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Thumbs Up! to INSURGENT by Veronica Roth

TITLE: Insurgent

AUTHOR: Veronica Roth

LENGTH: 544 pages

SUMMARY: (via amazon.com) 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.

REVIEW: I think Veronica Roth is amazing and I anticipated this book with countdowns and computer wallpaper and tweets and texts and bated breath. Yes. Bated. Breath. I was also wary: it is a second book in a series and second books have a tendency to drag. I was nervous: what if Insurgent wasn’t as chocked full of awesome as Divergent? I was curious: How will Tris handle her actions and what will happen between Tris and Four?

I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. Roth, again, managed to pull me along with Tris over the ups and downs of her world’s fracturing. Tooling around on GoodReads the other day, I read a scathing review of Divergent. The reviewer said, “[The faction structure] makes no sense at all. …by their very existence, structure, and way of living the factions promote segregation, discrimination, inequality, oppression and competing belief systems. …they are the leading causes of discord & war among human civilizations throughout human history.” The brilliance of these books, I think, is the construction of such a world that proves the entire point of dystopic literature: utopias are impossible because everyone’s idea of perfection is different. As readers watch Tris’s world crumble, they are brought face to face with the strengths and flaws of each faction. Tris herself begins to realize, through the factionless, that elements of all factions are needed in order to live with balance. It’s just as most mothers tell their children: too much of a good thing can be bad.

And again, even in the moments when I was frustrated with Tris for being whiny or angry with Four for giving Tris an ultimatum, I was still engaged in the story and invested in the outcome. The more Tris tried to stabilize her surroundings and emotions, the rockier things got. During the last few chapters when she was struggling to decide who to trust and which path to follow to the truth, the frenetic energy sustaining Tris seemed to crackle from the pages as I raced toward the end with her. Then Roth did it again – left me holding the back fly leaf with my mouth open thinking What now?! And now we, the DivergentNation must wait – AGAIN – to watch Tris and Four and the others face this new revelation and what it means for their survival. It’s going to be a long, LONG year.

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2 thoughts on “Thumbs Up! to INSURGENT by Veronica Roth

  1. A student is supposed to give me his copy of the book to read (how cool is THAT by the way–). But I’m tempted to hold off reading it until #3 is near publication, so that when my moth hangs open at the end of INSURGENT, I can open the FRONT flap of the final book. Hmmmmm….

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