Thursday, 24 May 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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Source: Purchased
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover, 525 pages
Release Date: May 1, 2012

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.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Dear Insurgent,

You must have been feeling pretty anxious before I read you. I mean, all I seemed to be doing (in between desperately wanting you) was worrying about whether or not you would be able to match up to the awesomeness Divergent was. It's enough to give any book an inferiority complex. I shouldn't have worried though. You completely DESTROYED any fears I'd set up - I love you just as much as I did Divergent despite your differences.

First off, I have to start some loud and wild applause for Tris Prior. I am consistently amazed by the utter strength and power that Tris possesses and the way that she seems to find it within herself right when she needs to. By no means whatsoever is she invincible or fearless (if anything, I think this book definitely proved that) and there is something achingly real and raw about her character. I didn't necessarily agree with all of her decisions but I know that I'll cheer for her until the end.

Four. I didn't really know that it was possible to love Four more than I already did but somehow I do. I can't give higher praise than saying that I LOVE the way that he treats Tris - exactly the way she deserves. He does not coddle or talk down and treats her like she is strong and capable. Insurgent, would you mind recommending this to a few of your bookish friends? Tris and Four encounter some bumps on the road but in the end emerge stronger than ever. They are absolutely one of my favourite couples EVER.

I am a little stunned at the amount of ground that's covered in you, Insurgent. From exploring the Amity and Candor factions to even more daring missions, there was never a moment I wanted to take pause. This series is jam-packed with action and I'm starting to suspect every page has been charmed with a spell to make it compulsively readable. Or maybe that's just Veronica Roth's magic writing.

So Insurgent, if you'd like to magically transform into your sequel so that I can sneak in a read... I'm on board. Just saying.


(This is my 2nd time doing a review in a letter format... I really enjoy it actually! I feel like it makes it pretty easy to express my feelings. Any feedback on it?)

5/5 stars although I would gladly give it a planet or two.


  1. I loved this book too. Much better than Divergent . . . had that epic factor to it! Anyway fantastic review!

  2. EEEEEEEEEEEEE. SONIA. SONIA. SONIA. I love your love letters to books... well, 'review in letter format' whatever. It's obviously a fangirl stalker love letter.

    Um, can I just copy/paste EVERYTHING you said? OMG. Four and Tris. I'm so with you on them being one of my favourite ever couples. It was AMAZING and sheer perfection the way Veronica handled their relationship. Why can't we have this MORE in sequels rather than the boynotalky, girlconfused, ANGSTANGSTANGST, kissykissynewboy. Blehh. Fortris? Brilliance. I love it. I love it. I love it.

    I'm starting to suspect every page has been charmed with a spell to make it compulsively readable. YES. There is no other explanation for it. I couldn't put this down to go to the freaking TOILET. I took it with me haha. #toomuchinformation.

    YOUR LOVE LETTER/REVIEW IS PERFECT. I love it like your parents love the idea of going out together in their shiny new canoe....

  3. Awww, awesome letter/ review, Sonia! I'm yet to read Insurgent. I got it the day it released but haven't got around to reading it yet but you make me even more excited to read it! I LOVE that Tris and Four are even awesomer in Insurgent. That rarely happens in sequels! And cant wait to read about Amity and Candor and discover more about those factions!

  4. This review is PERFECT (yes, do continue with letters whenever you want!!) and I have no idea how I'll write mine. So much happened in the book and…Tris & Four… What can you really say? Their relationship is so KJAFNJJHADJBHUAJKSHBADK. I so jealous at how you expressed all of this in coherent and pretty words <3

  5. <3<3<3<3<3

    Since your letter was epic epicness, I have decided to write a haiku to express my own feelings. I was inspired by you.

    Oh, Insurgent, why
    Must your sequel be so far?
    Why not tomorrow?

    :P. Seriously though, I agree with everything you wrote. Four and Tris! They were so amazing, one of my favourite couples ever too. EVER.

  6. SUCH a great review!! I loved it :D

    I am also happy you loved it as much as Divergent. I really wanted to but...I dunno...there was something missing!

    But one thing's for sure, I am SOOOOOOO FLIPPING EXCITED FOR THE THIRD BOOK!!!

  7. Dear Sonia,

    I like your letter format. It is fantabulous. Like yourself. Please write more.

    Your loving stalker,
    Sarah ♥