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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. New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

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My students and I had a countdown to the date Insurgent came out in bookstores. It was definitely worth it!

Insurgent delves deeper into the faction filled world Veronica Roth created in Divergent. The factions are at odds with one another as Insurgent starts where Divergent ended. Tris is more in the dark than she has ever imagined. The moment she discovers an answer to her question, new ones are created. There are secrets, deceptions, and manipulation.

The fast paced nature of the story line makes this a page turner which I gladly gave up sleep for! The reader finds out more about each character. I love how Veronica Roth builds each character. They aren't the cookie cutter stereotypes. Tris isn't just the strong heroine trying to survive . She has doubts, she isn't always fearless and sometimes she makes mistakes. Tobias struggles with his own demons in Insurgent as he tries to figure out his own motives.

This is one of the best sequesl to come out for a series. Often second books work as a bridge to the third. They usually are slower paced and work solely on providing background and setting the reader up for a climatic action packed third book. Not so with Insurgent. This second book is strong in its plot, character development and leaves the reader wanting more.

Highly recommend going back to Divergent to refresh your memory on names,etc since the book jumps right into the action. Divergent fans will not be disappointed.

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Joanne, Editor Reviewed by Joanne, Editor May 06, 2012
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Worth the Wait

My students and I had a countdown to the date Insurgent came out in bookstores. It was definitely worth it!

Insurgent delves deeper into the faction filled world Veronica Roth created in Divergent. The factions are at odds with one another as Insurgent starts where Divergent ended. Tris is more in the dark than she has ever imagined. The moment she discovers an answer to her question, new ones are created. There are secrets, deceptions, and manipulation.

The fast paced nature of the story line makes this a page turner which I gladly gave up sleep for! The reader finds out more about each character. I love how Veronica Roth builds each character. They aren't the cookie cutter stereotypes. Tris isn't just the strong heroine trying to survive . She has doubts, she isn't always fearless and sometimes she makes mistakes. Tobias struggles with his own demons in Insurgent as he tries to figure out his own motives.

This is one of the best sequesl to come out for a series. Often second books work as a bridge to the third. They usually are slower paced and work solely on providing background and setting the reader up for a climatic action packed third book. Not so with Insurgent. This second book is strong in its plot, character development and leaves the reader wanting more.

Highly recommend going back to Divergent to refresh your memory on names,etc since the book jumps right into the action. Divergent fans will not be disappointed.

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"Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you."

I have been anxiously awaiting this sequel since I finished reading all 487 pages of Divergent in less than 24 hours last May! I was NOT disappointed! In fact, I treated this like the opening of a midnight movie and began reading as soon as the digital copy was released around 1:00a.m. and finished 15 hours later.

Insurgent picks up right where Divergent leaves off and is full of action, intensity, lies, betrayal, romance and heartbreak. It had me feeling all the emotions! I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to punch, kick and jump off stuff. *puts on Dauntless t-shirt*

Tris and Four/Tobias are trying to navigate their way through the war that has begun between what's left of the factions. He has ideas about which side they should choose but Tris is conflicted about who to trust especially after secrets are revealed that leave her questioning everyone around her. The only thing she knows for sure is she'll have to fully embrace her Divergence if there's any hope of saving those she loves or herself.

She is struggling with her guilt and grief (over her parents and Will) and it's affecting all of the decisions she makes as well as her relationship with Four/Tobias. (This broke my heart for her.) As she learned in Divergent, our choices can transform us but they also have the ability to destroy us and everything that's important to us.

The relationship between she and Tobias feels strained most of the time. There are things they withhold in an effort to protect one another but instead of helping it only hurts them. It's obvious that he loves her and would do anything for her but he feels a responsibility to help and serve too which is all the more reason to *hearts* him. (I LOVE YOU FOUR!!) The things these two characters have to endure both together and individually, are truly heartbreaking. *CLUTCHES CHEST* However, they also share some pretty swoon worthy scenes too. *fans face*

War and grief are ugly monsters but have way of both tearing people apart and bringing them together at the same time. They reveal sides of us and those we love that can shock, surprise and disappoint and have us questioning just how well we know each other, if at all? It's in those moments that friendship and love are tested, sides are chosen and forgiveness is offered or denied. It's also in those moments when we find out exactly what we're made of.

