Insurgent by Veronica RothInsurgent by Veronica Roth


byVeronica Roth

Hardcover | May 1, 2012

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One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride that began in Divergent.

A hit with both teen and adult readers, Insurgent is the action-packed, emotional adventure that inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Octavia Spencer.

As war surges in the factions of dystopian Chicago all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Plus don't miss Veronica Roth’s thrilling novel Carve the Mark.

Veronica Roth is the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofDivergent,Insurgent,Allegiant, andFour: A Divergent Collection. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband live near Chicago.
Title:InsurgentFormat:HardcoverDimensions:544 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.61 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062024043

ISBN - 13:9780062024046


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Not as great as the 1st book but not entirely bad! Loved the development of the plot and characters. Things definitely get a lot more serious and thrilling.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Even better than divergent A little more edge to this one! absolutely worth reading
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than Divergent The plot was epic! There were so many twists and turns that I couldn't wait to see what happened next. It was filled with danger but was also fun and entertaining. #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Although not as good as divergent, this was still an exciting and enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Also read on one sitting! I love how the story expanded in this one!
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you read the first one, you'll love this I read the first one and adored it, Tris and Fours romance was written to well. And the journey that the main characters took was put into perspective very well. I came into this book with a little hesitation, thinking it would just be another boring sequel.It certainly was not and I was very happy with my purchase and enjoyed reading it!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this! this entire series is phenomenal
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not the best This book was confusing and weird I just did not like it at all. Hopefully the next book will be more interesting.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Insurgent I found it lacking. Tris was also to whiny for my taste. The idea behind the series was good though.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ok.... It was a great book, but the first was MUCH better. I still love the story and how tris and tobaid have to deal with the changing society
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as first Not nearly as good as Divergent. It did keep me reading to find out what would happen and I like that we learn more about how the other factions work.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insurgent There isn’t quite as much action in this one as the characters are dealing with guilt and grief from the previous book. Peter emerged as one of the more interesting characters since his motives aren’t as pure as everyone else, you never quite know what he’ll do. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Sequel I didn't mind it, the concept for the story was interesting even if it did feel like a Hunger Games rip-off, but this one definitely wasn't as good as Divergent. It's cool to see that the characters have a little more dimension now, and the cliffhanger at the end was a bit frustrating but ultimately made me want to read the next book so much more.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Insurgent Not as good as divergent, but still quite good.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was really good. I could not put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I loved divergent and I loved this book! Veronica Roth is amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OM-gggggggg ♥ Never been more touched, goes without saying.. ♥
Date published: 2015-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loveeee May include some spoilers from the first book. When we left off in Divergent, Tris was escaping the power hungry clutches of the Erudite faction. Together with Tobias, Marcus, Caleb and Susan they seek solace in the headquarters of Amity. I very much enjoyed the look behind the different factions and what their main purpose was. I'm sure that most people will like that part as well. There's a lot of information that is held within the books and I couldn't help. It applaud Veronica Roth for adding more to this dystopian society that has me gripped. Tris breaks alliances, forges new ones, makes new friends and most of all keeps true to herself. There is a lot of teen angst in this one and I really tried not to kick Four in the head. He seemed so douchy! But I guess their relationship is strained just because of their current situation. A war is brewing and I'm hoping that the rebel forces will ultimately attack and take them down. Tris keeps getting nightmares about killing Will and I couldn't help but shudder every time she did. Oh and that ending. Seriously! I wanted to know more. Cliffhanger endings seem to be trending in YA novels and I can't help but love it. I enjoyed Insurgent better than Divergent but I'm also hoping the last and final book in this trilogy will blow us away.
Date published: 2014-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insurgent Roth?s writing style is one that anyone can easily get lost in. She talks neither up at nor down to her audience. The natural flow of words is very inviting. Roth builds on the story that she began in Divergent and takes readers on a fast paced, exciting, and one of a kind ride. The plot twists and turns kept me on my toes throughout. Her low key yet very visual descriptions set me directly into this world alongside the characters. I felt like a participant rather than simply a reader. I was blown away with the character development in this novel. We`d met many of the characters in the previous novel, but Roth continues to make them into such complex individuals. One cannot help but enjoy their company. Tough decisions are reached and loyalties are tested throughout. The interpersonal relationships between the characters are also remarkably well done. They are not necessarily easy, but they are very real. Although the main characters in this novel are in their late teens, this story is about so much more than coming of age. The story and its characters are inviting to readers of all ages. I?d highly recommend it to those who enjoy dystopian novels. A word of warning, however. Do read the series in order or you?ll most likely be rather confused.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insurgent I bought this book about a month ago, Was very pleased with it, have already read it. Was a very good deal.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insurgent I bought this book about a month ago, Was very pleased with it, have already read it. Was a very good deal.
