Audiobook Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth!

Audiobook Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth!Insurgent (Divergent #2)
by Veronica Roth
Published By: Harper Teen
Format: Audiobook
Release Date: 05/01/12
Narrator: Emma Galvin
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Pages: 512
Source: Purchased Audiobook
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One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

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***SPOILER FREE***
I listened to Divergent almost a month ago but hesitated when it was time to read the sequel.  I really liked Divergent, I thought it was pretty fucking brilliant!  But, I had heard all about how unhappy (and mad) readers were after reading Allegiant an well, it kind of freaked me out.  What the hell happened to make people dislike a book so much.  But curiosity got the best of me and I decided since most readers seemed to like Insurgent, I would go ahead and read it then decide if I should continue with the series after…

Perhaps my favorite thing about this book was how badass and kind of heartless Tris had become.  She was threatening to kill and/or shoot people left and right!  Although, in her defense, most of them deserved it.  And she is dealing with some pretty heavy stuff she suffered through in book one.  The drawback of this however was how distant she became with Four.  I was frustrated at how closed off she became with Four…but, at the same time I understood.  Still, poor Four.  (Theo let me hug you!)  We did get to see some swoony Four moments that I really enjoyed.  Although for 512 pages I would have liked more.  Because of you can’t make time for a little action while being afraid you might die any day, then when can you???  Still, I found myself enjoying this story and despite the length, I was never bored.  Annoyed and frustrated yes, bored? No way!  There were so many interesting plot twists to this (some I saw coming, some that blind-sighted me) that it helped over look the parts that bothered me.

My one big issue with Insurgent was Tris and her all-to-ready-to sacrifice-herself attitude.  Girl, I get that you are hurt and lost and confused but do you have to turn everything into a suicide mission?  What does this say about your feelings for Four that your so ready (and maybe a little too eager?) to die? Towards the end I was ready to say ‘just let her go Four!  I’ll comfort you.’  Despite my major frustration over this, I still found myself fascinated by this worlds and especially the fear landscapes.  Once again, I can’t wait to see how this is played out in the second movie.  I still enjoyed Insurgent, just not as much as Divergent….

After finishing Insurgent, I wasn’t sure I wanted to read Allegiant.  So I went online and read all the spoilerific reviews of it….I don’t think I’ve ever done this before.  I felt all dirty and wrong.  Anyway, I’m soooooo glad that I stopped the series where I did.  I wouldn’t have minded the ending if it was necessary or if it made sense or if the rest of the book made up for it, but it looks like neither of these were the case.  Seems like she took a page from Suzanne Collins ‘how to end a trilogy’ lesson.  AKA, kill all the characters.  I’m definitely curious to see how this will be played out in the final movie.  After all, their main goal at the end of the day is to make money and I can’t imagine how they can do that while pissing everyone off.  This is one of the rare cases where I’m praying they change the ending and give it the ‘hollywood’ ending.  Although I’m sad and disappointed that this trilogy ended this way, I’d rather stop on a good note meanwhile I pretend that Tris and Four lived happily ever after.  Don’t you dare try to convince me otherwise!

Audiobook Comments:  Nothing new to add to this section that I didn’t talk about in my Divergent review.  It’s Emma Galvin, she’s one of my favorite narrators and she does the books justice.  Check out a 10 minute (non-spoiler) sample of the Insurgent audiobook below!

Some of my favorite non-spoiler quotes from Insurgent:

We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.

“Sleep,” he says.
“I’ll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.”
“With what?”
“My bare hands, obviously.”

No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.

That’s why you like me!” I exclaim. “Because you’re not very nice either! It makes so much more sense now.”

“We’re all right, you know,’ he says quietly.
“You and me. Okay?”
My chest aches, and I nod.
“Nothing else is all right.” His whisper tickles my cheek. “But we are.”

