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Insurgent (Divergent Series #2)

Insurgent (Divergent Series #2) - Actual Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars It’s safe to say that Insurgent is one of the (if not THE) most highly anticipated YA releases this year, so I was giddy with excitement when I received my ARC and gobbled it up quickly. In Divergent Veronica Roth offered readers such an explosive and thrilling story that it’s hard to imagine a sequel that would be able to capture the enthralling essence of the first book. Yet, Insurgent does just this; as a sequel it definitely does not disappoint.The story picks up right where Divergent stops, with Tris, Four, Marcus, Caleb and the other survivors of the Erudite attack headed for Amity. In the aftermath of the attack, tensions between factions continue to intensify and war is imminent. Tris and Four find themselves traveling to each faction and even among the factionless to look for support against Jeanine. Tris finds herself faced with crippling grief, guilt, doubt, betrayals, and startling revelations, and she must find a way to embrace and accept her Divergence in order to save the ones she loves. Insurgent is a very busy book. A lot happens. A lot has to happen. And Veronica Roth continues to weave a complex, grand, thought-provoking and well developed story.Roth’s world building is even more phenomenal and vivid in this book than in the first. I really loved getting a long and insightful look into each of the different factions and the world of the factionless as well. As characters and readers alike explore the different factions, Roth’s world is beautifully expanded and made that much more layered and easy to immerse oneself in completely. We really get to see just how impressive Roth’s world-building is as she introduces both Tris and readers to the very different cultures, religions and societal norms found within each faction.One of the things I love best is not just the complexity of the story as a whole, but the complexity of each individual faction, then the even deeper complexity of each individual character. Each faction clearly has its own ideologies and rules, but Roth does a superb job of showing that there is no “wrong” faction or “more right” faction. There exist bad and good within each faction and perhaps within each character. I love that readers aren’t forced to choose a side or root for one particular faction; Roth makes it okay (integral even) for readers to find a little bit of each faction within themselves…perhaps we are all Divergent *stares off into the distance with my thinking smarticle thoughts look* Like the first book, Insurgent is very character driven, which is a good thing since Roth has created very compelling characters. I’ll admit that I have a very love/hate relationship with Tris. Don’t get me wrong, I love and admire her strength, compassion and feistiness. But she can be quite the arrogant person as well, something she admits, and there are times when this greatly annoys me. I do like that we get to see a more vulnerable, fragile Tris in this book. Her struggle with her grief, guilt and self-doubt is breathtakingly powerful and tangible. Four, who goes more by Tobias in this book, continues to be an incredibly intriguing and frustrating character, simply because it seems that for every one thing we learn about him there’s another mystery to uncover. Their relationship continues to evolve and take shape. I love that there is no love triangle…but this doesn’t mean they don’t have their obstacles to overcome. I’m very impressed with how realistic their relationship feels; there’s an understandable dependency between the two, but their feelings for one another do not consume their every thought or action.There are many Twists and Turns that come in the form of character reappearances, deaths, betrayals, interesting character developments, and revelations. To be honest, there are so many twists and turns that they left me a bit dizzy, especially when it comes to betrayals and character twists. I love a character that keeps me guessing, but there are a few character betrayals/actions/developments that either left me reeling or wondering if they were included for pure shock value. All the action, fighting, pain and mystery lead up to a big twisty revelation at the end (plus a heck of a cliff hanger). I think readers will either see this twist coming or not expect it all. Either way, it is a very clever and fascinating twist that opens up all kinds of possibilities…things are seriously about to get cray-cray!MY FINAL THOUGHTS: Insurgent definitely does not suffer from the dreaded Sophomore Slump. Instead, the captivating story that began in Divergent continues to engross, intrigue and impress in this exciting sequel.Read the complete and original review at Word Spelunking

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