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! I truly loved this book, it was truly perfection. A mix of mystery twisting plots, was definitely not a let down from Divergent. The beginning started right where Divergent’s cliff hanger ended you. With Tobias waking Tris to jump off the train. During the trip to Amity headquarters it might become really hard to understand unless you read Roth's first book in the series Divergent, and if you did you will not be disappointed with the sequel. In the middle it became a bit predictable, with them constantly trying to get themselves out of trouble. But it also wasn't too easy like you can just say that you called it when it happened. It seems more like you can say that you wouldn't expect anything too mind-blowing when it happened. At the end I think that it got its thunder back with the twist that you will encounter. In addition while you move towards the end it becomes predictable but then it would get harder to guess. And that happens for the rest right until the end. In which it becomes truly impossible to guess what will happen when Tris's choice back fires. But it then makes it a lot of a better read. The part when Tris reunites with Christina in my opinion was the best portion of the entire book. I think this because of the way that Roth had written it. I also enjoyed the deep details into Tris's unique way of thinking about every situation and seeing it just as it is as well as trying to see how this will affect her future. That is why I personaly loved this book and did not see it as a let down from Roth's former book.
Date published: 2014-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the Best When I first read Divergent, I couldn't put it down.  It was a real page turner and I had high hopes when I started reading Insurgent.  It just didn't hold the same charm for me that the first book did.  It's the same writing style and it's told from the same POV and I think that just might be the problem right there.  Maybe if it had been written from the POV of a different character, it might have been a different book.  Instead, I have a book that I haven't finished because it's just not written as well as the first.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good storyline Insurgent by Veronica Roth is the second book in the Divergent series. Like the first, it never stops moving, with twists and turns at every corner. However, I have noticed a trend in many trilogies where the middle book is not as good as the other two; its role being, it seems, to only deliver crucial information to the reader to bridge between the first and third books. With that in mind, I found that I still enjoyed the novel and all of the action it contained. This novel set the stage for the final one in the series and expanded on the conflicts Beatrice would have to deal with.
Date published: 2014-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as fantastic as the first one, but still a REALLY good read! I absolutely loved Divergent when I read it earlier this year. I have been itching to read Insurgent, which won the 2012 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy and Best Goodreads Author. It was great to re-immerse myself in Roth’s world of factions and factionless. The story resumes immediately from where Divergent ended, which was where we saw Tris and Tobias on the train to Amity with Marcus and Caleb. Everyone now has to deal with the fall-out from Amity’s mind-control simulation and new alliances are being formed between factions. I enjoyed this shift in stability, and there is much political unrest. Roth addresses one of the burning questions that I had when I read Divergent: Why don’t the factionless just get together and overthrow the other factions? Although I didn’t love it as much as Divergent, I still really enjoyed Insurgent and can’t wait to read Allegiant when it comes out in October 2013. This is another great narration by Emma Galvin. She portrays teenage Tris so well, without being overly dramatic. I love the attitude she brings to Tris' character!
Date published: 2013-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow I thought it wasn't as good as the first book but it still was jam-packed with secrets, and surprises. The plot was good and the speed was also good. I thought the ending however was amazing. It was a total surprise and totally a cliff-hanger. I really can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure pleasure to read I know so many people have plaused Roth for her great work on the divengent series but still, I can`t help writting this short review to express my love of this book! It`s really really good, the charcters, the writting stills and omg the plotting, everything works in a harmony! I recommand anyone how haven`t lay their hands on these books and are a huge fun of dystopian novels run to the book store and get them!
Date published: 2013-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The secrets...and that ending!! Picking up where Divergent left off; the Factions are in varying states of chaos as the Erudite plan to wipe Abnegation off the map with mind controlled Dauntless was thwarted by Tris and her uncanny Divergent brain...But what seemed like a great victory came at a terrible personal cost to Tris and with the leaders of each nation shaken to the core - everyone has to choose their side as secrets fester and unlikely alliances are formed and an epic battle looms on the horizon. I'm loving that the covers are following a similar Faction symbol theme, I'll be sorely disappointed if 'they' decide to change the covers midway through this series. At the end of Divergent Tris grows up fast, and in a blink of an eye she loses her parents, takes the life of a friend and is left running on the lam. She's understandably shell shocked, post traumatically stressed and ridden with guilt. Her Dauntless side takes a bit of a backseat in Insurgent - that's not to say that there isn't any action, because there is. LOADS OF IT and in a much deadlier sense. But we get to explore other facets of Tris' potential, like her Erudite side. She's brilliant at seeing plots and the bigger political picture, but her trauma and guilt bogs her down and makes her act really reckless. Such as bringing a knife to a gun fight. But she ends up going down a really dark path, and I really hated how it seemed like for most of the book she was stuck in this place. However, Roth was brilliant at tearing Tris down to her foundations and at the tipping point Tris finds her reason to keep going. I still love Four. I'll forgive the secrets and ultimatums because he's scary awesome and a natural leader. Everyone looks up to him and he never wanted that role but this time he embraces it and it was amazing! He always has that one scene that burns into my mind (like aiming deadly objects at Tris in Divergent), Insurgent took it much further. It was still a brilliantly calculated move on Four's part, but it makes you step back and re-evaluate how you feel about Four. What I was really surprised at was the trust that Tris and Four had built up in Divergent, which I thought would be pretty much unshakable. But their relationship; though filled with some very steamy scenes gets a little lost along the way. It would be too easy to just have them have a happy ending in the middle of a broken world, but at the end of Insurgent I think they'll finally be that strong team I was looking for in the third installment of the Divergent series. At the end of Divergent we were treated to some incredible revelations about her mother but the secret motives behind the Erudite's plan was never fully revealed. So the big question to answer in Insurgent was the why of it all - and when we find out the answer. OH MY is it EVER a cliffhanger. Like drop your jaw - you'll probably throw the book across the room (but not really because that's mean) kind of cliffhanger. The conspiracy theory hamster in my brain is working overtime in its wheel! Roth took these characters and completely reshaped what I knew about them, and I LOVED it! We get a closer look at what it means to be Divergent, and what it means to sacrifice your life for something. It was a bit long at 525 pages, and I did forget who a few minor characters were (I felt like re-reading Divergent before starting this would've been beneficial) but the mysteries and political intrigue and the ingeniousness of it all was worth it! One thing: is it fall yet? Why can't it be fall yet?! I need to know what happens!
