Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent Trilogy (Book 2)
Publication: Katherine Tegen Books; Reissue edition (May 1, 2012)

Description: One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride that began in Divergent.

A hit with both teen and adult readers, Insurgent is the action-packed, emotional adventure that inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Octavia Spencer.

As war surges in the factions of dystopian Chicago all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

My Thoughts: This second book in the Divergent trilogy begins right after the first. Our heroes (and a villain) have left the city and are looking to take refuge with Amity. Unsuccessful, they return to the city to see the factionless who are much more organized and better prepared for a revolution than anyone thought they could be. Tobias's mother, the one everyone thought was dead, is one of the leaders of them.

Erudite, whose leader is Jeanine, is still trying to conquer the other factions by using their scientific discoveries include a drug that lets them control minds. Jeanine wants to collect and study Divergents in order to make a mind control drug especially for them. Tris surrenders to her on a suicide mission in order to prevent her from killing random members of Dauntless. She goes through a harrowing time before she is rescued.

Meanwhile, Marcus who is Tobias's abusive father and one of the few surviving leaders of Abnegation has a secret that might explain what is going on with the whole faction system. It was a secret the Abnegation was willing to die to keep but Tris is working to find out what it is.

This book had a lot of fighting between factions where loyalties were tested and many were betrayed. Tris and Tobias's relationship goes through all kinds of ups and downs, tests and trials in this story. In this episode, a number of characters who are introduced, gain my sympathy, and play a brief role become victims of one side or the other in this fight.

I like that Tris is becoming more of a blended personality who embraces strengths from all the factions. She moves from a deep depression brought on by the deaths of her parents and her brother's betrayal to someone who no longer seeks out suicide missions. However, things aren't looking good for her at the end of this book...

Favorite Quote:
Sometimes I feel like I am collecting the lessons each faction has to teach me, and storing them in my mind like a guidebook for moving through the world. There is always something to learn, always something that is important to understand.
I bought this one Dec. 12, 2012. You can buy your copy here.

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