Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth [website]

Published: May 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books (imprint of Harper Collins)

Format: Hardcover, 525 pages

Source: Bought at





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.


Cover Art: As with the first of the series, keeps with the theme. LOVE that the symbol is gold on the actual book cover.


[Book 2 in the Divergent series]

Filled with action and plot worth reading about.

This sequel is filled to the brim with Tris and Four travelling from faction to faction trying to avoid the eye of the war. The book is very well paced with the characters’ encounters and adventures. I loved that more of the other factions were revealed (Amity, Candor, Erudite) – it definitely filled in holes that were very prominent in the larger picture that is the background of the world Roth created. The world building continued to develop in this book, however, there are still gaps – which I’m hoping will be filled in the next sequel.

I didn’t love the characters so much here – which is part of the reason why I docked a star. Tris was well developed, yes. But she wasn’t likeable – which is a huge problem for me when I read books. If I don’t like the characters or don’t think they would be likeable if they were real people, I end up not enjoying the book as much as I could. Tris was being stubborn, quick-tempered, and deceptive throughout a lot of the book. Four did not seem to be in a lot of the book as well. And when he was, he was a little too broody or a little too nice. Their histories as characters and their family’s histories were a great addition to the story though! Loved learning about how they came to be.

Overall the story continues and this is ultimately what kept me reading. The plot is bound to lead somewhere and you, as the reader, know it’s going to be good. Can’t wait for the next one!

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