I was prepared for an intense sequel but I was NOT prepared to have my heart in my throat the entire time I was reading. *cries* There are a few twists and surprises and plenty of loss but you can't have growth and new life without loss. I am soooo excited to see how it all ends!
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Jen, Editor Reviewed by Jen, Editor May 01, 2012
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HOLY FOUR That was a good sequel!

"Grief is not as heavy as guilt, but it takes more away from you."

I have been anxiously awaiting this sequel since I finished reading all 487 pages of Divergent in less than 24 hours last May! I was NOT disappointed! In fact, I treated this like the opening of a midnight movie and began reading as soon as the digital copy was released around 1:00a.m. and finished 15 hours later.

Insurgent picks up right where Divergent leaves off and is full of action, intensity, lies, betrayal, romance and heartbreak. It had me feeling all the emotions! I laughed, I cried, and I wanted to punch, kick and jump off stuff. *puts on Dauntless t-shirt*

Tris and Four/Tobias are trying to navigate their way through the war that has begun between what's left of the factions. He has ideas about which side they should choose but Tris is conflicted about who to trust especially after secrets are revealed that leave her questioning everyone around her. The only thing she knows for sure is she'll have to fully embrace her Divergence if there's any hope of saving those she loves or herself.

She is struggling with her guilt and grief (over her parents and Will) and it's affecting all of the decisions she makes as well as her relationship with Four/Tobias. (This broke my heart for her.) As she learned in Divergent, our choices can transform us but they also have the ability to destroy us and everything that's important to us.

The relationship between she and Tobias feels strained most of the time. There are things they withhold in an effort to protect one another but instead of helping it only hurts them. It's obvious that he loves her and would do anything for her but he feels a responsibility to help and serve too which is all the more reason to *hearts* him. (I LOVE YOU FOUR!!) The things these two characters have to endure both together and individually, are truly heartbreaking. *CLUTCHES CHEST* However, they also share some pretty swoon worthy scenes too. *fans face*

War and grief are ugly monsters but have way of both tearing people apart and bringing them together at the same time. They reveal sides of us and those we love that can shock, surprise and disappoint and have us questioning just how well we know each other, if at all? It's in those moments that friendship and love are tested, sides are chosen and forgiveness is offered or denied. It's also in those moments when we find out exactly what we're made of.

I was prepared for an intense sequel but I was NOT prepared to have my heart in my throat the entire time I was reading. *cries* There are a few twists and surprises and plenty of loss but you can't have growth and new life without loss. I am soooo excited to see how it all ends!

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INSURGENT picks up right where DIVERGENT leaves off, and the conflict escalates quickly. Tris, shocked and grieving and unable to forgive herself for shooting Will, must pick up the pieces of her friendships, and of herself, while working to uncover the plot that destroyed her original faction. Factions are divided against themselves, leaders keep secrets, and the truth that awaits them will leave their society in shambles.

Insurgent is action-packed from the first chapter all the way to the end. There are plot twists, fights, simulations, and some truly frightening experiences in store for Tris and her friends. It's certainly a page-turner of a book. Tris grows more as a character in this book than she did in Divergent, and I appreciated that. She thought more, struggled more, and was less willing to make decisions simply because it was a Dauntless-type of decision to make. I think she's close to understanding the true meaning of bravery and self-sacrifice, the two character traits that form the lifeblood of her original faction and her chosen faction.

As much as I enjoyed the action and plot twists, I was less enthusiastic with the world-building and the character development and motivation. While Tris grew steadily through the story, Tobias/Four seemed to digress and do or say things that are out of character for the Tobias I fell in love with in Divergent. The crux of the conflict between Tris and Tobias could easily be solved with an honest conversation or two and that made their continued difficulty (and the HUGE choice Tris makes in the end) hard to believe. I wanted a deeper, more meaningful, conflict to drive their story. As for the world-building, we still only get a tiny piece of what caused the factions and what is outside the fence. And it doesn't feel strong enough, or fleshed out enough, to carry the kind of weight a series like this deserves. I wanted to be truly shocked and terrified, but instead I was left scratching my head.

