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.The prequel Divergent ended with an incredibly shocking and deathly conclusion. Insurgent begins with the main character dealing with the loss of her parents. The world is full of devastation, and emotion literally flows off of the page.
When I finished Divergent, I wasn't exactly sure if I'd liked it that much. It was okay, and the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but it didn't really leave me wanting more. So when I heard about it's sequel, Insurgent, I wasn't very excited.
However, I actually really enjoyed this, more than I thought I would. There is lots of action and dramatic characters, and lots of unexpected plot twists. My only issues were that there was some repetition, but I suppose that was slightly necessary in case people were reading Insurgent before reading it's prequel. In that case, they would need a bit of background information. Also there were a few seemingly pointless scenes, which was distracting from the main plot and fantastic characters.
I'm not overly keen on the cover - it's very dark and it's doesn't stand out very well. However I think the gold looks really cool against the purple. I think it would look better without the leaves next to the silhouette.
There is a pretty big twist at the end of the book, which wasn't unexpected (to me) but has left me wondering what will happen next. Will there be another book in the series?
My expectation of this book wasn't high, but it was really good in the end. I found a few faults with it, and I don't think this review does the book justice, but it was still interesting and I was sat on the edge of my seat most of the time. Overall I give Insurgent a rating of 3.5/5, and recommend it to both genders aged 13+.
Official Publication Date: 1st May 2012!
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