Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent
Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 1, 2012

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.

I'm going to say something and I don't want you all to hate me. I didn't absolutely love Insurgent. It was really good, but now where comparable to Divergent.

I really liked Insurgent, and there will be plenty of raving later on in this review. But first I'm going to explain why I didn't love it. Insurgent lacked the addicting, can't-stop-reading, stay-up-until-the-wee-hours-of-the-morning-reading qualities that Divergent had. I have a few theories as to why I didn't like it as much as I should have. A) I wasn't in the right mood. I was in more of a guilty-pleasure, cheesy-romance kind of mood, and that wasn't this book. B) My expectations were just too high to ever be obtained. These were both factors as to why I didn't enjoy this book as much as I thought I would, neither actually having to do with the book itself.

And now onto the raving. 

Insurgent starts off where Divergent left off. I was immediately sucked into this world again and happy to be in it. There were some definite twists in this book. There were quite a few times I was blown away. I Insurgent was an action-packed ride that didn't let go until the end. 

After everything that happened, it's no surprise that Tris struggled. but after a lot, I think Tris found herself and was stronger than ever. I liked Tris because she's very complicated and real yet totally bad ass. 

I really liked Insurgent, I really did. Just not as much as I though. But after all of that, not to mention a killer ending, I can't wait to read the third book. 


  1. WOW! Excellent follow up to Divergent; Roth does not disapoint with this sequel. Mid way through this book I realized I was getting dizzy from all the twists and turns, it is literally a roller coaster ride of emotions.
    This book picks up right where the 1st installment left off, Four (Tobias Eaton) has confessed his Love for our heroine Tris (Beatrice Prior) so where do they go from there? This book started off a little slow but once it found it's stride, holy cow! I tore through this book with eager anticipation to see what was on the next page; Roth has a way of putting you in the passenger's seat with the character in such a way that you can almost feel what they are feeling.
    Having survived the "simulations" in book 1 Tris and Four have to decide where their loyalties lie; whom can they trust? Who is the "Real" enemy? Just when they think they know they are thrown for another loop. Friends become enemies and enemies become allies, then turn around and stab you in the back; or do they. Our two young lovers really have to do some Soul Searching in this book, they are put to the test in more ways than one.

  2. Yeah... I guess I could understand that. I also didn't enjoy Insurgent as much as I did Divergent. This one somehow became a little bit heavier than the last to me. Nonetheless, it was still a great book! Awesome review! :D

    Fara @ Tumbling In Books