Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Posted May 17, 2012 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
by Veronica Roth

3 Stars


Released: May 1, 2012
Series: Divergent #2
Published by HarperCollins
Pages: 525



I really wanted to love this book.  It is one of the few YA books I can say I went out and got on release day because I was so excited to read it.  I loved the first book and the whole premise of the world.  The parallels that the different factions have with real life and their traits have with real people.
This book picks up pretty much where Divergent left off and Tris and Tobias are left running for their lives in a sense.  We are still trying to figure out what the big mystery everyone has been hiding is and how this will play a role in the coming war.  And war is coming.
To fight this, Tobias and Tris end up teaming up with the factionless as well as others unexpected allies, while Tris is a target because of the fact that she is resistant to the simulations and can’t be controlled.
I was expecting to see more from Tris in this book.  I wanted her to toughen up a bit more and take charge.  A lot of things where happening TO her instead of her MAKING them happen.  She is very powerful and I can’t wait to see her growing comfortable in her own skin and skills.  But, sadly, this book just showed her more immature, annoying side.
But my main complaint with this book and why it got a 3 star rating even though it’s not a bad book is the fact that for the most part this book was a bit bland and not much happened until towards the end of the book.  Then things started unfolding, revelations, action, betrayal, help when you least expected.  I wanted to see more of that throughout the book instead of the moping around regretting the past that I got.
Like I said the ending was pretty good, and I really didn’t see that coming although I probably should’ve so great job on that.  I am very curious to see this all play out in the next book.


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About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

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Oops!! I really liked the fist book, I thought it was unique and different, I was looking forward to this release too, but it seems that I’m not going to be moving it to the top of my list.
Thank you Francesca.
BTW, it’s been nice to have you around.
Happy Anniversary again!!

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Awww thanks Lupdilup! I see mixed reviews on this one, there are quite a few people that were bored as well as me and some that just loved it. *shrugs*

I agree that the first book was unique and different and I’m hoping the next one is a little better.



Thanks for the honest review Francesca!