Saturday, July 7, 2012

June Book Club: Insurgent by Veronica Roth AND Giveaway!

Our very first book club book was Roth's Divergent, so we were all excited to read the next installment in the series! And, since we got to meet Veronica Roth at BEA we even have an extra copy of Insurgent to give away to a lucky reader!

No spoilers for Insurgent, but read with care if you haven't read Divergent.

After the disastrous aftermath of the Erudite manipulation of the Dauntless in Divergent, Tris, Four, Caleb, and the other survivors have to figure out what is going on, who is really behind the attack and what they can do to move forward in a world that is tumbling around their ears. Tris struggles to get past her guilt for the death of Will and her parents and isn't sure who she can trust. As they meet the leaders of other factions and come face to face with the factionless, Tris has more hard decisions to make as she deals with disquieting revelations and shocking betrayals and figures out exactly what it means to be a divergent.

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Here's what we had to say:

Jenn N: A lot of 2nd novels in planned trilogies are a retread of the 1st entry and set up events for the concluding installment. Fortunately, Insurgent was full of more action and twists than Divergent. Roth definitely didn't suffer from sophomore slump. Insurgent is a fresh story that builds on Divergent. There are a lot of surprises here. Tris is betrayed by someone she loves dearly and her relationship with Tobias is complicated. However, she remarkably puts that all aside to fight for what she believes to be the greater good. The cliffhanger ending is a total "woah" moment that will leave you eagerly anticipating the finale.

NaomiRuth: I hadn't read Divergent when we went and picked up Insurgent at BEA from Veronica Roth, and I was a little bit nervous that I wouldn't like the books, but I loved Divergent and hurried on to read Insurgent, which I am glad to say I loved as well. The world was believable, and I loved learning more about the factions. I really identified with the main character. It was good. I'm excited to read the next one. Woohoo!

Jessica P: I could not put Insurgent down! It was one twist after another - something that I fully enjoy in a book. It was not predictable, as some sequels can be. I really liked the cliffhanger at the end, and I cannot wait for the last installment to be released (though I have a while to wait)!

Eileen: I read Insurgent somewhat expecting a slow moving information filled book typical of the 2nd book in a trilogy. Definitely not the case. It was as fast paced and original as Divergent. I also loved that it picked up right where Divergent left off. The real life feeling of Tris and Four's relationship was also one of my favorite parts of this book. I will not give away the ending, but it was also exciting and I can't wait for the next book!

Rebecca T: I too was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was a completely new story rather than a rehashing of things we learned in Divergent. The world building continued and the pacing of this is done really well through both of the books. I loved that Tris didn't suddenly become some mindless girl zombie who followed her boyfriend no matter what. She and Tobias did not agree. A lot. But she stuck to what she believed was right even when that meant that her relationship with Four suffered as a result. The intrigue was built well and at one point I literally screamed at the book. I think I liked this one even more than the first and eagerly anticipate the third.

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For next month we're branching out of YA again and reading Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men at the earnest request of NaomiRuth.


laurice-with-love said...

I'm pretty sure Insurgent is really a must-read! :"> I mean, people all over the world are gushing about it! It must be that good! :D Can't wait to get my hands on its pages! >.<

Eva said...

Insurgent was an amazing book and an excellent follow up to Divergent. Definitely a must read!

Unknown said...

Insurgent brought out so many emotions in me. On one line, I feel tears in my eyes and the next im laughing and smiling. The trilogy itself is a MUST-READ. Veronica Roth is an inspirational author :D