Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Posted May 3, 2014 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Published by eclub40, HarperCollins on 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Camping & Outdoor Activities, Coming of Age, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 525
Format: Hardcover
Source: My Own
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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. 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.

“Insurgent” starts out where “Divergent” left off and let me just start by saying I am not a happy camper at all. I was extremely disappointed. I felt like “Insurgent” was disappointing compared to “Divergent.” Tris lost all of her appeal and in general she would make me mad. I felt like “Insurgent” was just so slow. I thought “Divergent” kept a really good pace, things flowed quite nicely and the reader was able to keep on going but with “Insurgent” there is another story. “Insurgent” played out so slowly. I felt like I was dragging my feet the entire time just to finish the book.

Here are the good things I am able to point out. I think Roth’s writing has grown. It has grown hugely but you can see some differences, I think the writing is pretty good. The plot of the story was the hard part and the pace like I mentioned earlier. It was hard seeing the characters I like and what they had to go through now because of the trauma that happened in book one. I know that the characters are going to go through trials and difficult times, but do they really need to have their heads in a completely different world. I felt like Tris became a completely different person in book two.

Four is who really kept me interested in the book. I feel like Four grew as a character. He started to have more depth to him and honestly I wanted to see what he was going to do with the situations that he was in the middle of facing. I have to admit, there is that appeal there. You definitely see who people are and what they will become during those hard times. I wondered a few times if Tobias (Four) was going to give up on everything. He really pulled through and I liked that about his character.

I think Veronica Roth is going to follow in Cassandra Clare’s footsteps and be known for her cliffhangers.  Seriously?! That ending. Now I know I have to dive into “Allegiant” right away because I need to know what is going to happen next. I need to know that things will be okay for Tris and Four and everyone else. I have come to care for these characters. I hope things work out for the best but I will have to wait and see. With everything being said I still think that “Insurgent” was worth reading just to get to know the characters a little bit better. I was just disappointed because I was truly expecting more than I received.


About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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