Insurgent is the second book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. By default a few things will be revealed to you if you read this review without having read Divergent first. If you’re curious about this series and are interested in learning more, check out my review of Divergent, which gives a nice summary of the premise of the series.
When I read Divergent last year, I instantly knew that I had found a hit. This book delivered everything I was looking for in a fresh new dystopian story. So it was with excitement that I waited for Insurgent, the second book in Veronica Roth’s amazing series.
I’m sure there are many of you, like me, who worry about the second book in a trilogy. It’s the middle; can it carry reader interest enough to link beginning and end? Is it just that bridge, or can it sustain on its own as a well-written and interesting story? For those of you who loved Divergent and haven’t read Insurgent yet (what are you waiting for?!) let me tell you that you have nothing to fear. This book was crafted as beautifully as its predecessor.
The Dauntless faction is on the run, trying to escape the control of Erudite. Tris and a band of friends, including her squeeze Tobias (AKA Four), head to the factions of Amity and Candor to re-group. While things are up in the air people change sides, surprising truths become revealed, and the Divergent are forced to the forefront. Erudite wants them, and Tris doesn’t know why. But she’s willing to find out, even if it means risking her relationships — and her life.
Tris’s behavior in this book was interesting. She became both overly-reckless and overly-cautious at the same time, based on some decisions she made towards the end of Divergent. There were a few instances where I wanted to shake her and tell her to get over it, but I do think the author portrayed a realistic reaction from someone in that situation. Tris’s internal struggles were a prominent part of the story, and I enjoyed being inside her mind and seeing the progression of her thoughts.
There were also some great shockers in this book, mainly involving character development, ulterior means, and secrets finally being exposed. There was one particular revelation towards the end involving her brother that I didn’t see coming, and it was really well done. This, more than anything else, kept the pages turning for me. I had to know what happened next, and my mind, which is great at predicting things, was kept on delicious edge. A book hasn’t done that to me in a while.
My only complaint was that I sort-of saw the final surprise at the end coming. What was supposed to be a big reveal and shock the pants off of me didn’t really even make them budge. Perhaps it was because of other books out right now that involve a similar fate, so the idea was planted in my mind. I don’t think it was a flaw on Roth’s part, at least where her writing was concerned. That being said, I’m extremely curious how this new bit of information to the story will play out in book three.
I am happily satisfied with how Insurgent turned out. It was a great book, with wonderful character interaction in a unique dystopian world. It has the strength to carry the story forward, and I only have high hopes for book three. Now if only we could speed up quality writing time …
Insurgent hit stores on May 1st, 2012.