[Review] INSURGENT by Veronica Roth

Posted on 05/16/2012 in Book Review / 11 Comments

[Review] INSURGENT by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth
Published by Harper Teen on 5/1/2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 525
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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.\r\n\r\nTris'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.

**Warning: This review contains spoilers from the first book in the series, Divergent.

I hope I can deliver a review that is (somewhat) original in thought and idea, seeing as how most everything about this book has probably been covered already. I loved Insurgent…but I didn’t love it quite as much as I loved Divergent. In Divergent, Tris is faced with choices and she makes deliberate, clear-headed decisions about the direction her life is taking. She and Four fall for each other, evident in his saving her from being thrown over the edge during her initiation, the small touches they share and the glances they spare each other. They are sensitive and trusting with each other, in a world where that doesn’t really exist. But in Insurgent, everything changes. And I felt like those changes caused Tris to make brash, and dangerous, decisions. Very unlike the Tris we got to know in Divergent. Can circumstances change a person that much…and that quickly? If you like a lot of action in your books, Insurgent is full of it, much more so than Divergent, where you really only feel the presence of a threat. Insurgent felt like every other page had a fighting sequence, and there is Tris, kicking ass and taking names. Veronica Roth does a good job making brainiacs into evil, mind-twisted villains. But, in my experience, a villain is never a villain just to be one…so what was Jeanine’s true agenda? She was absolutely fascinating to me. I knew she was evil, but at the same time, was she really? What do you think? I didn’t like where the Tris/Four relationship went. It made me uncomfortable. I liked the relationship they had before, and this new one didn’t sit well with me. But I suppose, in a way, Insurgent was meant to be an uncomfortable book, because it addresses uncomfortable themes, like oppression, war and betrayal. Speaking of the betrayal…THAT blew my mind. As in *poof* and gone. I really didn’t see that coming, or think he was capable of it. But I guess…”Faction Before Blood.” We found out in Divergent that Marcus beat Tobias so badly, he chose Dauntless to escape him. Jeanine created a killing army for another purpose (I don’t want to name it, since it’s quite a bit spoilery). And all of this at what cost? So my question to you, those who have read the book, is: does the end justify the means? Speaking of the army, the scene where Tris and Company are trying to get into the school…that was executed perfectly. I envisioned it all in my head, the movements in sync, the falling objects, the violence. I think that scene, above all the rest (besides the ending of course) sticks in my head the most. Once I got to the ending and The Big Reveal took place (ie – the information everyone was after to either destroy or safeguard from Divergent) (btw, also *poof* BLEW MY MIND), I realized how much Insurgent was like a dark mish-mashed version of a certain Jim Carrey movie and one M. Night Shmyalan movie. Those of you who have read the books and seen the movies know which ones I’m talking about. It’s a TOTAL GAMECHANGER. This series…it isn’t heading where I thought it was, because it isn’t what I thought it would be. When an author can achieve THAT kind of twist through not one, but TWO novels, you’ve won my heart.



“Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.”


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Disclaimers: This book was purchased by me with my hard-earned moolah, however the review is still honest. Blurb and photosource courtesy of Goodreads.

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.


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11 responses to “[Review] INSURGENT by Veronica Roth

    • I deliberately avoided all Insurgent reviews until I could get this one written, because I didn’t want others’ opinions or thoughts in my own. It’s hard to write objectively about a popular book like this. And yeah, that ending!!!

  1. Great review, Jennifer! I really agree about the ending it answered one of the big questions I, and a lot of others, had with the world building. I’m super curious about the 3rd book for sure. I actually enjoyed the Tris/Four relationship in a masochistic way. It was definitely hard to swallow but it was also realistic for what they went through and with Tris’ PTSD. I get tired of books with basically an apocalypse where all the characters want to do is make out >.< But it's a very different feel from the first that's for sure. I think they'll be back to almost normal in the 3rd book.

  2. Jesse

    Okay. You’ve convinced me. I need to read Insurgent. I LOVED Divergent, but after so much hype about Insurgent I just felt… Insurgent-ed out, I guess. I was like, “I’ll read it at some point.” But now after reading your review, I want to read it NOW! So thanks for that 🙂 Jesse Pretty In Fiction

  3. Eileen

    I totally agree with this! 🙂 That ending was a HUGE cliffhanger and I couldn’t believe that whole betrayal thing going on. I just hope it was for a reason that turned out to be good. 🙂 I think since this book has gotten so much buzz that it’s hard to write a very original review, but you seemed to have gotten all the major parts down! 🙂
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