Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

11735983 Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: May 1, 2012 by HarperCollins
Series: #2 (Divergent)
Length: 525 pages
Source: bought (at 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.”


Although I did not love Insurgent as much as Divergent, I think it is a great sequel! I love how it is still filled with action, and the character development was awesome. There are new characters in this book, and I love how we got to know them really well. Tris and Four really changed in this book due to their situations. I kind of did not like Four/Tobias in this book because he often did not trust Tris.

What I also liked about Insurgent is that we get to visit the different factions, and meet the citizens of these factions. I thought it was pretty cool how I was able to compare and contrast the way these people thought (since, you know, they live in different factions). The way each faction thought was pretty interesting.

The romance was all right. I thought the story was focused more on the action than the romance which is more than fine for me. Overall it was a great read although I have some unanswered questions that hopefully Allegiant (the final book of the trilogy) will answer.

4 of 5

4 Responses to “Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth”

  1. 1 Nara April 23, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    It’s interesting because I think a lot of people tend to say that Insurgent is better than Divergent. I can’t really comment there because even though I’ve read the entire series, I literally remember nothing from Insurgent, so I can’t even compare them lol.
    Allegiant does answer a lot of those unanswered world building type questions, but tbh the answers weren’t really that satisfying for me lol. Hopefully they will be for you! 🙂

  2. 2 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) April 23, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    From what I’ve seen people dislike the second book because of romance issues but it’s great to know that’s not the case! I was putting this one off because of that and the fact I thought it would be a huge step down from Divergent, which I loved. I really like the sound of learning more about the different factions!

  3. 3 amyconcafe April 28, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    I agree that the first book was better but I also liked this one too!

  4. 4 Nicole @ The Quiet Concert April 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    I wish I liked Insurgent as much as you did but I was so disappointed. Whereas you did not like Four, I could not stand Tris, and her angst and relationship drama overshadowed everything else happening. I’m glad you liked it though. I am still looking forward to the movie, which won’t have her inner dialogue!

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