Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

By Veronica Roth
525 pages
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Source: Purchased

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.

I was a little worried about just jumping right into Insurgent because it had been a while since I read Divergent. I was worried that I wouldn’t remember details, some of the more minor characters, etc. Fortunately Veronica Roth does a great job of working in the necessary information without doing an actual recap or insulting the reader’s intelligence in any way. It works for people who were a little fuzzy on the details (like me) or people who had just read the book and/or remembered everything clearly.

I kind of feel like it’s pointless to review this book at this point. It’s already been reviewed by a million others and it seems likely that everyone who plans to read it has already done so or will do so regardless of reviews. So this will be less of a review and more of just a few observations.

The relationship between Tris and Four is really angsty in this book. I much preferred the way that they were in Divergent, but in the interest of fairness, it does seem like they end up growing even closer for their struggles. Like most of the other characters, they seem like the events of the last book aged them in some ways but they’re not really any more mature. This didn’t bother me because they really aren’t at an age where they should be particularly mature. Tris is what, sixteen? I don’t know many sixteen year olds who have completely mature relationships, and that’s not an insult. It just is what it is.

Jeanine – she’s just so hateable. In this book she’s off the charts. Am I the only one who gets kind of a Dolores Umbridge vibe from her?

So many twists. It was so fast-paced and kept me guessing from beginning to end. And the cliffhanger at the very end? Oh. Em. Gee. Veronica Roth really knows how to write a book that leaves you wanting the next book.

So did I love it more or less than Divergent? I’m not sure. They were really different books and it’s almost hard to compare them, despite having the same characters. I would say that I liked them equally. Is that a cop out? Maybe. But I’ve seen people here and there saying that they liked this one less and I really don’t agree. Insurgent is different, but not necessarily better or worse.

4.5/5 Stars

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  1. I think I’m one of the last few to jump on the wagon. These books do sound really great. I’ll have to make some time to read them. Nice review! Glad you enjoyed it.


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