Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

April 16, 2012 ARC, Book Review, Dystopian, Four, HarperCollins, HarperTeen, Insurgent, Tris, Veronica Roth, YA, Young Adult 8

From Goodreads:

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.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

My Thoughts:

This review is spoiler-free, unless you haven’t read the first book, Divergent.

Where do I even start?? I absolutely LOVED Divergent. The best book of 2011 for me and perhaps my all-time favorite series now that I have read Insurgent. It has been a slow agonizing wait to have a copy of this book in my hands but wow, was it worth it!

Insurgent starts right where Divergent left off. Luckily, I reread Divergent right before I started, which I definitely would recommend. It helped to have some of the characters and plot fresh in my mind, so I could emerge myself back into Tris’s feelings of the events that occur at the end, which play a huge role in her character development in Insurgent. Tris has a lot of feelings to work through, which at times makes her a little reckless. I love this about her though. You feel a real connection with her strength AND her weakness. Four/Tobias still has the ability to make me melt. He has his own demons to work through as well, but for the both of them, they never let those demons define who they are. They continue to be the brave and selfless amazing Divergent they always have been.

One of my favorite additions in this book is learning about all of the other factions. Where Divergent focused on Dauntless and Abnegation, this time around we get a closer look at Amity, Candor and the Erudite, as well as the factionless. Some of the ways of the factions blew my mind a bit. I think Amity surprised me the most. Now that we know more details about every faction’s way of life and involvement within the community and each other, we can see where bits and pieces of it start to crumble with the weight of the war brewing.

I honestly do not want to say much more because I do not want to spoil the plot for anyone. Let’s just say that this book is action packed, filled with a slew of new information, and there are even a few surprises. The ending was a bit of a cliffhanger, but really sets us up for the direction the final book will lead us, which I am guessing will be an explosive finale to an amazing trilogy!

5 out of 5!

Once again I would like to thank Bibliopunkk for the ARC I won!!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

8 Responses to “Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth”

  1. lipca

    I told you I wasn’t going to read any reviews but I couldn’t help it. I’m glad you liked it so much. I am looking forward to May 1. I wish I could call in sick that day. 🙂

    • sarabara081

      Awww, you caved! LOL Hopefully it didn’t tell you much of anything you didn’t want to hear! I approve of calling in sick that day! 🙂

  2. Sam

    Now that I’ve finished reading it, I can actually read some reviews! I’m so glad to see you loved this book too! I also loved finding out more about the other factions…and that ending! I would sell an arm and a leg to get my hands on the next book. Great review! 🙂

  3. Celine

    EEEEEEE!!! I am so excited that you loved this book too! I really loved Divergent but I thought Insurgent was even better because how things are finally further explained in Insurgent and how it’s loaded with actions!

    Awesome review! ♥

  4. Brasil

    The ending to Insurgent was awesomely brilliant, but it was seriously a killer ending that has me craving for book 3. To be perfectly honest, I did not have the strength in me to be shocked by that ending because my nerves were already in shock and I was numb. I knew it was leading up to something crazy along the lines that it did, but if you wanna know what I’m talking about, well you will just have to read it!

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