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I Belong

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent

Author: Veronica Roth

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: Divergent Trilogy (Book 2)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Format: Hardcover, 525 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062024043 (Harper Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062024046 (Harper Teen)

Reviewed by: Kayla


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.

Quick and Dirty: Tris and Four have finally gotten together — only to be ripped apart by different opinions. This book tells the story of the rebellion — the insurgency. Another great book that Hunger Games fans will adore.

Opening Sentence: I wake with his name in my mouth.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Oh my goodness, this book sweeps you off your feet from the very first page. Insurgent picks up right after Divergent.  Tris, Four, Marcus, and the gang are traveling to Amity to seek refuge during the Erudite takeover. Amity decides that they will try to be neutral (hence Amity: peace-loving faction), which means that they will take in anyone, including Abnegation, and care for them. Of course peace doesn’t last long when the Erudite come to inspect Amity headquarters for the Abnegation refugees. So Tris and the gang are on the run again, and this time, they plan to take down Erudite with the help of an unlikely group. This whole book is action packed with secrets hiding in every twist and turn.

Tris and Four have finally brought their feelings out into the light, only to be torn apart during the confusion and bustle of the rebellion. Their different opinions get in the way, testing their trust in each other to the breaking point. I absolutely love that it isn’t all lovey-dovey immediately and then a different, outside conflict is shoved between their relationship. It’s a gradual type of conflict that all couples have (although theirs is to the extreme with a war adding to the tension) and isn’t something that can be fixed immediately. They have to figure out a mutual understanding that couldn’t be resolved with a single page. This is a type of angst that a love triangle will never have, and a “BAM – we’re in love” relationship cannot develop.

But Tris has her own issues other than her relationship with Four.



She has to deal with her humongous guilt of killing Will. Starting with the first sentence, her guilt is chewing at her. Her own personal obstacles are difficult, if not harder than the conflict with Erudite. She blames herself and has to tell everyone — Four, Christina, Caleb — during a truth serum assembly in order to be accepted into Candor. She has to summon all of her strength and will power to overcome the obstacle of her mind. The writing is absolutely amazing and realistic as Roth narrates through Tris’s point of view. The depth of Tris’s feelings and her way of dealing with her emotions are so similar to Katniss in The Hunger Games. And Katniss was pretty mentally disturbed in The Mockingjay. This kind of depth and angst can only be created realistically (and not overwhelmingly) by extremely talented authors, and Veronica Roth is one of them.


The actual physical obstacles are just as bad, and they live up to the initiation of the Dauntless. Specifically, the part (going vague) in the white rooms are horrific. There are serums that even Tris can’t escape. Trials that had Four (and me) tearing up. And the choices… OH MY GOODNESS. But the effect is perfect, and couldn’t have been executed better.

You want twists? This book has them. Want a book chock-full of secrets to be revealed? READ THIS BOOK! The secret that was presented in the beginning of the book that only Marcus knows; the imaginative twists that come at you when you least expect them; Roth has bypassed the second book slump and blew me away with her exceptional writing and creative plot. If you have read this book, you know just as well as I do that the ending is such a terrible cliffhanger. And those who haven’t: Go! Shoo! READ THIS BOOK!

Notable Scene:

“I think it’s more important that we deal with the situation at hand,” says Tobias. “Go back to the city. Find out what’s going on there. Find a way to take Erudite down. Then maybe we can find out what Marcus was talking about, after this is all resolved. Okay?”

I nod. It sounds like a good plan–a smart plan. But I don’t believe him–I don’t believe it’s more important to move forward than to find out the truth. When I found out that I was Divergent… when I found out that Erudite would attack Abnegation… those revelations changed everything. The truth has a way of changing a person’s plans.

But it is difficult to persuade Tobias to do something he doesn’t want to do, and even more difficult to justify my feelings with no evidence except my intuition.

So I agree. But I do not change my mind.

The Divergent Series:

1. Divergent

2. Insurgent

FTC Advisory: Harper Teen provided me with a copy of Insurgent. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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