Four and a whole group of people suddenly show up at Amety headquarters. I had to rewind several times to see if I missed something. Why were they there? Did they announce that they were going there? The Amety promise that they're safe there, but as soon as the Erodite show up, they turn over their "guests" without the slightest coercion. "Sure, you can have them. There they are!" So they run to Candor, who say, "Yes, we know Erodite used mind control on everyone, but I see you on this camera doing bad things. So you must be guilty and not the mind controllers." Hmm, strike two. Hey, let's try going back to Dauntless. After all, we did save everyone's life. Surprise. Dauntless hates you too. That makes sense. Or not. Really, I know there a lot of stupid people in the world, fictional or otherwise, but does everyone have to be stupid?

    Okay, so what saved this trilogy? The ending. At the very end, there is a somewhat, almost believable explanation for everything. It doesn't excuse the unforgivable chaos of characters running around with no memorable qualities. It doesn't explain why everyone's running around killing each other. But if you squint your eyes and tilt your head, the ending might possibly explain the factions and the post apocalyptic world that they live in.

    If you've already read Divergent, you can't really miss Insurgent, because you have to finish the trilogy. Just take it all with a rain of salt. Grit your teeth and bear it until you get to the end. I plan to read the third, but after this fiasco, the third book BETTER be good.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brandi Spelbring Effingham, IL United States 05-06-12
    Brandi Spelbring Effingham, IL United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"
    If you could sum up Insurgent in three words, what would they be?

    Brave, Honest, Beautiful


    What other book might you compare Insurgent to and why?

    Nothing...it is it's own...but I would put it in the dystopian category, with books like the Hunger Games


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

    Great voices...realist...stingingly emotional.


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

    Laugh and cry...excitement...a great mix of everything...just like life.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book...great series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    MissSusie66 05-10-12
    MissSusie66 05-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great middle book! 4 1/2 Stars"

    In my review of Divergent I asked the question: is the whole world is split into factions or if it’s just Chicago well we get some of the answers to this in Insurgent and I cannot wait for the next book in this series to hear the rest of the story. It’s quite a revelation at the end of this book and WOW I don’t want to wait to read the next one!

    I really enjoy this series, this was action packed and Tris was so guilt riddled from events in Divergent that she was even more of an adrenalin junkie than ever before. Or is she just trying to get herself killed?

    We find out that Tris isn’t as unique and we thought in the first book and that causes major trouble in all the factions. We get a closer look at the factionless and there are some surprises there. Ok that’s all I can say without giving too much away.

    I really enjoy this dystopian world, the factions are very interesting and we see how each one had its place and what they bring to the table. I like the relationship between Tris and Tobias (Four) they both are so flawed for different reasons and hold everything inside that nothing is easy for them including their relationship with each other. I also feel like this is a relationship not so much a romance there’s very few kissyface moments it’s about trust and respect and counting on each other , and we’ll see if in the end they can make it work or not.

    Be warned the ending is a Huge cliffhanger and will leave you clamoring for the next book; Veronica Roth kept me completely fascinated throughout this book and sitting in my garage so I didn’t have to stop listening because I just needed to know what happens next. Ms. Roth Please write fast because I want the next book NOW!!

    Emma Galvin’s narration was again spot on she is the voice of Tris she reads this with great feeling and the emphasis is always right. One small thing was in one spot she said that Tris put her mouth over her hand not her hand over her mouth and I haven’t looked through the paper copy to find the exact spot to see if it was a typo in the book itself or if it was just a narrator oops. But it only took me out of the book for a minute or two and gave me a giggle.

    This story just gets better I highly recommend if you like YA Dystopian.

    4 ½ Stars

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Drew Kemptville, ON, Canada 01-19-14
    Drew Kemptville, ON, Canada 01-19-14 Member Since 2014

    Radio host who loves photography, his family and films.

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    "Great Book. Even greater performance"
    If you could sum up Insurgent in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Surprising, Interesting


    What other book might you compare Insurgent to and why?

    Any other Dystopian novel or series except they all have their own story.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    She really brings the story to life. Well done.


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

    Actually I think I just about teared up on a few occasions. Laugh, maybe once or twice.


    Any additional comments?

    This was well done and is a great book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Kure beach, NC, United States 07-01-13
    Emily Kure beach, NC, United States 07-01-13 Member Since 2011

    I am an avid reader! (Zombie and YA mainly) I am pretty much depressed if I don't constantly have a good read lined up!

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    "Disappointing after #1"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    :( I loved loved loved Divergent. The concept of the factions practically made my eyes sparkle in honest gratitude for such a fresh new concept. I still appreciate that concept in Insurgent but my eyes are now rolling. This whole book could be two chapters. Each huge event that should have been so powerful (ie if and how she will talk about Will) it just sort of happens then its like okay moving on. These are young adults everything is a big deal but they seem to just not get worked up. Give me some drama!!! That's why I read young adult!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Wilson Payson, UT USA 05-03-13
    Linda Wilson Payson, UT USA 05-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "To much violence"
    What disappointed you about Insurgent?

    The first book had violence but this book just got worse each chapter


    What three words best describe Emma Galvin’s voice?

    She is a very good reader, very enjoyable


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


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    Pamela M. Southern California 10-15-12
    Pamela M. Southern California 10-15-12 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "Geared for Teenagers!"

    The story flowed better in the first book compared to this one. There were a lot of weird twists & turns in this sequel which I found hard to keep up with. I found myself having to go back and remember parts from the first book to put the story together with this book which I found a pain. Halfway through the characters really started to get on my nerves. It seemed like the writer was really pouring it on thick with them, trying too hard! If I was 15 years old I bet I would have liked this book better. However, I have had many birthdays & have read hundreds of books since then. I will not be looking forward to the third installment of this series.

    I noticed in the reviews for this book many have put this series in the same league with the Hunger Games series. Pleeeeeease!..... in NO WAY can you even compare the two. Hunger Games was an EXCELLENT read!



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JDill AR, United States 09-17-12
    JDill AR, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome follow up to my favorite book!"
    Where does Insurgent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Insurgent is in my top 5 favorite books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insurgent?

    The most memorable moment was Tris beating the simulation when they are tricking her into thinking she is sneaking out of the compound with Four


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Her voice isnt what I picture for Tris but her voice did convey the proper emotion when being open with Four


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire relationship between tris & four is so convincing.


    Any additional comments?

    Divergent will always be my favorite and I wasnt sure how I could like a second book after Dauntless was no longer but it was awesome! I cant wait for book 3

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian DENVER, CO, United States 08-14-12
    Brian DENVER, CO, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Neglected to hold my interest"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Veronica Roth? Why or why not?

    Book One, Divergent established a somewhat interesting premise, but this book failed to provide any interesting expansion of the premise. I might try another book by this author, but will probably not continue with this series,


    0 of 1 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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