Friday, April 27, 2012

Insurgent (Divergent #2), Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth (author website)
Release Date: May 1st 2012 by HarperCollins Australia
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Dystopian
My Rating:1 star2 star3 star4 starhalf star

Easily the most hotly anticipated sequel—perhaps release, period—of 2012, Insurgent is, and will be, many different things to many readers. As action packed as its thrilling predecessor, Insurgent doesn’t settle for simply living up to Divergent. It ups the ante, ups the tension, increases the peril, the dangers and the odds. Ladies and gentlemen, don’t get settled. Be Dauntless: you’re in for one hell of a ride.

From Goodreads:
War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences.

The Story:

Picking up immediately where Divergent left off, we join Tris, Four, Caleb, Marcus and Peter as they flee the Erudite attack on Abnegation, and the horrors that followed. As they head to the safety of the Amity compound, their world is now at war. With faction fighting faction, no-one is safe, and no-one can be trusted. More than just lives are at stake, and loyalties, truths, and even love will be tested as Tris fights... who? Erudite? The system? Not even she seems entirely sure who the enemy is. Something is very, very wrong with her world, and as shocking secrets reveal themselves, Tris and Four’s relationship is put to the test, along with those with everyone they care for. This is Insurgent. And you are about to learn the truth.

Tris:

In Divergent, Tris Prior established herself as one of the most remarkable heroines in young adult literature. Brave, intelligent, and selfless, she has earned her place amongst the likes of Rose Hathaway and Katniss Everdeen, but like Rose and Katniss, she is imperfect, and not always likable.

Drowning in guilt and sorrow, bravery blurs with recklessness as Tris struggles with the aftermath of Divergent, of her actions and her losses. It’s difficult watching her struggle with the oppressive weight of responsibility thrust on her shoulders, but it’s a weight she largely takes upon herself. The crushing burden of the fate of her entire civilization, hanging on by a tenuous thread. There's a sense, at times, of hopelessness; of real, and ever present, danger in Insurgent. In Divergent, at least until a certain point, the danger felt personal to Tris. Here it’s larger, broader, there’s far more at stake, and it’s bigger than just one person’s future.

Whatshisname?

Four, or should we say ‘Tobias’, previously bastion of wisdom, voice of reason, cracks a little in Insurgent. As a certain shocking secret about Four’s past comes to light, this, coupled with Tris’ recklessness, serves to drive a wedge between the couple, and the calm, 'don't mess with me' facade he previously wore slips. We see a fragile, brittle side of him. In Divergent, it was easy to forget Four was human, despite his vulnerabilities. There's an air of authority to him, the feeling that he can handle any situation. But Four is fallible, and we're reminded in Insurgent that not only is Four barely an adult; he's a broken, hurting one at that.

Secrets & Pain & The Science of Sexy:

It is the weight of the secrets and pain Tris and Tobias keep from each other from which Insurgent draws a great deal of its tension, and may also frustrate some readers.  But the chemistry between Four and Tris is as present as ever, and when the two are together—and not fighting—it crackles with electricity and smoulders with heat. It’s easy to forget, in the longing for romance, that real relationships have real struggles, and at a time in a new relationship when Tris and Four should be getting to know and trust each other fully, they’re instead trying to, well, save the world. It's an immense burden on the couple, and fractures form.

Honesty—The Best Policy?

Where in Divergent we grew to know Abnegation, then Dauntless factions, Insurgent introduces Candor for the first time, and then the factionless. Thematically, our introduction to Candor comes at the right time. Insurgent is an uncovering of secrets, the discovery of lies. It has a pervasive feeling of discomfit, the kind felt when facing uncomfortable truths, and Insurgent abounds with uncomfortable, devastating truths.
"The Candor sing the praises of the truth, but they never tell you how much it costs."
While Divergent examined human nature, and the sequel indeed continues to do so, Insurgent looks at truth and trust. Once again we're drawn into a world defined by absolutes, but coloured by shades of grey, and the truth is a very grey thing indeed. Some secrets are hidden for a reason. Some for greed; others power, if it is not, in fact, the same thing. But what Insurgent shows is that they never come free. That for the revelation of essential truths, for knowledge—and perhaps the Erudite have yet to learn this—there is a cost. The question is what its seekers will pay. And people pay very, very dearly in Insurgent.

The Verdict:

In this astounding sequel, Roth shows once again why she caused such waves with Divergent. Nothing is sacred and nothing is sure. The world she has crafted is shifting, evolving along with the minds of its divergent populace, reaching an indelible fulcrum. If Divergent was a game changer for its genre, and market, presenting a level of world building and characterization readers long for and for which writers strive, Insurgent is a game changer unto itself. This is a book from which there is no coming back.

