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Review: Insurgent

Insurgent by Veronica Roth will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 544 pages.

Insurgent is the second book in author Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. The third book, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

Goodreads description:

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.

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Faction before blood. But what if your faction was divided? What if you didn’t know who in your faction to trust? What if you couldn’t be the person your faction needed you to be? What if you chose wrong?

Everything is falling apart. One faction is divided, one faction nearly destroyed, two factions undecided and one faction seeking control over them all.

Without an alliance there will be no way to fight back. Without the Divergent there will be no chance to win. Without uniting with someone thought to be your enemy there will be no chance to be Insurgent.

And without trust everything will be lost.

But how can you fight an enemy when they can render you powerless in an instant? How can you admit to being Divergent when everything in you screams to keep it secret? How do you fight alongside strangers when you don’t know what they’re fighting for?

And how do you trust someone else, even someone you care about, when you can’t even trust yourself?

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A highly anticipated sequel, Insurgent will not disappoint. This electrifying and absolutely riveting second book in author Veronica Roth’s incredibly imaginative dystopian series is suspenseful and action-packed with a lightning fast pace that will make this five hundred plus pages story fly.

Right from the start, readers will be catapulted back into this world of factions and the factionless. Where the struggle for power pits faction against faction, turning allies into enemies and forcing everyone to choose a side. To a world where the wrong choice could be deadly. Where no one is safe. And where being Divergent may just be the only hope for survival.

After the attack that left so many dead – many who she knew, several who she cared about – Tris is still in shock and struggling to come to grips with everything that happened and everything she was forced to do to survive. But the war isn’t over. The factions are still in disarray. And the fight for control is still being waged.

No longer sure who she can trust, not even sure if she can trust herself, Tris is forced into hiding until Four can come up with a plan. But unless they are able to gather enough forces to stand with them against their enemies, any rebellion they may incite will have no chance at victory.

With one faction in ruins and one faction divided, they will need all the help they can get. Even if it means relying on an unlikely ally whose motives are suspect. And even if it means that Tris will have to take matters into her own hands to find the answers she needs.

Author Veronica Roth has elevated her story to an entirely new stratosphere with Insurgent. The world is broader, the characters more intriguing, the action more nerve-wracking, the surprises more jaw-dropping and the love story more heartrending.

Even with as quick a pace as this story had, and with the amount of action jam-packed onto its pages, the writing retained its beauty and flow, inviting readers to connect with the characters, discover the fascinating world and uncover all of its secrets.

Full of twists and turns, heartbreak and betrayal, Insurgent is an emotional roller coaster of a read that will keep readers ensnared until the very end. And with all it promises and all it delivers, this is a sequel not to be missed.

Reviewer gives this book….

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note:

What an unbelievably amazing, out of this world, everything you could have asked for multiplied by a million kind of sequel this was. I did not want the story to end. I wish it hadn’t ended. I could have just kept on reading for days and days.

And oh how I miss those characters. Already. I haven’t been able to pick up another book since I put Insurgent down because I don’t want to connect with any other characters than Tris and Four. I don’t want to be transported to any other world than the one in Veronica Roth’s series.

I am going to have to re-read Divergent and then Insurgent again when it releases next week because I won’t be able to get this story out of my head unless I re-read it. And possibly read it once more after that.

I loved Divergent. And I mean loved, loved it. How could I not? It was awesome. But my love for Insurgent went so far beyond that. I don’t know if it was the fact that I was so wary about Divergent because of the hype when I picked it up or if I just felt pressured because I was rushed to finish it on time, but I didn’t make a connection to that first book in the series anything like the one I made to this second book.

This sequel had everything. And I mean everything I could want in a book. There was a ton of action. I don’t think the characters had a moment to breathe. I know I didn’t. The pace was insanely fast. The pages were practically turning themselves they were flying by so quickly. The emotional roller coaster I was on nearly killed me. From heartbroken to hopeful, from elated to devastated, from anxious to relieved, I was all over the place. Up. Down. Sideways.

And then there was the suspense. It kept me on edge for the entire book. I could barely fight off the urge to turn to the last chapter to hopefully find just a tiny bit of relief. Just. Barely. Resisted.

I had no idea what to expect for most of the read. I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t. I didn’t know who would survive and who wouldn’t. I didn’t know if each and every moment Tris spent with another character would be the last moment she spent with them. I didn’t know who to trust. I didn’t know who or what to believe. Practically everything was a surprise. And it was absolutely, deliciously tormenting.

I was hooked from the moment I picked up this book. Putting it down for even a second was pure agony. Everything that happened made me want to know what would happen next. There was no obvious place to pause. And I didn’t want to.

I loved everything about this book. I loved what happened in the beginning. Then there was all that stuff that happened in the middle. And I can’t forget about that ending. Oh my gosh that ending. I loved all of it. Of course, I can’t talk about any of it because that would spoil everything. And I wouldn’t want to do that.

But I can talk about my two favorite characters in this series.

I didn’t think I could love Four more than I did in Divergent, but I did. Even though he was maddeningly frustrating at times. He was the hero. He was the protector. He was the voice of reason. He was quiet, calm and strong. He was willing to do what needed to be done. For his faction, for the people who relied on him, but mostly for Tris.

And while I definitely considered him the good guy, when he wanted to be, he could be absolutely lethal. Which made him an unpredictable but incredibly entertaining character and the perfect match for Tris.

Tris, who is becoming one of my very favorite heroines. I absolutely adored her in Insurgent. Even though she was just as frustrating as Four was. Maybe more so. She was reckless and stubborn and secretive. She could hardly be trusted. But she was also strong and smart and brave and fragile and wounded.

With everything that happened and continued to happen to her and around her, she was never truly defeated. Because whether she knew it or not, she was a fighter. And because of that I rooted for her every single step of the way.

Insurgent was so off-the-charts good I don’t even have a rating that will do it justice. As someone who does not always connect to books with a dystopian setting, I fell head-over-heels-and-back-again in love with this book. And I have no clue how I will be able to suffer the year-long wait for the third book in this series.

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I have so many favorite passages in this book. They number in the double-digits. There are the sexy ones, the heartbreaking ones, the nerve-wracking ones and the shocking ones, most of which I think should be discovered within the story.

But I couldn’t narrow it down to just one. And so I chose two. This one, which I found to be incredibly meaningful:

People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.

And this one, which is absolutely, achingly tormenting:

“What else do you want me to say?”

He just shakes his head. “Nothing, Tris. Nothing.”

I watch him walk away. I feel like a space has opened up within me, expanding so rapidly it will break me apart.

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Book trailer for Insurgent:

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This review is based on an ARC I borrowed from another blogger.

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