May 27, 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth: Review

Publisher: HarperTEEN (May 1, 2012)
Hardcover: 525 Pages
Series: Divergent # 2
Genre: YA Dystopian
My review of Divergent
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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.

Review by Jess
INSURGENT by Veronica Roth is the second installment of the Dystopian trilogy titled Divergent. Divergent seemingly took the world by storm and Insurgent does not disappoint! Action packed with lots of drama and secrets; this one will for sure leave readers absolutely breathless!

Wow! That is my initial reaction to this novel. Just wow. Veronica Roth has left me literally speechless for a second time. After reading the first in the series, Divergent, I didn't think it was possible that she could shine any brighter but I was so wrong! Insurgent comes at you full throttle and keeps pushing. I loved the additional view of the Factionless, including Four's mother, although she is near impossible to like as a character.

Tris really stunned me in this one. She has grown so much because of the situations she's in. It's sad that she has to go through half of what she does but its a beautiful thing to see her develop so much! Though I love her as a character, I felt like her PTSD like attitude lasted too long. Though she is pretty kick butt, I wished she had continued with that persona. I'm hoping to see more of it come back in the third novel.

As I said in my review of Divergent I love Four and Tris. They are easily becoming my favorite fiction couple. Though they are set in a completely different world than our own the struggles they went through were so realistic it was practically jaw dropping. The two as a fictional couple were so real to me and the things they went through together really speak to the reader. Roth did a spectacular job creating such a real couple in such a far away world.

Overall I was stunned by this novel, Roth outdid herself when I didn't think that was even possible. Her characters are so real and its next to impossible to put this down. It will be incredibly hard to wait for the next/final novel. The Divergent series easily rivals the Hunger Games which is something I never thought could happen. Veronica Roth, take a bow, you have changed the book world!


  1. I love Insurgent too! And Divergent; tris and four are my favorite fictional couple as well. I saw your story on Lauren Oliver's page and I thought it was great! <3

  2. I can't wait to read Insurgent! I absolutely loved Divergent and Tris is such a great character. I love her.


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