Insurgent - Veronica Roth
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Insurgent - Veronica Roth
Advantages: Mind-blowing sequel
*May contain minor spoilers*
I've been waiting for this book ever since I finished reading Divergent last year, and I am so, SO thankful to the lovely Rosi at HarperCollins UK for providing me with a finished copy to read before its release! I am quite frankly struggling to make sense of my thoughts after finishing! Obvs my most anticipated sequel of the year, and it TOTALLY brought it. You think you've figured out something majorly important, but you haven't at all because the truth is actually WAY more twisted. A situation could be one thing one second, and then be completely different the next.
Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off (Tris, Four, Caleb, Marcus and Peter having escaped from the attacks and are now on their way to Amity) and we just get thrown into this action-packed world of utter madness. I can't say that it isn't emotional. *wipes tear*. I LOVED that we got more insight into the other factions. In Divergent, we see learn stuff about Abnegation because that's Tris's original faction, and then she transfers to Dauntless and we get to see what it's like for those kick-ass people there, but the other factions who we don't no much about. But yay, we get to see what goes on in Candor (truth serums OMG) and Amity (no leader? WHAT IS THIS CRAZINESS?) and also Erudite and why they are evil and want to kill people. Lol. And the factionless! Some *very* interesting things going on there...
I thought I loved Tris in Divergent, but she was just wow in Insurgent. This girl! Ugh, just major girl crush. Her selflessness AND bravery in the novel was breathtaking. A born survivor, that one is. And people say that girls in YA are weak. Ahhhhhhhhh at Tris and Four! SO. MUCH. ANGST. And swooning. There is *always* swooning. I would've liked to see the two of them together a little bit more, seeing as most of the time they were together they were crazy-annoyed at each other, but I won't push it because I thought the direction that Roth took in their relationship was super awesome. It was like, powerful and meaningful to the point where I had to question if this was actually real or not. It MORE than seemed like it was. Other characters like Uriah (<3), Christina and Lynn were pretty badass, too.
Also: I noticed that there wasn't really any recapping of Divergent, and it's likely that you'll forget who various people are. I'd suggest rereading Divergent beforehand, like I did, then you're good to go.
THAT ENDING THO. No idea what to say. Sorry. Read the book. Pull the same face as me. Cry/scream to your heart's content. Veronica Roth is EVIL! And such a graceful writer. The whole book was way more amazing than I could possibly have imagined it to be. May possibly be one of my favourite sequels in the history of EVER. Even right before I started reading I was a bit nervous because SURELY it couldn't top Divergent, BUT, I think it did. The tension in this book couldn't fit on all the scales in the world, guys. Exhilarating and mind-blowing and intense and addictive, I think that you NEED this book in your life.
p.s. yeah, I don't call this a review either. bahahahaha ;)
"The collide in an embrace that looks almost painful to me, slapping each other's backs and laughing with their fists clasped between them."
Summary: Exhilarating and addictive