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Insurgent (Divergent Series #2)

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One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride that began in Divergent. A hit with both teen and adult readers, Insurgent is the action-packed, emotional adventure that inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Octavia Spencer.

The paperback edition includes special bonus content by Veronica Roth.

As war surges in the factions ...

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Insurgent (Divergent Series #2)

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Overview

One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride that began in Divergent. A hit with both teen and adult readers, Insurgent is the action-packed, emotional adventure that inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Octavia Spencer.

The paperback edition includes special bonus content by Veronica Roth.

As war surges in the factions of dystopian Chicago all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

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Editorial Reviews

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In this powerful follow-up to the smash hit Divergent, feisty orphan Tris threads her way through a dystopian world in which warring factions vie for dominance. Earns apt comparisons with The Hunger Games, but this is no imitation.

Rolling Stone
“The next big thing.”
Rolling Stone
The next big thing.
MTV
“This is one fast-paced read that sticks in your head for days after you put it down, both because of its video-game-like scenes and its thought–provoking premise.” —Hollywood Crush, MTV.com
New York Times Book Review
“With brisk pacing and lavish flights of imagination . . . Divergent clearly has thrills, but it also movingly explores a more common adolescent anxiety-the painful realization that coming into one’s own sometimes means leaving family behind, both ideologically and physically.”
BookPage
PRAISE FOR DIVERGENT:“You’ll be up all night with Divergent, a brainy thrill-ride of a novel.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“The depth and richness of Beatrice herself make this an accessible option for both sci-fi buffs and realistic fiction fans.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The depth and richness of Beatrice herself make this an accessible option for both sci-fi buffs and realistic fiction fans.”
VOYA - Ed Goldberg
Insurgent begins where the first book of this dystopian trilogy, Divergent (HarperCollins, 2011/Voya August 2011), leaves off. The Dauntless (brave) faction has allied itself with the Erudite (knowledge-seeking) faction and is massacring the Abnegation (selfless) faction. The Erudite leader, Jeanine, has perfected a serum that, when injected, creates a mental simulation allowing her to control her subjects, in this case the Dauntless. Tris and Four, both Dauntless transfers (not born into the faction) and Divergent (able to manipulate the simulation) have escaped, along with some loyal Dauntless, and have unsuccessfully requested both sanctuary and assistance from another faction. Tris believes that there is more to the war than mere dominance, and this is confirmed by Four's father, Marcus, an Abnegation leader. Marcus's shady and brutal past, however, makes him an unreliable source of information. As Four and his mother, Evelyn, leader of the factionless, plan a counterattack, Tris must decide whether to follow her instincts or follow the group. Insurgent makes little sense without having read Divergent. There is significant violence. Tris, the sixteen-year-old main character, is portrayed more as a whiner than the strong character the author undoubtedly intended. The writing is repetitive and not overly descriptive. This reader could not envision the surroundings in which the story takes place. Most characters are fleshed out, though. There are clearly some surprises, and Insurgent did answer one question that plagued this reader from Divergent. Having said this, following on the popularity of the Hunger Games and Uglies series, as well as Divergent, Insurgent will most likely be quite popular as well. Reviewer: Ed Goldberg
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Insurgent continues Roth's dystopian cycle that began with Divergent (HarperCollins, 2011), and the beginning of the story will be confusing to those who have not read the previous book. As the novel opens, the protagonists are undergoing interrogation via truth serum, thus revealing the major events only sketchily alluded to before. This backstory keeps readers disengaged for too long. Roth's saga has at its center the division of humanity into factions based on their performance on aptitude tests. (These factions are Amity, Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite.) Originally intended as a benign method of governing, the separation into classes has devolved to the dominance by the Erudites. The members of each faction undergo "Simulations"—gaming during which the participants lose their free will and become killing machines. Tris is a Divergent, meaning that she has aptitude for more than one faction, and is immune to the simulation mind control. She and her teacher, Tobias, join with a group of people called the "Factionless," who form the nucleus of the revolt. Insurgent explores several critical themes, including the importance of family and the crippling power of grief at its loss. One of the novel's finest tropes describes this loss as "teetering on the edge of grief's mouth." A very good read, despite its difficulties.—Nina Sachs, Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook, ME
Kirkus Reviews
In this addictive sequel to the acclaimed Divergent (2011), a bleak post-apocalyptic Chicago ruled by "factions" exemplifying different personality traits collapses into all-out civil war. With both the Dauntless and Abnegation factions shattered by the Erudite attack, Tris and her companions seek refuge with Amity and Candor, and even among the factionless. But the Erudite search for "Divergents" continues relentlessly. They have a secret to protect--one they fear could prove more catastrophic than open warfare; one they will slaughter to keep hidden... Rather than ease readers back into this convoluted narrative, the book plunges the characters into immediate danger without clues to their current relationships, let alone their elaborate back stories. The focus is firmly on the narrator Tris, who, devastated by guilt and grief, reveals new depth and vitality. While taking actions less Dauntless than recklessly suicidal, she retains her convenient knack for overhearing crucial conversations and infallibly sizing up others. Her romance with Tobias is achingly tender and passionate, and her friends and enemies alike display a realistic spectrum of mixed motivations and conflicted choices. The unrelenting suspense piles pursuit upon betrayal upon torture upon pitched battles; the violence is graphic, grisly and shockingly indiscriminate. The climactic reveal, hinting at the secret origins of their society, is neither surprising nor particularly plausible, but the frenzied response makes for another spectacular cliffhanger. Anyone who read the first book was dying for this one months ago; they'll hardly be able to wait for the concluding volume. (Science fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062024053
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/20/2015
  • Series: Divergent Series , #2
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 52,527
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and several stories written in the world of Divergent. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband live near Chicago.

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