Mon, April 2, 2012

Spoiler-Free Review of Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Book cover for Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent
By Veronica Roth

Publication date: May 1, 2012
HarperTeen, 525 pages
Source: Publisher (I LOVE YOU, HARPERTEEN!)

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.

— Goodreads.com description


My Totally Spoiler-Free List of the 5 Things You Should Know About Insurgent by Veronica Roth:

1. Four (err, Tobias) is still as swoon-worthy as ever.
If you know me at all, you shouldn’t be surprised that I’m listing this first. Four. Oh, Four. That man is the master of the forehead lean. Kisses are hot, but the way he leans his forehead on Tris’ and closes his eyes and just breathes in the moment is just…gahhh.

2. There’s a LOT of character growth.
More time with minor characters and some MAJOR dilemmas facing our main characters means tons of character growth, which is essential in a good sequel. By the end of Insurgent, Tris is nothing like the girl we met in the first chapter of Divergent, or the girl we knew by the end of that book. And as much as I loved Tris before, I think that’s a really good thing.

3. To expand on that: Those you think you know…you don’t. At all.
Everyone has their secrets, and Insurgent is full of lies and truths, and at a certain point it’s very unclear what is right and what is wrong, who to trust and who to fight. There’s betrayal, there’s shocking turns of events, and you’ll never QUITE know whose side you’re on. That goes for EVERY character, from Tris on down.

4. When you finish Insurgent, you’ll feel like it ended at precisely the right spot.
I don’t mean Veronica Roth isn’t going to BLOW YOUR MIND. Because, oh boy, your mind will be BLOWN. And it’s totally cliffie and you’ll be like “WHAT!? NO! I WANT MORE!” I mean, c’mon, you saw that one coming. But, I feel like Insurgent — and Divergent too — ends right where it needs to. The characters are looking toward the future, the plot arcs are tidied up, and it’s clear that the entire story is ready to move on to the next stage. You guys, that’s pretty masterful in a book filled with so much complexity and action.

5. I’ve always been Team Dauntless. (And I’ll be fighting for that faction all month.) But in reality? At the end of this book, I don’t think I’m on any team at all.
I’ll leave it at that!

To wrap it up, let’s just say I cried, I smiled, I was touched and, throughout it all, my heart was racing. Now that, my friends, makes for a GREAT book.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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24 Comments

  1. Julia @ That Hapa CHick said:

    OH MY GOSH WHY WOULD YOU TORTURE ME WITH SUCH A WONDERFUL REVIEW?!?!?! Seriously though I am DYING for this book. The way you described Four doing that whole forehead lean thing? Gahhh yes. Love it. And I’m a HUGE sucker for character development so I am so excited this book has it in spades. Can it be May already? :P

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  2. Anne Bennett said:

    What a wonderful idea of a spoiler-free review. I am looking forward to this book.

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  3. Nicole said:

    AHH, YOU GOT AN ARC OF INSURGENT!

    But anyway, great review! You have only heightened my longing and expectations for Insurgent though! :D

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  4. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    Oh holy hell! I have a feeling I’ll read this one straight through when I get a copy. It sounds way intense.

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  5. Tara said:

    Eeeekkkkkk!!!! No words can describe my excitement for this book.

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  6. Jac @ For Love and Books said:

    This is definitely one of those books I will be sitting down to read the second I get it in my hands!! I’m glad that Four is Swoonworthy as ever! (Although I didn’t really have any doubt!!)

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  7. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    I. CANNOT. WAIT.
    That is all.

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  8. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said:

    Great review! I’m really looking forward to this one … glad to see that Four is still swoonworthy — naturally, that was one of my main concerns! ;) And it sounds like there are major twists and turns going on! I can’t wait to read this! Thanks for the review!

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  9. Hannah @ so obsessed with said:

    I still haven’t read Divergent yet, even though it’s been on my Kindle for at least a month! I guess I better get on that :)

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  10. annette said:

    Awesome review! I can’t wait!

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  11. Tina said:

    LOL- I feel so old having a crush on Four, but oh well I still do….:D

    Cant wait to read this one, thanks for sharing!!!

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  12. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    Dauntless? I’m sad. Clearly, I’m Team Amity. It’s so..ME. Us Libras are very non-confrontational. :) xo

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  13. VeganYANerds said:

    Thanks for writing a spoiler-free review, Anna! I am SO, SO, SO looking forward to Insurgent

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  14. Lena said:

    WOOT, TEAM DAUNTLESS 4-EVA!!!!!

    So glad you loved the book, Anna. I look forward to the smiling and the crying. And I’m also glad that while its cliffhangery, it’s not frustrating.

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  15. Andie Z said:

    I totally need to get my butt in gear and read Divergent. Insurgent sounds awesome and I’m not even there plotwise, haha! Thanks for being spoiler free for those of us who are waaaaaaay behind. :D

    Andie

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  16. sonia said:

    sdfkjsdfhdkjsfhskdjfhkjdsfhkjsdfhskdjfh

    One month. One month. One. Month. Be strong.

    Awesome list! (: You have totally perfected the art of being non-spoilery but still making me bounce with anticipation. Wooo, can’t wait!!

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  17. Ravenousreader said:

    Spot on review, I am half way finished and cannot wait to discuss. GO TEAM DAUNTLESS!!!

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  18. Lisa said:

    Chills, I have!

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  19. Jasmine Rose said:

    This is cruel and you’re making me jealous :P
    I’m glad to hear it lives up to and even surpasses expectations, though :]

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  20. ONCE UPON A TWILIGHT said:

    WHAT A GREAT REVIEW. Im working on writing mines now, and it won’t be easy because of how Aewsome Insurgent is.

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  21. Mrs. Heise said:

    OK, so I waited until I finished reading it, and wrote up my review, before I read yours, but you are so spot on! I think you said everything I felt, just a little more eloquently than I did. I was so overwhelmed by trying to breathe after the last page that I’m not sure my review will do it justice, so I’m glad I have yours to point to! :)

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  24. Shannon Miller said:

    Great review! I agree with you, that Tris changed, which is not a bad thing! I just love the FourTris relationship.

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