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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.