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…
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!
Thanks for reading!