How did I get it?:
Bibliobeth bought it for me for my birthday!


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.


I recently read and loved Divergent, so much so that I had to buy Insurgent sharpish and bump it up my to be read list. Everything dystopian seems to be billed as “The Next Hunger Games”, it gets a bit annoying. Especially when you read a series like Divergent. I think it’s good in its own right. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, as I don’t want to ruin it for others that haven’t read it yet.

Insurgent’s action takes place not long after Divergent ends. We don’t spend most of the book recapping the story of Divergent, so if you can, don’t leave a big gap between reading Divergent and Insurgent. Insurgent is action-packed and fast paced. There’s more world building and we learn about more of the characters.

For me, it wasn’t quite as good as Divergent. I don’t know if this is because Tris seems like a completely different person. It’s clear that she would change after what she experienced, but she seems much more impulsive than in Divergent. I guess this makes it more exciting, but it also creates problems in her relationship with Tobias. I love that relationship, so I was almost willing Tris to calm down and attempt to think rationally.

I do think that Veronica Roth is an incredible writer. Insurgent is an intense read with such a fast pace, but at the same time, it doesn’t feel like it’s rushed. The reader learns much more about the other factions, which I think was much needed. I like that the Divergent series isn’t a simple read. There’s so much going on and it feels more adult with a political undertone.

I can’t wait to read Allegiant to see how this exciting series is going to end. Luckily I don’t have to wait too long!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Slated- Teri Terry

8 thoughts on “Insurgent

  1. “Everything dystopian seems to be billed as “The Next Hunger Games”, it gets a bit annoying. Especially when you read a series like Divergent. I think it’s good in its own right.” YES! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  2. I agree. Insurgent wasn’t as good as Divergent and I also found both Tris and Tobias a little frustrating. Still, I’m dying to read the next one. Have you seen The Transfer yet? It’s a short story seen from Tobias’s POV of who he ended up at Dauntless.

    • Glad you agree Gwynn. All too often middle books are very hard. I think Veronica Roth did a good job though, I just couldn’t connect as much to Tris in this book. I’m still excited for Allegiant though. I haven’t seen The Transfer, I think I’ll have to check that out!

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