Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Monday, December 17, 2012

Review: Insurgent

For the holidays, I'm reviewing a book or series a day from December 1st through 24th.

Today's book is Insurgent by Veronica Roth, the sequel to Divergent, one of last year's holiday picks for teens.  This review contains spoilers for Divergent.

In the aftermath of Erudite's attack on Abnegation, Tris and her friends and family attempt to preserve what is left of their lives while taking on Jeanine and the Dauntless traitors.

I've said all along that the truly compelling thing about Divergent is the relationships between character and how they change with each new circumstance.  Roth manages to keep her characters' actions realistic while still occasionally surprising; a difficult line to walk.  This second installment of the series maintains this theme, delving further into Tris's relationships with Four/Tobias and Christina, among many others. The action keeps moving as well, offering several heart-pounding scenes of infiltration and all-out battle.  While in many ways this is a classic middle-of-a-trilogy novel (tasked with expanding the worldview and raising the stakes, but not delivering a full payout for either one), I am definitely left eagerly awaiting the third and final book.

This is recommended for fans of The Hunger Games, teen girls looking for a kickass heroine and early-adopters of the next big thing (a movie is in the works).

Insurgent is published by Katherine Tegen Books and retails for $17.99 (hardcover) or $19.99 (hardcover collector's edition with a short story and other extras).  I bought my copy.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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