Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
The thrillingly dark sequel to New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT – a major motion picture franchise.
One choice can transform you – or it can destroy you. Tris Prior’s initiation day should have been marked by victorious celebrations with her chosen faction; instead it ended with unspeakable horrors. Now unrest surges in the factions around her as conflict between their ideologies grows.
War seems inevitable; and in times of war sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge and choices will become ever more irrevocable. Tris has already paid a terrible price for survival and is wracked by haunting grief and guilt. But radical new discoveries and shifting relationships mean that she must fully embrace her Divergence – even though she cannot know what might be lost in doing so.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent trilogy is another intoxicating thrill-ride, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreak, romance and powerful insights about human nature.
Thanks to the wonderful new cover releases a few month’s ago I was able to get hold of review copies of the Divergent trilogy which I missed first time round and have had on my list to read for quite a while. I reviewed Divergent the first in the series a few weeks ago and have now read Insurgent the second book.
There are a few different formula’s for writing a trilogy and I was keen to find out how this trilogy was going to be formulated and developed. Divergent was action-packed and set the scene for a thrilling coaster ride of a journey. Starting Insurgent it became apparent that the coaster ride had slowed significantly and that this book was going to be more of a fact-finding mission.
Insurgent whilst having some of the action I really enjoyed from Divergent was far more about familiarising us as readers with the factions we hadn’t met already, with helping us get to know characters especially those characters who don’t play an integral part in the story, and to fill in gaps in knowledge about the world we are in and to provide information.
This is a slower read, there is a lot of movement between factions which at time gets a bit confusing and I had to flick back a few times to remind myself where Flis was as she flitted between factions and groups of factions plotting and planning.
Insurgent is less about physicality and more about intelligence, it’s about making sure we go into the final book Allegiant fully understanding how this world works and who all the players are (at least I’m assuming that’s the case having not yet started reading Allegiant).
I found the relationship between Tris and Four/Tobias got really tiresome during Insurgent, it was probably quite accurate of a relationship of a 16 and 18 year old with the secrets and snarky comments but when they are both so grown up and well grounded in so many other ways it didn’t make sense to be so childish in this respect.
Insurgent wasn’t the book I expected it to be and I would have preferred something a little more action packed and exciting, but it has been a good set up for the final book in the trilogy which I hope will be a corker!
A huge thanks to Veronica Roth and Harper Collins Children’s for the ARC via NetGalley to provide an honest review of this novel.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Publication Date: 1 May 2012
Review Format: eBook
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