I’m back from holiday, extremley sunburnt and with a tonne of book reviews to do! My first is Insurgent, the follow up to Veronica Roth’s amazing first novel, Divergent and this is the summary from Goodreads:
‘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.
“New York Times” bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian “Divergent” series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature’
I was so excited to read this book – I’d saved it for ages so I could read it on holiday, and it did not disapoint! If you haven’t read Divergent, go read it now because there will definitley be spoliers!
The world Roth has created is so daring, indulgent and incredibly detailed and I just immersed myself in it again for Insurgent. I get the feel with her writing that nothing is safe or set in stone, and that’s exciting and the various twists and turns that happen in the second book are all the more shocking.
Of course, we left Tris just after she killed one of her friends and both her parents were brutually murdered by some Erudite controlled Dauntless. In the second book she is still reeling from both shocks. However, what I love about Tris is that unlike some typical YA heroine faced withh tragedy she does’nt spend her time moping around, she tries to get herself killed! Their are, of course other physological consequences of her actions and the events of the first book and these affect her state of mind and her relationship with Four.
I have to admit, I am in love with Four. He is my book crush at the moment so in my mind he can do no wrong. But of course, him and Tris are teenagers in a relationship so there needs to be some angst and drama. But remarkably their problems are relatable! I think that it’s testament to Veronica Roth’s talent that even in this crazy, unexepected violent world these two characters are having relationship issues that millions of teenagers all over the world are experiencing.
Of course though, the romance is only one sub plot of the novel. The mystery involving the Erudite, the Dauntless Traitors, the factionless and what this all means for Tris is dramatic, sometimes shocking and always written excellently. Their are some serious, open mouth, oh my god I can’t believe that shocks for Poor Tris and the ending, I think, is one of the best cliffhangers ever written. I read Insurgent in one day and I am so excited for the final installment in the trilogy. Veronica Roth has a brave, unflinching main character, a hunky love interest and mystery, lies, cover ups and betrayals. Insurgent is amazing.
I have many, many more reviews for you this week ( I went a bit book crazy over my holiday) so you will be hearing a lot from me!!
Laura 🙂 xx