However, that being said, I do think fans of Divergent will enjoy Insurgent as well. I strongly suggest re-reading Divergent first as we are plunged immediately back into the world, and I was often lost as to which secondary character was which for the first several chapters. No clues are given as to their physical appearance or their relationship to Tris, and that left me distracted and floundering as a reader. Reading Divergent again would make reading Insurgent more enjoyable from the start. :)

All in all, it's a fast-paced, action-packed page turner with some nice emotional moments sprinkled throughout. Fans of Ms. Roth will most likely enjoy the ride.
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Action Packed Sequel

INSURGENT picks up right where DIVERGENT leaves off, and the conflict escalates quickly. Tris, shocked and grieving and unable to forgive herself for shooting Will, must pick up the pieces of her friendships, and of herself, while working to uncover the plot that destroyed her original faction. Factions are divided against themselves, leaders keep secrets, and the truth that awaits them will leave their society in shambles.

Insurgent is action-packed from the first chapter all the way to the end. There are plot twists, fights, simulations, and some truly frightening experiences in store for Tris and her friends. It's certainly a page-turner of a book. Tris grows more as a character in this book than she did in Divergent, and I appreciated that. She thought more, struggled more, and was less willing to make decisions simply because it was a Dauntless-type of decision to make. I think she's close to understanding the true meaning of bravery and self-sacrifice, the two character traits that form the lifeblood of her original faction and her chosen faction.

As much as I enjoyed the action and plot twists, I was less enthusiastic with the world-building and the character development and motivation. While Tris grew steadily through the story, Tobias/Four seemed to digress and do or say things that are out of character for the Tobias I fell in love with in Divergent. The crux of the conflict between Tris and Tobias could easily be solved with an honest conversation or two and that made their continued difficulty (and the HUGE choice Tris makes in the end) hard to believe. I wanted a deeper, more meaningful, conflict to drive their story. As for the world-building, we still only get a tiny piece of what caused the factions and what is outside the fence. And it doesn't feel strong enough, or fleshed out enough, to carry the kind of weight a series like this deserves. I wanted to be truly shocked and terrified, but instead I was left scratching my head.

However, that being said, I do think fans of Divergent will enjoy Insurgent as well. I strongly suggest re-reading Divergent first as we are plunged immediately back into the world, and I was often lost as to which secondary character was which for the first several chapters. No clues are given as to their physical appearance or their relationship to Tris, and that left me distracted and floundering as a reader. Reading Divergent again would make reading Insurgent more enjoyable from the start. :)

All in all, it's a fast-paced, action-packed page turner with some nice emotional moments sprinkled throughout. Fans of Ms. Roth will most likely enjoy the ride.

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"If you tell me not to, I will."
"Well...me too!"
-Basically Tris and Four."

Yes. Their relationship drama gets the best of this book.

But the action is even better.

Most of it made me mad, some of it made me sad, and the rest of it was awesome.

It was great and now I'm ready for the next.
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Emily Savant Reviewed by Emily Savant September 25, 2014
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It was great and now I'm ready for the next.

"If you tell me not to, I will."
"Well...me too!"
-Basically Tris and Four."

Yes. Their relationship drama gets the best of this book.

But the action is even better.

Most of it made me mad, some of it made me sad, and the rest of it was awesome.

It was great and now I'm ready for the next.

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I wanted to read Insurgent so bad after finishing with Divergent. Roth did not disappoint with the sequel. Well-written. I love that Insurgent begins right were Divergent left off. I definitely love this book with the action and turns and twist. The characters were more developed making it a much interesting story. The introduction to new characters( Erudite members) was so interesting. The ending left me wanting more, come on, a secrets revealed at the final half of the book, then the final secret was amazing, just Wow. Love it, Veronica Roth really knows how to leave the reader wanting more. Allegiant were I come. 5 can get enough of Four Stars.
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Viviana Ortiz Reviewed by Viviana Ortiz November 21, 2013
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Worth It

I wanted to read Insurgent so bad after finishing with Divergent. Roth did not disappoint with the sequel. Well-written. I love that Insurgent begins right were Divergent left off. I definitely love this book with the action and turns and twist. The characters were more developed making it a much interesting story. The introduction to new characters( Erudite members) was so interesting. The ending left me wanting more, come on, a secrets revealed at the final half of the book, then the final secret was amazing, just Wow. Love it, Veronica Roth really knows how to leave the reader wanting more. Allegiant were I come. 5 can get enough of Four Stars.

