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3.0 out of 5 stars Action packed sequel, 20 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Insurgent (Divergent, Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
The sequel to the critically acclaimed "Divergent" by Veronica Roth continues Tris' Prior's story in the world of factions. The consequences of the simulation and the impact on her family means Tris is now seeking answers, and as the factions start to merge and the Divergent are targeted, there are more questions than answers as Tris and friends seek to find a way to stop a war.

Veronica Roth's debut novel brought about a wonderful dystopian novel full of energy and categorising its characters into factions: Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, Dauntless and Candor.

This categorisation allowed the author to expand on common beliefs and set her characters in various roles and the conclusion brought about a thoroughly entertaining novel, and this sequel continues with a strong dynamic with Tris and others looking to end an upcoming war between these factions.

One of the upsides of Divergent was its diverse settings revolving around the characters faction. This allowed for a flowing consistency to Roth's novel that was tight, intriguing and made you feel right there in the heart of that cave with Tris. Insurgent feels more flamboyant, as the characters are travelling around to various dangerous locations, there is more surprise in store, and this has its ups and downs.

From getting kidnapped and stuck in simulations to fighting off cloudy poison and the factionless, Insurgent is more of a hard hitting drama than its predecessor and these are the pages you want to turn that you want to know what happens. It's the fluffy lovey drama and overhyped drama you want to skip, and Insurgent carries on that feeling from Divergent.

Perhaps its wrong to compare books but you feel as though chapters come straight out of Twilight or the Hunger Games with the last ditch love me save me situations. But these are only part of the inconsistency. There is simply minimal hook in this novel. It just feels long and mundane and the scenes mentioned before are great, expertly written, but the in between chapters, the talking over contemplations about actions and the upcoming bloodshed seem to drag.

Overall this is a good sequel to Divergent the characters are full of energy and the scene setting Roth manages to project is visually imaginative but sadly the weight of 500 + pages is too long and doesn't generate that same excitement the first one had.
Nevertheless the ending is exciting and bring on the next instalement!
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