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Insurgent (Divergent, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Praise for DIVERGENT:
“Riveting … A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away.” Publishers Weekly
“This gritty, paranoid world is built with careful details and intriguing scope. The plot clips along at an addictive pace, with steady jolts of brutal violence and swoony romance. Fans snared by the ratcheting suspense will be unable to resist speculating on their own factional allegiance. Guaranteed to fly off the shelves.” Kirkus Reviews
“With brisk pacing and lavish flights of imagination, Divergent clearly has thrills, but it also movingly explores a more common adolescent anxiety – the painful realisation that coming into one’s own sometimes means leaving family behind, both ideologically and physically.” New York Times
“The next big thing.” Rolling Stone
“Thrilling” US Weekly
“A taut and shiveringly exciting read! Tris is exactly the sort of unflinching and fierce heroine I love. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely
“Divergent is a captivating, fascinating book that kept me in constant suspense and was never short on surprises. It will be a long time before I quit thinking about this haunting vision of the future.” James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B0070R41G0
- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (1 May 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 2116 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 394 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 19,156 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Tris is still madly in love with Four, she still hates his father whilst still grieving over the sudden and horrific death of her own family members. One wonders, however, by book's end, whether Four will still be the same character that Tris and the millions of world wide readers have all fallen head over heels in love with. (But not me. I'm a bloke.). Indeed, one wonders given the dramatic turn of events (amid the gut wrenching scenes that occurred at the end of book one), what kind of cataclysmic events will occur at the end of book two.
Anyway, the second volume is amazing. Characters both good and bad leap off your kindle screen to poke you in the eye - metaphorically speaking, of course - and the action scenes are all beautifully drawn and depicted. The atmosphere of the book is outstanding, too, with emotional connections keeping you addicted and linked to the story long after you go to sleep, or long after you arrive at work. The plot leads you on, slowly at first, with the classic, "just one more chapter kind of feeling" inherent in all good works of fiction.
At this early stage of the book i am happy to award it four stars. But by book's end, don't be surprised if I upgrade it to five. If i can stand the suspense, that is!
The book moves forward and has many twists and turns. Worth reading.
Veronica Roth, the author, has a creative and impressive understanding of human nature, and a wisdom beyond her years.
I looked forward to the times I could read this book in my daily schedules.
The first book in the Divergent series was well balanced and interesting to a wider audience but the second book seems to target a narrower demographic.I found the focus on the main characters emotions annoying especially as they were inconsistent the action and the storyline. The male characters in the book do not seem to make any sense at all and are more like window dressing.
I am sure the target audience will love all the smulch.
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I loved how it jumped straight into the action and I found myself instantly transported back to where Divergent had left off - amidst danger, fear and confusion. Tris was struggling to come to terms with recent events and her uncertain future, she had faced so many difficult things and I think some of it had finally started to catch up with her. Luckily for me there was lots more action to come!
Tris and Tobias' relationship was tested many times throughout the book, I just couldn't predict the outcome of their disagreements and I liked this because it kept me on my toes. I was just as surprised as Tris when an interesting fact about Tobias' life was revealed and I couldn't wait to see how it would affect the storyline.
I learned more about the other factions this time and that was something I enjoyed, there was also more information about the Divergent and even the factionless so I felt like I got a better view of the city as a whole.
Tris had to make some big decisions and once again I admired how well she dealt with everything that was thrown at her, I had to keep reminding myself that she was only sixteen! Whilst she was in a particularly sticky situation I found that I couldn't figure out if events were real, a simulation or just a dream - my mind was racing with all the possibilities.
There was a big secret that had been mentioned in Divergent and the mystery ran throughout this book too, by the end I was desperate to know exactly what the secret was so when it came to the end and all was revealed I felt a mixture of relief and shock! The ending was truly amazing, leaving me wanting to read the next book straight away but unfortunately I have to wait for its release in October 2013.
This was another fantastic read with an unpredictable, intense atmosphere and many heart-pounding twists and turns.
Its aimed at Young adult but I'm in my 40's and loved it...maybe Im a child at heart...but it felt like an adult read despite being about teenagers. This is not a quickie coffee book read, its a fully immersive escapism read to another magical world.
Insurgent is captivating right from the first chapter again and we are pulled along with Tris as the factions are now at war. I enjoyed the fact of her finding friends and survivors within Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite to find a safe haven.
I found the plot quite complex with its multi-layered political conspiracies within conspiracies and even though not difficult to follow; if you dont read this book in one or two sittings you may get confused if you have to come back to it after a break.
