Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
ISBN: 0007442912
Publication: May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
Received: Bought at Chapters
Links: Goodreads
Rating: 4 out of 5

Blurb: One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you.

My Thoughts:I do not want to be you Veronica Roth. Your first book wasn’t just a major hit it pretty much broke all records imaginable, hitting the NYT bestsellers list 6 days after release. That’s impossible, nobody ever does that. The whole publishing, book blogging, writing community at that point was looking to you in terms of what to do and what not to do. You had a tremendous amount of pressure on you to write a second book that was just as good as the first one, better even. Did you succeed? Yes and no. Here’s why. You answered questions that were left unanswered in the first book, like what happened to the rest of the world, is Chicago all that’s left? I appreciated the expansion of ideas, and frankly, once I caught onto what was going on I was a lot creeped out by it. It strengthened the entire dystopian society you’ve created and made the book strong. There was enough action, twists, turns and surprises that made it easy to turn the pages. Relationships deepened, the danger factor went way up and things got very chaotic. I had my heart racing reading this book the same way I did with Divergent. On the other hand, you went too far with some of the villain scenes for lack of a better term. It might be my needle phobia talking but I found myself needing to put the book down when Tris insisted on injecting herself with a needle full of some mystery serum, in the neck no less. I realize she’s supposed to be tough as nails but there’s a fine line between tough as nails and well a character that peels their own skin off. I feel like you crossed the line with that detail. The execution room though? Absolutely brilliant. The people. Tris is obviously not alone in this book or this war, and it’s evident by all the people she’s around. I could not for the life of me keep it straight who everyone was. I kept forgetting which faction people were born in, v.s. what they chose, v.s. which faction they were representing now. I had trouble remembering Christina, Uriah, Zeke, Caleb (I even forgot Caleb was Tris’s brother at one point) There were others too that weren’t part of the main story line but whose names kept coming up and while Tris knew who they were and how to react to them, I didn’t have a clue. Was the book worth a read? Definitely. Did it rise to the top of the charts like Divergent? I saw it at #17 overall on Amazon, and that’s again saying something. You’ve made it, Divergent was great, Insurgent was good but not great, and I’m looking forward to the third book, whatever you decide to name it. Definitely something with ent.

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