Thursday, August 22, 2013

'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth

My book storyAbout two months ago, I had a 15% off coupon for Barnes and Noble. I used it to buy the paperback of Divergent. You can read my review of Divergent here

I read it. I loved it. I decided to set my copy free and sell it to Powell’s Books. It makes me happy to think that everybody wins: Barnes + Noble made a sale, I got to read the story, and now Powell’s will earn a small profit, and another person gets to enjoy the book without paying the full price.

Did you know you can sell gently used paperbacks to Powell’s even if you don’t live in Seattle, and they pay the shipping?

I went to the post office on August 1st to mail Divergent and a couple of other books to Seattle. The post office is a block from the library, which happened to have a copy of Insurgent waiting for me. Nice synchronicity there.

On August 1st I was celebrating Lughnasa, so while on my walk to the library I went to the coffee shop for the traditional feast of blueberries and grains (and also a coffee smoothie). 

Now I'm finished with the book. Today it goes back to the library. 

My book review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm going to go ahead and give this book 5 stars because, taking it on its own terms, I don't see how it could get any better. My two favorite things about Divergent were how Tris Prior is a strong heroine who grows and continuously becomes stronger and braver, and the way Veronica Roth's writing keeps the reader on the edge of her seat throughout that thrill ride of a novel. This sequel has those characteristics, except now Tris is suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, so the "woman versus herself" conflict intensifies - and the stakes have been raised to the tenth power.

People Tris thought were dead turn out to be alive, people who Tris thought were allies turn out to be traitors, and certain snakes in the grass turn out to have surprising advantages. It's another heart-pounding installation in an adrenaline rush trilogy, and the jaw-dropper of an ending doesn't exactly let the reader relax and kick back until the release of Allegiant.

Allegiant comes out on October 22.

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Jenn @ Lost in the Right Direction said...

I also loved this series! I like it so much better than hunger games. I am so excited for the next book to come out!

Erin O'Riordan said...

Me too.

jennie said...

Oh yeah--this series ROCKS! I've already preordered the third and I can't wait!! How many more days until October 22? Haha!

Erin O'Riordan said...

I almost never buy a brand new hardcover, but I will definitely put my name in for it at the library.

Shoshanah said...

I'm happy to see you loved this one too! Hopefully we'll both enjoy Allegiant just as much, if not more.

Erin O'Riordan said...

Yes, hopefully it'll be a fitting ending to an exciting trilogy.

Janie said...

I preordered Insurgent and I'm totally doing the same with Allegiant. Best series ever.

Erin O'Riordan said...

I'm already on the waiting list at the library for Allegiant.