Insurgent is leading up to one hell of an explosive conclusion. Thrilling action, impossible stakes, deepening intrigue and, of course, smouldering romance, Insurgent is as gripping and utterly addictive as its epic predecessor—a story to appeal to the divergence in all of us.

Books in This Series:

  1. Divergent (May 2011)
  2. Insurgent (May 1st 2012)
  3. Currently Untitled (expected May 2013)
An enormous thank you to Harper Collins Australia for providing a review copy of Insurgent!

With Insurgent come and gone, I feel somewhat bereft. Another whole year of waiting, people!  What book are you most looking forward to in 2012 post-Insurgent? Mine's Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. Hands down.

49 comments:

  1. Wonderful review, Sarah! I'm so glad you loved this book to and I know how you feel about waiting! Now that I've read it, a part of me feels miserable knowing I won't actually find out what happens for ages. Let's hope it's worth it! :)

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    1. Oh, the waiting is EXCRUTIATING, and it's only been... 4 days? *sobs*

      I really felt Veronica NAILED it. I know some people (including one of my best friends!) haven't loved it as much, and I can see why, but it was just... I *LOVED* it.

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  2. Fantastic review, Sarah! I'm glad you loved this book and I literally can't wait to get my copy of this book soon. Part of me is scared to read it . . . mostly because I have to wait yet another year for the last book.

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    1. Thanks Erin! Eep! I want you to get your copy NOW--for purely selfish reasons. I can't wait to read your review ;D

      Oh, but the wait... *groans*

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  3. Arggh, I need to know Four's secret and what issues will come up for him and Tris! EEEEK. Insurgent sounds very intense.. *chews nails*

    THE SCIENCE OF SEXY? *locks them in dark room* THERE. You're away from the world and can't save it. Oh whatever will you do in the mean time……?

    I'm so excited to learn about all of the factions! They sound even more interesting than before (now that we know what's really going on!) aaaand…I think I really will die if this book doesn't come tomorrow. Seriously.

    Amazing review. Can I has your brain? <3

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    1. AJGDJAGFDHAFG! EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I hear you still don't have it I die a little inside.

      And the science of sexy! YES! Chemistry! Get it? *cracks self up* hehehehe.

      You can have my brain if I can have yours? >:D

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  4. I can't wait for May 1! So glad to hear that you liked it. I've been hearing tons of great reviews about INSURGENT as well. :D *sighs*

    Nice review!

    Meg
    The Book Galaxy

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    1. Meg... your name... Potterjay... Oh, seriously, I kinda love you already XD

      I REALLY think the majority of fans are going to be STOKED by Insurgent. Can't wait for you to get your hands on it! <3

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  5. Terrific review sarah! I love how so much is changing and life is imperfect in this novel! I actually like that Tris sometimes makes the worst choices sometimes, it makes her more. Can't wait to see more in the next one! Thanks for providing the urge of excitement for Insurgent!
    I really can't wait for girl if nightmare.

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    1. Thanks Rachel! EXACTLY what you said! I really REALLY loved Insurgent :)

      I still haven't read Anna Dressed in Blood, but I hear FABULOUS things!!

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  6. SAAAARAH, your review is so beautiful and epic itself! Like everyone else, I can't wait to read and I'm so nervous that it won't live up to my expectations. I love that this book uncovers secrets and lies and that Tris is allowed to make mistakes. So excited for it!! <3

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    1. Oh goodness, I'm nervous as WELL. One of my best friends REALLY liked it, but was also dissapointed by a few elements... so I'm kind of scared people are going to hate me for loving it so much? heh.

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  7. Oh man... I usually don't read any book series that isn't finished yet. I can't stand the wait. But this one does sound tempting! Also, thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment, that was soo nice of you! I feel great to be part of blogspiration.

    -Andrea

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    1. Oh my goodness, Andrea, I used to feel EXACTLY the same way, but... err... it didn't last. Brodie MADE me read Divergent, and I was HOOKED.

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  8. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! So glad you loved it :D

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    1. Hehehe! I'm still scared you're going to decide you hate me for loving it XD

      ♥ YOU!

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  9. Sarah, I am DYIIING. I'm so glad Insurgent's release is around the corner because I'm pretty much aching for it and your review certainly didn't alleviate my suffering. I love what you said about Four, especially. It's true that he came across as a strong authority figure in Divergent, and I don't think it's very common for a love interest's walls to crumble in the way you describe, so I am looking forward to seeing the conflict for him (and Tris!). Love the review, Sarah! Four more days, four more days...

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    1. AAA! YOU'RE KILLING ME! I have SERIOUS guilt for everyone who's having to wait :S

      Heheheh 'FOUR' more days!!!

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  10. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG, I want to read this, but I can't! But I want to! But I have to wait until May 2 when I will FO SHO be finished with the book. AND THEN I WILL BE BACK!