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Where to begin with one of my favorite books of all time, Insurgent... Insurgent is mainly about Tris and Tobias on their quest to rally up allies for the upcoming clan war with the Erudites. It expands upon Tris's life in the Dauntless faction and her boyfriend Tobias trying to stop the evil Euridites from controlling the groups through a mind-controlling program. When most of the factions do not believe them they turn away and try to get their forces back in Dauntless prepared. Soon enough most of the factions are under the Erudite's control and it is very difficult for the Dauntless members to raid the faction. When the members are faced in a tough situation many of the Dauntless are also under their control. It was all up to Tris, Tobias, and a select few to save Chicago from a disaster. Who knows what the Erudites will do once they are finished? World domination? When Tris discovers the main producer of the system is someone close to her she must decide what to do. Soon enough the relative makes the decision for her. She ends up trapped with Tobias watching as her mind gets probed. Then a miracle happens. The relative took the theme of the book, One decision can destroy you, seriously. So what will happen next? It is up to you to figure out....

Insurgent is probably one of the best sequels ever made. It covers the characters and sticks to its topic. Although it is an amazing sequel, it is not as good as Divergent. When I first picked it up I knew I would finish it only in a matter of time. I had received both Divergent and Insurgent at the same time so right after I read Book 1 I could not wait to get my hands on Book 2. I was so involved my mom had to take it way from me every night so that I could get some sleep! Once you start reading Insurgent you will never want it to end. It is a wonderful story!With all these guidelines for success it is no wonder why Insurgent is a New York Times #1 Bestseller! I can not wait to get the third book in the series, Allegiance.
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Christopher Boivin Reviewed by Christopher Boivin August 19, 2013
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A Great Sequel!

Where to begin with one of my favorite books of all time, Insurgent... Insurgent is mainly about Tris and Tobias on their quest to rally up allies for the upcoming clan war with the Erudites. It expands upon Tris's life in the Dauntless faction and her boyfriend Tobias trying to stop the evil Euridites from controlling the groups through a mind-controlling program. When most of the factions do not believe them they turn away and try to get their forces back in Dauntless prepared. Soon enough most of the factions are under the Erudite's control and it is very difficult for the Dauntless members to raid the faction. When the members are faced in a tough situation many of the Dauntless are also under their control. It was all up to Tris, Tobias, and a select few to save Chicago from a disaster. Who knows what the Erudites will do once they are finished? World domination? When Tris discovers the main producer of the system is someone close to her she must decide what to do. Soon enough the relative makes the decision for her. She ends up trapped with Tobias watching as her mind gets probed. Then a miracle happens. The relative took the theme of the book, One decision can destroy you, seriously. So what will happen next? It is up to you to figure out....

Insurgent is probably one of the best sequels ever made. It covers the characters and sticks to its topic. Although it is an amazing sequel, it is not as good as Divergent. When I first picked it up I knew I would finish it only in a matter of time. I had received both Divergent and Insurgent at the same time so right after I read Book 1 I could not wait to get my hands on Book 2. I was so involved my mom had to take it way from me every night so that I could get some sleep! Once you start reading Insurgent you will never want it to end. It is a wonderful story!With all these guidelines for success it is no wonder why Insurgent is a New York Times #1 Bestseller! I can not wait to get the third book in the series, Allegiance.

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This was a great book by Veronica Roth! She did a wonderful job with writing, and everything. I can't wait for the 3rd book in the trilogy.
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veronica Reviewed by veronica March 28, 2013
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GREAT BOOK!!!!!!

