Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent (Book Two, click here for book one review)
Who’s it for? Teens, the slightly older end of the category too.
What’s it about? Picking up where Divergent left off, Tris finds herself having to navigate her way through a world gone mad in the wake of the brutal attack that devastated the factions. Half mad with grief and guilt she can’t stop to deal with any of it – and she may yet have to sacrifice more to uncover the truth.
What’s good about it? So much! The pacing in this is brilliant, relentless driving the action forward, and it makes for an utterly absorbing read.
Tris is still the most fantastic YA heroine. She’s flawed, but she’s brave and she stands up for what she believes in even when she knows it can cost her her life. Tobias doesn’t detract from her – yes he’s there for her, he’s the romantic interest how could he not be? – but she saves herself more often than not.
Insurgent really pushes the story along and it doesn’t feel like any of it is treading over territory already covered in the first book.
Plus there were some great twists that you really don’t see coming!
What’s bad about it? Nothing really, I was totally gripped from start to finish.
The verdict? This is a brilliant sequel that really delivers on everything that went on in the first. It doesn’t sag in terms of plot or pacing like so many second books can in a trilogy and the ending – oh the ending definitely leaves you wanting more! I can’t wait for the next part now!