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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This book could easily have been edited down to 1/2 or 1/3 of what is it here. I want to get to the end, but I struggle with the narration style and the Emma Galvin's affectations. I find them quite grating. Maybe I'll finish it, maybe not. Maybe i'll just watch the movies. This has been a struggle to stay listening.
Probably a middle of the line book for me. A must listen as a followup to divergent but definitely not a favorite.
I actually cringed at several parts of the books. One glaring part of this book was how juvenile the relationship between Tris and Four played out when their words were so mature. It was a glaring problem for me. The conflict between them was both understandable and expected but also carried out far to long. I understand they were both teenagers but the rest of the book made them into mature for their age and their actions were much more mature. So when the conflict starts between them I felt like Mrs. Roth was dragging it out just for content. It made me really annoyed.
I really liked this book overall. There were several times when something happened that I was NOT expecting. It made it really enjoyable for me. I also loved hearing the development of the characters. Great listen overall.
The bar was definitely set high after Divergent and Insurgent went way above that bar. After reading all three books, this is hands down my favorite of the 3. Love the way the action heated up and how Tris and Four were not so much on solid ground the whole time but a shaky foundation. Definitely recommend this series
Mostly YA Book Obsessed!
I listened to Divergent almost a month ago but hesitated when it was time to read the sequel. I really liked Divergent, I thought it was pretty fucking brilliant! But, I had heard all about how unhappy (and mad) readers were after reading Allegiant an well, it kind of freaked me out. What the hell happened to make people dislike a book so much. But curiosity got the best of me and I decided since most readers seemed to like Insurgent, I would go ahead and read it then decide if I should continue with the series after…
Perhaps my favorite thing about this book was how badass and kind of heartless Tris had become. She was threatening to kill and/or shoot people left and right! Although, in her defense, most of them deserved it. And she is dealing with some pretty heavy stuff she suffered through in book one. The drawback of this however was how distant she became with Four. I was frustrated at how closed off she became with Four…but, at the same time I understood. Still, poor Four. (Theo let me hug you!) We did get to see some swoony Four moments that I really enjoyed. Although for 512 pages I would have liked more. Because of you can’t make time for a little action while being afraid you might die any day, then when can you??? Still, I found myself enjoying this story and despite the length, I was never bored. Annoyed and frustrated yes, bored? No way! There were so many interesting plot twists to this (some I saw coming, some that blind-sighted me) that it helped over look the parts that bothered me.
My one big issue with Insurgent was Tris and her all-to-ready-to sacrifice-herself attitude. Girl, I get that you are hurt and lost and confused but do you have to turn everything into a suicide mission? What does this say about your feelings for Four that your so ready (and maybe a little too eager?) to die? Towards the end I was ready to say ‘just let her go Four! I’ll comfort you.’ Despite my major frustration over this, I still found myself fascinated by this worlds and especially the fear landscapes. Once again, I can’t wait to see how this is played out in the second movie. I still enjoyed Insurgent, just not as much as Divergent….
After finishing Insurgent, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read Allegiant. So I went online and read all the spoilerific reviews of it….I don’t think I’ve ever done this before. I felt all dirty and wrong. Anyway, I’m soooooo glad that I stopped the series where I did. I wouldn’t have minded the ending if it was necessary or if it made sense or if the rest of the book made up for it, but it looks like neither of these were the case. Seems like she took a page from Suzanne Collins ‘how to end a trilogy’ lesson. AKA, kill all the characters. I’m definitely curious to see how this will be played out in the final movie. After all, their main goal at the end of the day is to make money and I can’t imagine how they can do that while pissing everyone off. This is one of the rare cases where I’m praying they change the ending and give it the ‘hollywood’ ending. Although I’m sad and disappointed that this trilogy ended this way, I’d rather stop on a good note meanwhile I pretend that Tris and Four lived happily ever after. Don’t you dare try to convince me otherwise!
Audiobook Comments: Nothing new to add to this section that I didn’t talk about in my Divergent review. It’s Emma Galvin, she’s one of my favorite narrators and she does the books justice.
If I get another book it will be in the written form. I can not stand the narrators who have done the series!
Absolutely not phony stupid voices! Will never listen to another book she does!
This book was more of the same as the first, but it was worse. I endured it, and I am NOT going to finish the series.
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This is a series that questions what is fundamental about human nature: good or evil. It is a classic literary and philosophical question and never fails to entertain when done well. Veronica Roth has created a compelling world in which to ask this question. But there are two issues that consistently bother me throughout these stories. (1) Veronica Roth tries too hard to make a point about religion as an opiate. Indeed, the correlations she tries to make between her dystopia and religion feel forced at times. (2) The first two books in this series are written from only one point of view, a teenage girl. If you are like me, you may find it slightly tiresome to consistently be presented with only one point of view. All and all, this is an entertaining read but doesn't achieve the philosophical journey it is attempting.
Started to enjoy listening to books after a far too long break from reading nothing but scientific books.
I really enjoyed the development of Tris and her life in this more chaotic continuation of the series.
Tris is my favorite character performed by Emma, but with that said I really think she made a great job with all characters!
I would say that the ending of the book was the moment that made the most impact.
I really enjoyed the first book in this trilogy series. Insurgent was not quite as good as divergent but still quite enjoyable. The best feature of the story was absolutely the narrator the stunning job and was very believable as the narrator Tris
I couldn't say that there was anything in particular that I enjoyed the most about the story I can't say that I did find the characters to be a bit whiny and not as well-developed as in divergent
I was a bit disappointed with the way the author kept going back to our main characters fears and traumas, even though they did not effect the story. at certain points it reminded me of a screen play for a telenovela.
"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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