Friday, June 8, 2012

Badass Books: Insurgent

I've been talking about INSURGENT (by Veronica Roth) all month. I'm sure you've seen a mention of it in a blog post or two, but mostly I mean talking about it in the literal sense. Any person I know who loves YA books with badass characters, beautiful character growth, heart wrenching plot twists, and the like has had an earful of this book. As always, spoilers are in white text--highlight to read.

Summary (from Veronica Roth's website):

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.

Me wishing I was half as cool as Tris.

Why I read it: Um, hello? Did you read DIVERGENT? And if not, have you been living under a rock? I read the first in the series when it came out last summer, and I couldn't wait for the second. I purchased the e-book version, and read the entire book on release day. I plan to go back and re-read it so I can absorb a bit more, but even this sort of read-through was amazing. Also, INSURGENT is this month's YA Highway's Bookmobile book. So if you haven't read it--you should. There will be a live chat with Veronica Roth on May 29.

ZOMG Yes: This entire book falls into the category of ZOMG yes. That's right--the whole damn book. Veronica Roth has amazed me. Not only does INSURGENT continue the story she started with DIVERGENT, it's a completely, 100% stand-alone novel. Sure it carries on the themes and overall series plot, but it's a new story. It's fresh. It's beautiful. It's rare that I feel this way about the second book in a series. Take THE HUNGER GAMES for example. Sure, CATCHING FIRE was a separate book, but it didn't feel that much different from the first one. INSURGENT is in a category all by itself in this regard.

I think the best part of this book and the series as a whole is the growth and depth of Tris Prior (and even all the minor characters with whom I'm in love even though some of my favorites died or turned out to be traitorous bastards) is so strong throughout this book. I love her. No wait, I think I want to be her--minus all of the terrible things she has to endure to become who she is.

Oh, and the scene in chapter six I think it is--when she's in the Amity compound and they give her that injection--ZOMG YES. I laughed so hard I almost fell out of my chair. Well done, Veronica Roth.

Meh: Honestly? Not much made me say meh. But according to this blog post by Veronica, there were a few errors in the book. I was too caught up in the story to notice, and that's saying something.

Guys. You have to read this book. If nothing I've said so far has convinced you, Four's sheer sexiness should be enough. Five chiweenies to INSURGENT.


  1. I think I need to reread INSURGENT. I read most of it on the plane to Scotland, and then the rest off and on for the next few days. I think I was a bit distracted and that made me not love it as much as DIVERGENT. It was an awesome novel, but I didn't love it quite as much as the first, or quite as much as everyone else. Definite reread in order. :)

    1. Oh yes, you must! I want to re-read it just because it was so good! Welcome back, by the way.

  2. Okay, I'm going to have to read these books. You all have broken me down. ;)

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