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    1. AWWWW! I want you to read it nooooooooow! I feel awful for everyone having to wait :(

      MAY 2!!! NEARLY HERE!

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  11. Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! Your review = PERFECT. EPIC. AWESOME. ♥ And LOL for the 'whatshisname'!!! I still love 'Four' of course but Tobias is okay for me too! ;P

    AND THE ENDING = OH MY GOODNESS, I don't think I can survive waiting for the sequel! (HELP ME!)

    PS: Welcome to the 'I NEED BOOK 3 NOW' club! XP

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    1. AJFHDGAFDKHF! CELINE! YOU! UGH!

      We should setup a Goodreads group :D hehehehe!
      Thank you, m'dear! Insurgent = ... too amazing.

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  12. AAAAAAAHHHH! I cannot friggin wait for this book..and I am also getting Sweet Evil and The Last Boyfriend on the same day *faints*

    Awesome and spectacular review!

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    1. KIMBA! EEP! Thank you! It's hard not to gush about such an amazing book... uh... *AND* Sweet Evil? HOW ON EARTH WILL CHOOSE WHICH TO READ FIRST? :OOO

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  13. Okay, Divergent is on my TBR list and I should be reading it next, so I can't read your review of the second book because it will ruin the surprise. But I know your review is full of awesomesauce because they always are!!!

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    1. LKHDAFHLJ! You're reading Divergent next? EEEE! Jen, it's AMAZING. I KNOW you'll love it... err... I HOPE you love it. Good call on not reading the review. It's VERY difficult to discuss Insurgent without MASSIVE spoilers for Divergent :)

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  14. While I didn't mind Divergent I wasn't going to bother reading Insurgent until now. This is an incredible review Sarah. I think you actually did what Roth couldn't do for me. You got me interested again :)

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    1. Lan, umm... wow. Thank you! That's an enormous compliment! I really did love Divergent, so perhaps if you weren't so keen, it won't rock you as much as it did me, but I really hope you enjoy :)

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  15. oh amazing review! i can't believe i still haven't read this yet! i didn't particularly like divergent as much as everybody did, but you make insurgent sounds better! i really must read it soon(:

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    1. Emmmmmmmaaaa ♥
      Sorry you didn't love Divergent--hope this is different for you :)

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  16. Lovely review, Saz! I'm glad you loved this and I too am waiting on book 3!

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  17. GAHHHHHHHHH SARAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! WHYWHYWHWHY DID YOU FREAKING HAVE TO WRITE SUCH AN AMAZING REVIEW FOR INSURGENT?!?! I'M DYING HERE! I.MUST.READ.THIS.NOW!!!!! Oh gosh, it looks like A LOT will happen in Insurgent :/ Andddd I can't wait to meet Tris & Four again<3333 LOVE THOSE TWO!!!

    Seriously Sarah - If I die of impatience anytime soon (since my copy STILL HASN'T ARRIVED), I shall hold you responsible! :P xx

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    1. AHFDAHGDFAKJF! YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET? *POKES* GO! NOWNOWNOWNONOW! It was one of those books I had to drop everything else to start when it arrived. AMAZING.

      Oh, wait... read all your comment. It hasn't arrived? NOOOOOO! *cries for you* *hugs* It'll be OK!! ♥

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  18. I didn't really like Divergent so I don't think I'll be picking this book up any time soon. But I know a lot of people who have been going crazy about the release of this book and I'm glad you enjoyed it so much!

    Great review :)

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    1. Ooooh, this is fascinating to me, Chrissie! I'm used to hearing such universally amazing things about Divergent, I'm really intrigued to see a different opion! It's... different from book 1, the overall feel, but it's still very much a follow-up to the first, sooo :)

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  19. This book just sounds so raw and HONEST. I've been hearing all around that Tris and Four (I don't think I'll ever call him Tobias... FOUR IS SUCH A COOL NAME) make mistakes and have disagreements but reading this review totally emphasized that. I think it says a lot if Veronica is able to throw some serious obstacles in Tris and Four's relationship and still have them come out strong. I LOVE THEM AS A COUPLE SO MUCH <3 I'm seriously DYING in anticipation for this!

    SARAH!!! *jumps up and down* Mine is DEFINITELY, 100% Days of Blood and Starlight! DoSaB was just STUNNING and as my favourite novel of 2011, I am literally grinning at just the thought of this. Laini Taylor = a goddess <3

    Sonia

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    1. Ugh, I HATE 'Tobias', but it's almost all he's ever referred to in Insurgent O____O

      I hopes you get it soon!

