2013 Reads: Thirty-One {Insurgent - Veronica Roth}

Friday, October 4, 2013

I need Allegiant to be out now.

I cannot even....this book....you guys....


Tris' initiation day should have been a day of celebration and victory over the odds - as a transfer from Abnegation she never should have passed Divergent training. 

Instead it was a day marked by horror and bloodshed. 

Now, as the threat of war between factions looms in the near future, sides must be chosen, friendships must be evaluated, and decisions need to be made. 


There was certainly no sophomore slump for Insurgent.

Seriously, you guys, this book was potentially even better than Divergent. Things like this never happen. So, bravo Veronica, here's to hoping you can stay on this trend with Allegiant, because I need this series to end with some sort of phenomenal intense and surprising conclusion. And if there's an author to do that, I'm pretty sure its you.

Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off - which was perfect. Roth didn't waste any time recapping what happened in Divergent and didn't need to fill the readers in on what happened in any interim time between the two books. It's almost as though you turned the last page from Divergent right to the first page of Insurgent. And that? That was perfection for this series. It's a high stakes, fast paced series and there is no better way to showcase that than just keeping the story moving. Any time elapsed between the two books would have slowed the series down and made a lot of what happened feel less realistic. Brilliant move, Ms. Roth, brilliant.

After that I just really loved everything about this story. I felt like I was on my toes right along with Tris over the course of how everything unfolded. Roth threw us a few twists that I totally bought into - I'm always pleasantly surprised when an author manages to surprise me. I am growing to really appreciate the struggles the factions are facing and how they interact with each other. It's such an interesting construction of a dystopian landscape that I find myself constantly wondering how life ended up that way for this society. Not to mention the hours I spend daydreaming about which Faction I would end up in (I like to think Dauntless, but let's be real, I'd probably find myself in Erudite or Amity).

I also have grown to really appreciate how Roth writes her characters. They're inherently flawed, but not in that typical flawed-girl-becomes-perfect way a lot of writers have flawed characters. Tris isn't a meek, klutzy, wide-eyed girl who finds out she is someone special and has to transform into some sort of savior for her people. Instead, that kick-ass heroine is there always, hidden by the ideals of her faction, but ready to break free of the confines of her society. Tris may be Divergent, but so are so many others in their society. She feels real - from her aversion to guns while recognizing their use and place in her story. I could say similar things about the realness of the rest of the characters in this story because Roth writes about them as though they were real people. As a reader, you can relate to the people in these books, and that is why I think I've fallen so hard for this story.

Needless to say, I need Allegiant to be out.


And I probably will read it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'm not sure this one could sit on my shelf for a year while I work up the nerve to find out the end of this series. 


Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian
Medium: Hard Cover, 525 pp
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
Date Read: 23 August 2013
Source: Purchased @ A Local Book Store
Recommended For: Middle School +, YA Lovers, Fantasy Lovers, Dystopian Lovers
Challenges: Goodreads

First Line: I wake with his name in my mouth.
Favorite Line: No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens. 
Second Favorite Line: 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. 
Last Line: Then the shouting begins. [whited out, for spoiler's sake]


  1. I love those books! so much that I preordered allegiant and its actually at the bookstore but they can't give it to me til the 22nd (I'm getting a little impatient haha) and I pass the bookstore to get to work....torture

  2. I loved the first two books and can't wait for the 3rd one to come out later this month!


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