Insurgent by Veronica Roth: Review

Posted April 6, 2012 by Emily in book review, Uncategorized / 17 Comments

Insurgent by Veronica Roth: ReviewInsurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Published by HarperCollins on April 1, 2012
Pages: 288
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: HarperCollins

I received this book for free from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Beware: If you haven’t read Divergent, you may be spoiled a bit by this review. However, this review is INSURGENT SPOILER FREE. Read my Divergent Review (link)

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Insurgent begins right where Divergent leaves off. Tris and the others are headed to Amity headquarters to seek refuge from the crazy Erudite. Tris is still reeling from watching the murders of half of her family, and from being forced to murder one of her best friends that was under the influence of a simulation. Once at Amity’s headquarters, she hopes to regroup and figure out how to restore the balance of the factions.

The beginning of Insurgent hits the ground running. To say that Tris is upset by the events that took place during her initiation ceremony would be an understatement. She is haunted by them. Particularly her part in murdering Will. Tris’s character becomes increasingly complex as she tries to work through her feelings, especially about her own faction and what it means to be Dauntless.

If you thought you knew which faction was good and which was bad, you may change your mind several times throughout the story. There is no clear villain, as each faction, and it’s leader, struggles to hold on to their power and their people. Each leader makes some serious mistakes, but also has some redeeming qualities (except Erudite, honestly).

And, all those of you who loved Tris and Four (Tobias, he goes by both depending on the situation), you’ll be happy to hear that there is no introduction of a love triangle to add complications. That is not to say that Tris and Tobias don’t have their struggles, because they do. However, they don’t involve any outside parties, and are about the real-life struggles of a new relationship and finding how much space you need, figuring out trust, and in their case, trying to survive.

But, the real crowning achievement comes in the final 100 pages. Roth pulls no punches and ends with a revelation that will take some time for you to digest. It’s one that I certainly didn’t see coming. And I can’t wait to read the continuation of the final book.

If you haven’t started this series, then in my most urgent tone of voice I say, “get thee to the bookstore!”


17 responses to “Insurgent by Veronica Roth: Review

  1. I'm glad to see you gave it 5 stars, so many times I feel the second book in a series is not as awesome as the first one. But sounds like it's just as awesome, and I can't wait to read it!

  2. I am only part way through Divergent so I didn't read this *cry* but I thought Insurgent reviews weren't supposed to go up until the release date? I guess there were different rules?

  3. I AM SO EXCITED!!! I just finished Divergent!! WOW!!

    Hooray for no love triangle!! I'm sure Tris has some hard times getting through some of the horrors she has witnessed. I can't imagine seeing and doing some of those things.

  4. Madeline

    Thanks for your review! Really excited to read it, and have preordered. Thrilled that she rose above the overdone YA love triangle. Looking so forward to see how this plays out!

    PS. People, if you haven't preordered, do so. At 35,000 preorders VR will release a scene from Divergent from Four's perspective. Something to help with these last two weeks!

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