Wednesday, May 02, 2012

REVIEW: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I've been looking forward to Insurgent by Veronica Roth for such a long time, we all have! And it really doesn't disappoint at all. I picked up Insurgent immediately after receiving it and it's one of those books that I just couldn't put down for anything. Especially as things started heating up and getting really exciting, which they do quickly. But this book is also a lot darker than the Divergent as war escalates and some hard choices are made and these characters are put into increasingly more difficult and impossible situations.

Insurgent starts immediately after the events of Divergent, with Tris feeling both grief and guilt after the death of her parents and of her friend Will.  Much of Abnegation has been slaughtered, Dauntless have been split in two, it's hard to believe everything will ever be right again.  But there's hardly any time to grieve or to take things easy.  Tris and her band of survivors are headed to Amity in order to restock and regroup and make the next choice as to what to do next, who to align with, who to trust. 

I really loved the story that Veronica Roth tells in this series.  There's so much complexity here, and Roth doesn't shy away from backing her characters into some murky water.  Insurgent deals with secrets and lies, betrayal and forgiveness.  We meet quite a few familiar faces - Dauntless who didn't make it through initiation and became factionless, Caleb, Marcus, Peter - as well as new, surprising faces that test the bonds between Tris and Tobias. 

When I read Divergent last year, I was swept away by the excitement and the freshness of the story.  And while it can sometimes be hard for sequels to have the same exciting tone, I felt like Insurgent never failed to reach that level of anticipation and excitement.  There was so much to learn and discover, from the secrets that Abnegation died for, the truth that Erudite are concealing, the importance of Divergent rebels.  From the first page to the last, I was consumed by this book! 

Highly recommended, and I'm now dying to read more.  Bring on the next book, and quickly!


  1. Uhh Can't wait to get it myself :) And thank you for the review Clover :D
    xoxo, Mariam

  2. Amazing review! I can't WAIT to get my hands on this one!

  3. You have no idea how badly I want to read that book. I LOVED insurgent and can't wait to get my hands on this one. Thanks for the review, looks awesome.

  4. I got Insurgent the first day it came out. I finnished it in exactly 10 hours! Once u start it u can't stop so be prepared to have a lot of free time.

    1. Yes, I made sure to carve out plenty of reading time when I had it :)

  5. Great review. I loved this. x


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