One of the great things about having friends that run book blogs is when they send you texts asking if you want to read an ARC of a book that they have finished. These texts usually cause hyperventilating, happy dancing around the kitchen and then a response of YES! At least that is what happened last week when I got a text asking if I wanted to read Insurgent.
There is always some apprehension when you pick up a sequel to a book that you love. Will it be as good as the first or will it be that awkward sequel that just doesn't live up to the first and really only serves to set up the last book in the trilogy? I am very happy to tell you that Insurgent fits into the first category. In fact, not only was it as good as Divergent, it was better!
Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off. I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil anything but Tris and Four have to deal with the chaos that begins at the end of Divergent plus Tris has to deal with her actions during those events. One of the things I loved about this book is that Tris struggles to deal with the repercussions of her actions. She doesn't always deal with them in the best way but that's how things are in real life. Tris reminded me of friends that I know that are suffering from PTSD. That being said, I still found myself being frustrated with both Tris and Four through out this book. Things are a mess in every faction and as Tris and Four try to figure out what comes next and who to trust they make things an even bigger mess.
Even though I was frustrated I still loved every minute of this story. There are moments that made me swoon (Four *sigh*), moments that made me really angry, moments of betrayal and moments that made me cry. If you thought Divergent was non-stop action you were sadly mistaken. Divergent was just one of the kiddie rides. Insurgent is a grown up ride- so sit down, strap yourself in and keep your hands inside the ride at all times!