REVIEW: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Rating 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/ Young Adult/ Dystopian Fiction, Pages: 544, Level: Easy

Description from Barnes & Noble:

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.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Insurgent is the second in the Divergent series and continues to tell Tris’ story as war between the factions now occurs and the death toll continues to rise. The Factionless are front and center to stop Erudite control and somehow the Divergent are an important key to… well, something, but Tris doesn’t understand why. Meanwhile, Tris and Tobias’ relationship hits a few bumps.

As with Divergent, Insurgent is pretty fast paced and the mystery is intriguing. I did not want to put the book down. You also get to see a lot more interaction between the factions; I found that fascinating. And there are definitely some surprises.

Although it did not affect my rating, something that annoys me is when someone has a shot, they tend to hesitate and miss the opportunity. It’s ridiculous. It reminds me of Tuco’s quote in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, “If you’re gonnna shoot, shoot; don’t talk.”

I was also concerned about this secret information that was central to all the fighting. Roth worked it up so much and my expectations were too high; Surely I was going to be disappointed when it was finally revealed. I’ll admit it wasn’t as earth shattering as I was expecting it to be, but it did have a couple of nice twists. And Roth left us with a pretty decent cliffhanger.

If you thought there were huge plot gaps and unanswered questions in Divergent, you are not going to enjoy Insurgent. If you were hoping for some details on how society got to be this way… I don’t want to ruin the book for you. Let’s just say that at this point, a prequel is still a possibility, in my opinion. Maybe the final book will rule it out.

Bottom line, if you enjoyed Divergent, you will most likely enjoy Insurgent. If you enjoy light reading, quick paced, dystopian fiction, this book is for you. Both are true in my case.

Reviewed by Christina

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