Summary (From Goodreads.com)
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.
Having heard so many great things about Divergent, I read that and promptly ordered Insurgent off Amazon. I’m not sorry I did!
We touched on the similarities between Divergent and The Hunger Games in the review of Divergent, and there are more in Insurgent. Most notable, the feel of the novels – Divergent is similar in feel to The Hunger Games itself, whilst Insurgent has more of a Mockingjay feel to it.
I found the characters to be just as imperfect and compelling as previously – Caleb, Tris, Four and the others all have flaws and I find that makes them more likable than if they were good at everything and generally perfect. I thought Tris was more annoying (though I think that was intentional) but I found other characters made up for that.
I found Insurgent the more gripping of the two, but also a little more difficult to keep up with. It’s certainly not hard going by any stretch of the imagination, but I’d be less comfortable to take it on a journey or somewhere I’d be likely to interrupted.
My biggest objection to the book is somewhat difficult to explain without giving plot spoilers to those who haven’t read it yet! I personally felt the conclusion to the book was reasonably predictable, which was a bit of a turn-off for me, but overall I did enjoy it.
Buy it? I’d be happy to buy it for less than a fiver, which it’s now widely available for.
In a nutshell: Recommended to fans of the series – fast-paced, gripping but a bit predictable.