Insurgent: Finally, A Second Book That Isn’t Worse Than The First

Insurgent is written by Veronica Roth. It was published in 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books. It is the sequel to Divergent. Roth’s website can be found here.

Spoilers for Divergent.

Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult


“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.”

~Inside Flap


“Why couldn’t I fight the peace serum?” I say. “If my brain is weird enough to resist the simulation serum, why not this one?”

“I don’t know, really,” he says. He drops down next to me on the bed, jostling the mattress. “Maybe in order to fight off a serum, you have to want to.”

“Well, obviously I wanted to,” I say, frustrated, but without conviction. Did I want to? Or was it nice to forget about anger, forget about pain, forget about everything for a few hours?

“Sometimes,” he says, sliding his arm across my shoulders, “people just want to be happy, even if it’s not real.”

~Roth 68

 “I’m not going to pretend to know what’s going on with you,” he says. “But if you senselessly risk your life again—”

“I am not senselessly risking my life. I am trying to make sacrifices, like my parents would have, like—”

“You are not your parents. You are a sixteen-year-old girl—”

I grit my teeth. “How dare you—”

“—who doesn’t understand that the value of a sacrifice lies in its necessity, not in throwing your life away! And if you do that again, you and I are done.”

~Roth 260

Cover Art

Warnings: Violence, death.

Recommended Age Range: 16+

Rating: 5/5

What I Liked:

Okay, seriously, I think this book is better than Divergent. Or, at least, I enjoyed it more than Divergent. There is so much going on: action, conflict, character development, romance, and a slow build-up to a Big Reveal that, the first time I read this book, I did not see coming at all. Where to start?

Okay, well, Tris has gotten so much more bitter and jaded in this book. Remember when she was that quiet Abnegation girl? Yeah, not any more. She’s also laden with guilt—done very well, may I say—and has gotten extremely reckless—which Four calls her out on, multiple times. And he is so right. This book has given me even more reasons to like Tobias. When he tells Tris that either she stops being so reckless or they’re through, I got goosebumps. You can tell how much he cares for her just by that argument alone, and the stuff he does and says before and after that only amplifies that. They go through so many ups and downs that you wonder if they’re even going to make it. But then there’s the obligatory everything-is-resolved ending—or is it? Somehow, I can’t help but think that Tris and Tobias have yet to get over the whole “secrets” tension straining their relationship. Also, thank you, Veronica Roth, once again, for not having a love triangle.

Fan art

Some great messages going on about forgiveness, bravery, sacrifice, loyalty, and trust. I expanded on this a little bit in the first book, but I don’t really want to go in-depth here because it would go on for pages, plus I don’t want to spoil too much. Here are just some quick examples that I will not expound on: Tris and Tobias, Tori, and Christina are the ones that pop out at me. Each faction probably represents either a positive or negative aspect of each of those, as well.

I am so excited for Allegiant. That ending was…wow.

What I Didn’t Like:

I can’t even think of anything! What’s up with that? Oh, wait! At the very end, when the clip is showing—the sentences felt weird. Very choppy. But that’s it.

Overall Review:

 Seriously, I’ve never been more impressed with a second/middle book in a trilogy in my life. It’s rare that second books surpass the first, much less even reach its standard of quality. But Insurgent…man. What a book. Also, the cover is gorgeous.

You can buy this book here: Insurgent (Divergent, Book 2) (Divergent Series)

Coming Up Next: Allegiant by Veronica Roth (I’ll upload it on Friday just to finish up the trilogy, but then it’s back to once-a-week Tuesday updates)

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