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Insurgent - review
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Source: Purchased from Kindle Store
Buy it: Here
Carrying on directly from the last scene in Divergent, Insurgent continues the path of discovery Tris and Four have begun as they look to uncover why Erudite leaders wanted so badly to wage war on Abnegation. As more secrets and allegiances are unveiled, the secrets the characters keep from each other mount in an impenetrable divide - as Tris struggles to cope with killing one of her best friends, and Four reconciles with childhood memories.
Sorry guys, this is going to be a bit of a short review for Insurgent, as to talk about it in any great detail would be to give away the plot points and spoilers that heavily dominate the storyline! Needless to say, the effect of this is that I was greatly impressed by this sequel. As a bridge book, it packs in loads of action and emotion without feeling like it's simply paving the way for the final installment, something I think it's so hard to find in the growing trend for sequels these days!
Without spoilers, here is what I can say:
The relationship between Tris and Four was really enjoyable.I loved them in the first book sand now I think I love them even more! It was refreshing to see a relationship in YA fiction where it wasn't perfect all the time - even most of the time, now I think about it! They argued, they went against their promises to each other, they kept things from one another... and I think that took a lot of guts for the author to do. It could have so easily been a typical unconditional teenage lust, but I think the fact that Tris and Four have problems makes it feel much more real. Of course, ultimately, the reader feels they should be together and nothing will ever truly part them. And that's the greatness of it.
I also loved getting to see more of the factions, especially the Amity headquarters. Every time a new faction was introduced I felt like I could sense their way of life and their beliefs from the pages, they were characterised so well. The Factionless were also very interesting, and perhaps portrayed the most familiar personality traits, to me at least; communal yet independent, fighting for equality. I cant wait to read more about them and where their loyalties lie!
Despite the action being fast paced and exciting, I did often feel lost in the deluge of bullets that fly across the pages. It was a bit hard to keep track of who was shooting who, and who was hit, and who had and hadn't got a gun(!) and this could sometimes make the action feel sluggish as I had to re-read sections just to keep up. A bit of an oxymoron there, but I think true... it is probably the only negative I could hold against the book.
The big expose in final chapter definitely has me excitedly awaiting the release of the final installment, Allegiant, this October. This series is, in fact, the first series I have stuck with to the end since The Hunger Games, and perhaps that is review enough in itself?!
Insurgent is a fast paced and thrilling sequel, just as good as it's predecessor. I highly recommend continuing the series to those who have read Divergent - and I'll meet you in line for Allegiant in a couple of weeks!
Emma is a designer living in Bristol, UK. A self-confessed stationery addict, book lover and TV sci-fi geek, she enjoys sketching zombie-eyed women and finding her next source of inspiration in the pages on the bookshelf.