Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Fighting for survival in a shattered world… the truth is her only hope.

The thrillingly dark sequel to No. 1 New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT.

I have done 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 must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

My Review

Insurgent began right where Divergent left off, which was with Tobias and Tris on a train to Amity to seek refuge after escaping Jeanine and the Erudite faction who had unleashed a deadly simulation on the members of Dauntless. So with an ending like that, I was more than excited to read Insurgent!

The Action: Unlike in Divergent, Insurgent got right down to business and jumped into the action and plot development. There was constant movement throughout this book as Tris travels from faction-to-faction in order to keep herself unnoticed as well as to come up with a plan to ultimately thwart Erudite/Jeanine once and for all. Right when I felt that things were settling down, BAM, a plot twist was thrown in that left me glued to the book. Much more progress was made in book two and I was so happy to see more happening toward the series’ main conflict. Not to mention, the emotion was more intense, each event was critical, and the character development had much more depth.

The Emotion/Romance: Tris struggles to deal with the deaths of her parents as well as her guilt over killing Will, and that haunts her for most of this book. With all this emotional turmoil going on within her, you get to see a new side of Tris, one that is not as tough as you would have originally thought. Tris was able to evolve much more than she did in Divergent as she came to accept what she couldn’t control and learned from her mistakes. It also doesn’t hurt that Tobias never leaves her side, which was completely satisfying as the reader. Though their relationship goes through great turmoil in this book, it stays true, neither one of them gives up on the other, even when it seems like their trust in each other is fading. Of course Tris gives Tobias every reason to doubt his trust in her because her decisions are extremely rash and exaggerated and this causes problems for not only her well being but for her relationship with Tobias as well.This caused some serious frustration to the point where I was literally yelling at Tris out loud. But despite all their issues with one another, they still managed to share in a love that surpassed every obstacle thrown at them. They share some beautifully romantic moments in Insurgent that leave you wanting a Tobias of your own.

Final Thoughts: By the time the ending rolled around, I was on the edge of my seat. Insurgent will leave you in shock with a HUGE plot twist that reveals an entirely new development that you will not see coming. This sort of cliff hanger established the basis of what is sure to be a whopper of a last book. I would definitely recommend you read Insurgent, especially if you were not as satisfied with Divergent as you thought you would be (as in my case), it is so worth reading! Insurgent is action packed, and filled with unseen events as well as some wonderfully romantic moments.

You can buy Insurgent on Amazon here and anywhere else that sells books!

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