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.
If you click the link above, you can enter for a chance to win a Nook AND an e-book copy of Insurgent, courtesy of Team Dauntless. How RIDICULOUSLY GREAT is that!?