Monday, June 18, 2012

Know Your Place • Insurgent

Insurgent book cover
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #2
Previous Book: Divergent
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Source/Format: Bought || Hardcover

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.

I was a very big fan of the first book in the series, Divergent, so my expectations for Insurgent may have been the teensiest bit high. I am happy to report that Veronica Roth not only met my expectations, but solidly surpassed them.


It's taken me nearly two weeks to try to wrap my mind around why I love it so much, but still, I don't think there's any more accurate way to begin writing this review other than the above sentence.

What I really liked about Insurgent is, surprisingly, Tris. She went through a lot towards the end of the first book and it definitely shows its effects in this novel. The shift in her personality as a reaction to the trauma and stress is so noticeable and, personally, so heart-wrenching in its authenticity. The way that Veronica Roth took care to make Tris' reaction realistic definitely wins me over.

That having been said, the romance was definitely a prime contender for things I liked about this book. There's a real relationship in this novel between Tris and Four; and that thought really struck me as I realized how imperfect it was. Here were two people, each with secrets and fears and pain, and these things really affected their way of relating to each other. What makes their relationship still swoony and romantic is the fact that - time and again, they choose to be with each other and to love each other.

Of course, I'm probably biased since I fell madly in love with Four in the first book.

At the end of Insurgent, just as with Divergent, there's another major twist in Tris and Four's world - and it really took me by surprise, if I'm honest. I was not expecting it at all and I'm actually quite excited to see where Veronica Roth is going to take us in the next installment of the Divergent series.

So yes, reading this book is a MUST. 
(And if you haven't read Divergent yet, well, you have this summer to remedy that, yes?)


  1. Hi! I wish I liked Insurgent as much as Divergent. I am really pumped about that surprise twist though. I just wish I had a better grasp on the environment and how it worked. Perhaps that will come in the next installment and I'll have some more clarity. Four though. Love him. Love!

  2. YES! I've read a few reviews that had readers put off by the conflict between Tris and Four, and I get that, but...I ate it up! It was painful, sure, but it was realistic and honest. I loved their growth!

    Great review, Alexa! I loved Insurgent, too, and I'm dying to get my hands on book three!

  3. I can't wait to read this one!! It's been sitting on my shelf for far too long, but I have a few review books I told myself I'd read before continuing on Project TBR.

  4. I loved this book, too! Not quite as much as Divergent, but still a lot. This reminds me that I still haven't written my review for it yet, though...whoops, LOL.

    There's a real relationship in this novel between Tris and Four; and that thought really struck me as I realized how imperfect it was.

    That's actually a really interesting point! I hadn't thought of that before, but you're totally right. I think that's one of the things that made it so good.

    I definitely love Four, as well. OBVIOUSLY. I don't know how you couldn't, really.

  5. Ah yay!!! So glad you loved it, too!!! You are so right with all of your points...they DO CHOOSE to love each other and to stay together. They work through a lot of crap that I think makes them such a great couple & team! There was so much action in this book & twists and was just...*sigh* amazing!

    Love love love....seriously loved this book!!! Great review!!


  6. I'm one of those people who haven't read Divergent yet. I'm sort of ashamed of it. I really, REALLY need to pick these two books up this summer and read them. I don't know why I haven't done it yet, because they sound like something I'd really like. Your review has reminded me!

  7. Emily @ Falling for YAJune 18, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    I enjoyed Insurgent but not as much as Divergent, don't get me wrong I'm still really excited for book 3 but I think Tris really needs to forgive herself for Will's death I found myself wanting to shake her at certain points. Great review!

  8. Dying to get get a copy of this but my local library still doesn't have a copy for me yet!!!!
    Wonderful review and only makes me want to read it more. New Follow :D

    --Sharmin @

  9. Haha. I stuck around just long enough to see, "I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK." I'm lame and have not read Divergent or Insurgent, so I did not want to get any further. It's wonderful to know that you loved this one as well! Sometimes the middle book in a trilogy is disappointing.

  10. LOL! I did the same thing Jana did ;) I also read the end where you say that I must remedy not reading Divergent this summer :) I REALLY want to! Your enthusiasm for both of these books made me first buy Divergent and then without reading it pre-ordering Insurgent. And glad this book doesn't suffer from second-book-syndrome! :D

  11. I am still not exactly sure how I feel about this book and I definitely do not think I got the twist, haha. I'm glad you love this one so much though! I'm so curious to see how it all wraps up.

  12. I love, love how you put this, "time and again, they choose to be with each other and to love each other." So true, and so beautiful. I don't think I realized that when I read it. Their relationship was definitely very painful - so many of their challenges really hurt me. I wanted nothing but the best for them, even though I knew that wasn't going to happen easily, and it just hurt to see them hurt so much. :(

  13. I was seriously brokenhearted for Tris and Four for a lot of this book, but I do appreciate how Veronica managed to make things seem realistic between them. It's the fact that they choose to stay together that warms my heart and makes their romance even more special to me.

  14. I was honestly just not expecting what happens in the end - the revelation thing - and that was my twist. I think of it as a twist, but I'm not sure if others do! I'm excited to find out what happens next as well :)

  15. Please, please, please read it! I definitely want to hear your thoughts on this series - and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  16. I hope you get the chance to read it! It's really a great series, and I absolutely love it.

  17. *crosses fingers* I hope you library gets it in soon!

  18. Oh, trust me, I still wanted to shake Tris out of her funk as well! Honestly though, I think it was done quite well and very realistically :)

  19. I hope you get to pick it up this summer. It's such an amazing book!

  20. I'm so happy you loved it as much as I did. Don't you just want to get your hands on the next one??

  21. Oh FOUR. FOUR FOUR FOUR. That boy's got a place in my heart <3

  22. I hope you get to read it soon! It's really good.

  23. I think the painful growth was necessary for them. It definitely added something to both characters that I really liked.

  24. Four is an amazing male character. And I hope you do feel better about it with the next book!

  25. what page number is this quote on ( sorry its a thing i need for school i cant find it)


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