Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

May 9, 2012 2012, Katherine Tegen Books, review, second in a series, Veronica Roth, young adult 4

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: May 1, 2012
Source: Purchased
Series: Divergent #2

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.

I don’t even know where to begin with this review. I loved Insurgent, just because it’s the sequel to Divergent, but I honestly don’t love it as much as I loved Divergent. But even as I’m writing this review just after having finished the book, I don’t feel like I’ve finished. I’ll explain that in a little bit.

I think the reason behind why I didn’t like Insurgent quite as much as Divergent is because of Tris and Four. Which is funny since they’re the main reason I loved Divergent. But there’s some trouble in paradise, which when you think about Tris and her personality, is not completely unexpected. Even so, I was not happy with those particular troubles. Other characters stepped up, even one that was completely unexpected. Others betray those they love.

There’s just as much action as ever though in this sequel, and lots happening. It’s a big book, and for the most part the pacing is good. Every once in a while though I’d hit a spot where it just felt like it slowed temporarily, but soon enough picked up again. And the reason why I feel like I haven’t finished is because of the way it ends. Pretty much right in the middle of something, just like the first book. I didn’t really feel like questions from the first book were answered completely. Just reiterated so that we wouldn’t forget. I’m hoping they’re delivered in the final installment.

Insurgent is definitely still an awesome read, and I seriously cannot wait for the third book. I want more Four and Tris! If you loved Divergent you have to read this book. If you love dystopian books in general, this is a series that you absolutely should not miss!

Chelsey C.

4 Responses to “Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth”

  1. Ivan

    I agree with you point. Some books have many questions left unanswered. For me, every book must like it is alone and not depend on its predecessor or successor. I have read a statement on Tumblr about how some authors being pressured to release a part 2 or 3 when the first book sold out. I hope this will not be the case for Insurgent. Happy reading!

    -Ivan
    Rumpelstiltskin and Co.

  2. carole

    I want this book in my hands now! But, my copy comes in tomorrow 🙁 Your review makes me want to track down the postal worker delivering it…

  3. Enchanted by Books

    I just finished reading Insurgent the other day, which I read RIGHT after Divergent luckily. I adored Insurgent more then Divergent but I can see what you probably disliked.

    In Divergent, Tris and Four were falling for each other. It was a forbidden type of romance of sorts since he was her instructor.

    In Insurgent, all the lovey dovey stuff is kind of gone. The world is falling apart, people are dying and their lives are in danger. So there’s not much time to be lovey dovey and if they were, it wouldnt feel real because who thinks about that when their lives are in jeapardy?

    Tris lying to Four over and over, annoyed me. Tris risking her life over and over, annoyed me. I think the author was trying to show us that Tris is Abegnation through and through. She is selfless even though she always thought she was selfish. She is so selfless that she risks her life to save everyone, over and over again.

    Maybe Four could not relate to what Tris was doing because he wouldn’t do that himself? Not sure.

    The end was a shock for me but also incomplete like you said above. I can’t wait for the next book.

    It’s a heavy book and I haven’t started another book yet since. It’s the type of book that takes a week to absorb after you finish it.

  4. Chelsey @ Starry Sky Books

    You’ve summed it up exactly! As much as I enjoyed Insurgent though, it actually wasn’t the kind of book where you wait a few days to start another one. The last one for me was back in late February or early March when I finished Arcadia Awakens

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