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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth

ISBN: 9780062126832

Publisher: HarperCollins

Page #: 525
Released: May 01, 2012

Source: ARC from the publisher


"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."
First Lines:

"I wake with his name in my mouth. Will. Before I open my eyes, I watch him crumple to the pavement again. Dead. My doing."
Page 1

When an ARC of this book showed up at work, I pretty much couldn't contain myself. I had put it up on my Waiting on Wednesday post a few days earlier. I'm pretty sure the publishing gods were giving me a helping hand here. I was so excited! And I was right to be...

This is the second installment to the story of Tris and Four (or Tobias). If you haven't read the first book, I strongly suggest you do so. It's an amazing first book and I know you will love it. In this second book, Tris and Four are trying to figure out the mess that was made at the end of Divergent. Factions are... fractured. People are nervous. No one knows what is going to happen. It's a time of total upheaval. But Then some secrets start to come out - some alliances no one knew about.

Honestly, I did spend the first part of the book trying to remember all of the important characters. You aren't given much to go on - it's like stepping straight from the first book into the second. It would probably have helped me to read the last few chapters again before reading Insurgent. But once I put all the pieces back together, this book flowed like nothing else. I was really nervous that the second book wouldn't be able to stand up to the first one - but this just pushed the story even further and I was so happy.

Obviously, I'm not going to divulge the ending... but holy crap. I mean, talk about unexpected!! It makes me really excited for the next one. I just know that it will be amazing and it will answer all (or most, at least) of the questions still unanswered. What a twist! I sort of wondered about it, but I can't believe how it turned out. Whew. You'll just have to read it.

The first book is wonderful, but it really focuses on Tris and her transformation into a new faction. It's about her trials and tribulations. Only toward the end do we get an idea of what is happening elsewhere. I loved seeing into Dauntless - a place I would have never been :). But this second book opens the world up much more. You get an idea of how things work between the factions... and the factionless. I loved the traveling to each place to see how things work.

Okay, I'm done gushing, I think. At least, for this moment. As I said before, if you haven't read Divergent, you're really missing out. I have recommended it to just about everyone I possibly could - and I intend to do that with Insurgent as well. Both of them grabbed me and didn't let go till I finished. Veronica Roth may be my new fave.
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