by Veronica Roth
Publishers: Harper Collins
Published: 1st May 2012
I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.
Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.
As this book is the second book in the Divergent trilogy, I will write this review as if it is a stand-alone book, avoiding spoilers from this book, and the first book.
If you’d like to see my review of the first book in this trilogy click here
I adored the first book, and I was eagerly anticipating the sequel. I was really happy to find that I wasn’t disappointed. I usually find the second book in a trilogy is just a ‘bridge’ towards the final instalment, but this was another knock-out book!
I’m happy with where this book picks up, and it dives straight back into the action. What I appreciated was that it doesn’t do several ‘recap’ chapters and just briefly in passing statements reminds us of the ending to Divergent.
One of my favourite things about Divergent was learning about the different factions in the society. I wanted to know everything about them: about all of the different initiations and traditions within the factions. I’m really happy that this book delves more into the other factions, and found the differences fascinating – especially the different ways that Candor and Amity work.
I loved the way the Amity make decisions, as they are peaceful and avoid any conflict, they split into small groups and discuss until everyone comes into a unanimous decision.
I loved the addition of the ‘factionless’ – the people that don’t fit into any of the factions – and how they work. I’m really I got to found out more about them, and how they live.
The author has a great way of creating some shocking character revelations. I’m really surprised with the paths that various characters make, and my jaw dropped and had carpet burns after one in particular!
I enjoyed seeing the main characters grow in this book, I especially loved Tris’ journey in this book, particularly as she has to deal with the aftermath of the ending to Divergent. Also, Four was lovely, as ever.
The ending was fantastic! I must admit, I thought the pace in the middle of the book had slowed down a little, but now I realise it’s making way for an incredible finale that made me literally jump up and grab the final instalment to the series. The ending leaves you dying for the last book, and I am really excited to dive into it.
Insurgent is an excellent sequel to Divergent, and I’d recommend continuing the series if you have read Divergent!
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