Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent (bk. 2)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/Romance

Subjects: mind-control, action, bravery, choices, fear, futuristic, love, utopias, wars

Setting: Dystopian futuristic Chicago, IL

POV/Tense: 1st person, present tense: Tris

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 525 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen: Katherine Tegan

Summary/ product description: “Fighting for survival in a shattered world… the truth is her only hope.

The thrillingly dark sequel to No. 1 New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT.

I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.”

My Review: I waited way too long to read this sequel. Wayyyyy too long. The movie comes out soon, so I just wanted to finish the series before I saw it. Insurgent was an interesting sequel. I liked Divergent better still. In this book we get to see what’s going on in other factions. It starts in Amity. Amity is many miles away from the downtown area. I’m not sure if it’s even in Cook County. We also get to see inside Candor, and Erudite. This book definitely goes more in-depth with the world building. I enjoyed the setting especially since in live in the suburbs of Chicago. It’s always great to read about my city, even if it’s about a dystopian future.

Tris is really growing as a character. She learns to accept all parts of her Divergent status. She can be selfless, brave and smart. She’s good at analyzing things. She’s very perceptive. She’s also a bit self-destructive and self-sacrificing to the point of stupidity. She was a bit depressed though since her parents died. I feel like Tobias was a little mean in the book. He and Tris fought a lot. I hate when sequel decide they have to test the relationship either with break-ups, arguments, or love triangles. Thankfully no love-triangle. I like Four and wish he’d be a little less moody. But he was kind of funny and he definitely cares about Tris’s safety. We got to see a lot more of Caleb, Tris’s brother. And Christina, Uriah, Peter and so many other characters too.

Insurgent was full of action, twists and turns. Loyalties are tested. Truth serum is used. So people turn out to be less bad that we thought they were. Some people betray others. Deals and compromises are made, but not everything works out the way they planned. Insurgent is exciting. Honestly, the book is kind of long with 525 pages of it, but it’s not difficult. It’s well written. Clear and fast narration. If you have not read either Divergent or Insurgent, then hurry up because the Divergent movie comes out on March 21st.

Cover Art Review: I love the green and the warped tree. And of course the Chicago skyline. Chi-city is my city!

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