This was a great book by Veronica Roth! She did a wonderful job with writing, and everything. I can't wait for the 3rd book in the trilogy.

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So... I had already forgotten stuff, and this one picks right up where Divergent left off, so it took me a few pages to get back into the story and slowly remember little details. LOL. At first I was like who IS Tobias, then I was like DUH. I was just used to him being called Four.
Tris was a wild card in this one though. I know its guilt, fear, and the different factions warring in her head, but at times I liked her and others I wished I could smack some sense into her. She takes risks without thinking about the gain and sometimes that puts those she loves in more danger because of it. But she is still strong, and loyal. Everything she does, she does it out of love, loyalty and her view of the greater good. It is just hard though when she is taking those risks and being self sacrificing because you know that it won't go down a good road.
It was hard reading about Four and Tris in this one though. They had moments where they seemed to really belong together and then the next second they are lying to each other and constantly hiding things. So I am torn because I overall really like Four and he is a bright spot for me, and I know I can't expect anyone to be perfect especially in a world that is so torn, but there are some moments where I didn't like that side of him that I saw. On the other hand, there were some very hot moments between them then more that were so sweet, so I hope we are just seeing both of the characters grow and change and that they will come out the other side.
There is some really dark stuff in this book, and more characters don't make it until the end. So it is very emotional and Tris hardly ever gets a moment reprieve.
And, oh holy traitor. I can't say much obviously without spoiling but I COULD NOT believe it. I could've strangled him. There were some that I expected, but this one. NO.
I loved learning and seeing more of the factions in their day to day and also how they respond when faced with violence and when it is time to make a stand for what it right.
The ending sent me for a loop and I can't wait for the next book.
Bottom Line: 2nd in a series that connected me more with the characters and left me wanting more.
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Brandi Reviewed by Brandi February 10, 2013
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2nd in a series that connected me more with the characters and left me wanting more.

So... I had already forgotten stuff, and this one picks right up where Divergent left off, so it took me a few pages to get back into the story and slowly remember little details. LOL. At first I was like who IS Tobias, then I was like DUH. I was just used to him being called Four.
Tris was a wild card in this one though. I know its guilt, fear, and the different factions warring in her head, but at times I liked her and others I wished I could smack some sense into her. She takes risks without thinking about the gain and sometimes that puts those she loves in more danger because of it. But she is still strong, and loyal. Everything she does, she does it out of love, loyalty and her view of the greater good. It is just hard though when she is taking those risks and being self sacrificing because you know that it won't go down a good road.
It was hard reading about Four and Tris in this one though. They had moments where they seemed to really belong together and then the next second they are lying to each other and constantly hiding things. So I am torn because I overall really like Four and he is a bright spot for me, and I know I can't expect anyone to be perfect especially in a world that is so torn, but there are some moments where I didn't like that side of him that I saw. On the other hand, there were some very hot moments between them then more that were so sweet, so I hope we are just seeing both of the characters grow and change and that they will come out the other side.
There is some really dark stuff in this book, and more characters don't make it until the end. So it is very emotional and Tris hardly ever gets a moment reprieve.
And, oh holy traitor. I can't say much obviously without spoiling but I COULD NOT believe it. I could've strangled him. There were some that I expected, but this one. NO.
I loved learning and seeing more of the factions in their day to day and also how they respond when faced with violence and when it is time to make a stand for what it right.
The ending sent me for a loop and I can't wait for the next book.
Bottom Line: 2nd in a series that connected me more with the characters and left me wanting more.

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"My conclusion," she explains, "is that you display equal aptitude for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite. People who get this kind of result are..." She looks over her shoulder like she expects someone to appear behind her. "... are called... Divergent."

