Pub. Date: 1st May 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books (UK) HarperTeen (US)
Series: Divergent (#2)
Readership: Young adult
Genres: Science fiction, dystopia, post-apocalyptic
Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy, so you might not want to keep reading this review if you’ve not read the first book.
Synopsis: War looms in sixteen-year-old Tris’s dark dystopian world as disputes between the factions grow. Tris must now fight against all odds to discover the truth that can save her and the people she loves. Sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge – and the choices she makes will have devastating and unexpected consequences.
Insurgent was at the very top of my mental ‘books I can’t wait to read in 2012’ list. Divergent ended with a bang and I couldn’t wait to delve once more into futuristic Chicago and discover where the storyline was going to take me next. I knew it continued straight after the events at the end of Divergent and that we’d get to find out more about the other factions, Amity in particular (as their logo is on the US cover). I reviewed Divergent last summer and noted that there was less action than I expected. I don’t think anyone can say this about Insurgent.
Veronica Roth’s fictional world is highly constructed, detailed, and there are many political and emotional conflicts that unfold. It was actually a bit overwhelming at times – as you’d expect war to be – and I did get a little lost. However, I think this is due to my own inability to concentrate when trying to read a novel super fast, rather than actually anything to do with the book. I’d suggest that you PAY ATTENTION! while reading, as tempting as it is to rush ahead. If you want to get the most out of the novel (and for it to have the most impact) you must keep track of the detailed layers that exist in this thrilling sequel. Is this a criticism? Certainly not!
I particularly enjoyed Tris’ character development throughout Insurgent. She discovers what it truly means to be part of a faction – and what it means giving up – in a believable way. I’m someone that’d quite happily accept a fascinating plot over deep characters, since I love plot-driven books, but I was impressed with how Veronica Roth balanced both equally. It has everything you’d expect from a solid sequel: continuity, development (in regards to the world-building as well as the characters), and more twists and turns that effortlessly unfold. Yet it still answers questions that were unresolved in the previous book, such as what does being Divergent now mean for Tris’ society?
Insurgent is as cinematic as the last book and will no doubt be well-received by fans, yet it will force them to consider their alliances and – just like the characters – think about what it is to belong, fight, and protect. It ends on an epic note that will leave you desperately, again, wanting the next book, not just to know what happens next, but to better understand the picture as a whole.
Thank you HarperCollins Children’s Books for providing this book for review!