Review * Insurgent by Veronica Roth

May 7, 2012 Reviews 9 ★★★★★

Review * Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Published by HarperTeen on May 1, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 525
Format: Hardcover
Source: BEA
Also in this series: Divergent, Allegiant
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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.

What I Thought…

  • I stayed up way too late to finish Insurgent, but there is no way that I could put it down. Insurgent is filled with tons of action, and there didn’t seem to be a good stopping point.  And really, who needs sleep anyway?
  • Insurgent is filled with so much conflict it had my stomach in knots.  Tris and Four.  Factions against each other.  Within the factions.  Family members against each other.  It was so intense!
  • Tris and Four had so many sweet moments and so many other moments that made me want to pull out my hair.
  • Tris did a lot of growing and changing in Insurgent.  Much more than she did in Divergent.  She has so many different feelings and at times she struggles to figure them out.  I liked the girl that Tris became by the end of the book.
  • Four was absolutely perfect as to be expected.  I fell a little more in love with him, even when him and Tris were disagreeing.  He changed some too, but not nearly as much as Tris.  After finishing Insurgent I want a book from Four’s point of view even more now.  There were so many times in Insurgent that I wish I was in his head instead of Tris’ head.
  • I loved learning more about the other factions (Amity, Candor and Erudite).  It was so interesting to get a glimpse inside of them.
  • There were a lot of breadcrumbs leading to the end.  I picked up on quite a few, but there were some I definitely missed.  I really enjoyed the mystery of trying to figure out what was true and what was not.

Overall this was a much more intense read than Divergent and I can’t wait for the next one!

My Rating


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9 Responses to “Review * Insurgent by Veronica Roth”

  1. Jenny

    These one’s aren’t for me. (that’s putting it nicely) ;) but I’m glad you liked it. I love books that are so good you can’t put them down even for sleep!

  2. fakesteph

    More intense than Divergent!?!? I seriously need to start reading it. I’m glad you liked it and I LOOOOVE that quote you included. Sigh. I forgot how much I really do love Four.

  3. Bittner

    Great review Kim! I know I want to read Divergent, and I’m sure I will like it once I do, but I can definitely see me favoring Insurgent, because I love character development and I’m glad to hear that the characters grow and change in this book.

  4. UK

    This is an insightful story, one that qualifies as page-turners, which a reader is likely to go back to, to read again.The pace is fast, the settings are spectacular real and the characters are memorable. This book takes the reader through the ordinary lessons of life where mistakes are made, objectives are achieved and happiness and sadness often at crossroads. Veronica Roth’s Insurgent follows Janvier Chando’s The Grandmothers, as books I enjoyed reading.They take the reader through the ordinary lessons of life where mistakes are made, objectives are achieved, and where happiness and sadness are often at crossroads. And he story comes with an intriguing title.