Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent was probably one of the most anticipated novels of this year. And personally I already know which book will be my most anticipated novel of 2013. Yes, the wait for the third book is a long one: the expected publication date is September 26th 2013. That's 287 more days.
I flew through Insurgent, the story is even more compelling and fascinating than Divergent.

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.

My thoughts

With Roth's writing style as compelling as in Divergent, we are pulled into the story. It has the reader in a grasp and won't let go until the last page has been read.
Insurgent is most definitely a worthy sequel to Divergent.

Every war leaves its traces, this one is no exception.
Tris struggles with herself, tries to cope with her grief. In the meantime the war rages on and of course there's Four. It's the developments that intrigued me, both in characters as in Tris's entire world.
Tris' tendency to throw herself in front of guns and Four's frustrations makes their relationship very intense, confusing and emotional. Their romance is handled perfectly, I was amazed by how it evolved with so much going on around them. This makes their relationship realistic, believable and moving.

Keeping up with the story requires some presence of mind though. It is complicated and rushes from one situation  into the other. Something you'll either love or hate. There is a lot of moving around throughout the city, there are numerous fronts of people and suddenly there's a shift in power. We're also introduced to the world outside the fence, which promises a rather interesting third installment.

My rating of this book

Bought a copy in Cambridge :)

Other links
Find this book on Goodreads
Visit Veronica Roth's website here

~ Sylke


  1. I plan to read book 1 in January hopefully :D

  2. The ending shocked me so much! As soon as I finished it I wanted to reread it to live the story all over again. I love how you described Tris and Four's relationship. You are so right.

  3. Can someone please tell me why I haven't picked up my copy of Divergent yet? :/

    Maybe I should join you in January, B?

  4. You two really should read Divergent! Make it your New Years' resolution. :)

    I agree with you Lisa, I was like "Wait, this is it? Are you serious?" and when I realised it was actually the end of the book I was completely disoriented.
    I absolutely loved Tris and Four's relationship. It's not like in most YAs.

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  6. I am adding this series to my wishlist. It is hard to come by a series which keeps getting better :) Great review.


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