Insurgent is a science fiction novel. If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love Insurgent. I suggest that you read Divergent, the first one in the series, first though. They are both written by Veronica Roth. She writes these books in a way so that you can feel the emotions that the characters feel, like embarrassment and sorrow. Divergent is about five factions, or groups, that inhabit a city. The purpose of these factions is to prevent wars and other conflict. When a child turns sixteen they can make the choice to stay in their current faction or move to a different one. The five factions are Amity (The Peaceful), Abnegation (The Selfless), Candor (The Honest), Erudite (The Brilliant), and Dauntless (The Brave). The main character, Beatrice, lives in Abnegation and she will make a decision that will surprise everybody, even herself. Without giving too much away, there is a war that affects every faction in one way or another. The second book is all about the after effects of that war. So go out today, and get copies of these mind blowing books!
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Max Cherbak Reviewed by Max Cherbak October 09, 2012
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"My conclusion," she explains, "is that you display equal aptitude for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite. People who get this kind of result are..." She looks over her shoulder like she expects someone to appear behind her. "... are called... Divergent."

Insurgent is a science fiction novel. If you liked The Hunger Games, you will love Insurgent. I suggest that you read Divergent, the first one in the series, first though. They are both written by Veronica Roth. She writes these books in a way so that you can feel the emotions that the characters feel, like embarrassment and sorrow. Divergent is about five factions, or groups, that inhabit a city. The purpose of these factions is to prevent wars and other conflict. When a child turns sixteen they can make the choice to stay in their current faction or move to a different one. The five factions are Amity (The Peaceful), Abnegation (The Selfless), Candor (The Honest), Erudite (The Brilliant), and Dauntless (The Brave). The main character, Beatrice, lives in Abnegation and she will make a decision that will surprise everybody, even herself. Without giving too much away, there is a war that affects every faction in one way or another. The second book is all about the after effects of that war. So go out today, and get copies of these mind blowing books!

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Roth's second installment is a thrilling sequel to an eye catching beginning. Roth's style has definitely improved in this book and I read it from cover to cover in one day. Tris has gone through a lot, losing her parents and Will's death especially effect her attitude. Most of the book I was pretty annoyed with her to be honest, but in a good "i need to keep reading to see if she gets over this" kind of way. Four's character I love in so many ways, his persistence, his protectiveness over Tris, the way he understands her. Again Roth keeps us on our toes, never really revealing everything until the very last second, and then blowing us out of our seats with surprises. I am anxiously awaiting the final installment in this series.
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Rachel Reviewed by Rachel August 23, 2012
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Insurgent

Roth's second installment is a thrilling sequel to an eye catching beginning. Roth's style has definitely improved in this book and I read it from cover to cover in one day. Tris has gone through a lot, losing her parents and Will's death especially effect her attitude. Most of the book I was pretty annoyed with her to be honest, but in a good "i need to keep reading to see if she gets over this" kind of way. Four's character I love in so many ways, his persistence, his protectiveness over Tris, the way he understands her. Again Roth keeps us on our toes, never really revealing everything until the very last second, and then blowing us out of our seats with surprises. I am anxiously awaiting the final installment in this series.

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Oh man. This was EPIC. I didn’t think I would like a sophomore book as much as the first in a series, but that was not the case with Insurgent. Honestly, Insurgent blew me away. Gah.


To start with, Tris and Four… sigh. Four was as dreamy as ever, even if his willingness to ignore some key events clouded his judgment and treatment of others in this book. He was still swoon worthy. Of course, Tris is still kicking butt and taking names. She is one of the best heroines out there. She’s strong, brilliant, and flawed: A great bookish role model for teen readers. She proves you don’t have to be a bad ass all of the time to be brave and strong. But most importantly, she shows that you don’t have to be cruel to be respected. Her compassion for others is one of the things that make her so amazing.

I also enjoyed seeing some “old” characters reappear. They each had interesting roles that really helped develop the plot, which made this second installment so much more layered than Divergent. (and you know Divergent was great!) One of the things I liked the most about the plot was the timing. Insurgent picks up just days after Divergent ends. I loved that. I hate books that have this huge time gap that I have to fill in using my imagination. Insurgent picks up at a key point (just where you want it to pick up from) and keeps on moving. It never slows down! It is all action, all the time.


