[Review] Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperTeen)
Pages: 525 (Hardcover)

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.

It was an awesome book, seriously, even for a second book. I really enjoyed reading Insurgent, though the after-effect after I finished it was not as crazy and hysterical as how I acted right after I reached the last page of Divergent. But, still, this book is freaking amazing to me cause I never like a second book as much as this one.

As for the plot, it’s still fast-paced. Lots of action, betrayal and of course death. I was impressed by Ms. Roth’s dauntlessness to kill characters and at the same time devastated by their deaths. The book ends with a bad cliffhanger (I’m not sure it can be classified as cliffhanger, but it left me hanging so it’s a cliffhanger for me) and I can’t believe I have to wait until fall 2013 for the third book.

I found myself loving almost all of the characters. Zeke, Shauna, Lynn, Marlene, even Fernando who only lives for a few chapters. I liked how Tris struggles to stand up for the truth and how she acts as her relationship with Four takes some twists and turns. I even learned to like Peter after that “life-saving” act he does. But most of all, I loved Uriah even more than the first book. <3 Here, he gets more part and I liked how funny and faithful he is to his friends. He is such a supportive guy and I just hope he doesn’t die in the third book… Please Ms. Roth, just give this awesome boy a happy ending.

Besides those things, I also noticed that there are lots of angst in this book. And Tris’s relationship with Four in Insurgent may not be the sweetest romance which ever happens in YA world. But I honestly didn’t hate that. Because nobody’s perfect and that imperfectness actually makes these characters more realistic.

Insurgent is an amazing sequel to Divergent. It doesn’t lose its predecessor’s quality even though I honestly liked Divergent a bit better.

5 Chocolate Cakes!!


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