Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Posted April 9, 2012 by Sara | Novel Novice 4 Comments

With the first book already established as a stellar start to a new series, Veronica Roth’s Insurgent takes the phrase “will leave you breathless” to a whole new level. The second book in the Divergent trilogy, Roth has created a stunning new entry in the realm of science fiction and dystopian literature.

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.

Just as action-packed, pulse-pounding, and thrilling to read as Divergent, Roth provides a major twist that shows Insurgent is indeed one of the most finely crafted pieces of science fiction ever. She elevates an already complex storyline with a final punch that is stunning and changes the stakes of everything the characters have faced so-far.

The characters of Tris and Tobias (Four) remain strong focal points of the story in Insurgent, as they navigate the rocky terrain of new romance amidst a fallen society and the beginnings of war. Their path together is not an easy one, but is refreshingly mature for a YA couple — while remaining true to who they both are as characters. I was already rooting for Tris and Tobias in the first book, but their actions and choices in Insurgent have solidified them as one of my all-time favorite couples in literature.

But Tris and Tobias are far from the only major players in Insurgent. Previously secondary characters step up to the plate and take on significant roles in the events that propel Insurgent forward towards its shocking conclusion.

Insurgent is in stores May 1st. Learn more & pre-order your copy here.

Sara | Novel Novice

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