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"As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent 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"-- Provided by publisher.
While I enjoyed the first book better, this was a decent sequel. The pace of the story was steady. I didn't feel like there were any unnecessary scenes. I think Tris & Four both acted as typical teenagers, albeit ones that had to grow up more quickly than most do today.
The suspense level was just right for me. I'm a wuss when it comes to things that are too scary, but this kept the level just right. Enough suspense to keep me reading, but there wasn't a point where it was too overwhelming.
All in all, not as good as the first in the series but better than the third and worth the read.
I was disappointed by this second installation. Roth desperately tries to jam a lot into this book, and the end result is a superficial attempt at character and plot development. Don't lose interest tho- the third book makes up for some of the missteps.
I enjoyed the first book, but this one wasn't nearly as good. Halfway through the book, I started to think that the author wrote this book for the romance. There were a few deaths that I think I was supposed to care about, but the character wasn't developed at all. I think the only reason I finished was to see what happened in the end. Disappointed :( :( :( :( :( :( :(
This was a very disappointing sequel to Divergent - there were way too many new characters, the relationships were ridiculous, character development was blah, and the plot arc that was continued from the first book was plodding. I almost didn't finish it.
Insurgent picked up right where Divergent left off which made it nice to read them one after the other. Divergent was good and set up the world really well, but I liked the conflict in Insurgent much better. The factions are so interesting and we get to learn more about the factions Amity and Candor. I love how the factions are this weird combination of a gang, an entire culture of dress and style, mannerisms and education training for a job. The books only skim the surface of all there is to know of this complex and detailed world. This is one of those worlds where they could write an encyclopedia about it and you'd still want to know more. The writing style was much better in this book. I didn't notice the word "I" glaring at me so much.
Tris doesn't always make good decisions. In fact, she makes some really, really bad decisions but I felt like I understood her so well that I got why she did the things she did even if it's not what I would do. My favorite thing about Insurgent was how well the author messed with your expectations of who is good and who is not. And it's not based just on who Tris likes. I kind of saw the twist at the end coming, but it still gave me chills when I read it. This was a fast read and I couldn't put it down. It left me with some deep thoughts about how easily your virtues can become a vice if you're not careful. I loved the complex idea and story arc. It was an intense, action-packed ride that had me saying "Wow" when I closed the book.
This book is wonderful. I read it a while after I read Divergent, so it was sort of hard to remember what was going on and get into the story, but after 50 pages or so I was fully invested in the story. This book is exciting and reading it you get to know more about Tris's society. The "dystopian craze" is beginning to fade, and this book is a welcome revival.