Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent Series Book 2)

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Insurgent by Veronica Roth My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is there anything better than picking up the next installment in a series that you absolutely adore? A few weeks passed before I had the chance to pick up Insurgent, but I was so excited when I finally got my hands on it. I ended up devouring it in a day's time, which tells you a few things: 1). It was a great read. 2). It was not as action-packed in terms of character and plot development. 3). I was anxious to get to the next book already.

If I had to describe the essence of Insurgent, I would liken it to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. You know, the angsty book of the series? The one where the characters are pissy and frustrated and angry--often times acting irrationally because they don't know how to deal with the raw emotions left after the loss of their loved ones and the uncertainty of the coming future. In Insurgent, Tris and Four are almost totally new characters. It's almost as though between the back cover of Divergent and the front cover of Insurgent, a wall was formed between them, the grasping hands dropped, and each heart put up a shield. Some reviews claim that this is not a smooth transition between books, but I happen to find that this is in tune with the gravity of the situation that Divergent left them.

I found myself angry with Tris for how irrational she was acting, much like how I felt toward Harry in OotP, but this anger never makes me turn my back on her. In fact, it makes me want her to fight even more. A few reviewers felt like Tris lost her spirit in this novel, but I feel like she goes through a necessary emotional growth that should hopefully help her in Allegient.

The book lacked some of the fascinating experiences in Divergent, like the fresh excitement of learning about the different factions, and instead turned to more political corruption. However, it certainly still brought about several questions worth pondering over. I can't wait for more!

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