Wednesday, May 02, 2012
REVIEW: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent starts immediately after the events of Divergent, with Tris feeling both grief and guilt after the death of her parents and of her friend Will. Much of Abnegation has been slaughtered, Dauntless have been split in two, it's hard to believe everything will ever be right again. But there's hardly any time to grieve or to take things easy. Tris and her band of survivors are headed to Amity in order to restock and regroup and make the next choice as to what to do next, who to align with, who to trust.
I really loved the story that Veronica Roth tells in this series. There's so much complexity here, and Roth doesn't shy away from backing her characters into some murky water. Insurgent deals with secrets and lies, betrayal and forgiveness. We meet quite a few familiar faces - Dauntless who didn't make it through initiation and became factionless, Caleb, Marcus, Peter - as well as new, surprising faces that test the bonds between Tris and Tobias.
When I read Divergent last year, I was swept away by the excitement and the freshness of the story. And while it can sometimes be hard for sequels to have the same exciting tone, I felt like Insurgent never failed to reach that level of anticipation and excitement. There was so much to learn and discover, from the secrets that Abnegation died for, the truth that Erudite are concealing, the importance of Divergent rebels. From the first page to the last, I was consumed by this book!
Highly recommended, and I'm now dying to read more. Bring on the next book, and quickly!