Date published: 2013-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Didn't disappoint! The second book in the Divergent series absolutely did not disappoint. The story picked up right where it left off, and was incredibly easy to immerse myself back into Tris' world. The hooks and drama were fantastic, while it was easy for me to predict what would happen next, I was still enthralled and completely excited by each page. A must-read if you enjoyed Divergent! I can't wait for the third book!
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely A Winner I loved Insurgent. it's as good as the first, if not better, and I feel that this whole series is amazing. I felt that all the characters, even the secondary characters, were really real and relatable, and I continued to appreciate the characters even more as I learned more about them in this book. I know that some people compare this series to The Hunger Games, which I hate because I find them both really different, and I have to admit that, as much as I love The Hunger Games, this series is better. I could picture every scene and connected with the characters. I loved the plot and the suprises that occured along the way. The writing is really strong and keeps readers intrIgued. I didn't read this as fast as I read Divergent, but I loved it as much. Although some parts are a bit predictable, 75% of the events are suprising, and Roth does an excellent job of keeping readers guessing and definitely did an amazing job of keeping my head in the book. I love Tris. I find that I see her as not just another character in a book, but a real person. That might sound weird, but It's how I personally see her. We see her develop and grow in this book, and she acts like a real person. For example, if she gets hurt or a wound, Roth will keep reminding her of that, and when, 5 days later, shes firing a gun with an arm that has a bullet wound in it, she'll feel the impact. But Roth doesn't do it often enough to make readers annoyed, just to make Tris seem real. Also, when she hasn't showered in weeks, she poins out how greasy her hair is. I really think that its the little things that I appreciate. The ending was amazing, although I'm mad because I have to wait to read more of Tris's story. I love the part her brother played, too. It really connected everything together. Make sure you have a clear reminder of Divergent when reading this book, because there are many refrences to he previous book. I loved Insurgent. And, although I respect other peoples views towards this series, I really can't understand why anyone would rate this anything less then 5/5 stars. No matter how hard I try, I just don't get it.
Date published: 2013-01-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Might have been better if read closer in time to Divergent 3.5 stars Insurgent seems to continue from exactly where Divergent left off, so for those of us who read Divergent a long time ago and don't really remember... not so good. There is no recap of any kind, so I spent the first ¼ of the book being really confused. I finally sort of figured out what was going on in this one, but it still bothers/ed me that there was no recap to remind me of what happened in Divergent. This is why I am not doing a synopsis with this review. Well, maybe I'll attempt this: everyone seems to be double-crossing everyone else, including some of the factionless. All the double-crossing made for lots going on in the book, and so I am rating it 3.5 (good), but I was still somewhat confused through a portion of the book. I bought the first two books, but won't be buying the third. This one ended on a cliffhanger, so I might still read the 3rd one, but it'll come from the library. I hope the author gives a bit of a recap in that one, as a reminder.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unforgetable Read! The stakes are even higher in Veronica Roth’s sequel, Insurgent. Tris and a small group have escaped after the simulation that killed countless people, but their struggles are far from over. Lines are being drawn, allies are being forged and a possible war looms between the factions, and Tris and Tobias are most wanted by both sides. Tris must grapple with grief, guilt, and deception as sides are declared and choices must be made, including ones that threaten herself and those she loves. Veronica Roth creates another tale brimming with her trademark wit, snark, twisting turns and a staggering cliffhanger that will leave readers eager to see where the author will take the story next! Without a doubt, a highly recommended read for fans of the Hunger Games!
Date published: 2012-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Hunger Games, This is Better! I loved the Hunger Games, dont get me wrong but this had so much more to it. I love this book. Read it twice. I love the characters and their relationships. Four is just about as manly and dreamy as they come. I was hooked immediately. Its so sad that this series only has two books, I was sad to see it come to an end.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait for next one. SOOOOO AMAZING!!!! READ THIS SERIES. YOU WON'T REGRET I! I loved this book and divergent. They were both amazing! I can't wait until early fall 2013 when the third book comes out. The movie for divergent comes out march 21 2014. cant wait.
