Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Title:  Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author:  Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: May 1, 2012

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My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

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.

"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 had been not-so-patiently awaiting the release of Insurgent ever since I finished Divergent ... which I read cover to cover the day it was released, so it was a long, excruciating wait.

I love that Insurgent places the readers exactly where Divergent left us. Everyone is reeling from the aftermath of what has just occurred, and we see first-hand how these characters are being affected by recent events and how they are going to cope with everything they’ve lost. While I enjoyed Insurgent, I missed Divergent’s change of pace and some of the characteristics that made me fall so hard for these characters. There were a few times I wanted to knock Four’s and Tris’s heads together, because they weren’t doing the things I wanted them to do or having the conversations I wanted them to have. Although, if I were doing the writing, their story would end up complete romantic fluff, so we’re all lucky that Ms. Roth is the brilliant best-selling author and I am just a humble fangirl.

I loved the deeper look into Four that this sequel brought us. He goes through tremendous character development, and, just when I think I can’t possibly love him more, he says or does something that proves I can.
“‘Sleep,’ he says. ‘I'll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.’
‘With what?’ ‘My bare hands, obviously.’”

I was a huge fan of Tris in Divergent, but she went through some extreme changes (and not all of them favorable, in my honest opinion). I hope she will get back on track for the next book and regain the confidence that made her such an admirable heroine in Divergent.

“It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place:
not because they are perfect, but because they are alive.
Because they are free.”

Insurgent definitely had a couple of jaw-dropping moments for me, and that, along with Ms. Roth’s masterful story telling, made this a very enjoyable sequel. Although this book didn’t quite measure up to Divergent, Four and Tris remain one of my favorite fictional couples.
“Cruelty does not make a person honest,
the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”

I was afraid my beloved story was taking a certain turn, and when I realized my fears were warranted in the big reveal at the end, I felt like the story lost some of its originality. However, that won’t be enough to keep me from counting down the days until the third installment! I am 100% invested in these characters and this incredible author.

“And sometimes, if you want the truth, you have to demand it.”



  1. I have not read this yet. For shame!!!!! but I heard that Tris was a whiney little bitch in it and I'm trying to preserve my love for her. lol.

    I'm sure the book will be good enough for me to over look her stupid ways. I hope.

    This one will be on my christmas list for sure. I still haven't gotten around to buying it yet..but vacation is over so I can buy books again! hell yes!

  2. Great review! I rated Insurgent exactly the same when I read it. I also felt similar feelings of wanting to knock Tris & Four's heads together,and of wondering my the kick-ass Tris from Divergent went. But I felt Roth did a good job of keeping the evolution realistic. And just like you I think the last one is going to be EPIC :)

  3. Powerful and honest review, Michele! I completely agree with your thoughts on Insurgent. Thank you so much for introducing me to this amazing trilogy! I can’t wait for number 3!!! xoxo

  4. this was a fantastic review love. I completely agree with you on all of your points. I didn't feel as in love with this book compared to how much I loved the first one. It was still well written and a great book and like you I hope the next one brings back that feeling.

  5. So agree with your review. That's awesome you could read this in audio version. I love reading that way when I'm walking as a way to make the walking fun and read more books. My library didn't have this in audio though.

    micky of Auto Collision Shops


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