Insurgent by Veronica Roth| My TBR List Review

May 30, 2015 My TBR List, Reviews 24


My TBR List is a meme hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading where we get some help picking out what to read next. We sit for hours looking through our TBR lists wondering when we will ever get to that one book we were dying to read when we added it 3 months ago or maybe even a year. So each month we pick 3 books from our TBRs and let everyone else vote on which one to read. We announce the book the second week and by the end of the month, we review it!

Insurgent by Veronica Roth| My TBR List ReviewInsurgent by Veronica Roth
Narrator: Emma Galvin
Series: Divergent #2
Published by Harper Audio, Katherine Tegen Books on May 1, 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Length: 11 hours 21 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

One choice can transform youβ€”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.

This month’s My TBR List voting was a tight race – Insurgent won by only one vote, which I had to call my brother and ask him to make to break the tie (I did not, however, tell him what to vote for BTW). I was thrilled that Insurgent won, because (1) I want to see the movie and have a strict rule about reading books BEFORE watching the movie and (2) I’m already into the series. Now that I’ve read Insurgent I’m equally glad it won. I devoured it in just 2 days time and I’ve already downloaded Allegiant to start on as soon as I’m done writing this review πŸ™‚

Even though I read Divergent back in November of 2014, I had no trouble picking up where the story left off – although I did have to try and separate in my head the book’s version versus the movie’s version since they are slightly different. I felt like the pacing in Insurgent was pretty non-stop, which I loved. Even in the lulls there was a lot going on mentally – Tris was either trying to figure out her own feelings, what was happening on a larger scale, or there were developments within the different factions.

There were so many twists and turns in the story, I don’t think it’s possible to call all the twists – I did call one of the biggest ones (*mental high five* lol) but I wasn’t 100% sure of it until literally the last moments of the audiobook. The story just keeps you on your toes. One of the things I really liked was the stress in Tris and Four/Tobias’s relationship – particularly because it wasn’t caused by the introduction of third person. No love triangles here – just the stress a new relationship would understandably go through in the midst of a rebellion/war/revolution (it’s kind of all three) where both partners are deeply involved and don’t always agree 100%. I don’t necessarily dislike love triangles, but this was still a refreshing change for a YA dystopian.

Needless to say I did really enjoy the story and I can’t exactly tell you why I’m not giving it the full five stars, except to say it wasn’t quite five stars. *shrug* But 4.5 is pretty damn good, right? Oh and I should totally mention that Emma Galvin does a really good narration – I listened at 1.5 speed and it still sounded really good, with a variety of voices and clear male voices. Not all narrators can handle that increased speed in my opinion, so I’m putting her down on my list of pretty great narrators.

Can’t wait to see how this trilogy wraps up (please don’t let it have the YA dystopian third book kiss of death….)

4.5 stars I loved it

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About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)


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24 Responses to “Insurgent by Veronica Roth| My TBR List Review”

  1. Greg

    I liked the book well enoug but actually liked the movie- which is unusual. πŸ™‚ I wasn’t expecting to like the movie after lukewarm but was surprised how much I did. I like how they did the factions, although the end is different if I remember right.
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    • Berls

      I’m looking forward to seeing the movie – I like the actress that plays Tris, so I have high hopes. I’m super curious for how they’ll do Allegiant now that I’ve read that too… will be interesting to see the response.

  2. Lexxie

    I’m so happy you enjoyed Insurgent so much, Berls, and now I’m curious as to what you’ll think of the movie πŸ™‚ I can’t remember if I’ve only watched Divergent, or if I’ve also watched Insurgent…
    I hope you’re having a spectacular week, my dear! *hugs*
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lexxie! I’m hoping to see the movie soon – I’m not sure if it’s out on DVD / digital download quite yet. I’m almost done with Allegiant now too πŸ™‚

  3. Jennifer

    I checked this one from the library on audio about a week before seeing the movie and only listened for about 20 minutes before stopping. I just wasn’t in the mood at the time. I enjoyed the 1st book but really liked the movie more because it cut out some of the show parts that was in the book. So this series has become a movie only series for me. LOL I do love the narrator!

    • Berls

      Lol sometimes that happens! I liked both the movie and book for #1, we’ll see about the movie, I still haven’t seen it.

  4. Ramona

    Looks like you’re out of the funk, ducks <3 Glad you liked it – though Divergent was better, right? I thought it was the best in the series. Can't wait for you to read Allegiant. Do it with tissues at hand – fair warning πŸ™‚
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    • Berls

      I think I liked Divergent better, though this one feels better because of coming just after a long funk. Timing is everything ! I’ve started Allegiant – I’m so nervous because I’ve heard so many polar views on it…

  5. Stormi

    I still need to try Divergent some time. πŸ™‚ I liked the movie and it just makes me want to read the book to see how different it is. I didn’t get through my book for today. πŸ™
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  6. Lola

    I have read the first two books in this series, but not yet the third one. I actually had a lot of trouble getting into this book as I had forgotten a lot of details from the first book and that made it hard for me to get into it. I remember liking it a lot less than Divergent, but still being an enjoyable book. And indeed lots of surprises and twists in this one. Great review!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lola! I think I liked this better than Divergent, which surprised me. I do think it was easier for me to remember the details because I saw the movie not long ago – so even though that wasn’t exactly the same, it was close enough that I remembered the most vital details.
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    • Berls

      oh yeah, I remember you told me the end was spoiled for you πŸ™ I don’t know yet, so shhhh lol. It’s good so far πŸ™‚

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