Date published: 2012-09-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Excellent concept, not well-written. I loved this book! I happened upon the first book in the series, Divergent, and enjoyed it so bought the second one. Insurgent has a great concept - five "factions" of people, each with a different personality and purpose, trying to live together. It continues the story from book one. The reason I gave it 3 stars was simply because of the writing. I know it's a teen novel and should be looking at it that way. But I think the book could've been much better had someone else written it. It really is a great idea! I love the concept. The characters just aren't developed the way they could be and the writing isn't great. But again, it's a teen book so if you go into it knowing that, you won't be too underwhelmed. Perhaps because of the writing, I could see exactly what was coming at the end way before even the middle of the book. It was pretty apparent what was going to be revealed. So unfortunately there was no big surprise at the end, which is what I think she was going for here. All that said, I definitely recommend the series and I'll still read the third book when it's released!
Date published: 2012-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sequel !! Veronica Roth has done it again in the sequel to Divergent! I loved every minute while reading this book! The story picks up where Divergent left us but in Insurgent we get a better view of the other fractions and more of Tris' transformation as well as getting to know more about Four (Tobias). I loved this book and this series because its addictive!! Veronica Roth has created a awesome series that will capture your attention if you are a fan of the Hunger Games! Every time I am at the store I recommend the series!! What I did like coming into Insurgent was getting to know the other factions as well as going through war and as well as consequences as Tris is trying to save her home. After finishing reading Divergent I was very excited to hear that we will learn about the other factions and most were explored and it was awesome to see how each got together and the importance that they all work together to make decisions. I really liked how Veronica let the Fractionless come into play into Insurgent as well as meeting past characters. There role is very important and will as play in the third novel. The characters development has really changed compared to being in each of their factions. Tris is a very great character because we see her more vulnerable after all she has been through in Divergent and then revealing the aftermath in Insurgent. The Dauntless is still apart of who she is but at the same time she is discovering her strengths. Many of her actions had to deal with grief as well as self will to save those she loves. She was more reckless in this novel and was a in a way not how she acted in Divergent. I get why she was like this because of all the grief. But near the ending she was more like her old self as well as gaining back that confidence that she had in Divergent. Tobias was even more hotter yet a tad frustrating. But he is still HOT and adorable that I could forgive him. He has many layers still unknown to us readers because his emotions do get the best of him. His relationship with Tris does grow to a deeper level as they get to know more of each other. He was one character I would love to read from his POV because he has many things that he has gone through as well as dealing with his parents. Four/Tobias was negative as well as positive but he plays a major role in Insurgent. Like all of us he can be a person because we all have flaws as well as trying to be comfortable with those who we love. But I still loved him by the end of the book! I loved the romance in Divergent and I was excited to see what was going to happen in Insurgent because it was a normal relationship with its ups and downs. But like any couple they are still getting to know each other at the same time as falling in love. They are alike in many ways, which makes them clash. It was very well written with the incorporation with the romance beginning to blossom as they are about to head off against Erudite. No romance can be perfect and it was displayed in Insurgent. From beginning to end this amazing read will capture you as well as getting you excited for the next book because that ending was OMG when does the next book come out because after that ending my reaction which was mouth hanging open. Insurgent is definitely a great read as well as full of action, lots of emotions and twist and turns that will make your heart go crazy. The plot was make perfect because it had everything in it as it was one of the best books in 2012 as well as the most anticipated. My emotions where jam packed and that cliffhanger :O As Divergent, Veronica Roth will not disappoint in this sequel because once you pick this one up you are hooked, and gaining some information about the other made it more interesting in getting in depth and more in tune with the novel. This sequel is a MUST!! I loved it soo much I could re-read it and still be all excited. Roth is an amazing author who knows how to grab the readers attention!! I am looking forward to the next book because I need to know what is going to happen next!!
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT Just as great as the first.....sad that I have to wait 'till Fall 2013 for the third book.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!!!!!!!!!!! A excellent addition to the series!!! I truly loved Insurgent!!!!! I loved Divergent soooo much so I knew I'd love this one just as much!!! I cannot wait until the third book comes out!!! The ending was awesome and kept me glued to it for 2 days!!! This series always makes me finish it so quickly because I love it!! Beautiful!!!
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books of the Year Veronica Roth is a brilliant author and start off this trilogy with a bang. "Divergent" is a book that carries so much potential with it and now that had come to the test. "Insurgent" is a thrillingly beautiful read, one that no one, young or old, should miss out on reading. Definitely one of the best books of the year. Bravo Veronica.
Date published: 2012-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner Continuation of the first book the "Divergent". I enjoyed this book as much as the first. The thrill seeker will continue to like this series. I find the series has a touch of similarity to the story of "The Village". I am looking forward to the third book.
