Insurgent by Veronica Roth Review

Monday, May 7, 2012

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publish Date: May 1, 2012
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Pages: 525
Source: Publisher
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.
Tris, Tobias, Peter, Caleb and Marcus have escaped the simulation, but the battle has only just begun. The factions are warring, and Tris and her friends seek refuge in the shelter of the Amity headquarters, but the war rages on just outside the door. Finding a shelter isn’t as easy as it seems though, as Tris’s guilt and grief boil over, and loyalties are tested. The world is a scary place, and the factions might not just be as black and white as they seem. Choices are in order, loyalties are in question and war threatens to tear absolutely everything a part. How did the world become the way it is today, and what is Tris’s place in it? Can she find out before it’s too late?

Sequels have a notoriously difficult time measuring up to their predecessors. You know I’m right. Trilogies, or so I’ve found, follow a series of highs and lows, with there being an epic start, a lackluster finish and (often times) a climactic finish. Insurgent by Veronica Roth, however, refuses to be thrust into this mold and, instead, breaks the boundaries of excellence. Incredible writing and storytelling collide for a novel that is so heart-pounding, heart-wrenching and riveting that you’ll likely be unable to put it down from start to finish. From the first through the last page, the reader is treated to a thrill ride of action and emotion that explores the very core of the human condition in a beautiful and tragically poetic way.

I didn’t honestly think that Insurgent could really outdo the excellence that was Divergent because, let’s be honest, that book really nailed the dystopian genre with a new concept, a brutally forsaken world and a system. Insurgent, however, upped the ante in absolutely every respect possible. Tris was very emote throughout the novel; her pain, fear, grief, anxiety and internal conflicts spoke volumes without her ever having to come out and say in actual words how she felt. It was tangible, and her true feelings resonated throughout. The true beauty of Insurgent was that, though the novel is set in a world that is futuristic and broken, it actually felt real, and it was something that people can relate to. You can see how and why the world crumbled, and we begin to see the true nature of the factions, though there is never a simple black and white. The world is blurred in shades of gray, and it’s eerily foreboding and familiar to see this broken societal system attempt to function in some semblance of normalcy. The relationships throughout the story only serve to heighten and personalize the tale, and though the romance between Tris and Tobias (Four) isn’t always in the foreground, you’d better believe it is always simmering, smoldering and boiling right below the surface – escalating the tension to a fever pitch right when you think you can’t take any more. Insurgent is raw and realistic, painful and entirely evocative. It’d be completely remiss if I didn’t say that this book’s true talent lies beyond the words themselves…it lies in the how it makes you see and feel the world around you.

I was completely and utterly blown away by just how spectacular Insurgent really was. This is the sequel that all sequels should strive to be, and I have to say that it just might be THE book of 2012. I give it a 6 out of 5, and I highly recommend it to all fans of YA, as well as adult novels, especially those who enjoy complex dystopians with incredible writing

 I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


  1. Ooh, lovely review! I'm glad to hear that Insurgent didn't fall into a sequel slump, like so many other sequels do. Sounds like Veronica Roth's writing excelled in this one :)

  2. Wow! I am so happy to hear how much you loved it. I am going to have to get it now. Great review. 

  3. I loved loved love this book and was so happy it lived up to Divergent! I have to admit that I was a tiny bit afraid it wouldn't, as most sequels don't. great review! :) 

  4. 6 out of 5!?!?! Apparently I need to read this series STAT!

  5. Gahh I wish I could've gotten Insurgent yesterday! Then I could've been reading it today! I loved your review & I can't wait to read it!

  6. Picking this one up Thursday! Can't wait, it's been far too long since I've read an excellent dystopian. (The last one was actually Divergent.) Thanks for the review!

  7. LOL--6 out of 5? Yep. So flippin' good. I loved Tris and Four's interactions and how every choice each person makes has such repercussions across the whole society.

  8. This one just melted me to the core. Absolutely fantastic! Gah adore it.

  9. Of course! I truly hope you love it as much as I did!

  10. I hope you love it! I thought it was just a fantastic sequel. SO DANG GOOD.

  11. Yes, Dan, you do!!! Seriously! This series is absolutely incredible.

  12. I was afraid it wouldn't live up, too, but it did! Hallelujah! 


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