Last week I gave a rave review for Divergent by Veronica Roth, and already I’m finished the second book in the series, Insurgent.  Wow!

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What a stellar book!  This is the kind of book I’m jealous of as an author, and the kind I devour as a reader.  Just fantastic!

The story follows Tris Prior in the aftermath of the events of the first book (I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it) and explores more of the world of five factions based on virtues.  This is everything I want in a sequel, unfolding a greater narrative while telling a complete stand-alone story with struggles and themes of its own.  Roth worked storyteller magic with impeccable pacing and earth-shaking twists, loveable but real characters, and a fascinating future world.  Far from losing me, she kept me riveted the whole way through.

I would recommend both books, and the upcoming third, to anyone, young or old.  The series’ themes of belonging, individuality, sacrifice, and the value of life ring true at any age.

 

I’ve already got book 3, Allegiant, reserved.  🙂

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