Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series: #2 in Divergent
Page Count: 525
Author Website: Veronica Roth
Buy the Book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound
Summary from Roth’s website:
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 received the Divergent box set this past Christmas (thanks mom!) and read Divergent only a few months ago, so I didn’t forget anything that happened. In Insurgent, the stakes are so much higher and everything that happens in the heart-pumping sequel all leads up to something darker than any of the characters could have predicted.
Tris is one of my favorite YA heroines. She is free-thinking and impulsive and reckless, but also selfless and incredibly brave; willing to lay her life down to save the ones she loves. She and Tobias were so broken and it was sad to watch them be like that, but I also felt like it contributed to the direness of the situation they were in.
Much in the same way as Catching Fire to The Hunger Games, Insurgent was far darker than its predecessor. Until I really got deep into it, I felt like it may be one of those iffy sequels. It got so much better though and I found myself almost tearing up at some of the more intense scenes.
What I love about this series (among other things) is that the characters are so deeply flawed. They act realistically. They make lots of mistakes. They are reckless and brave as hell at the same time.
Insurgent incorporates so many tropes to humanity, both positive and negative. I thank Veronica Roth so much for writing so beautifully.
Overall, Insurgent was up to par with my love for Divergent. The events were so much more intense and hard choices were made, and losses happened. I just realized that my review makes Insurgent sound really dark depressing. It’s not at all. There is some light humor and some amazing Tris and Tobias moments in there too, for all you shippers out there. Heck, I am a Tris & Tobias shipper.
There are a lot of things I hope will happen in Allegiant, but that is for another post.