Mini Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Why I chose this book:
I absolutely loved Divergent and the strength of Tris’ character. There was absolutely no way I wouldn’t pick up the sequel to the series. However, I was not unaware of the fact that many people hate the progression of this trilogy.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publish Date: May 1, 2012
Format: Hardback
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
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Insurgent is a 2012 science fiction young adult novel by American novelist Veronica Roth, the second book in the Divergent trilogy. As the sequel to the 2011 bestseller Divergent, it continues the story of Tris Prior and the dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago. Following the events of the previous novel, a war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. While trying to save the people that she loves, Tris faces questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics, and love. (Goodreads)

My Bookish Thoughts:

Overall, I do not understand why people hated this book. Yes, I know many love this series, but I am constantly hearing how progressively worse this series becomes. I found absolutely nothing that did not further the plot or enhance Tris’ character. Granted, this was no Divergent, but that’s not what I expected. I expected a true sequel, and I feel that that is what I got. It was not a retelling of what happened in book one, it was what happened in the aftermath, which, duh, is also known as a sequel.

Tris' relationship with Tobias changed, she now has PTSD with the violent events she had to take part in during Divergent, it even went into detail about how it truly affected the rest of the factions and even further to the factionless. I was happy that it didn’t just focus on Tobias and Tris going off into the sunset, or roughing it outside of the fence surrounding the city. It actually made them face what was going on with their people. They had to become brave and dauntless in order to make those choices, which spoke of their character.

I also enjoyed how Peter’s character was fleshed out. It was very minor, but to me, it made all of the difference. And that goes for most of the minor characters, including Marcus and others.

What I thought most interesting is the division between the factions. The Amity are all about peaceful resolutions; however, we find that even some of them are hard pressed to stand back and watch these events unfold. Factions beget factions in this place after Divergent. Not all Erudite are bad. Not all Dauntless are good. Not all factionless can be trusted. Not all Candor can be believed. And not all Amity are peaceful. 

Overall, I felt like this was an excellent second book to the trilogy. It fleshes out areas and shows true aftermath of revolutions. It shows chaos and it shows people grow in difficult situations.

I gave this book 4 stars on my Goodreads.

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