About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

Comments

  1. Oh no! I haven’t read Allegiant either, but now you’ve terrified me!
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  2. Looks like you went on a bit of a Divergent review tare this week! Sometimes, that’s the only way to go! I’m doing that with the last few books in the Mercy Thompson series next week. I don’t blame you for wanting to end Divergent on a high note though; I know many readers avoided tackling the last Nightshade (Andrea Cremer) novel for similar reasons.
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  3. All the back and forth in Insurgent made me crazy but I still loved the book! And I kinda got why Tris was all crazy, I wanted her to act differently but I could see it. As for Allegiant- do I wish it had ended differntly- of course BUT it was also still a great read and I did love the book. It was heartbreaking but I didn’t think it was unneccessary, I can see how it got to that point. I know I’m the dissenting opinion here lol but I figure if a book can tear me apart the way Allegiant did then it really affected me. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives
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  4. I’m kinda weird, honestly, but I very rarely finish a series. I get bored with the same characters over and over again. I really enjoy series that have more companion novels, such as Ten Tiny Breaths, where it’s new characters each book. I do plan to read this one, since I just picked up the audio, but like you, I will probably end with this one. Especially after hearing all of the anger about Allegiant. Too many books, too little time to read books that you aren’t going to like, that are going to make you mad, or that just plain aren’t worth your time. Great review! I love that you love audiobooks now too. :D
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    • I LOVE companion books! For me, it depends on the books and characters. Most series I don’t ever finish. But there are some like VA, and Georgina Kinkaid where I finish the series and loved the books. The Chicagoland Vampires is on book 9 and I dont think I can ever get enough of the characters. But then there are so many other series where I just lost interest, especially when it feels like they are just trying to milk a dried cow…

  5. I love love LOVE the second to last quote that you shared! EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE NOW :D No but in all seriousness, I’m so glad that you enjoyed this book, Nereyda! Divergent was AMAZING, but Insurgent is a fantastic sequel. I have not read Allegiant yet (but I have a copy), so I think I’ll re-read Divergent and Insurgent before reading Allegiant. I already know I’m going to hate Allegiant (stupid spoilers that just FLEW IN MY FACE). Oh wellz.

    Awesomsauce review, Nereyda!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!
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  6. Okay, now hearing you talk about the spoiler reviews, I’m so glad I stopped too! I was just so disappointed in the hidden ‘secret’ that it gave me no real motivation to read the third book.

    Not sure if I’ll be watching the movies, since I’m always hesitant about the actors being all wrong and all that jazz. But who knows. ;)
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  7. I haven’t ventured into reading this yet. I know, I am so behind on the times for sure. Thanks for the review!!! I’m with Kelsey on the characters and movies part. It always seems they pick the wrong actors from what I have envisioned. LOL!!!!
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    • This is the good thing about not reading the books beforeany plans of a movie. You really have no idea what the character looks like in your mind so you’re kind of ‘oh yeah he would be good’ as opposed to ‘HE’S going to be Four???’

  8. Yeah, Tris’s suicidal personality really freaked me out, even though I liked every other aspect of the book. I think it was just those moments where she was willing to die for her cause that made her come off as slightly radical. But I agree, you’re usually not bored with her books, even though nothing happens. And regarding Allegiant, I felt like the ending Veronica decided on was PERFECT for the series, but it was so poorly executed that it ruined all of the glamour. Like, the pacing was all over the place leading up to the ending, the dual POVs were really stupid, and the ending in general just felt kind of rushed. But anyway, fantastic review, Nereyda! <33
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  9. I’ve read Divergent and Insurgent but I’m hesitant to read Allegiant because I don’t want to end the series with a bitter taste in my mouth. Now that I’ve discovered the benefits of audio books (thanks to you!) Maybe I’ll just go the audio book route for book 3 but I’ll wait for you to review it, I think :)
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  10. Great review! I liked this okay, though it wasn’t as good as Divergent to me. I read the spoilers for book 3, then read the book…..major let down for me, though some people liked it I know…..I didn’t and was crushed for a while, then pissed, and now I just choose to ignore it and enjoy the Divergent movie when it comes out.
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  11. I completely agree with everything you mentioned Nereyda! I loved Divergent, enjoyed Insurgent (even Tris’s suicidal tendencies ;-) ) but Allegiant was a HUGE let-down. I was super excited for the movie release until I read book 3, definitely not so much now.

    A wonderful review! :-)
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