Sunday, March 24

Book Review: Insurgent

Title: Insurgent

Author: Veronica Roth

Pages: 309

Summary: 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 Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Although I had a few more problems with this book than the first, it was just as enjoyable, action pact and an exciting of a read as the first.

It picked off where the first book left off, and I was pretty much invested in it the entire time. I enjoyed the storyline and the look at the other fractions - it was nice to see the detail the author put into them and how she weaved then into the other story. While some aspects were predictable, t here were also a few surprise along the way, and I really did enjoy reading the book. It was easier to put down the book than the first was, but still a very exciting book to read. I really love how the author has created this society, and I'm interested in seeing what she does with it in the final book.

There were a few aspects I didn't enjoy. I found the relationship/romance between Tris and Four/Tobias to become a bit tiresome after awhile. In fact, Tris as a character bothered me quite a lot throughout the book, more so than in the first. There were times she was becoming a Mary-Sue, rather than have her develop more naturally, and this was far more noticeable in this book than the first. I also found it to be a bit repetitive, and it did begin to drag a bit in the middle, the author made up for it in the end, but there were times I was losing interest in the story.

Overall I enjoyed the book, and I'm looking forward to the final instalment in the series.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it has a very similar formula to the first book, but it continued the story nicely, and if you enjoy dystopian and YA fiction it is an excellent choice.

What to read next: The final book in the series, Hunger Games

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2013 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge


  1. I didn't like this book quite as much as the first either - and for exactly the same reasons as you. The relationship issues were starting to wear me down. :) But I'm still pretty eager to read the third!

    1. That's the main problem with YA for me, the romance side of things starts to takeover and "wear me down." I think the third comes out late summer or early fall, so not much longer to wait for it.

  2. I need to read the fist one. I have it on audio. Most of the reviews of this one have been tepid at best, and that makes me sad. I would have loved it if this trilogy had not fallen into the sophomore slump.

    1. If you can get past some of the YA romancey agnsty stuff, the story isn't to bad, there is some great dystopian backing to it - so it's well worth trying.