Monday, August 6, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth (8/10)

Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins (2012)

I have put both the US and the UK versions of the covers up as I was so bitterly disappointed that the UK publishers decided to change the design for whatever reason. I adored the original Divergent cover and think the US cover of Insurgent is simply stunning. Plus it has one of the faction logos and just seems fitting with the feel of the series as a whole.

The UK cover does suit the series, I suppose. I do like the wings behind the title and the symbolism of the burning leaves. I just don't like change and do not understand why they feel compelled to change covers midway through a series. I want my series to match, dammit!

But onto the review!

It feels like I have been waiting forever for Insurgent. Divergent was easily one of the best books I picked up last year. The big question is... did Insurgent live up to expectations?

I am not going to lie. Compared to the pace of the first book, it started off a little slow. But the action did pick up before midway through and the writing, if anything, was much improved! Veronica Roth really does have a way with words and getting her story across without wasting space on the page.

And the cliffhanger! Yes, there is a cliffhanger! Wow.

I did find Tris' self-depreciation a little annoying, though. I wish she, as a character, had more conviction in what she was doing and the decisions she makes throughout the novel.

Insurgent definitely is the middle book of the series. It feels like it and sets up for the final book well enough. fans of Divergent will not be disappointed, but don't go into this one expecting the rollercoaster ride that book one delivered.

Rating: 8/10

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