Monday, June 11, 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

GUYS--this book kicked butt! The action was awesome, Four* was far cooler, and the plot was tricky and fast-paced. I highly doubt anyone needs a refresher as to what Insurgent by Veronica Roth is about, but here it is!
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. (Good Reads)

Originality: 8. As the second book in the Divergent series, Insurgent takes the so-so dystopian world of book one and adds more layers of government conspiracy, family betrayal, and mind-altering drugs. The hints at the end of the book about what is outside the fence brought Insurgent to a higher level of awesome originality.
Absurdity: 5. This 5 reflects my frustration about Four and Tris keeping secrets. It was clearly stupid to not tell Four what was going on sometimes. USE YOUR WORDS. I know Divergent is a stoic faction, but the secrets between our lovebirds made the plot drag for me at first.
Level of Paranormal Romance: 8. Four!!! I found him more attractive every time he stood up to his dad. Way to be a man! And, without spoilers, when Four got all heroic from love = swoon inducing:
“I asked you not to do this. You made your decision. These are the repercussions.”
Level of Harry-Potterness: 4. This book is about action and plot, not about literary turns of phrase. But still, I found Tris's grief moving and well-written.

(I refuse to call him Tobias. LAME. PS if your BF is named Tobias, don't be mad at me. Just start calling him Four).


  1. Haha imagine if everyone who's read Divergent/Insurgent and met someone named Tobias quickly switches to calling them Four? I giggle at the thought. Nice review, I agree with the level of secret keeping between the two, and the amount of fights that they tend to get into with each other.

  2. I'm so glad that you loved Insurgent! I adored Divergent and have a copy of Insurgent waiting to be read but haven't gotten started yet. Of course it's scary picking up the second book in a series, since you're always afraid it won't be as good.. but it sounds like Insurgent was just as great! Yay!

    Can't wait to read it :)

    And LOL at your Tobias comment! I agree, that name is pretty silly. If I knew someone with that name I would totally start calling him Four!


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