Im not a girl who loves romancey style books but I did enjoy reading about Tris and Tobias, its very subtle and runs parallel through the book alongside the main plot; but I would have liked to actually see more romance between her and Tobias as they seemed sadly cold towards each other, so I hope this will repair itself in the last book.
In this second book Im finding Tris slightly more cocky and more annoying than in the first book because she has become confident in herself. She has become reckless and makes silly decisions and I found myself wanting to yell at her. She has become a little unlikable since the shy relatable young girl in book one; murder, fighting and death has turned our sweet heroine into a fearless fighting machine; but she is still a brilliantly written heroine.
One point however in this read Tris does something so reckless; but so brave and is rescued by someone completely surprising, this part blew me away as it headed towards the breathtaking cliffhanger.
The plot is created and built up well from book one and this continues as you are swept along so fast you really wont want to put this book down till that last digital page. The storylines are so believable and realistic and Roth has continued with her fantastic twists and turns and no matter what you think you may know what is going to happen you wont.
Do I like this book...I....adore this series so far....WOW. ;-) You have everything from stimulating conspiracy, betrayal, suspense and murder with a dash of romance and an amazing cliffhanger. I finished this book at 5.30am and loved every thrilling page. I highly recommend this trilogy, but you need to read Divergent first to fully understand the plot.
Veronica Roth is the Queen in this genre and I cant wait for Allegiance the last in the trilogy out now!
12th October 2013
ABOUT THE BOOK:
"Fighting for survival in a shattered world... the truth is her only hope.
The thrillingly dark sequel to No. 1 New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT.
I have done bad things. I can't take them back, and they are part of who I am.
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.
Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever... because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead."
Wow! This 2nd book in the trilogy did not disappoint. The same great pace, plot and execution. No wonder Veronica Roth is consistently up there on the New York Times Best sellers list.
I read this book in a day, and just couldn't stop turning the pages. I am looking forward to the 3rd one in the series which comes out soon.
The characters are written so well that they come alive and walk right off the page and into your lap. And despite introducing her readers to a whole new society in this series, Ms Roth manages to avoid drowning her readers with information dumps.
As I stated in my review of Divergent (the 1st book in the trilogy), if you are a fan of The Hunger Games, or Twilight, then this series is definitely for you.
This book has been edited and proofed to a very high standard, and even the ebook comes across in a clean and easy to read format, something which is sadly lacking in many ebooks. Well done to Veronica Roth and her publisher on that score. At over 550 pages, this book is a good length to really get your teeth into.
I felt that Tris/Beatrice/whatever she would like to be called at whatever point, was developed well, how she felt about things, the moments she suddenly realised things, they were all in line with how a person might feel in those situations. The one problem I had with all of the characters was that no one seemed really effected by any of the deaths, I realise that the rebel-war thing doesn't lend itself to grief, but it was a little unbelievable.
I had read complaints about how the big reveal at the end wasn't worth it, I can admit that I did find the reveal predictable, but ultimately it was really well built up and there are still questions that I want answers to, which unfortunately I have to wait until October to find out!
There were points in this book where I was surprised, namely by who betrays Beatrice, did not see that coming! Though I won't say any more about that in the interest of spoilers!
I also really liked the fact that Tris/Beatrice's and Four/Tobias' relationship is far from perfect, I suspect if someone looked into it they would find that they argued more than they kissed in this book!
This book has really left some questions, and there was an issue resolved that I thought would take up the entire trilogy has kind of made me slightly confused and interested in what is going to happen in the next book! Bring on October!
Earlier this year when I read Divergent I decided to leave reading Insurgent until now so that I could follow it immediately with the third installment Allegiant. Now that I've finished Insurgent I am so glad that I did! To finish this book and then have to wait to see what happens next would have been torture.
Insurgent follows directly after Divergent finishes with Tris, Four, Caleb and Marcus on the trains heading away from the simulation that had just taken place. As the books goes forward they visit several of the other factions with varying consequences and finally meet the factionless where Four is reunited with someone from his past that Tris is very shocked to see.
All of this leads up to the point of this book - that Jeannine Matthews created the simulations that controlled the Dauntless to prevent a certain piece of information becoming public. This information is apparently so damaging that she felt it would completely destroy their society and felt justified in doing everything that she did. Unfortunately as these things tend to the information was finally broadcast as the finale of this book and changes everything as she believed it would.
There were some great twists in the book, namely knowing who was your enemy or friend or in one particular instance a traitor who destroyed everything you thought you knew.
This was an amazing follow up and takes you on a journey with Tris as she tries to come to grips with what she had to do to her friends while they were under the simulation.
Cannot wait to start the next one!