01 May 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth #EruditeUK

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Divergent #2
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books UK
Rating: Essential

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.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature. Goodreads

I... am kind of speechless right now. I have no idea what to say, because I don't think I'm going to be able to express just how much I loved this book. Of course, this review isn't going to be helpful at all. I'm a failure of a reviewer, I know, I know.

If you've read Divergent (which I sincerely hope you have because, really, what are you waiting for otherwise?) then you'll remember that the majority of the book was set in the Dauntless compound with Tris training and undergoing her initiation into the faction. In Insurgent, the world has expanded and grown. We get to spend time either with or learning about all the other factions - Amity, Candor, Erudite and the factionless.

Insurgent is packed with action, it's literally non stop. You think there's going to be some down time, but then something blows up and the characters and story keep on going. This kept the book going at a fast, yet steady, pace.

Tris is quickly becoming one of my favourite heroines. She is a complete badass in this book! Even more so than in Divergent, and that's saying something. She was always trying to help others, and sort out this mess her world is in. She had struggles and I loved her for it. I was a little bit annoyed at how everyone always turned to her when things went wrong as if she was the most intelligent and as if she had the answers to everything. I think they forgot that she was just a teenager.

If you've been following me on Twitter or Goodreads, then you'll know that I did have a problem with one character. Four. I full on despised him in this book. He is so controlling that he borders on abusive. The way he treated Tris was disgusting, and he came across as a giant hypocrite. He did improve a little at the end, but he has A LOT of making up and apologising to do because I am so upset and disgusted by his behaviour. He even went as far as to give Tris an ultimatum at one point, and I wanted to smack him over the head. How DARE he?!

Other than Four, I loved every single thing about this book. Veronica Roth has gone all out in this sequel, and her efforts show. The ending was by far my favourite thing about this book. I can't say ANYTHING about it in case I give away spoilers, but it absolutely blew my mind and I've since reread the last few pages seven times. WHAT?! I'm DYING to read the third book now. I don't think I can go on for another year.

Divergent Trilogy:
1. Divergent
2. Insurgent
3. TBA


  1. Amazing review, I am so glad you loved it :) I think it left everyone off a little speechless, bring on the next instalment. I got my review up today too GO TEAM ERUDITE UK :)

  2. Great review! You're making me so nervous about Four I loved him so much in Divergent, but I don't think anyone can stand a controlling jerk! Otherwise, great to hear about the action scenes, and the ending. :D

  3. Great review although I have to say that I respectfully disagree with you about Four. I personally didn't think he was controlling in a bad way. It's not like he was trying to stop Tris from being who she is, he only interfered when she was recklessly risking her life and who wouldn't intervene when someone they love, who isn't thinking straight, who is grieving is willing to throw themselves into danger? On many occasions the things that Tris attempts is a total suicide mission and I would like to think that if I wasn't in my right mind the people I love would try to save me from myself too. If he was trying to stop her from doing mundane things and being controlling I'd hate him too but I think the situation that they were in made it entirely different. Anyway just wanted to give my thoughts on this. This was a great review and I agree with you on everything else, glad you enjoyed it and can't wait for the next book!


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