Book Review | Insurgent by Veronica Roth

“People, I have discovred, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”


This review contains a few spoilers and I highly suggest you skip this review if you haven’t read the book or if you haven’t read the first book – 🙂

Insurgent picks right up from where Divergent ended but saying things are complicated is pretty much a big understatement in this book. A war is beginning between the 5 factions and they each have to decide if they’re going to stand with Jeanine and fight for what they’ve always had or stand up and voice their own opinion. Tris is Divergent and now more than ever she has to stand up for what she believes in and fight to save the people she loves most.

I really loved this book but I didn’t love it as much as I loved Divergent. I really like how the book picks up from where Divergent left off and I didn’t have to work out where they were or what was going on. It was just as easy to fall back into as I found with the first one which was really nice. What I was always curiousy about, even with the first book, was the different factions and what they’d be like. You can imagine how excited and lovely I found it when we got to go and explore all the other factions and where the factionless live.

As always there is always something that you don’t like about a book and in this case it was Tris. The book is told from her point of view which most of the time is great however in this book I just wasn’t feeling it. Of course after those 2 major deaths at the end of the first book she’s bound to be feeling down and not herself but I really felt like this was dragged out to the point where it started to annoy me. Although I do understand fully where Veronica was coming from in putting this point across. I read a review from Spectacles (you can read their review of Insurgent here it’s fantastic) and they said “I think Veronica Roth meant to do that and make the readers dislike Tris for being so selfish and not so determined to fight back that desire for death.” I agree with this so much. We couldn’t expect Tris to wake up every day wanting to kill people and fight for what she knows is right because it’s not really her. She’s still a person with feelings and conflict inside her over the decisions she makes. These probably pull at her more than she even lets on.

Overall Veronica Roth really wrote a book that was just as exciting and filled with action and romance just like the first book. Although the book obviously deals with death she really was able to write in these lovely sweet moments between Tris and Four which were a great distraction from the fighting that was going on. It was really nice to see their relationship play out even if they both got mad at each other – hey, it’s what couples do!

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