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Seeing as Divergent was one of the most popular books of 2011 (and one of the most popular YA books out right now), there was a huge amount of anticipation surrounding the release of its sequel; it can be tricky to write a sequel for an incredibly popular book with a large fan base, and a reader can never be sure whether a new author can pull it off. But like so many other readers soon realized after reading Insurgent, Veronica Roth absolutely accomplished all of this with her sophomore release. As much as I love Divergent, I have to admit that I don't love it as much as many other fans do- it isn't one of my personal favourites, so I was somewhat hesitant when it came to Insurgent. However, I quickly picked it up, dying to know what would happen next and was utterly impressed with this sequel that easily surpasses Divergent. Reasons to Read: 1.Great character development: One of my main complaints about Divergent was that I wasn't the biggest fan of Tris - but I was quickly won over with her in Insurgent, and I could easily relate to her now and have a better idea of the difficulties she was struggling to overcome. You can really see how much she's changed from Divergent, and the way she's questioned her ideas to formulate new ones. It's a fantastic progression, and one of the best I've read about in YA. Similarily, we definitely get to learn a lot more about Four and his motives, which not only makes us love him MORE, but makes him feel more real (and that's not a bad thing in his case). 2.A different, yet realistic relationship: I LOVED that Tris and Four portrayed a rather atypical YA romance; they have real problems to overcome, and they don't always get along but they also don't spend the whole time whining about how they can't be together for some melodramatic reason. And they actually try to work together for their relationship; it doesn't overpower the story, but it's there and they do focus some of their efforts on making things work (and kissing). 3.Some of the best world building YA has to offer: Veronica stunned us with this curious and exciting world created in Divergent and she continues that tradition by introducing us to some of the other factions, like Amity, Candor and Erudite. We're introduced to more character from these factions and the ways they live which is completely fascinating. But none of this compares to some of the mysterious secrets we finally get a taste of in Insurgent - which sets us up for what will hopefully be one of the most thrilling finales to a book series we've seen yet! For real though, this revelation makes Divergent unlike any other dystopian book I've EVER read (yet). Seriously, this book completely redeemed all the little things I didn't love about Divergent - it simply improves on what was already a very strong foundation. It was again filled with so much action and excitement (which Veronica writes very well, I should add) in a thrilling and rich world. My one tiny complaint was that I found Tris and Four to be a little TOO back-and-forth at times, for my taste. They weren't nearly as frustrating as some couples you read about in YA books, but I found the lack of trust they exhibited towards each other to be fairly surprising after the relationship they developed in Divergent.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wowzaaa An amazing sequel! The ending was terrific and I loved how the book picked off right from where the first ended. The action was constant and once again Tris is forced to make decisions that go against the morals of the people around her. This book is chock full of romance and action, perfectly balanced in a way that only Veronica Roth can achieve.
Date published: 2012-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Great!!! This book is an emotional rollercoaster. I can't remember the last time reading a book left me so exhausted from the highs and lows. The book picks up where Divergent ended and it just doesn't stop. If I wasn't worrying about everyone getting out of situations safely, I was worrying about Tris and Four's relationship, or learning more about the other Factions and the Factionless. Tris went through so much in the first book and it affects her throughout the entire sequel. She's still dealing with the attack from Peter, Drew, and Al, and Peter hanging around doesn't help, some guilt over Al's suicide, major guilt over shooting Will, and the death of her parents. There's so much and Insurgent adds even more on top of that. I loved Tris is the first book but in this one, she firmly and permanently stamped her name on my list of all-time favorite heroines. So many times I wanted to hug her, laugh with her, cry with her, or celebrate with her. Her romance with Tobias, or Four, is still there but she doesn't base her decisions on him. She makes what she thinks are the right decisions even if it means going against him. Four has to deal with a lot in this book too, more than the first book. Part of their problem might be that both are stubborn and bottle up their emotions, which leads to misunderstandings and fights between them. It's messy, not perfect, and realistic. The supporting cast of characters add so much to the story. Christina pulling away from Tris over Will's death, finding out who else is Divergent, learning their motives behind their actions, betrayals, I found myself liking the minor characters just as much as the main characters, or hating them, but I was never indifferent to them. The pacing moves along quickly and there's a lot of information as they Faction hop but it's never too much information to handle. And the big reveal at the end makes me hope the next book comes out soon.
