Book Review: Insurgent

Jul
19
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Insurgent book cover Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)

Author: Veronica Roth

Summary: [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.

My Review: The wait for this book seemed like forever didn’t it? There was so much left unanswered at the end of Divergent that it felt like I was literally throwing myself off a cliff.

It’s immediately clear that Insurgent is a much quieter book. The conflict, for Tris, has become almost completely internal as she deals with having shot and killed one of her best friends. I really can’t relate but the psychological trauma feels real and important, Tris struggles with what she could have done differently and what people will think of her when they find out. And while that’s all very angsty, I think it’s also very realistic.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is the way we get to see how some of the other factions live. In fact, by the end of the book, Tris has spent a little time living in each one. We get to see the inner workings of their traditions, and we sit in on the mass meetings of Amity and Candor. We even get to meet the Factionless, at least a little. That’s rare in books that set up opposing sides. Usually the division is so straong there’s no way to let us see the other side – even in Harry Potter besides Gryffindor, we only see the Slytherin common room, until the last book. I found the inner workings of each faction fascinating enough that I barely missed the heart-pounding action from the previous book.

Even if you’re not the kind of person who likes the slower, psychological conflict centered novels, I’d recommend reading this one all the way through to the end. A part of me feels like I should have seen the twists coming, while another part could barely believe what had happened. So many of the questions from the last book are answered, but they raise so many more. I have no clue where she’ll be taking this next but I’m very excited to find out!





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One Response to “Book Review: Insurgent”

  1. Krystianna says:

    I still have yet to read this! I should really move it up in my tbr pile. I’m glad to hear that you liked it. Thanks for the review! :)

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