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review 2016-05-07 16:15
Good follow-up to Divergent
Insurgent - Veronica Roth



I enjoyed this second volume of the trilogy although I did find that it is more suited to the young female readership than a 62-year-old man! This in mainly because of the frequent tears - or lack of them - from our heroine as well as a lot of introspection. The story is still quite compelling and worth a look, even if ultimately it is quite dark with plenty of bloodshed and death of well-loved characters. Hopefully Allegiant will be a bit more positive.

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text 2016-03-21 20:17
Reading progress update: I've read 54%.
The Divergent Library: Divergent; Insurgent; Allegiant; Four: The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor (Divergent Series) - Veronica Roth

I sometimes wonder if I'm the only person who gets frustrated with a game, decides to pick up a book for a bit, and surfaces nine hundred pages later remembering that sleep is a thing and should probably happen before work.

 

I mean, I'm okay if I am, but it does explain my lack of speed in finishing games sometimes.

 

On the plus side, I'm really enjoying re-reading this. Might eventually have to break down and see the movies, even. Maybe.

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review 2016-02-05 11:00
3/5: Insurgent
Insurgent - Veronica Roth

Tris has to come to terms with killing a friend, and losing her parents, while trying to form and keep new alliances with The Factions (and Factionless). But nothing is black and white anymore…

I checked back, and it’s been two years since I read Divergent – high time I read Book Two, I thought, and I had some summer time reading space and went for it.

Despite the gap between the stories, I didn’t feel lost as to what was going on in this book. It’s almost self-contained, with enough back-story reminders to keep you on track. There’s a nice sequel hook at the end so you come back for Book Three to see how it all works out.

Roth sketches her world in rough outlines, with shades of grey and rain the predominant colours and weather, but despite that, you get a solid sense of place and are very grounded in this world and its characters.

I commented in the first book there didn’t seem to be much chemistry between Tris and her instructor, Tobias (now her lover). This time it seems more developed and the relationship more concrete. There seems to be more of a need for each other now.

Roth doesn’t hang about in this book. Her pacing is relentless; there aren’t many pages where the characters aren’t moving forwards to the next event. Tris is shifting locations constantly in this book, from Amity orchards to Candor confusing corridors. The pacing is almost too fast, and sometimes the action blurs into one.

Tris also changes alliances as her whims take her. I’m not sure I would Tris with my back in a fire-fight: She might decide the people we were supposed to be fighting have a better deal for her.
It does make her character and the dynamics of her relationships more interesting though. Tris is a woman in conflict, with everyone around her and herself.

I will be coming back for Book Three…maybe in another two years.

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review 2016-01-14 00:00
Insurgent
Insurgent - Veronica Roth Very similar to 3rd Hunger Games books, as lots of moments of boring, boring followed by quick bursts of action. Should have read Divergent again first, as it is taking awhile to remember people and events. Lots of moments of confusion as I read the book, but I soldiered on.
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text 2015-10-11 18:31
Reading progress update: I've read 250 out of 525 pages.
Insurgent - Veronica Roth

I renewed the book and then just sort-of lost steam with it near the middle. Not sure if the initial impulse from watching the movies faded or life got too busy. I imagine I'll pick it up again when the third movie, which releases in March 2016, comes out.

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