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The Insurrection

(The Initiation #3)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  24 reviews
They are protected by lies. He is armed with the truth.

Having survived the Initiation and expedition, one battle remains: the fight for the heart and soul of New America.

Drayden and his friends, enlisting the help of Professor Worth, must find a way back to New America before the Guardians imperil their return. But for these teens, their problems are only beginning. The Bu
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Permuted Press
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Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This whole series has been such a fun and dramatic ride that will sweep you away with it's sometimes intense action, horrible secrets, and always with the possibility of the whatifs.

I had the privileged of being able to read this back to back and thoroughly enjoyed every single page of it. I quickly was wrapped up in the slight Hunger Games of it all without being a carbon copy but sticking to it's own horrifyingly realistic take on what could one day happen if so many things don't change and i
Renita D'Silva
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is just wow! And this book! I did not want it to end but since it had to - all I can say is: this is how a series should end!
Each book in this amazing trilogy is better than the last and this one is just superlative!

The characters and the world that is depicted here will stay with me forever. The writing is stunning, the story pacy and action packed but with wonderful bursts of humour and wit. The scenario of a post apocalyptic world is brilliantly imagined and you feel as if you are
KarenJo Custodio
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars rounded to 5 on Goodreads

Drayden and his friends may have survived the Initiation and Expedition, but they have one more fight to win – take down the Bureau. But, in order to do that, they need allies and decide to join the Insurrection. But, will that be enough to finally defeat The Bureau?

Like I said before, the idea of dystopian societies is nothing new, but Babu has created an important, riveting, and thought-provoking story that will make you think about life and humanity. His wri
Ella Marckus
The Insurrection by Chris Babu is the final book in The Initiation series.

Having survived the Initiation and expedition, this book continued with Drayden and his friends to take down the Bureau to reveal the lies of the government that have been deceiving them for years. In characters that kept evolving throughout every turn of a page, mistakes they have made and find out what they are capable of in trials and the enemies that they have faced in the New America.

As a part of the resistance and wi
Addie BookCrazyBlogger
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-s
For fans of “The Maze Runner,” and “Divergent,” comes the last novel in the Initiation series. Drayden and his friends have been through hell, only to discover that their government has been lying to them for years. They become part of the resistance, to tear down the hypocrisy and cruelty. A cast of new supporting characters is introduced, such as Professor Worth, undoubtedly the coolest guy ever to be seen in a dystopian novel. Suffice to say, I love when novels have the characters exposing li ...more
Elaine Platt
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Dystopia series. I loved it. Yes, there are lots of dystopian novels and series out there. This is a clean series; a little romance but does not detract from setting or plot. Very few cursing, in fact, we are immediately introduced to the author's replacement for cursing which is "shkat" ha ha
If you are looking for a clean YA dystopia, choose this series. Thank you Chris - each of the 3 books in the series are intriguing and satisfying. Your main character Drayden is a superb hero example for te
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
*I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own*
All I can say is wow! This series ended so nicely!
With any dystopian read, that’s all you can really hope for.
I think the author did a great job at making sure everyone had closure. Drayden got closure with his mom and dad. The Professor found his niece. Everything ended basically perfectly (other than injuries gotten from the war)
My only problem was that I felt the end was really rushed. It re
Robert Givens
May 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Well-paced and cleverly plotted.
Alma Cota
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Perfect ending! I very much enjoyed Drayden story .
Lelia Taylor
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Predators in the wild, gang violence, a perilous ocean journey, confrontations with the Guardians...all, and more, are the many trials and tribulations a small band from Boston face as they work to help those who are resisting the Bureau of New America. How did we get here? A pandemic caused by Aeru, a deadly bacterium (uncomfortably close to what we currently have with the coronavirus) led to a totalitarian group dividing Manhattan into highly defended walled wards but, as you might expect, ver ...more
Justin Maravilla
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best one of the series!
Tara Ruff
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
This book had somewhat of a slow start. There was a lot going on and it made it hard to center myself with the characters. I did enjoy it as it moved further on.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
For the last book in the series it left a lot of unanswered questions. Otherwise it was excellent.
Nancy Cohen
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this whole young adult series and the last installment did not disappoint. The author did not take the easy way out and sugar coat scenarios, such as the main character's mom's death, or his killing of his chief enemy. I found the action to be realistic as well as the outcome. The author's writing style holds your attention and is written to hold an adult's attention while still appealing to a young adult audience, unlike other series which are written to seemingly appeal to a juvenile a ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it

This was the story readers were waiting for...

