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message 1: by Nadine (new)

Nadine looking forward to ur review!


message 2: by Angela (new)

Angela Nadine wrote: "looking forward to ur review!"

Thanks! I'm trying to pull my thoughts together on it now. :)


message 3: by Sasha (new)

Sasha Haha I see that *you* were able to give it stars. I've written my review (putting it up tomorrow) and well - aha - I can't wait to compare :)


message 4: by Angela (new)

Angela Sasha wrote: "Haha I see that *you* were able to give it stars. I've written my review (putting it up tomorrow) and well - aha - I can't wait to compare :)"

I *so* wanted to leave a comment on your page about this and ask if you had worked up to stars yet, but I thought it would be nagging. :) I'm working on my reviews for Divergent (even though I read it 11 months ago) and Insurgent right now. We'll definitely have to chat and compare tomorrrow!


message 5: by Phoebe (new)

Phoebe Wow, stunningly similar reactions. This was a really huge improvement over the first book and I really, really enjoyed the window into the different factions, particularly Amity.

Also (view spoiler)


message 6: by Angela (new)

Angela Phoebe wrote: "Wow, stunningly similar reactions."

Ohh, stunningly similar? This makes me even more eager to read your take on it. The expansion of the world to include clear descriptions of the different factions really helped me feel more invested in the world and the different societies within it. I liked trying to figure out which real world groups the different factions might be modeled after, like the Amity who seem so much like the Quakers to me.

Also, (view spoiler)


message 7: by Phoebe (new)

Phoebe :O I even brought up the Quaker similarity in my review! It was really nicely done--and I LOVED the deepened view of Amity in particular. I didn't expect this book to win me over quite so well, but damn did it.

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message 8: by Angela (new)

Angela Phoebe wrote: ":O I even brought up the Quaker similarity in my review! It was really nicely done--and I LOVED the deepened view of Amity in particular. I didn't expect this book to win me over quite so well, but..."

Yay for Quaker awareness! Hee.

And, like you, I didn't expect to be won over so much, but I was. Yesterday after finishing, I was thinking about it and its themes as I did yardwork, as I fed the cats, as I filled the bird feeders, etc. You get the point. :)


message 9: by Sasha (new)

Sasha You say somber, I say booooring *yawn*. I was sooo bored for the first 450 pages of this book. Nothing happens! To write a thrilling, fast paced first book and then..this? It felt sooo much like a "middle book" for me - just all filler until the final book.

Tris and Four made me mad. So whiny and annoying and they're supposed to be Dauntless?! I felt like they regressed instead of progressing in their character development and omg (view spoiler).

I wanted to love this one so badly but I just didn't :( That won't stop me from reading the last book though.


message 10: by Angela (new)

Angela Sasha wrote: "You say somber, I say booooring *yawn*. I was sooo bored for the first 450 pages of this book. Nothing happens! To write a thrilling, fast paced first book and then..this? It felt sooo much like a ..."

Wow, we had such different reactions, but that's great b/c it gives us a lot to discuss! :)

There was definitely a big difference in tone and pacing in this one compared to the first novel, but it worked for me. Like you, though, I can see other readers being frustrated or bored with it.

After reading this and the big reveal at the end, do you feel like Roth can actually wrap it up in only one other book? I feel like too much will/can happen in the next book (view spoiler) to be able to deal with all of it. Thoughts?

Also, (view spoiler)


message 11: by Sasha (new)

Sasha I feel so outcast since it seems all but one other person I've talked to seem to be raving about it!

I agree that it will be too much for one book (unless that book is 1000 pages) and the publisher and the author should consider making it into 4 books (although the publisher only bought three books). :) I'm glad you enjoyed it though!


message 12: by Angela (last edited May 01, 2012 12:46PM) (new)

Angela Sasha wrote: "I feel so outcast since it seems all but one other person I've talked to seem to be raving about it!"

I have been the outcast on so many other books, so consider yourself in good company. We each have ones that work for us and ones that don't. :)


message 13: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha Olson So glad to hear this is an improvement over Divergent. I enjoyed that book, but there were moments that really bothered me. I wasn't sure I was going to pick up Insurgent as a result, but I think I will now. Though your comment about too-convenient plot points still concerns me...dang it, now I'm back on the fence. :)


message 14: by Angela (new)

Angela Tabitha wrote: "So glad to hear this is an improvement over Divergent. I enjoyed that book, but there were moments that really bothered me. I wasn't sure I was going to pick up Insurgent as a result, but I think I..."

The "too-convenient" parts weren't too distracting, so I don't think you should let that hinder you from reading this. In my opinion, it was a significant improvement over DIVERGENT, though quieter tone might not work for everyone. If you do ever decide to read it, we will have to discuss...obviously. :)

Speaking of DIVERGENT, I'm also trying to finish writing up a review of that book, since it seems silly to have posted one for INSURGENT but not the book that preceded it. We'll see if I can get that done before I leave for my SoCal vacay on Sunday....


message 15: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha Olson Well, I finished it today, and the too-convenient plot points were plentiful but not too distracting. I rolled my eyes a few times, and the adults still aren't believable, but it was entertaining. I liked the PTSD that Tris deals with--that felt realistic.

But I have to agree with Sasha about Tris and Four. They drove me crazy. Some of Tris's choices regarding him didn't make any sense, even though she supposedly thinks it through, like (view spoiler). Plus, much of their conflict could have been resolved with a conversation, which always seems like contrived conflict to me. But I do agree that they seem like a typical adolescent couple.


message 16: by Angela (last edited Jul 16, 2012 08:54PM) (new)

Angela @Tabitha: Glad that this installment seems to have sat a little better with you. And yes, haha, I do agree with you about the fact that (view spoiler)


message 17: by Tabitha (new)

Tabitha Olson Yeah, I agree that it's natural for the two to act that way. I was okay with it at first, but then it went on for too long. And then I got tired of it.

I like the direction the story is going, though, so I will definitely read the last book. Though I am with you in that it seems like an awful lot to resolve in one book...


message 18: by Angela (new)

Angela Hah, it *does* seem like a lot to resolve in a final book. I wonder, like so many other planned trilogies, whether the author and/or publisher will push this to a four-book series instead. Guess only time will tell. Regardless, we'll have more to discuss then when that/those book(s) come out. :)

Hope you're enjoying the summer with your boys!


message 19: by Tauseef (new)

Tauseef I just finished Insurgent and I thought it was amazing. I definitely thought it was better than Divergent and I absolutely loved Divergent.


message 20: by Angela (new)

Angela Tauseef wrote: "I just finished Insurgent and I thought it was amazing. I definitely thought it was better than Divergent and I absolutely loved Divergent."

Glad you enjoyed both books so much. Thanks for stopping by my review!


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