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Veronica Roth

War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences.

If you have read Divergent (and if you haven’t look away! and check out our review) you will know that Tris, at age 16, went through the choosing ceremony and made a choice to leave her own faction of Abnegation and join Dauntless. Then later on we find out that her simulation results indicated that she had an aptitude for 3 factions and could have chosen any one of them – that she was in fact Divergent. That choice has led her on a roller coaster of an adventure, as she went through the violent Dauntless initiation process, was picked on for her size and quickly learnt who her enemies were. She also begins to realise that all is not well between the five factions and that in fact a war is coming.

Insurgent takes up where Divergent left off, with Tris and Tobias heading for the safety of Amity after the horrific Erudite attack. There is no recapping so it may be an idea to have a re-read of Divergent first to remind yourself of where the story is up to. Insurgent is fast paced and keeps you gripped. I have to keep reminding myself that Tris is just a mere 16 years old, one who has lost her parents and whose life is at risk for her Divergent qualities.

Divergent introduces us to the five factions; Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite. In Insurgent we get to know each faction better. Although each has their own particular set of beliefs and morals, there is a consequence for holding those ideals so highly. For example, Candor values honesty, but yet they value it so highly that they have no thought to the damage that it might cause. Dauntless are free and value bravery but their chaotic way of life and complete recklessness leads to much unnecessary damage and death.

There is much fighting and loss and Tris is truly on a journey as she battles, not only to find out the ‘truth’ and what the significance of the ‘Divergent’ is, but also to battle her inner demons as she comes to terms with all that has happened. She seems increasingly reckless and finds it hard to make the right choice as her guilt and grief threaten to overwhelm her and at times I admit to getting frustrated with her and wanting to shout at her!

Tris and Tobias (Four) seem more apart than they are together for a lot of the book as they battle their demons separately and find it hard to trust and completely let go and be honest with each other about what they are each dealing with. Yet their underlying commitment to each other despite everything is very touching but it’s heart breaking at times as Tris is so conflicted as she wants to reach out and touch Tobias and be close to him, yet constantly holds back because of her pain and confusion. There is a lot of emotion going on that sweeps you right up with it. Phew!

The last few chapters are pretty relentless and I even confess to getting a wee bit confused and having to go back and re-read a few pages there is so much going on! There is a twist in the end… not completely unpredictable but it’s left me musing over society and its ills and how easily society could get to this place. Scary stuff!

Verdict: This is a fast paced and very gripping sequel to Divergent. I completely loved Divergent and still love it a little more than Insurgent, but am hooked on the story as a whole and cannot wait for the final part of the Trilogy to make its appearance next year.

This post is part of the Team #CANDORUK campaign for #INSURGENTUK

Reviewed by Lesley

Publisher: Harper Collins children’s
Publication Date: May 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 525
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Lesley
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: None
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Veronica Roth

Three flying birds…
One for each member of the family I left behind.
Sixteen-year-old Tris is forced to make a terrible choice.
In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris doesn’t fit. So she ventures out alone, determined to discover where she truly belongs. Shocked by her brutal new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.
The hardest choice lies ahead.

If the over excitement of over 70 UK bloggers, falling over themselves to promote its sequel, isn’t enough to convince you of the fabulousness of this novel then, I doubt there is anything I can write to convince you, but what the hey, I’ll give it a go!

Futuristic Chicago is divided in to five distinct factions. At its core, each faction exists to preserve and promote the values it feels are most important for a peaceful society and eradicate those personality traits deem undesirable and dangerous.

Valuing Selflessness about all else, Abnegation would climb twenty flights of stairs in order to give their space in a lift to another person. They fade in to the back ground in their matching grey clothing and utilitarian hair styles, believing to be truly selfless they cannot be self aware.

Amity, who value kindness and despise aggression, are the caretakers and peacemakers in society.

With a hate of duplicity, Candor values honesty above all else. Their inhabitants are trained to spot lies from a young age. Candor do not believe in white or kind lies, they would always tell the truth even at the expense of someone’s feelings.

The protection of society falls to Dauntless whose manifesto is to eliminate cowardice and promote bravery.

Erudite, the teachers and researchers blame ignorance for the failings of society and constantly strive to obtain more knowledge.

Tris, has never felt good enough, never felt completely at ease in the selfless faction in to which she was born. Instead she feels inexplicably draw to the pierced, monument climbing, train surfing teens of Dauntless. Tris has the power to change her entire existence. Along with her peers she is about to make the most important decision of her life; Choosing the faction that will not only define the way she will behave for the remainder of her life, but will determine where she lives, her career options, what food she eats and even how to dress. Before these sixteen year olds make their decision, society will conduct an aptitude test, to guide them to the faction they are inherently suited to.

A fast paced, coming of age story, Divergent is as pumped full of adrenaline as the black clad faction Tris aspires to join. Tris is a girl, separated from her family for the first time, struggling to find herself and her place in the world. Simultaneously connecting with a part of herself which has been previously denied, and for the first time truly appreciating her upbringing and the faction she grew up in.

Initially written off by her peers due to her birth faction and her slight stature, Tris show strength of character, mind and intellect long before the physical training begins to yield results. Unfortunately for Tris, this improved physicality doesn’t come soon enough to prevent her receiving a beating or two at the hand of her dauntless peers and her training certainly doesn’t make her invincible.

In Divergent if you get punched and kicked, you bleed and you hurt, and you’re probably not getting up again anytime soon (at least not without a limp). There are no magic formulas or fantastical technologies to heal your injuries or anaesthetise the pain. At times this gritty realism makes for an uncomfortable read but ultimately it creates a believable and relatable “every woman” caught up in extraordinary circumstances.

No YA tale is complete (at least not for me!) without a swoon worthy male lead to confuse and complicate our protagonists life a little further. Four comes from my favourite breed of love interest; tough, life hardened exterior hiding a super sweet but bruised centre, which only our feisty heroine can uncover. Not that I’m implying that he is a gingerbread male lead, trust me, Four is very much his own man.

Verdict: When you do decide to pick up Divergent I recommend that you block out some time in your diary and stock the fridge (at the very least apologies to your family in advance), because once you start reading it you are not going to want to put it down until the final page is turned, and then you are going to go right ahead and start reading Insurgent!

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Harper Collin’s Children’s Books
Publication Date: May 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 487
Genre: Dystopian
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: None
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Happy Publication Day

To Insurgent by Veronica Roth

War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences.


Here at Big Book Little Book we are delighted to be involved in the blog tour for this highly anticipated sequel to Divergent. Along with our Candor UK team mates we will spend the week discussing all things Insurgent and Candor.

Check out our Team Candor UK list in the sidebar for the latest offerings or visit Carly at Writing From The Tub to view the full Team Candor UK tour schedule.

If you are on twitter you can get involved by checking out the hash tags #INSURGENTUK and #CANDORUK.

In addition to our regular Carnegie and Greenaway Awards feature and Little Book post (postponed until tomorrow), Big Book Little Book will be posting reviews for both Divergent and Insurgent and a Candor inspired Novel Nibbles post. We will also be answering Sarah’s daily Faction inspired questions over at Feeling Fictional

In the meantime to wet your appetite, check out this awesome trailer for Insurgent.

This post is part of the Team #CANDORUK campaign for #INSURGENTUK. Click on the picture above for more information.

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