Insurgent (Review)

Book cover for "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth.Title: Insurgent

Author: Veronica Roth

Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 544

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian

Source: E-book purchased from Kobo Books

From the cover:

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.

(This is the second book in the Divergent series, after Divergent.)

I liked this book just as much as the first, but for different reasons. Now that the characters and the world-building have been established, Insurgent is able to have more going on than before. There’s more action, and definitely more intrigue. The factions and the factionless are at each other’s throats now, trying to take hold of the power structure. The leader of the Erudite has new simulation serums to use on people – especially the remaining Dauntless – and nobody seems to be able to stop the craziness but Tris. There’s just so much happening in this book.

What I liked the most was the revelation of some of the backstory for the dystopian location of Chicago. I felt like it answered a lot of questions, particularly about the creation of the factions. It also allowed for some serious “damage control” to happen – it was interesting to see the fallout of the revelation, and how different people dealt with it or tried to spin it.

I had a hard time with Tris’ selflessness in some cases. She was actually being selfless to the point of being reckless, as Four eventually points out to her, and I found it really frustrating. In the end, though, it’s a part of her character, and I shouldn’t have expected any less.


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