Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Review for Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I have done things. Bad things. I can't take them back, and they are part of who I am.
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 much be stronger than ever... because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

Finally. Finally, finally, finally. That was all I could say when I clutched this book to my chest. A week past release date before any of my local bookstores got it in (honestly, do they WANT me to shop online?) and my mum immediately snapped up one of those five copies. Unfortunately, I had a major essay to work on so it's taken me until NOW to read and review.


At Face Value: This cover is amazing. Another turned back (again) butt he roof tops, the leaves, and the faded birds actually HAVE A REASON. And that's the main point. I just hate that I now have two non-matching covers. 

Immediate Reaction: I hate to say this but... I was pretty satisfied by the ending. I guess I missed the massive cliff-hanger reaction that everyone else felt.

High Five: Here's the thing. I loved Divergent beyond words. It was an amazing book that just had that something else. That said, this book could never live up to my expectations. So, it's partly my fault but it gets a 3.5.

Favourite Quote: To be clear, I love Christina. And this is why:

Tris: "Let me get this straight. So you left the Dauntless compound to get ready or war... and you took your makeup bag with you?"
"Yep. Figured it would be harder for anyone to shoot me if they saw how devastatingly attractive I was."

And again: "Has anyone ever told you about the miracle of eyebrow tweezing?"

And AGAIN: "Where's Marcus, Destroyer of Lives, going to meet us?"

Her sarcasm was one of the most enjoyable things in this book.

When it comes to Insurgent, there are three main parts that I remember as having the 'Veronica Roth Spark' that filled Divergent to the max. The first one, the part I absolutely loved, was the truth serum in Candor. There was so much emotion in this part from both Tris, and the heavy nature of the situation. There's a point where Tris realised how easy it would be to get carried away in the truth. So, so true. 

The second main part that I absolutely loved was the imprisonment in Erudite. It was great to really see the inner workings of Janine's lackies and the growing relationship between Tris and that ass-wad Peter. As much as I want to hate him, he's an interesting character. 

The third part I got that happy feeling was when Marlene and the other simulated characters threw themselves off the building. Yeah, that's morbid, but it made for an interesting choice for Tris. And I think the choice could have gone either way really. It was a tough one. Her friend, or a kid she's just met. 

Now for the reason this book didn't hit the high notes I was expecting. There were parts of the book that were just plain unclear. The main one being when the Dauntless-traitors attacked. I'm still kind of unsure where this happened and who was who. What happened was cool, but I got lost. It happened again with small parts like Tris being in one place and then suddenly in another, and it left me feeling a bit out of it. 

The Caleb-twist and ending really weren't as shocking as I would have liked either. Hard to say if it was because I kind of expect this from reading a lot of Dystopians and YA, or if it the signs were written into the books. While waiting for Insurgent, I've been pondering what could be outside that fence; and I picked it. The main surprise for me was hordes of factionless and their rise to grace.


He was there. He was a lot deeper than in Divergent and he grew as a character in his own right. It was interesting to see him break away from Tris and the part where he gives his dad what's coming to him was just awesome. For the Four-fans out there though, there was a lack of swoonworthyness that filled the first book. 

Tris was as awesome as ever too. We can't forget that. The parts where she just rushed off into crazy land were intense and I didn't even stop to think about her actions either until Four pulled her up on it. This got me wondering - is there a trend where YA protags just don't think their actions through? And the rest of us don't even realise it?


Anyway, great book. I'm looking forward to the next one but I can wait. Roth left it in a good place and I'm just hoping that she steps it up for the finale, because if anyone can do it, she can.

And clickly here if you want to check out my Divergent review. 

So guys, what did you all think?


  1. Ooh I didn't know this book was out yet! Thanks for the info, I've just ordered it! I loved Divergent when I read it, so I'm looking forward to Insurgent. Great Review :)

  2. Oh, thanks for the honesty Heather. :-) I haven't read Insurgent yet, but - like everyone else! - adored Divergent so I'm really looking forward to it. So excited to see more about the other factions.
    I definitely think there's a trend for YA protagonists to go dashing into things head-first so we're probably desensitised to it somewhat, but from what I'm hearing, Tris is even more suicidally reckless than most.
    Does it sound weird if I say that I'm glad Roth let Tris be traumatised by what happened at the end of Divergent? Just because I really don't think enough authors let their hero/heroine respond authentically to the stuff they put them through, and that's one of my pet hates, which I've complained about before :-p Because trauma is serious, dammit, and if you're not going to deal with it properly, you shouldn't have written it in in the first place. At least, that's what I think.
    I'm looking forward to seeing if I pick all the twists, because seriously, I am the most oblivious reader ever. I like to think it's because I get COMPLETELY INVOLVED in the storyline, but it's more likely because IRL I'm really, really gullible and my gullibility carries over to my reading-life: "You say you're one of the good guys? OK, I guess you must be!"
    Well. Yep, really want this book!

  3. HaHaHHAAHAHA! Alexandra - I get that way with a lot of the books I read. If it's so incredibly well written that it carries me along with it, I totally miss the twists too.

    And I agree, 100% with what you said about the trauma. As a writer, you're expected to push your characters tot heir limits, but everyone has a breaking point and it was so refreshing to see Tris completely lose it. What happened between her and Will haunts Insurgent right through. I'm a fan of writers not babying their characters and Roth doesn't give them peace for a second.

    And Laura, you should bump this to the top of your TBR pile. It's really friggen good, and only got 3.5 because of personal taste.

  4. OKay, I have this book being shipped to me now. I am really excited to read it. Though I see what makes it not so exciting as Divergent. I am sad that Four and Tris don't have the swoonworthy moments like the first book. I was hoping their relationship would build. But by the little things you mentioned, I still can't wait to see what happens. Great review.

  5. I love characters with sarcasm and humor. sounds like a great book!


  6. "Another turned back (again) but the roof tops, the leaves, and the faded birds actually HAVE A REASON"

    THIS! And I seriously HATE when covers don't match >:/

    OK. MOVING ON. You know, I was surprised I enjoyed the ending, too. Rather than being peeved at a cliffhanger, well, I loved it :D
    And PETER! YES! The dude is an asshat, but he's a COMPELLING one.

    I don't think this was *quite* as amazing as Divergent, but I still loved it. I loved how Roth developed her world and characters. AMAZING review, Heather! ♥


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