April 23, 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Hardcover, 525 pages
Expected Publication: May 1, 2012 by HarperTeen

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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.

It’s been nearly a year since I read Divergent. I’ve read quite a few books since then, so I will admit, the details became a bit hazy, and I started to forget why I loved it so much. We were suddenly doing all this promoting (and by we I mean a massive chunk of the blogging community) and I was personally looking around and thinking, “Wait…was it THAT good? Is it really worth all of this?” I started to feel like it was overrated. So when I started reading Insurgent, I went in expecting to be disappointed. I thought I had psyched myself up about a book that wasn’t as great as I remembered it being.

I was so wrong.  The world in Divergent and Insurgent is not overhyped. I wasn’t psyched up over nothing. It really is that good. I really do love it as much as I thought I did. When I closed Insurgent I was left with that same “wow” feeling that Divergent left me with. It isn’t the romance that does it for me, it’s this world Roth has built. It amazes me, and I know this is going to sound snobby, but it is just a rare thing to find in the YA genre. Young adult is my favorite, but it’s still rare that I get this feeling from a YA book. I feel like, the way others may feel about The Hunger Games or Twilight is how I feel about Divergent and Insurgent.

I did get a feeling from time to time that Tobias and Tris had changed too much, and I was actually glad Roth doesn’t make the romance the center focus. They really annoyed me. There is too much going on in this world, too many secrets and too much action for the romance to be all that matters. I love that at the end of the day, it takes a back burner. It’s always there, but it isn’t overwhelming. If it hadn’t been this way, I may not have enjoyed Insurgent as much.

The ending kills. There were two aspects that we didn’t really get to see in Divergent that I was hoping we would eventually get a taste of. One of those things comes to play a crucial role in Insurgent (yay) and the ending of Insurgent basically promises the other will come into play in the next installment (double yay!).  Tris and Tobias may have gotten on my nerves from time to time, but I’m telling you, at this point I don’t even care. I love this series too much to care, and I’m too excited for the next installment to fret on their moments of weakness.

It goes without saying, Insurgent exceeded my expectations!

5 out 5 Stars!


  1. I am *dying* to read this one too! I can't wait for this book based on your review :) Krystal @Live to Read ~Krystal

  2. I still have to read the first one! :( I like what you said that the romance takes a back seat. I'm not into Romance being the main focus of a story.

  3. Ok, so it appears that I really DO need to read my daughter's copy of Divergent and purchase her Isurgent! Thank you for the interview!!


  4. Fast paced, action packed, emotion evoking, with a good plot. I've been waiting for Insurgent for a while and it exceed my expectation. I didn't think after Divergent that things could get even more insane and I was wrong! This book was right in all the right places. Divergent was my favorite book because of the characters as well as the plot and I don't know if I can say that after reading this book. It was fantastic.

  5. I couldn't agree more. As much as I liked Divergent I loved Insurgent. My only problem with this book was the ending, just because I didn't want it to end! It surpassed my expectations as well.

  6. Can't wait to read it.

  7. OK, Insurgent was great! Definately some answers to alot of questions left after Divergent yet it opened up the realm for a whole new set of questions. I, however, enjoyed the chemistry between Four and Tris a lot more in Divergent. Four kind of took the back burner to me in Insurgent. However, I agree that it doesn't matter if the chemistry exists or not the plot of this new world that Roth has created is magnificant! I can't wait to until the 3rd book is released! Now that would be a great ARC giveaway lol

  8. Thanks for the review - I'm always wary when there is a HUGE amount of press like this book received.

  9. Putting this on on my must reads. Thanks

  10. I can't wait to read Insurgent. I didn't really enjoy Divergent but a lot of people were telling me to hang in there and that it gets better through book two and hopefully even more in book three. So reading this review it looks like its going to be a cracker of a book. EXCITED!

  11. I can't wait to read Insurgent. I didn't really enjoy Divergent but a lot of people were telling me to hang in there and that it gets better through book two and hopefully even more in book three. So reading this review it looks like its going to be a cracker of a book. EXCITED!


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