Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Length: 11 hours and 22 minutes
Narrator: Emma Galvin
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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.
On the story...
While I had issues with the writing and dialogue in Divergent, I had no such problems here. Insurgent is exciting with adventure from beginning to end. The violence is present as in Divergent but at least here there is a point (there's a war going on!). Tris drove me crazy in this book. Her decisions weren't well thought out and I started to think of her as a liar. She stayed true to her character so I can't complain too much. Though I felt sorry for both Tris and Tabias at times, their relationship was probably more realistic than other YA relationships. They had some real trust issues, which is understandable considering they really hadn't had time to get to know each other. I was constantly shocked by events and I never saw the BIG betrayal coming. I'd advise anyone reading this series not to get attached to the characters because they drop like flies. We learn more about those who are Divergent as well. Of course the book ends on a cliffhanger. I mean, it is a YA trilogy after all.
On the narrator...
While I didn't recognize the name when I picked the audio, I instantly recognized this voice. I have the same critique of Ms. Galvin as I did with Graveminder. There is little voice differentials between the different characters.
I enjoyed the fast paced plot of Insurgent. Though I can't say I'm emotionally invested in the characters the way that I was in The Hunger Games trilogy, I do find it to be quite engaging. The violence and gore reminded me of Mockingjay. I'm really not looking forward to seeing even more of it in the last book in the trilogy.
P.S. Four is mostly referred to as Tabias in this book. I prefer Four so much more though. Anyone have thoughts or preferences on this?
P.P.S. This goes toward that Dystopia challenge that I committed to. I wasn't kidding when I said there were more to come.