Book Review: INSURGENT

insurgent coverAuthor: Veronica Roth

Number of Pages: 525

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

Release Date: January 1, 2012

“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.”


I really enjoyed Divergent, the first book in this popular dystopian trilogy. While it annoyed me that the basic idea behind the story was very similar to that of Lois Lowry’s book The Giver, I still thought it was an exciting page-turner that posed some interesting questions concerning the values of society and individuals in general. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm for Insurgent, the second book in this trilogy, is not nearly as high.

Insurgent picks up almost directly where Divergent leaves off, which in theory was supposed to help maintain the level of action and intensity that the first book possessed. I’m not sure if this is simply due to the large gap of time between when I finished and began these books, but it seemed more abrupt and confusing than anything else. The first half of the book dragged on a bit, and there was a time when I basically had to sit down and force myself to just get through a large chunk of it. Luckily, the second half of the book was significantly more fast-paced, exciting, and suspenseful. My absolute favorite part of Insurgent was the incredible ending. It is such a great cliffhanger and I cannot wait to read the next book!

Tris really bothered me in this book. I understand that what she was experiencing was very overwhelming and traumatic, but she was so whiny! A good majority of the book’s narration was her worrying over whether or not to tell Four her secrets, complaining about the distant way Four was treating her, and feeling guilty for losses that were completely out of her control. While these are important aspects to include in regard to character development, they definitely did not need to be one of the main focuses of the novel. The author could have mentioned it as the events were happening and the feelings were directly relevant instead of repeatedly describing the way Tris felt over and over and over again. Much of the action, especially in the first half of the novel, was pushed to the wayside in favor of Tris’ constant emotional crises.

Personally, I think this book suffers from a case of middle-book-syndrome. This is when the first and last books of a trilogy are much better than the middle installment and the second book becomes more of a transition between the two. I can’t completely suggest that, since I haven’t read the third book yet, but that’s what I’m predicting at this point. If it wasn’t for the incredibly suspenseful and exciting ending, this book would have definitely fallen flat for me. Although it did improve as the story progressed, it nevertheless did not make me turn the pages as fast as I did while reading Divergent. 

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Only if you’ve read Divergent. It definitely wouldn’t make any sense otherwise!

Have you read this book or this trilogy in general? What did you think? Let me know in the comments section below!




12 thoughts on “Book Review: INSURGENT

  1. I have read the Divergent series and absolutely loved them! However, I warn you now, have a box of tissues by your side when you read Allegiant. I read the final book when I was ill and was not prepared for what happened – probably the worst mistake was reading it when ill because I was just feeling 100% meh…


  2. I have read all the books in the trilogy – Insurgent was definitely the weakest. I think part of the problem is that Roth had lots and lots of BIG IDEAS, and they were good ideas, but she didn’t have enough space within the three books to really do them justice. I try to keep in mind also that Roth is a young author at only 25 (23 when Divergent came out) so she is still very early in her career. As a debut I think the Divergent Trilogy is stunning for her age, and I think she will only get stronger and better with time!


    1. Oh my gosh, I had no idea she was so young!! I can’t wait to read what she writes in the future- it will no doubt be amazing! Thanks for commenting!


    1. I had the same problem! It seemed like this took me forever to really get into. The first part of Insurgent is by far the weakest part of the book. But it does get more exciting later on, so all the suffering is sort of worth it in the end. 🙂 Thanks for reading!


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