Insurgent Nook Edition by Veronica Roth
Click Here to Download the Book 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 bestselling 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.
Reviews I read Divergent in 12 hours, and read Insurgent in 24. The only thing that got in my way of speeding through this sequel were pesky college courses... Insurgent did not fall into the sequel slump. In a trilogy, the formula tends to be that the first one gets you hooked, the second one sets you up for the third and then the third wraps everything up, and since the sequel is so often used as a platform the next one, its usually the clunker in a great series. Insurgent did not have this problem. Insurgent had a different vibe than its predecessor, Divergent. I equated it with the Harry Potter books, the first six feel comfortable, you know that Harry is going back to Hogwarts, but in the 7th book, Harry, Ron and Hermione are out in the real world and suddenly, the reader's world has been flipped. That is what I felt like with Insurgent. Although Tris completed Dauntless initiation at the end of Divergent, going in, I felt like she and Tobias would still be in a classroom. Nope. This book took the real world (or the real world that Veronica Roth has created) by storm. In Insurgent, you really got to see Tris' aptitude for Erudite. In Divergent, she was more at battle with her Abnegation and Dauntless traits, wondering where they fit in inside of her. She had a blanket hatred of all things Erudite. But in Insurgent, she is cunning. She examines situations in a completely different fashion and other characters turn to her for her ability to sort out problems. She assesses everything around her, instead of focusing completely on herself like she did in Divergent. For the most part, her decisions are calculated (although, dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress causes her to make some very stupid choices that nearly get her killed). Tobias is more like the Four that the reader first met in the Dauntless compound at the beginning of Divergent. His love for Tris is more potent than ever, but he is also distant. He starts the book off being the loving guy that
he became over the course of Divergent, but as Tris becomes more reckless, he becomes more stand offish. It's annoying for any reader who loves their relationship the way I do, but at the same time, you know in the back of their mind that they will work things out. The one thing that bothered me about their relationship is the same thing that frustrated me in the first book. The pair of them aren't ready to have sex, I understand that, it's an Abnegation thing and it's refreshing for the reader, and yet, when Tris is around him and they're kissing, her inner monologue becomes jumbled, essentially, "I love him, I want to be with him, but he shouldn't be touching me. His hand is on my bare hip! It shouldn't be there!" I understand that this is what a lot of girls go through and it's realistic, but it doesn't fit and is distracting. This story literally spins off in more directions than you could imagine. I never saw where it was going to go next (aside from the love story component). It was exciting and the book is written very cinematic-ally, which only lends itself to the blood-pumping entertainment. Tiny hints of what were to come in the final installment were dropped throughout the story, a necessity, but the ending was where everything blew up. While Divergent ended with a romantic quality, it felt rushed and odd. Tris had just lost her parents, she was shot and traveling on a high speed train with people she loved and people she despised, and yet, she just stuck her tongue down Tobias' throat. Insurgent calmed down for a few moments. The main action was over, and everyone was trying to figure out where to go next, but with that ending, no one knows where they should go. Insurgent is a triumphant sequel and I can't believe that I need to wait an entire year for the final installment.
The YA market may be flooded with dystopian novels as of late, and many of them may downright suck, but there are more than a few brightly shining gems that rival adult fiction for their complexity. Divergent more than fits right there on that upper shelf. This book lived up to just about everything I was expecting from a second book in a trilogy but also exceeded several expectations as well. On one hand, I was purposely reading it slowly to digest it and drag the experience out (as if 15 days closer to the next book coming out in 2013 really helps), yet I know just a little something had to be lacking that I was capable of making it last so long. Roth manages to pack so much information, action, and emotion into the 520 pages of this book. Tris continues to be a dynamic character, feeling and thinking her way through her very precarious situation. Sure, there were times I just wanted to sit her down and slap her and tell her to really consider what she was doing because her choice was stupid and immature -- but she's 17 and dealing with a lot of change. My love for Tobias grew as we learn more about him and see him and Tris interacting more closely. Not to mention all the other characters populating this story, so many of whom are truly fleshed out and show tremendous depth. The pacing ranged from roller coaster fast to lazy river meandering, though it was far heavier on the former. All things considered, the length never felt daunting and the ending made my jaw literally drop. Not that I didn't figure something along those lines, but more that she actually took it there and then left it there. Bravo! Readers comfortable with the first one should be okay with this follow-up. It's still heavy on the violence, described in enough detail to be poignant and yet nothing gratuitous. The sexual situations are ramped up a little (still not really clear on whether they actually had sex, though). There's nothing in the way of cussing. Religion plays a role in a couple of scenes, but nothing offensive to either believers or non-believers.
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