Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication Date: May 1st 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 4.5 stars

When I first read Divergent, I was awed. I loved it and I really enjoyed it. However there was this small part of me that just cannot acknowledge that this series could be, like most reviews had said, leveled with The Hunger Games. I don't know, there was something I need to see or feel for me to be completely convinced that it is worth comparing to THG or say that it could be as great as THG. 

And well, great job Veronica Roth, because Insurgent just had me convinced that this series is indeed f*cking AH-MA-ZING! I was floored! I can certainly say now that this series could be leveled with not just THG but other really great dystopian novels as well.

I was so happy this sequel didn't become a filler book, or that it didn't suffer on the "second-book syndrome" in which most second novels in a trilogy tend to be. I was surprised to realized that throughout the book there were so many things that actually happened, so many discoveries and things learned.

I thoroughly enjoyed the parts where we get a look on each faction. It was fascinating and interesting to see how they work and learn their beliefs and principles and ways of living. I saw the good and the bad in each of them, their issues and flaws and realized how much their world were twisted seeing how it limited their people to have their own individuality.

With her grief over the loss of her parents and her guilt over Will's death, Tris went through an intense emotional roller coaster ride. Her regrets and remorse from what had happened drove her to make thoughtless and careless decisions and actions. Which made me ache for her but also drove me pretty crazy and frustrated me a bit. It was understandable and believable though especially after all that had happened and obstacles they were still facing. With all those emotional suffering she'd been through she was still an amazing and admirable character, a really brave and strong-willed heroine. In the end she was able to find her way and realized the right things she has to do.

Tobias/Four. I saw a lot of different sides of him in this book. His usual 'cold and aloof' facade he wear most of the time was gone. He showed a lot of emotions in this one and he'd been more open regarding his feelings. I saw a frustrated Four, a vulnerable Four, a regretful Four but also a very loving and caring Four and boy did I fall in love all over again!

What I also loved so much in this book was how Tris and Tobias's relationship was handled. It was very real, believable and mature. I love that it showed how it was to have a relationship in a situation were too many obstacles, conflicts, emotional baggages were thrown. It wasn't easy and it wasn't always beautiful. But they were still able to overcome it. The downside of it helped established their relationship into a much stronger and more in depth one. I was touched by them and I just so freaking loved them.

I found myself dumbfounded by the ending. It was mind blowing and I was seriously surprised. It wasn't really a brutal cliffhanger but it was a very good cliffhanger! I wasn't expecting that and it made me so excited for the next book! Overall, Insurgent was a very remarkable and impressive sequel! Once you read it, you'll never have a doubt about his series. I highly recommend it. Book 3, hurry up! :))  


  1. Yay for no filler or second book syndrome! I always worry about that when I loved the first book in the series so much:) I'm glad to know Four isn't quite as aloof in this one, I'm ready to see some other sides of him. Really wonderful review Eunice, I can't wait to read this one!

    1. Thank you, Jenny! So many things happened in this book! And I'm sure you're gonna fall in love with Four here all over again! LOL! Can't wait for you to read it too. :))

  2. Absolutely and totally and completely YES! I literally just finished this book and loved it so much! I was worried that it would fall to the second book syndrome too, but when it DIDN'T, I kind of wanted to jump up and dance -- it definitely fits up there with The Hunger Games on the scale of dystopian awesomeness! And what you said about Tris and Four's relationship... You described its perfect imperfection with perfection! x) The realism of it was my favourite part too!

    Beautiful and amazing review, Eunice! Maybe if we chant, "Book 3, hurry up!" it will? :') <3

    1. I'm so glad you loved it too, Mimi! After reading this book I have no doubts that this series will be as great as THG! Everything was very well handled.

      If it could be just that simple I would be so willing to do that everyday! Haha! Thank you, btw! :))

  3. I loved finding out more about the different factions too. Awesome review Eunice! :)

  4. I can't find a copy of this book. Great review! :D

    Hello, Eunice! I've given your blog an award. You can find it HERE. :))


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