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Monday, November 18, 2013

"Insurgent" by Veronica Roth~Divergent Series


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.


Published by:  Harper Collins
Pages:  544
Genre:  Dystopian
Author:  Veronica Roth
Read more about her first book "Divergent" here:
  Veronica Roth as well as purchasing your copy


Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Insurgent, the first two books in the Divergent trilogy. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago. You can visit her online at Twitter, Tumblr, her blog, and her website http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/p/books.html

TRAILERS:     First "Divergent"  the book that started the series ~

"Insurgent" Trailer

You can hear a 45 minute audio book reading of Insurgent on Youtube!


Well, I am behind the times in bringing you this review, but it's only a prelude to "Allegiant" which I'll be reviewing in the next week.  "Allegiant" is the final book in the Divergent series and has created a whirlwind of controversy online with the YA community.  I have loved the whole series so far and am just getting into the final novel, but wanted to read "Insurgent" to fill in the blanks.  It's a fast read and a show stopper in and of itself, but a book that really needs the background of "Divergent" to understand all the nuances.

"Insurgent" takes us back to the dystopian community in Chicago now splintered by the war created by the Erudite faction into different factions and antifactions who are unsettled and not sure what to do with themselves.  Leaders rise up, albeit some are weak and fall under the simulation spells of the Erudite.  Tris and Four are left to try to put down the darker forces for the good of all, but eventually fall short of this although they risk their lives for the better good and for learning the truth.  It's a fast-moving novel with lots of action and a love that's building between Tris and Four.

At the end of the novel, things change when a mystery is revealed to the whole of the Chicago factions through the work of Tris and others.  It's a mystery that is certain to change the course of their fight and their work going forward, and one which sets the stage for the book "Allegiant."

I enjoyed this second book in the series very much.  Veronica Roth doesn't let her fans down, but keeps up a steady pace of action and adventure...and a strong bond of love and friendship through her characters.  There's not a page that lacks interest.  Not a page that lacks an absorbing element to enhance her story.

This is another dystopian to sit back and enjoy.  It's a good middle book that leads into her final one wrapping up this wonderful series.  I for one will hate to see it all end!  I know those who have been following it will, too. If you haven't gotten on this bandwagon...you really have to.  It's one of the best of the dystopian series on the market.  While "Insurgent" is very good, however, it's not quite as good as "Divergent."  But, I think it's a necessary middle book to bridging the gap to the end...

4 stars                        Deborah/TheBookishDame



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