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A satisfying, conspiracy-filled sequel! Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5 stars) First off, there may be a spoiler warning. If you haven’t read the first book – obviously don’t read the review for this second book as I will be discussing what happened in the first one. In the first book, Divergent, Tris thought the toughest choice she had was whether to leave her originating faction for another one. Little did she know that she would be facing a lot more dire circumstances in the sequel, Insurgent. Her faith in the factions are tested, her relationship is tested, who and what she knows is tested. When last we left Divergent, there was an impending war about to break loose. Right off the bat, I likened this darker, grittier action-packed sequel to that of Pandemonium, the sequel to Delirium - which also had a similar grimmer feel, and which I absolutely love. Give me more action than over-the-top romance any day! That being said, while I liked the sequel more than the first book of Lauren Oliver’s series, the same can’t be said about this one. Don’t get me wrong, I still very thoroughly enjoyed Insurgent, but there seemed to be a bit of disconnect with the Tris from Divergent and the Tris from Insurgent. Granted, she had been through a lot but her erratic behaviour and polarizing mood swings, especially towards Tobias, seemed excessive. And speaking of Tobias, I can’t stand that name. It doesn’t suit how he’s described to be. Every time I read that name, I pictured Tobias Fünke from Arrested Development! He needs to just go by Four. While the mysterious “information” that everyone wanted to obtain or destroy was the driving force for the book, I felt the constant back and forth mixing of factions to be a bit distracting and confusing to follow. There were good & bad, loyal & traitorous for so many factions that I found it a bit hard to keep track of who was in what group. However, that being said, I could not put this book down. I needed to find out where this was going and what this “information” was that everybody wanted to get their hands on. The narrative rarely lagged and was so well-paced to keep the 525 page book moving that I was surprised how quickly I got through it. Thank goodness that Roth was smart and selective of what she’d leave as a cliffhanger, because if she left certain things dragging onto the next book, I might have wanted to throw the book out the window! Overall a satisfying conspiracy-filled sequel to the extremely successful first book, and very much looking forward to the next one in a year’s time. This, and other reviews can be found on my blog
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! Summary After the horrifying events that occurred on Initiation Day, Tris and Four are joined by some unlikely allies as they make their way to the Amity compound in hopes of finding a safe haven. But before Tris can be much help to the growing group of dissatisfied faction members, she must find a way to overcome the grief and guilt that are threatening to overwhelm her. While trying to move forward and determine what comes next, Tris realizes that uncovering the secrets that started the war between the factions may be the key to their next move. Will she be able to deal with her issues and uncover the truth before it’s too late? And can she make the right choices without having to loose any more people she cares about? Review Picking up right where Divergent left off, Insurgent makes for a gripping and action packed second installment in the series. Roth continues to delve deeper into the characters' history and mindset, creating layered and complex individuals that are rarely matched in YA fiction. The world-building in this novel is also excellent. We learn more about the other factions than expected, and combined with (minimal) knowledge of current-day Chicago, I found it easy to visualize the city as it is in this dystopian future. Despite the time spent on character development and world-building, the plot does not suffer. The story moves quickly and is rarely predictable. A surprising ending with a huge impact on the future of the series makes for a satisfying stopping point in the current story, but still leaves the reader wanting more. Verdict Insurgent is an excellent follow-up to Divergent that builds on the first novel and moves the story forward beautifully. I can’t wait for more!
Date published: 2012-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fan-flipping-tastic! Often times when you read an incredible book, you find the sequel to be disappointing but with Insurgent, this was not the case at all. It's just one of those stories that constantly keeps you guessing until the very last page and then that last page completely blows your mind. I literally shouted out loud at the ending. Read this book!
Date published: 2012-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good sequel, but not quite as good as the first I've said it before and I'll say it again. Divergent by Veronica Roth totally gets the credit for introducing me to YA literature and for it's regular presence in my reading selections. It's just that good. It's got action and romance and a kick ass main character. So it should be no surprise that I, like countless others, rushed out on May 1 to pick up a copy of the sequel Insurgent. I started it immediately on the subway on the way home. It picks up immediately where Divergent leaves off and it was easy to feel myself sliding right back into the action and the drama. Tris' world has now devolved into chaos. The Erudite faction has gone crazy, Tris has had to do some unspeakable things and the maddness is just getting started. It was an incredible way to start a book, hooking you from the very first pages and Veronica Roth managed to maintain the same level of drama throughout. It stills shocks me every time I hear that Veronica Roth is 23. It blows my mind that someone my age could be so incredibly talented. She has managed to write a series that is not only action packed but thoughtful and intelligent. There were a number of scenes in Insurgent that really moved me – more so than Divergent. I found Insurgent had more of a message to get out and for me that was a welcome addition. But despite all this praise, if I'm really being honest I don't think I liked Insurgent as much as Divergent. It's hard to really pin point why, but I think it has to do with Tris. She just didn't feel the same to me. I love her character because she's brave, and impulsive and incredibly loyal. She was everything you want in a heroine. In Insurgent many of her virtues are put to the test and I found her a lot more indecisive and unsure of herself. The rational part of me knows this is just part of her character development, and that there is more to Tris that you can sum up in one book, but I was still a little disappointed. She just didn't have the same feel to me. Despite my teeny tiny disappointment with Tris, Insurgent is still an amazing novel. It brings the series to a new level, while still maintaining the pace and adventure of the first book. I can't wait to see what happens in book 3 and where Veronica Roth will take these characters next. Final recommendation: Highly recommended. An amazing book from an amazing writer. