Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
HarperTeen, 525 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Divergent #2
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.
Veronica Roth’s second installment in the Divergent trilogy is truly something to marvel. Not only did she flawlessly pick up where the last book ended, she started Insurgent in a way that reflects her talent for keeping a reader hooked. I literally read this book in about 8 hours and was so absorbed in Tris and Four’s journey that I completely lost track of time.
Insurgent gives readers a new look into how the other factions function. Being able to be inside Candor’s headquarters and meeting their leader, discovering all of the intricacies that the Amity compound and people had to offer, and getting an inside look at what it means to be factionless were expertly done.
The twists and turns are completely unexpected and absolutely shocking. The betrayal and secrets seem endless. The new characters that emerge have a good variety of endearing, incorrigible, and insufferable. It’s hard to put this over 500 page book into just a review without gushing and throwing out spoilers left and right, but I was so drawn to every aspect of this book that I will, no doubt be re-reading it soon. Savoring each word is really not an option because the book is such a fast read that it will play through your mind like a fast-paced, action-filled, heart-wrenching movie. There is so much loss, but there is so much left to gain that, I swear, by the end of the book you’ll be appreciative of both no matter what.
Tris and Four really come into their own in this book, becoming the heroine and hero that Roth’s readers so viciously want and deserve. Their love for each other is honestly one of the strongest and most resilient relationships I have seen in YA literature thus far. Considering that this book is dystopian, instead of paranormal or supernatural, seeing characters go through real combat, lead an uprising, and remain so fiercely loyal to each other is beautiful.
The storyline delivers nothing short of an amazing journey and the characters leave nothing to be desired. Every character, no matter how seemingly insignificant at first, has so much depth and purpose in the creation of a fantastic sequel to a best-seller.
I’ll leave you with one last aspect of this book that left me smiling like an idiot and wishing I didn’t have to wait so long for the third book….THE ENDING. I never, in my wildest dreams, could have seen it coming. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s reaction to this book and their thoughts on what is to come next for Tris and Four.