      ALSO: DoBaS!!! EEEEEEEEEEEE! DoSaB... seriously, next to, like, Harry Potter? Officially my favorite book. I ADORE it. *BOUNCES WITH YOU!*

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  20. Aw, I commented, but then it didn't post. :-( Take two!
    Sarah, I love this review - it is stunningly beautifully written.
    And I'm so keen to read more Tris and Four/Tobias. I think we need more realistic relationships in YA fiction instead of "Oh, we can never be together. Never!" "And now we can, and it is all raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens." THE END. Because, as you so eloquently pointed out, "real relationships have real struggles"
    YES THEY DO, and I want the books I read to reflect that!
    So interested to see where Roth takes us. :-)

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    1. NOOOOOOOOO! Ugh! I *HATE* that, and I have the problem all the time on my phone. BOO.

      Also, what you said: "I think we need more realistic relationships in YA fiction instead of "Oh, we can never be together. Never!" "And now we can, and it is all raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens." THE END."

      THANK YOU! EXACTLY!
      I love it. THere can still be romance--I LOVE romance--but I love it tempered with realism. It makes it somehow even MORE intense and beautiful.

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  21. OMG Sarah! Loved your review! OMG. Cant wait to read this book, im really dying to read it and the wait for real is like stretching on and on and on.. ugh. Fab review girl, glad you enjoyed this book. eeep <3

    Ƹ̴Ӂ̴ƷFICBOOKREVIEWSƸ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ

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    1. Lalaine! EEEE! Thank you! I hope you love it and it's everything you hoped for! ♥

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  22. YES. I love that you say Tris has earned a spot alongside Katniss and Rose. Three of my all time favourite heroines.

    But ugh. Fugh. Bleugh. I hate that you can say everything I want to and with such breathtaking ELOQUENCE. I don't know how you do it, but this review? INCREDIBLE. And so worthy of a book like Insurgent and to give that kind of justice to such a story is difficult. You so smart.

    Oh my gosh. Yes. The chemistry *makes sparky, cracky, owwy-I-burnt-my-finger-with-dangerous-electricity noises* I love how REAL it feels, Veronica explored it so, so brilliantly. My heart ached and melted and did all kinds of acrobatics.

    AUISDFHSDUFHSDVFUIDLS AND THE ENDING! WHYYYYYYYY?! I. HATE. WAITING. *throws knives at book*

    I love you and your sexy way with words <3

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    1. YES!! And hasn't she? It's more than just being tough--she has this incredible strength of character and... UGH. SHE'S AMAZING.

      *cough* are you serious? I spent hours AGONISING over this review, and up until you were so nice to me, I was convinced it was RUBBISH. You're like, my, back-up ego. Maha!

      Also: "he chemistry *makes sparky, cracky, owwy-I-burnt-my-finger-with-dangerous-electricity noises*" *DIES*

      THIS.
      *deletes own section, and just quotes Brodie*
      *nods*

      Hehehe :D

      Ooooh, and you CAN throw knives! FOUR TAUGHT US! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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  23. Insurgent was absolutely incredible! I really don't see the point in me saying much more because you said it all! I love Four and Tris and Tris and Four! They're so real it hurts! And WOW at Veronica's world building AND THAT ENDING! OH MY GOD! I am going to die during the wait for book 3, I just know it. :(

    Also, you and Brodie should totally have review babies! They would be so beautiful(ly written)!Because that was one hell of a review. What is it with you Aussie ladies and your incredible review writing talent? I want soooome! Lol.

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    1. Oh my goodness. Jo. YOU KILL ME!
      I'm about to die laughing...

      No. Wait. I'm about to go proposition Brodie, THEN die laughing!

      Ahaha! Thank you, thank you thank you! ♥
      And hell yes: THE ENDING O____o

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    2. For one so talented with words, I don't exactly think much of her proposition: "REVIEW BABIES! What do you think, Brodie? *waggles eyebrows* *hides* "

      WHERE'S THE EFFING ROMANCE?! ;(

      And being completely honest here, I just siphon Sarah's talent using a straw to her ear to reach her brain. So mine I write mine using secondhand awesomeness (since I'm not actually HER brain, I'm USING her brains gooey talent).

      *is not sure I'm making any sense*

      *disappears*

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    3. Now she wants *POETRY*
      Psh.

      Aaaah, so *THAT'S* why my ear feels funny... but, uh, you know, I was kinda just pinching yours, so it's kind of circular...

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  24. Ugh, Sarah. I hate you. You write incredibly well, with both emotion and intelligence, and I think that's what makes you such a great reviewer. You make me excited to read about the realism of the relationship between Four and Six—er, Tris—as well as Amity, Candor, and the factionless. I really can't wait now!

    Thank you for this amazing post. I admire you so much, and each post just makes me think that commenting on your blog when I was new is the smartest thing I've ever done. ♥

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  25. What you said about Four. So true. I actually loved this part, though. I hoped we would see this side of him, and yay! We did. ;D

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