Friday, June 08, 2012

48 Hour Book Challenge: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours
Total Books: 0.5

Notes: Here's my first official check-in for the 48-Hour Book Challenge. I finished reading Insurgent, although it only really counts as half a book for the purposes of the final count--I started it a couple of days ago, which was not great timing on my part, because then I really couldn't put it down for a few days to read other things. No! Of course not. No reading interruptus in this instance.

From that, you can probably guess that Insurgent was as un-put-down-able as the first book in the trilogy, Divergent. Although the main character, Beatrice/Tris, is not necessarily the most sympathetic or "nice" character, the action and suspense in these books is nonstop, and if you like dystopian thrillers like Hunger Games you'll probably enjoy this one. The minor issues I had with characterization pale in the face of the plot action--and it's definitely a plot-driven book. At the same time, though, it's thought-provoking in terms of its premise. In this book and the first one, I constantly found myself thinking about which faction I'd choose, if I lived in this society, and I couldn't stop questioning the entire time about what was real and what wasn't, about what lay outside the fences of their rigid world.

Presumably in Book 3 we'll find out...

6 comments:

Katya said...

That series is at the top of my TBR pile. I'm planning on savoring it poolside this summer.

aquafortis said...

It would be a GREAT poolside read!

Abby said...

Ahh, I read Divergent for the 48HBC last year, but I haven't gotten to Insurgent yet. Glad to know it's good! Keep up the reading!

Paulina said...

I've heard such good things about this series, and your review confirms that I really should get to it soon!

aquafortis said...

Insurgent is good! It starts with a little more buildup (i.e. not quite as much action) as the first book, but it definitely goes on to be action-packed.

Bibliovore said...

I remember the first being a fast-paced and unputdownable ride, but I was in the midst of Cybils reading and it also felt like a little dystopia checklist was being marked off. It was entertaining and enjoyable though.

Glad to have you with us for the 48HBC this year!