Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent CoverI read Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth back-to-back last summer. Obviously, it has taken me a long time to decide what to say about Insurgent.

I wanted to love this book! But I didn’t. And I am still upset about it!

In fact, I still have not read Allegiant. I probably would have read it if it had been out when I finished Insurgent, but it wasn’t, so I lost momentum quickly and never really found my way back to it.

I loved Divergent, but Insurgent really disappointed me. I understand that most middle books in a trilogy are bridge books are often the weakest of the three, so I expected that. But, it is hard to not compare the series to the Hunger Games series, which had an excellent second book. (Well, I thought the second book was great. It was my favorite of the trilogy.)

It seemed to me that Insurgent was (SPOILERS AHEAD) simply about the crew moving around from faction to faction trying to figure out who they could trust and who they couldn’t. Or if they could be trusted, how long could the group leech from them before making someone mad. It seemed very methodical and as if Roth found a motif and repeated it through each faction.

I mentioned in my review of Divergent that I was able to figure out the “ah-ha!” moments before they came, and Insurgent was even more predictable. The ending was hurried, and I felt with this book the same way I felt about the final Harry Potter book. There was too much traveling in the first 3/4 of the book and too much story arc action crammed into the last 1/4 of the book. I prefer a nice rise and fall of action, which I thought Divergent did well (perhaps even more so than The Hunger Games.)

I have not read spoilers and have not read the third book, so I can’t say that I can see where the story is going, but I really expect Tris to die in some sort of self-sacrificing critical choice; she is Abnegation after all…I doubt there can be a happily ever after.

As you read this book, keep the wise words of Dr. Gregory House in mind: everybody lies.


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