Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)

Author: Veronica Roth

Release Date: May 1st 2012 by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Read: May 12th, 2012

Pages: 525-Hardcover


  1. Divergent
  2. Insurgent
  3. Allegiant


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.

What I thought:

This is going to be a hard one to review. Mainly because it was freaking awesome but I don’t want to give away any of the story, there’s just so much that happens and I don’t want to give it away. Or spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read Divergent yet. One thing I will say is, the ending, OMG I want to read the next book right now!

Picking up where the second book left off, Tris is feeling the guilt of what happened, and what she did to survive. She feels like her life isn’t worth anything, and keeps doing dangerous things to help others, without caring what happens to her. Of course Four still cares for her, and tries to make her see that her life has meaning.

I liked how Tris changed during the book, appearing strong, but really trying not to break inside. I would consider her strong, in the sense that even though she may be afraid, she still goes forward and does what she has to. Four kept changing in this book too, and i liked that we got to see his more in-depth personalities. One moment you see the caring side of him, but the next he could change to be secretive, hard and cold. He has his reasons though, and I was glad how he acted at the very end. There were lots of other characters, some dying, some getting hurt, other betraying people. And of course ones being used by the simulations.

Although the book was long, it just flew right by, with all the action involved, the many shifts of scene and their travelling, and the characters just being so awesome.

This is definitely a great Dystopian book, and I recommend this series to fans of that genre, especially if you want to try another amazing series!


6 comments on “Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

  1. Oh my… I’m all giddy from just reading your review! I’m so glad to see yet another person loving this. I’m crossing my fingers that my copy will finally arrive this week! Great review, Kelsey. 😀

  2. Glad Insurgent didn’t let you down. I agree that the book just flew by- so long to wait for the series conclusion though! And yes, Four was all over the place but I didn’t mind it either. Awesome review, Kelsey.

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