Here, we catch up with Dray, Charlie, Catrice, and Sidney, just after everything has gone down that went down in book two...and no, I won't spoil it for those that haven't read it. So much has transpired, but so much is still in store for this motley crew that it's not even funny. Okay, well some of it is, but more in the oh-my-gosh-we're-so-stressed-out-that-we're-more-than-a-tad-punchy sorta funny, than the HA HA HA kind. I was beside myself throu
Manuela Iordache
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Insurrection, the third book of The Initiation series, continues the saga of Drayden and his friends, a fight against the New America government, The Bureau. After Aeru, a deadly bacterium, became pandemic, a totalitarian regim erected twenty-five-foot-high, concrete walls and divided old Manhattan into four residential zones, from A to D; the D, also known as Dorms. In exchange for protection against Aeru, The Bureau asked from his citizens total obedience, if not, they will be expelled out ...more
Jessica Higgins
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
As the series draws to a close, a new chapter begins!

Drayden, Catrice, Charlie, and Sidney are still shocked about learning the secrets of the Bureau and New America upon arriving in Boston. Now they must undertake the dangerous mission of returning to New America when they were never expected to survive. Even though they beat the Guardians to get to Boston, they are still an ever-present danger that is lurking outside the walls. They realize that they need leverage and decide that an acquaintan
Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)
I'm not sure if this book is classified as YA or Middlegrade, maybe it hovers right inbetween. What I do know is that book one, The Initiation appealed to my youngerself immensely and I enjoyed regressing to be swept up into Drayden's world. I read the first book with intensity in the span of a few days and it remains my favorite of the series!
The Insurrection is the third and final book in this series. WE once again join Drayden, Sidney, Charlie and Catrice as they fight against the New Ameri
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
“Hope was a curious thing—both the remedy to misfortune and the cause of complacency.”

Set in an isolated Manhattan after a deadly plague ravaged the earth, the city changes its name to New America. The citizens are told no one survived outside the walls and the Bureau instilled an organized system of society to ensure the remaining population can live. It’s a little bit Maze Runner and a little bit Divergent wrapped in a plotline all its own.

Before we go one, there may be mild spoilers for the f
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

A fantastic finish to The Initiation trilogy!!!!

This final book of this trilogy did not disappoint as I find that most trilogy conclusions often do - and I can honestly declare that this was my favorite of Chris Babu's three novels. So much takes place in The Insurrection that I cannot even go into plot details. There was action, suspense, a bit of romance, and tears (my tears, mostly).

I will say, however, that what i
Rutuja Ramteke
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Having survived the Initiation and expedition, one battle remains: the fight for the heart and soul of New America.

Drayden and his friends, enlisting the help of Professor Worth, must find a way back to New America before the Guardians imperil their return. But for these teens, their problems are only beginning. The Bureau, which never expected them to survive the expedition, will do everything in their power to prevent New America’s darkest secrets from getting out.

Drayden’s on
Mary Sue
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I love the entire Initiation series and this final installment, The Insurrection, is the best of the three. I've often felt that trilogies become less vibrant and less cohesive with each installment but this is exception - it so well crafted that it is the pinnacle of the series. The plot is tightly woven to be a fitting dystopian tale however one which is relevant to our current times - a cautionary ta
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great ending to the series. It took me a bit to get back into the swing of the story, because it picks up basically right where we left off last time. This installment is non stop action. Alot of story is packed into this final book. It will definitely keep you interested. My only complaint is Dray's insecurities. After a few instances of him waxing poetic on luck, I kinda wanted to smack him. I received this book for a honest review. ...more
James Collins
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun!! What a fun book and series to read. Each book built more and more on the characters making the final installment a blast to read. The author has done a great job bringing the characters to life - over the three books you feel each of them maturing as you read and finish The Insurrection. Great book for the young and old to read!!
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Chris Babu grew up in North Haven, CT, playing soccer and the violin in his free time. After devouring The Shining under the covers with a flashlight when he was eight, Chris was hooked on fiction. He's always had a thing for young adult books. But he's also a major science and math nerd—physics being his favorite—and he has a math degree from MIT.

For nineteen years, he worked as a bond trader on

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