This book was so action-packed, it's difficult to know where to begin! The characters were amazing, though with a few I did feel a certain likeness to...moreThis book was so action-packed, it's difficult to know where to begin! The characters were amazing, though with a few I did feel a certain likeness to another popular series featuring sparkly vampires. However I can overlook it due to the plot-line.
I've never come across a story quite like this. At first I was worried that the Furies business would be long and drawn out but the two main characters got over this hurdle quite easily and a little too conveniently. I'm not going to complain too much over this as it got the story going much much better. For being almost 500 pages, it was simple to read through, honestly I think the pages were flying. That to me is a great sign of a book. Also whenever I put it down (didn't happen much) and pick it back up, instantly, I knew what was going on. Didn't have to stop and think about it. The conclusion leaves room for a sequel (WEE!) but it was a swift ending. Things just rapidly started happening within the last 30 pages and bam!, book is finished. I was kind of like "Wait...wha- NO! That can't be it!"
I can't get over the Delos family. They are all so perfect in their own perfect, quirky ways. When Hector really started connecting with Helen, he absolutely captured my heart. Not that I didn't fall head over heels for Lucas either but I think he was missing something... Not sure at all what it could be though. The sisters in the family felt like secondary characters and what's worse is interchangeable. They didn't have their own "voice" so to speak. Hopefully this will change in upcoming novels. As for our heroine, Helen, will I loved going through this story with her. I connected with her and her abrupt change in the world she knew. Her frustrations, triumphs, and love all came poring out of the pages, it was truly tangible. Mrs. Angelini has a magnificent way with word and phrase.(less)
First of all I would like to thank Goodreads and HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to read this novel before it's published date. A BIG than...moreFirst of all I would like to thank Goodreads and HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to read this novel before it's published date. A BIG thank you, because this book is just soo... there's no words really. It's a totally engrossing novel. The story line, characters, the pacing, all of it was wonderful.
I fell in love with these characters, and wish I could meet them all. OK, maybe not all. Some are hardcore bad, like Peter and Eric. I got mad shivers when Eric came out to play. Each person is filled out beautifully, and all are distinct from one another. There's a lot of heart-wrenching moments, and you really feel it for these characters, every single one.
I'm totally invested in the world Miss Roth created. I guess if an apocalypse has to happen, I hope it turns out like this. It's the only plan so far that "seems" to be working. (I say "seems" because of course in order to create an interesting story there's something not quite right with this society, as in all dystopians.) It definitely could work out though. Then again maybe not, as Tris's mother points out "Human beings as a whole cannot be good for long before the bad creeps back in and poisons us again."
Now, there is a ton symbolic importance in this novel. The similations we go through with Tris and Four are mind-blowing. I can not figure out the fireball on the cover though. I'm thinking it's supposed to be an all-in-one symbol of all the factions, but I'm doubtful. After reading again, I see now that it's Dauntless symbol. Makes a lot more sense.
While I think this novel would do well as a stand-alone, I'm salivating for more. Like I said I love these characters and I want to learn so much about what happens next! Insurgent can't get here fast enough!(less)