15 May, 2012

The second book of Veronica Roth’s trilogy, Insurgent begins right where Divergent left off, with no boring introduction that a lot of series books tend to have.  War is now prominent, factions are torn apart, and evil people are looming.  In this book, Tris faces many obstacles, including being betrayed, relationships issues with Four, having to publicly acknowledge her divergence, and utilizing her divergence to help fight against the powerful Erudite and the Dauntless traitors.  Roth takes the reader on a journey of action, surprising twists and turns, and emotion.
First of all, I love that the novel begins right where the first one left off.  It is a nice change from most sequels.  As with Divergent, I love the uniqueness of the title.  What is “insurgent” anyway?  Well…

Google dictionary defines “insurgent” as “rising in active revolt”
See, I told you I know how to use a dictionary!  I am an English major, after all.  But, I’m not afraid to admit when I don’t know what a particular word means (such as divergent and insurgent before I felt the need to look them up!).

I gave this book an 8.5 instead of a 9 like Divergent got, because…well…let’s just say I’m a sucker for romance.  And this book did not have Four in it as much as the first.  Don’t get me wrong, I do not want the entire book to be about a love story…that would be too much.  The first book was a good mix of romance and action-packed adventure.  I just wish this one was the same.  I also felt sad a lot, because Tris and Four seemed very disconnected throughout the novel.  Pathetic, I know!  But, that’s just my opinion and I am a romantic at heart.

I also enjoyed the fact that there were twists that were actually shocking to me!  I hate it when I see things coming, which does happen.  It is refreshing to not really have predicted anything that happened in this book.  I had no idea what was coming at the end (what information Tris was going to find out, if any).  I didn’t know how Tris was going to get out of certain sticky situations.  This was a really nice and surprising aspect of Roth’s creative mind and writing.

Lastly, the ending was very well done as well.  As I said, it was pretty surprising.  But more than that, Insurgent – like that of Divergent – ended with a bang, barely stopping the action to end.  It leaves the reader wanting more and desperately wanting to read the third book right now.  I know I do!  A part of me wishes I would have waited until all three of the trilogy were out before reading them…but, oh well, what’s done is done.  And I did enjoy them.

I will be waiting with bated breath for the final book in this captivating trilogy!

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Thanks for reading!

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3 Responses to “Insurgent by Veronica Roth”

  1. Great Review! I felt that the relationship between Trish and Four definintely was off, so agree with you there….And I also felt this book just didn’t have that wow factor like Diveregent did…but I still liked it 🙂

  2. I just bought the first book the other day… I have not had a chance to read it yet, but I have heard a lot of great things about it. I have been waiting to get my hands on the second book before I start the first one. Thank you for sharing this review. I am really excited to begin this series.