If you know me well enough, you know that I was an English Lit major in college. Although I love YA books (thanks to a YA lit class in college), I still adore the classics. When I read dystopian novels I can’t help but think of the original dystopians (think George Orwell). Any new dystopian worth their weight in salt should generate a Orwellian feel. I strongly feel if you can’t conjure that spirit in your novel, it’s not really a dystopian. Just sayin… Do I think Insurgent lives up to an Orwellian novel? You betcha. If you’re familiar with any of George Orwell’s books, you’ll find subtle reminders all throughout Insurgent. I, personally, loved that, but I can’t say much about what those reminders were because it would ruin the book.
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Alanna Shaw Reviewed by Alanna Shaw August 19, 2012
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Amazing! Better than Divergent

Oh man. This was EPIC. I didn’t think I would like a sophomore book as much as the first in a series, but that was not the case with Insurgent. Honestly, Insurgent blew me away. Gah.


To start with, Tris and Four… sigh. Four was as dreamy as ever, even if his willingness to ignore some key events clouded his judgment and treatment of others in this book. He was still swoon worthy. Of course, Tris is still kicking butt and taking names. She is one of the best heroines out there. She’s strong, brilliant, and flawed: A great bookish role model for teen readers. She proves you don’t have to be a bad ass all of the time to be brave and strong. But most importantly, she shows that you don’t have to be cruel to be respected. Her compassion for others is one of the things that make her so amazing.

I also enjoyed seeing some “old” characters reappear. They each had interesting roles that really helped develop the plot, which made this second installment so much more layered than Divergent. (and you know Divergent was great!) One of the things I liked the most about the plot was the timing. Insurgent picks up just days after Divergent ends. I loved that. I hate books that have this huge time gap that I have to fill in using my imagination. Insurgent picks up at a key point (just where you want it to pick up from) and keeps on moving. It never slows down! It is all action, all the time.


If you know me well enough, you know that I was an English Lit major in college. Although I love YA books (thanks to a YA lit class in college), I still adore the classics. When I read dystopian novels I can’t help but think of the original dystopians (think George Orwell). Any new dystopian worth their weight in salt should generate a Orwellian feel. I strongly feel if you can’t conjure that spirit in your novel, it’s not really a dystopian. Just sayin… Do I think Insurgent lives up to an Orwellian novel? You betcha. If you’re familiar with any of George Orwell’s books, you’ll find subtle reminders all throughout Insurgent. I, personally, loved that, but I can’t say much about what those reminders were because it would ruin the book.

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I LOVED Divergent, so I couldn't wait to read Insurgent. The beginning of Insurgent was a bit slow. Tris kept going back and forth from trying to be strong and then being miserable and weak. I get that she had to go through a lot in Divergent, especially with what happened between her and Will and her losing her parents, but I got a bit tired of hearing her have emotional breakdowns.

Once the action really started, though, I was reading nonstop. The action is really what got me hooked in the first place. That and the Tris/Tobias love story. They're both still teenagers, but their relationship is at such a great level and i just LOVE IT.

Then comes the ending! I had an idea of what happened due to all of the hints left throughout the book, but just hearing it be said and what came after was still shocking.

Overall, I loved the book. It's great, though not as great as Divergent.
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Margaly Reviewed by Margaly August 11, 2012
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This book is AWESOME!

I LOVED Divergent, so I couldn't wait to read Insurgent. The beginning of Insurgent was a bit slow. Tris kept going back and forth from trying to be strong and then being miserable and weak. I get that she had to go through a lot in Divergent, especially with what happened between her and Will and her losing her parents, but I got a bit tired of hearing her have emotional breakdowns.

Once the action really started, though, I was reading nonstop. The action is really what got me hooked in the first place. That and the Tris/Tobias love story. They're both still teenagers, but their relationship is at such a great level and i just LOVE IT.

Then comes the ending! I had an idea of what happened due to all of the hints left throughout the book, but just hearing it be said and what came after was still shocking.

Overall, I loved the book. It's great, though not as great as Divergent.

