Series: Divergent #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books on May 1, 2012
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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.
Check out my review of Divergent (Divergent #1)
“’We’re all right, you know,’ he says quietly. ‘You and me. Okay?’ My chest aches, and I nod. ‘Nothing else is all right.’ His whisper tickles my cheek. ‘But we are.’”
“Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.”
“I wake with his name in my mouth.”
My Musings: Insurgent was one of my top reads this year so far. Roth blew me away with Divergent. However, this novel blasted me off of the planet. Roth’s writing is brilliant. It’s unique, descriptive, and captivate. The plot over the course of this novel was astounding. There were so many twists and turns, I’m surprised that I had the ability to keep up with them. There were absolutely no dull spots within this novel. There was always something happening, and that is something that is somewhat rare in YA writing. I loved the dystopian world that Roth continued to evolve. The world where people are split into factions–but that system has begun to go downhill. This made for a world full of adventure, and oh how much adventure there was!
The characters, like the previous book, were very well developed. We got more insight into the world of Tris and Four. Tris continues to become braver, and she gains the courage needed to set things right within their city. I loved seeing the tough, as well as the more sensitive side of her. She and Tobias were two characters that I adore. The thing about this novel that I enjoyed regarding Tobias was we get to see the more emotional side with him. We got a sneak peek of it near the end of Divergent, but in this novel we get a full glimpse. But no worries ladies–he’s still the same tough fighter that he has always been. But the adorable factor increased. Need proof?:
“Sleep,” he says. “I’ll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.” “With what?” “My bare hands, obviously.”
I loved their relationship as well. It continued to deepen, and you can really see their love for each other in this novel.
There are no words to describe exactly how brilliant this novel was. It transported me into an adventurous world that I yearn to visit again.