Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Insurgent, by Veronica Roth- Review and Giveaway!

From Goodreads:
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.

Like everyone else, I rushed out on May 1st and bought Insurgent, then like half of the folks at BEA I then lined up for an hour and a half to get another copy (this time signed) from the lovely Veronica Roth herself.  Which means two things, one- obviously I loved it (spoiler alert!), and two- I really need to give you my extra copy, but only if you promise to come back and chat with me about how much you loved it. Deal?  I figure I owe you all after my two weeks of poor posting, even if I had really great reasons. 

So before I go any further here's the requisite ass covering.  If you have not read Divergent yet, do not read this review, as I will not be held responsible for any spolierage.  As per usual, I won't be telling you folks how it ends or anything, but if you're concerned cover your eyes and scroll to the colourful entry form at the end for the giveaway.  I promise not to take it personally, so long as you come back and gab with me once you've caught up and read Insurgent yourself.

I'm going to start by saying that Divergent had insane buzz, and although I really loved it, I didn't go as mad for it as many did.  That being said, I was waiting on Insurgent with baited breath, and not only did it beat the buzz of anticipation but I think it's safe to say I enjoyed it even more than Divergent.  Now possibly, it's because I hadn't spent a couple of months being told by everyone that I would love it in advance, or hearing it was "the next Hunger Games" (the next Harry Potter of Dystopian, but of course), but honestly I think it's because it's the stronger of the two books.

Tris was a struggle for me in book one.  She was kick ass in all the ways I generally love, but she often didn't have the heart I wanted her to have.  You might remember, from my Insurgent review, that I felt her friends reflected upon her badly, meaning they augmented my sense of her being too cut throat.  And in the end I felt like I liked Tris, but didn't love her.  Insurgent rectified a lot of that for me.  Watching Tris struggle with some of her decisions and then make ones that had decidedly more sentiment to them was rewarding.  And by the end Roth had firmly planted me in the "GO TRIS!" camp.

For me, Divergent was a love affair with Four, and I was worried how that would play out in Insurgent.  I was right to worry, the balance shifted and Four was definitely not the hero he was in Divergent, throughout book two.  However, I really enjoyed the shift in power between the two characters and I liked what it did to their relationship and I 100% loved the call out at the end.  If only more YA's would make such bold statements in their love stories.

Every bit as engrossing and edge-of-you-seat nail biting as the first book, Divergent was an excellent book two in a fast paced series.  The twist at the end was especially fantastic and now I'm eager to see how Roth will wrap up such a sweeping story in just one more book.

When I got my signed copy at the BEA I told Roth I loved Insurgent, and in fact preferred it to Divergent.  And when I told her I loved the end she said she was glad because it had been very controversial.  So now I'm dying to know, who among you didn't love the ending and why?  Please share in the comments.

Insurgent, by Veronica Roth
Published by HarperTeen, May 1 2011
Buy Insurgent on Amazon

Now on to the Giveaway!  Open to US and Canadian addresses (sorry international folks, it's a fat book), until Midnight on July 8th. 


  1. Thank you!:)

  2. I loved this book. Since we've already got 2 copies in my house I don't need to win another one but it's a cool giveaway anyway.

  3. I haven't read this yet. In fact I just got Divergent and will probably be reading it this weekend!

    Thanks for the chance! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  4. I just finished reading Insurgent a few days ago and although the rollercoaster that was Tris & Four's relationship threw me through a loop I still enjoyed it a lot. But the ending kind of confused me I'm still waiting for someone to explain to me what exactly the big secret was because I didn't understand it lol. Great review!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  5. I agree with the person before me- I'm still not sure I understand what the big thing was at the end of the book