Insurgent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In a word: AWESOME!!! I enjoyed this one as much or more than the first one. It picks up right where Divergent leaves off. I actually wish that I had taken the time to re-read Divergent before begining this one but it didn't take long before I was able to put the pieces together. There is so much that I liked about this book. I loved that the pace picked up so quickly in the begining. There wasn't any remembering about the past it just simply went forward. The characters were so alive and flawed as people are. Tris is such a strong female character but at the same time we are reminded that she is 16 and acts like a teenager that often acts on her emotions and makes mistakes. Tobias is also a strong character and we see how the issues from his dysfunctional family have affected him. And like all of us, we want to be wanted by our parents. The pain of rejection from a parent is evident and you can feel that it is almost too much to bear at times.
On top of all this wonderful character development is this wonderful mystery of what is really going on. What is really at the root of this conspiracy theory. We see the pieces unfold as to what the government is keeping from the people and how that information is not only used to control the masses but who will kill for it or how it can be used to start a war. Nothing is black and white in this story. People make decisions because of how they think things should best be handled not necessarily out of malice but because they believe they are right and their way should be undertaken using whatever means. However, the ends do not always justify the means.
Without giving out any spoilers I will say that the ending is an awesome cliffhanger. I admit, that I partially saw it coming. The hints about the cause of all that ills this society were there but I can hardly wait for the final book to see how it all works out. I definitely loved this one and anyone who liked Divergent will find this one a must read.
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