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The audio version is excellent In a continuing effort to indulge my secret passion for YA dystopian fiction, I happily picked up Insurgent - the second (and highly, highly anticipated) volume in Veronica Roth's trilogy. I've had many patrons in the library looking for their next read after finishing the Hunger Games trilogy - and I have been heartily recommending the first book - Divergent. Just to play catch up here's the premise of Divergent - Chicago in some dystopian future. Society has divided itself into five factions: the honest, the selfless, the brave, the peaceful and the intelligent. On their birthday, sixteen year olds must pick the faction they will live with for the rest of their lives. It can be the one they were born into...or the one they feel they should belong to. One or the other, but not more than one. For most citizens, it's an easy choice. But for Beatrice, the choice is a difficult one - her test scores indicate she could easily belong to more than one faction - she is divergent and it's a dangerous thing to be. We were left hanging at the end of Divergent, wondering what Tris and her faction would do now. Insurgent literally picks up from that last page. In fact, you really wouldn't want to read Insurgent without having read the first book - you would be lost as to who's who and what is going on. That being said, I really had no idea where Roth was going to take her characters. She truly kept me guessing, entertaining me until the very last page. In the first book Roth did a fantastic job of world building - the future society she has envisioned was brought to life with lots of detail. (and was quite thought provoking actually) Many characters were introduced, but are explored further in Insurgent, now that the stage has been set. Tris herself must take the time to deal with her grief and try to understand her role in this uncertain world that is poised on the brink of great change. And being a YA novel, of course there is the requisite love push/pull angst. Tris' relationship with Four (more commonly known as Tobias in this book) didn't capture me quite as much as it did in the first book. There's a few too many 'misreads' of actions and words. (But I have to remind myself - they are teens) I mostly choose to listen to my YA fiction. Emma Galvin is the reader for this series and I don't think they could have chosen anyone better. Her voice is slightly gravelly and rough - exactly like I thought Tris would sound. She captures the action and emotions of the characters really well - her voice is quite expressive. In fact, Galvin won awards for her Divergent performance. Chaos, danger, friendship, betrayal, choices, loss, romance - Insurgent has it all. For great escapist, entertainment reading, the Divergent books are perfect. Be warned - there is a fair amount of violence. The last page of Insurgent ends in the same dramatic fashion as Divergent - with a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, book three is not due until Fall 2013...far too far away.....
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read While this was a really good read it wasn't as good as the first.
Date published: 2012-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhat disappointing Divergent has to be the best book I have read in years. I absolutely loved it! Perhaps I expected too much from the sequel, but I have to say it left me disappointed with that "meh" kind of feeling.
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good and a fast read This sequel to Divergent is overall a good read with fast paced action. Although I must admit that I'm a little disappointed because the story and the characters lack some depth. I know that this is a YA serie but I thought that Divergent was quite promising... ***DISCLAIMER *** (Do not read this if you haven't read the book) PROS: Love the art cover! (Although I don't get why the Amity sign is there, I would of thought the Erudite or maybe the Candor sign would be more representatve of the second volume.) I like that the book is fast paced and full of much happen that you don't have time to put the book down...I also like the fact that we get to know Tris better, her strenghts and her weaknesses, her internal struggle to overcome grief and guilt, and her reluctance to completely trust and love someone...and mostly love herself, to accept herself as a Divergent and move on through the harsh lessons of loss and betrayal...because I agree that she is the bravest, selfless and actually one of the smartest characters in the book! CONS:I actually think that this serie is becoming a bit too ambitious.I think that the overall story is good but it lacks details and explanations for a lot of things that happened. I think that if the author has more time or maybe more pages to fill, it could be a great story. I also think that the choice of narration (Tris' point of view) sometimes limits the development of the story and the characters. Some events happened but we don't quite get the link between them and some characters shift from good to bad and vice versa just like that...At one point Caleb was visiting Tris at the Candor headquarter, then the attack takes place and after that, the Dauntless move back to their own headquarter but there's no mention of Caleb...and then he just pops up on Jeannine's side! And there's this whole Peter thing, who would of thought that he would save Tris because he feels like he owes her something...And also there's the ending which is not an ending at all but an cliffhanger for the next tome. Yes, it is quite unexpected but I wonder how the author is going to round up all the loose ends in the third and last book because not only the factions have to face each other and they got their own world to fix, now they've got a whole new world to deal with and the outside population (unless the outside world is completely annihilated and all its population dead! If it's the case then I don't see the point!!!). ERRORS OR WHAT? 1) Chapter 17: when Four says: Zeke and I were hauling wounded Erudite up to the fourth floor all morning. Up to that point, I thought Zeke was a traitor and he hasn't yet made an appearance so how can Four and him haul Erudite wounded together? It's only until chapter 19 that we fond out about Zeke, so something's wrong here, right? 2) Chapter 41: When Tris says: I point my gun at the lock, shield my face with my arm, and fire. Just before that Tris clearly did not pick the gun and was given a stunner, so how come she shot the dooe with her gun? Anyways, there are a few details like that in the book that don't make sense. And I read it pretty fast and while I was quite tired from work so I may still miss some more errors like that throughout the book... So all in all, not bad, I still like this book but hope that the next one will be more complete...
