Review~Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Goodreads Synopsis


Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

Minor Spoilers of Divergent

While Divergent gave an introduction to different faction and characters by having their own identification with their own clothes, personality traits and backstory, Insurgent goes deeper into the story by giving each character individuality. Not to say Veronica didn’t do that on Divergent, but Insurgent shows that Veronica has giving more thought into each characters backstory and how they become part of the war.

On one side we have the difficulties Tris and Tobias are experiencing with their own relationship. At first I didn’t like the idea of their relationship getting in the way, but this time the author managed to fit it into the plot. This war really affected their relationship, and it wasn’t subtle to show it’s difficult for both of them, from hasty decisions to trusting each other to how to get through the war together.

You will also get introduced to new characters. Despite they are minor characters, Veronica Roth managed to give them depth that doesn’t make them look like extra characters that just happens to pop up. They become part with Tris herself and have their own skills and unique qualities through the book.

Tris’s character is more developed. She now understands the horror of this dystopian world while suffering with grief from the death of Will and her parents and things only gets worst for her when she makes abrupt decisions which caused her to end up in dire consequences, however she has become a lot stronger and was willing to make right choices by keeping to her stratergies, helping different people along the way and fighting against Jeanine and her simulation.

I did find Tobias a bit questionable, I feel like his character has gone downhill a bit. On one hand he does seem to care about Tris and love her, but on the other hand he doesn’t seem to be doing anything to help Tris fight against Jeanine and the Dauntless traitors, he seems to run away from his problems and hiding behind his mother, than fighting against them, which caused Tris to find other people in order to fight.

Veronica puts into lots of detail with the world she created by going into depths by how different all the factions are based on their ideologies, for example: Erudite believes in technologies, Dauntless lives through obstacles, Amity believes in peace, Candace goes by honesty and Abnagation likes to keep things simple, along with her writing style, she makes the book easy to follow, yet at the same time makes a very interesting read.

This book is hooking, a great continuation from Divergent. I give it 5 stars.



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