[Review] Insurgent by Veronica Roth


Published: 1 May 2012

Publisher: Harper Teen

Edition: U.S. Hardcover

Read my review for Divergent here.

Summary: “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.”

After the wild ride that was Divergent, the second in Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy, did not disappoint in its action-thriller-relationship dynamic. We meet with Tris soon after she has thrown all her cards in the air and decided that her only choice in the world now is to take down the Erudite and their masochistic leader, Jeanine.

Of all the dystopian books that I have read, this one had the most action packed plot of all. Even Catching Fire was slower to take up the pace of its plot than Roth has accomplished with Insurgent. One thing after another, we are left with little moments to take a breath and consider the consequences of Tris’ actions. We do, however, get a good insight into how the death and destruction is affecting Tris. Unlike The Hunger Games, Roth doesn’t try to harden her characters to the point of unrecognizable courage that not one reader could identify with – Tris is a human, just like us, and if we had just killed our friend, whether for a valid reason or not, we would be struggling. Tris’ struggle to deal with the murder she has committed stays with her through the book until the very end, and we see the outcome of the hard psychological struggle she has to live with while she tries to undermine the Erudite control over their little dystopian-Chicago world.

Aside from Tris’ inner struggles, we get a good feel for how Tris was identified as a Divergent. Her strength of body and fearlessness may set her apart as a Dauntless but she also cleverly devises plots to undermine Jeanine and her followers, depicting her Erudite intellect, and the love and selflessness that she has when she goes into a fight, determined that she should die to save the lives of those she loves, and those she does not know, identifies her Abnegation qualities. I felt like I got to know Tris’ character a lot more in Insurgent than in Divergent where we were learning more about the world that Roth created. We also get to see the relationship between Tobias and Tris grow stronger, and yet more easily breakable, when their differing plans to defeat Erudite come at a head.

Overall Roth created yet a stunningly addictive book, that I read with the same enthusiasm as a hungry child placed in front of a banquet. The deliciousness of Roth’s plot made me want more and more until we hit the peak surprise at the end of the book and we are left hanging with a suspenseful ‘what will happen next?!’. Unfortunately there’s still a bit of a wait for the next and final book, Allegiant, which won’t be released until October of this year. But that also leaves us time to speculate! What is outside of the world that Roth has created, and how does Tris, or rather, her former self, fit into all of this? Questions! Questions!



About Josephine Hardy

A 26-year-old writer from Melbourne, Australia currently living with her husband in Fayetteville, Arkansas (USA). Content Marketing Producer at Simply Measured, hobby genealogist, cat lover, and world traveler.

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