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It took me forever to read this book but only because I didn’t want it to end. I drew it out as long as I could until I just couldn’t stand it anymore; then I devoured it over a couple days. ‘Insurgent’ is an awesome read that is full of adrenaline and emotion, and I loved every single minute of it, even the parts where I was going, ‘Nooo! Not that!’ or ‘Why?! WHY?!” There are some awesome twists and revelations in the book, a few tender but not overly sappy moments and some scenes of true wide-eyed horror. Tris is pushed to the edge as she recovers from the events that occurred at the end of ‘Divergent,’ and she sets out to find out why Erudite attacked Abnegation in the first place. She has to become an even stronger person to handle the situations she finds herself going through in ‘Insurgent.’

This sequel was just as good as the first, and it definitely succeeded in building upon the world that was created in ‘Divergent’. In 'Insurgent,' we get to see more of how Candor, Amity and Erudite work; I found Amity to be especially interesting in that they’re slightly cultish and take peacefulness to the extreme, so much that they drug their unruly members. Craziness. The reader is also exposed to the various Faction headquarters and given some insight into what it would take to be a member of Candor, Amity or Erudite. We also get to see the Factionless in this book, and I found myself sort of liking the group of outcasts, just a little bit. They’re a resilient, determined bunch, to say the least, led by someone I never would have expected.

The relationship between Tris and Tobias is one of my favorite aspects of 'Insurgent,' just as it was in 'Divergent'. I think they’re perfect for each other, but I love that they don’t have a wonderful, perky relationship. They have problems, doubts and arguments, but even when it seems like things between them can’t be reconciled, you know they’re eventually going to be together. And it’s wonderful. They fit one another too well to not belong with each other, and their personalities complement one another fantastically. Most of the time, I’m cynical about young love lasting, but for Tris and Tobias, I’m all for it. Also, I positively love how she hasn’t turned their relationship into a triangle. There is no Team So-and-So, and for that I am eternally grateful, Veronica Roth! Thank you!

'Insurgent' was an extremely satisfying read, but it also left off with a delicious cliffhanger that made me go, “WHAAAAT?!” and check the release date of the next book. Fall 2013, you cannot get here fast enough!
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Amber McKinney Reviewed by Amber McKinney July 27, 2012
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LOVE

It took me forever to read this book but only because I didn’t want it to end. I drew it out as long as I could until I just couldn’t stand it anymore; then I devoured it over a couple days. ‘Insurgent’ is an awesome read that is full of adrenaline and emotion, and I loved every single minute of it, even the parts where I was going, ‘Nooo! Not that!’ or ‘Why?! WHY?!” There are some awesome twists and revelations in the book, a few tender but not overly sappy moments and some scenes of true wide-eyed horror. Tris is pushed to the edge as she recovers from the events that occurred at the end of ‘Divergent,’ and she sets out to find out why Erudite attacked Abnegation in the first place. She has to become an even stronger person to handle the situations she finds herself going through in ‘Insurgent.’

This sequel was just as good as the first, and it definitely succeeded in building upon the world that was created in ‘Divergent’. In 'Insurgent,' we get to see more of how Candor, Amity and Erudite work; I found Amity to be especially interesting in that they’re slightly cultish and take peacefulness to the extreme, so much that they drug their unruly members. Craziness. The reader is also exposed to the various Faction headquarters and given some insight into what it would take to be a member of Candor, Amity or Erudite. We also get to see the Factionless in this book, and I found myself sort of liking the group of outcasts, just a little bit. They’re a resilient, determined bunch, to say the least, led by someone I never would have expected.

The relationship between Tris and Tobias is one of my favorite aspects of 'Insurgent,' just as it was in 'Divergent'. I think they’re perfect for each other, but I love that they don’t have a wonderful, perky relationship. They have problems, doubts and arguments, but even when it seems like things between them can’t be reconciled, you know they’re eventually going to be together. And it’s wonderful. They fit one another too well to not belong with each other, and their personalities complement one another fantastically. Most of the time, I’m cynical about young love lasting, but for Tris and Tobias, I’m all for it. Also, I positively love how she hasn’t turned their relationship into a triangle. There is no Team So-and-So, and for that I am eternally grateful, Veronica Roth! Thank you!

'Insurgent' was an extremely satisfying read, but it also left off with a delicious cliffhanger that made me go, “WHAAAAT?!” and check the release date of the next book. Fall 2013, you cannot get here fast enough!

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