Monday 20 August 2012

Insurgent (Divergent # 2) by Veronica Roth - Book Review

Title: Insurgent (Divergent # 2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 1st May 2012
Pages: 525
Format: Paperback
Genre: Dystopia / YA
Source: Bought Copy

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 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.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I must confess, after such a long gap between reading the first book and this one, for the first chapter I was a little lost, trying to recall what had happened at the end of book one. But by the second chapter it had all come flooding back to me and I was once again caught up in the story and the characters.

For me, this book lacked some of the impact of book one, at least in the first half, but it picked up towards the end and finished on yet another painful cliff-hanger, making me impatient to know what would happen next.

Once this book gets going, the action moves at a good pace and there is still plenty of character development and furtherance of the plot.

Second books in trilogies are often the weakest, but given that this one remained fairly strong overall, I can't wait to see what Roth will pull out of the bag for the final book.

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