Review: Insurgent (Veronica Roth)

Product Details:
Reading Levels: YA
Pages: 525
Publisher: May 1st 2012 by HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780007442911
Source: Personal copy
Read it in 4 days
See my review of Divergent HERE

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)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.

Oh man. This was EPIC. I didn’t think I would like a sophomore book as much as the first in a series, but that was not the case with Insurgent. Honestly, Insurgent blew me away.  Gah.

To start with, Tris and Four… sigh. Four was as dreamy as ever, even if his willingness to ignore some key events clouded his judgment and treatment of others in this book. He was still swoon worthy. Of course, Tris is still kicking butt and taking names. She is one of the best heroines out there. She’s strong, brilliant, and flawed: A great bookish role model for teen readers. She proves you don’t have to be a bad ass all of the time to be brave and strong. But most importantly, she shows that you don’t have to be cruel to be respected. Her compassion for others is one of the things that make her so amazing.

I also enjoyed seeing some “old” characters reappear. They each had interesting roles that really helped develop the plot, which made this second installment so much more layered than Divergent. (and you know Divergent was great!) One of the things I liked the most about the plot was the timing. Insurgent picks up just days after Divergent ends. I loved that. I hate books that have this huge time gap that I have to fill in using my imagination. Insurgent picks up at a key point (just where you want it to pick up from) and keeps on moving. It never slows down! It is all action, all the time.

If you know me well enough, you know that I was an English Lit major in college. Although I love YA books (thanks to a YA lit class in college), I still adore the classics. When I read dystopian novels I can’t help but think of the original dystopians (think George Orwell). Any new dystopian worth their weight in salt should generate a Orwellian feel. I strongly feel if you can’t conjure that spirit in your novel, it’s not really a dystopian. Just sayin… Do I think Insurgent lives up to an Orwellian novel? You betcha. If you’re familiar with any of George Orwell’s books, you’ll find subtle reminders all throughout Insurgent. I, personally, loved that, but I can’t say much about what those reminders were because it would ruin the book.

In short, read this series. Pronto.



Danie said... .

I feel like I'm the only person who hasn't read this yet. I've had a copy since it came out but I've just never gotten around to it. Although I just bought Divergent (the first time I read it, I borrowed it from the library) so maybe I should read them both.

Great review!

July 25, 2012 at 9:50 AM
My anxious life said... .

I just loved this book. I thought it was a good follow up. I just hate waiting for the next book. I will admit, when this book picked up right where Divergent left off I was a little lost. But then I got back in the grove!


July 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM

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