My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I want to give this all the stars in the world…
So I’ve been sitting here thinking about what I want to say about this book because… holy hell… there is so much – so much that I was expecting, and hoping for… and so much that we as readers got. To say that this book was incredible would be an understatement in my opinion. I’ve seen people mention this second book curse, I’ve even read a few that were so not what I was expecting, but this… this was SO MUCH MORE.
I read Divergent about a year ago and instantly fell in love with the characters in this world that Veronica Roth created. Four, the tortured but lovely boy, and Tris… the tough, kickass girl. But those aren’t the only ones you connect with, Christina, Caleb, Will, Uriah, Tori… lord I could go on and on. Each and every one of them had a purpose to being there and we get the exact same depth with each character in Insurgent.
I’m going to try to make this NON SPOILERY … try đź™‚
So we left Tris and Four on a train with Marcus and Caleb heading for Amity territory at the end of Divergent, they had stopped Jeanine, but for how long, no one was sure. Insurgent deals mainly with the aftermath of the first attack by the Eurudite. How will they move forward and who can they count on for support. I could never do this book justice in writing a review that encompasses everything that happens. There are so many twists and turns. I will say that at times I was smiling and others I was practically in tears.
I adored Four in the first book and Roth totally brought the swoon again in Insurgent. You can just feel how much he adores Tris and it’s in the words …
“He slides his hand over my cheek, one finger anchored behind my ear. Then he tilts his head down and kisses me, sending a warm ache through my body. I wrap my hands around his arm, holding him there as long as I can. When he touches me, the hollowed-out feeling in my chest and stomach is not as noticeable.â€ť
“Sleep,â€ť he says. â€śI’ll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.â€ť â€śWith what?â€ť â€śMy bare hands, obviously.â€ť
“We’re all right, you know,’ he says quietly. ‘You and me. Okay?’ My chest aches, and I nod. ‘Nothing else is all right.’ His whisper tickles my cheek. ‘But we are.â€ť
Those are just a few of my favorite passages but this book is full of them.
Insurgent, like Divergent, is filled with action, suspense, betrayal and there are secrets to be uncovered everywhere. Underneath all of that there is also a small love story which I adore. The world that Roth has created has captivated me and I spent much of the book on the edge of my seat (not literally of course) turning page after page and thankful (sort of) that my child was sick on 5/1 so that I could devour this book. It was everything I had hoped for and more and I don’t even know how I’m going to wait until 2013 for the third book.
I will say this – If Roth ever decided to expand this series by writing from Four’s POV I would probably shed happy tears for weeks.
This series is a must must must read – I know I’ll be rereading Insurgent this weekend again, slower… so I can savor each and every word and pick up on every small detail that I may have missed in my haste to find out what happens. I hope some of you join me!