Date published: 2012-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insurgent by Veronica Roth I read “Divergent” by Veronica Roth last year and fell in love! It was for me the perfect book: fast paced, exciting, action packed with some romance thrown in. I’ve really come to love the dystopian future genre, so of course Divergent and I really hit it off. The story grabbed me from the very beginning and held me in suspense till even after reading the final words. I rated it 5/5 on Goodreads and highly recommended it to my friends and family. I’m not ashamed to say I even liked it more than the Hunger Games. For the last few months I have waiting with bated breaths to read the sequel. Insurgent came out on May 1st, and thanks to modern technology I was able to buy it on my Kobo immediately (No lines, no waiting, no leaving the house!) I started it basically right away. I don’t want to spoil the plot therefore it is hard to talk about the story, so I will just do an overview of my thoughts. This book didn’t haul me in immediately like its companion. It took me awhile to really get into it. I could feel that things were building up, but the beginning was slow. Hitting the midpoint of the story I quickly gobbled up the remainder greedily, and wow what a cliffhanger. I can’t believe that I have to wait for the next installment it’s like catching fire all over again. I went back and forth on a rating for Goodreads (On a sidenote I really wish that Goodreads would update their system and allow of 0.5 increment ratings!) I waivered between 3/5 and 4/5 really 3.5/5 would be best. I finally settled on 4/5 because the end of the story really grabbed me and I have fondness for the characters and hope for the third book. If you haven’t read Divergent you need to check it out (especially if you like dystopian stories). I wouldn’t rush out and buy Insurgent immediately. I would rent it from the library or wait for the paperback if you’re not a diehard fan. I am really anxious to see where Veronica Roth takes the story and how it all concludes. I will definitely be checking out the final installment as soon as it comes out. Does anyone know when that is? According to Veronica’s twitter she’s not even certain. It will be a long wait that’s for sure. Follow me on Goodreads: On my blog:
Date published: 2012-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Non Stop Wild Ride The Good Stuff a non stop wild ride of intense action - I was constantly on the edge of my seat while reading and did not want to put it down Tons of twists and turns that will keep you guessing Beautifully written commentary about human nature and thinly veiled moral questions Some questions answered but even more put out there for you to ponder A gasp worthy ending which has me waiting impatiently until the next book comes out -- don't get me started on how long I have to wait - sorry HarperCollins as soon as I hear the word ARC come out for the final book in the trilogy I will start nagging you for it Fabulous character development You will need kleenex while reading - absolutely heartbreaking at times For the second book in a trilogy it is absolutely brilliant -- this is a very rare thing Some tasteful passionate scenes between Four and Tris Tris is such an intriguing character - Kick a** yet fragile and so very real Was blown away by her commentary on suicide - obviously someone who has felt the urge of not wanting to be "you" anymore but having the strength of character to know it is the wrong choice The Not So Good Stuff A small thing but I got a wee bit irritated by the switching back and forth of the name Four and Tobias - I understand the usages but it jarred me while reading One other small thing (and more a preference thing) the up and down emotions of Tris for Four irritated me, but remember I am 41 and jaded Favorite Quotes/Passages "The truth has a way of changing a person's plans." "The Candor sing the praises of the truth, but they never tell you how much it costs" "My parents lost their lives out of love for me. Losing mine for no good reason would be a terrible way to repay them for that sacrifice, no matter what I've done. Let Guilt teach you how to behave next time," my father would say." "My father taught me to see Erudite a particular way. He never taught me that they made no judgements about what people believed, but designed things for them within the confines of those beliefs. He never told me that they could be funny, or that they could critique their own faction from the inside." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Obviously fans of Divergent will enjoy If you haven't read Divergent already, I would highly suggest you read it before reading this For fans of post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature 5 Dewey's I received this in exchange for an honest review - and I am eternally grateful for Rosalyn Steele for introducing me to this series and for getting me free babysitting!
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will Leave You Wanting More There is truly no way I could write this without a ton of superlatives so I’ll just have to go with it- bear with me. OMG. I’m not sure where I could even begin to tell you the amazingness between the covers of this book. Divergent was exceptional, but the plot twists and turns, the beautifully crafted character of Tris and *sigh* Four in Insurgent have come together to create an engaging, and thrilling read from start to finish. Tris is a complex multi-layered character who has grown leaps and bounds through both books. I’d like to think that I would be as brave, as self-sacrificing as she is in the books, and as dedicated to uncovering the truth. In Insurgent we learn more about the four Factions, their strengths and their weaknesses as well as the Faction-less. I want to be careful not to drop spoilers, but I will say that there were points where my jaw dropped and times where I shouted out loud. The ending was a shock and has left me desperate for the next in the series. It’s clear that things are not always what they seem and that Tris’s world is forever changed. Highly Recommended. This series is one to buy for your home library. For more reviews check out:
Date published: 2012-04-30

Editorial Reviews

“Insurgent explores several critical themes, including the importance of family and the crippling power of grief at its loss. A very good read.”