Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth is the second novel in the Divergent trilogy.

This is the synopsis of the novel, which you can find on the cover:

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.

This was amazing. The novel starts right where you left off in Divergent. It takes you into the other factions, as well. In the first novel, we really paid attention to Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite.Insurgentfocuses on all of the factions. Tris spends some time in the Amity and Candor headquarters, so this helps us with learning more about the factions.

One of the usual themes is sacrifice. As we are starting to notice in many of the young adult novels, we see sacrifice from the protagonist. This time is no different. Sacrifices in this can be marked toward the aspect of Divergence that includes Abnegation.

Betrayal is another theme. It’s too hard to get into without giving away everything. The only information I can say is that the characters learn who is really an ally and who is an enemy. 

The moments are thrilling. I never wanted to put the book down. There is also an unexpected ending that really cannot be guessed while reading the novel.

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Stars (out of 5): *****


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