Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader designed to feature the book you are reading right now by sharing the first few lines of the story.

Today I’m reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

“I wake with his name in my mouth.”

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I’m approaching the final portion of the book, and I’m a bit conflicted about it. Perhaps if I hadn’t reread Divergent in preparation, I would be more confident in my feelings toward Insurgent. Then again, I’m not sure the novel would have made the necessary emotional impact had I not refreshed my acquaintance with the characters and setting beforehand. As it is, I’m stranded in that nowhere land where I feel ungracious  giving the book anything less than a four-cup rating, yet conflicted since I don’t feel that it lives up to its predecessor. Hopefully I’ll be able to articulate my concerns more fully when I’ve finished the novel and had a chance to wrestle with my thoughts before reviewing it.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

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