Insurgent by Veronica Roth

77%

37 Critic Reviews

The author has a subtle way of pulling readers into a scene...and the novel’s love story, intricate plot, and unforgettable setting work in concert to deliver a novel that will rivet fans of the first book.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

Now includes an excerpt from the upcoming Four: A Divergent Collection.

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.

 

About Veronica Roth

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Veronica Roth burst onto the literary scene with Divergent, an instant New York Times bestseller, and its acclaimed sequel, Insurgent, which debuted as a #1 New York Times bestseller. A full-time writer, Ms. Roth lives near Chicago with her husband. You can visit her online via her blog (www.veronicarothbooks.com), on Twitter (@veronicaroth), or on Tumblr (http://theartofnotwriting.tumblr.com/).
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books. 545 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Insurgent
All: 37 | Positive: 31 | Negative: 6

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by SilverFish on Dec 16 2015

The plot is amazing and is full of twists, however I thought at times the characters were a little dull and boring and some areas of the book dragged on a bit too long.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Bookworm1408 on May 07 2014

I would give this book ten out of ten. It was a great follow-up to the first book. I would recommend it to people over the age of ten, at least. If you are thinking about reading this book then I would read the first one before because it would be pretty confusing if you didn't.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by helloitsheath on Oct 11 2013

What I liked about Insurgent was that it continued on from Divergent in a way that felt seamless...Much like Divergent, the finale of the book was mindblowing and leaves a major cliffhanger for the start of Allegiant, the final book in the series.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Apr 02 2012

The author has a subtle way of pulling readers into a scene...and the novel’s love story, intricate plot, and unforgettable setting work in concert to deliver a novel that will rivet fans of the first book.

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Janine on Jul 13 2012

My response to Insurgent seems to have been different from that of the majority of its readers. I was disappointed to find that toughness and competitiveness, two of the traits I liked best in Tris when I read Divergent, were largely absent from her portrayal in Insurgent...On the whole though, Insurgent was a frustrating book for me.

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Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Jia on May 28 2012

All in all, I thought this was an excellent follow-up to last year’s Divergent. It didn’t quite hit me the same way its predecessor did, but I didn’t find this to be the sophomore slump that plagues so many series out there. And it’s nice to read a book where character is fully revealed through action and choice rather than narrative exposition.

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Examiner

Above average
on Jun 14 2012

The final paragraphs set up a twist that will likely propel the story into the final book...But if you enjoyed Divergent or any other young adult dystopian novels, you might enjoy Insurgent. But settle in, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Examiner

Good
on Jun 02 2012

"Insurgent" is the second book in the "Divergent" trilogy by Veronica Roth. It's just as fast-paced as the first book and, like the first book, leaves the reader with a sense of closure but also a real desire to find out what happens next.

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Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Yael Tischler on May 09 2012

My main issue with the book is that I don’t find the Dystopia that believable...But, if you can suspend disbelief, Insurgent is no less enjoyable to read...Insurgent is about Tris exploring her Divergence, the things that make her not fit in, and so, too, does Roth tell a more unique story in this second book...

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Sara Gundell on May 01 2012

Just as action-packed, pulse-pounding, and thrilling to read as Divergent, Roth provides a major twist that shows Insurgent is indeed one of the most finely crafted pieces of science fiction ever written.

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AV Club

Below average
Reviewed by Kevin McFarland on Jun 04 2012

Insurgent has shades of other dystopian societies—the Alliance from Serenity, and even M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village—but this is The Hunger Games’ little cousin, through and through.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
on May 04 2012

Though Roth relies on easy plot devices — there's no shortage of mind-control chips, injections, and serums — she's ratcheted up the drama, and she'll leave fans salivating for book 3.

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The Bookbag

Good
Reviewed by Jill Murphy on May 19 2012

But I won't lie to you. The plot hinges, infuriatingly, on people keeping secrets from one another to the point of stupidity and beyond...But for those who are happy to take things at face value, Insurgent is a very satisfying sequel to Divergent. It's pacy with some great action sequences.

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USA Today

Good
Reviewed by Serena Chase on Jun 13 2012

A top pick for established fans of dystopian fiction, even those new to the genre will easily get hooked on Roth's addictive style of writing...Enjoying Insurgent will entirely depend upon your familiarity with Divergent and the amazing, advanced and depraved world Veronica Roth has created therein.

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Teen Reads

Good
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on Jun 01 2012

This second epic book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy is a fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride that gnaws at the curiosity of human nature...INSURGENT is very powerful and striking...

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Common Sense Media

Excellent
on May 08 2012

Once again, Veronica Roth has created a pulse-quickening plot...In the tradition of second installments, Roth introduces in-depth exposition, new characters, seemingly unsurmountable challenges, and cliffhanger-level twists to move the story forward.

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Kidz World

Above average
on May 31 2012

Insurgent by Veronica Roth didn’t quite live up to her first novel, Divergent...The overall concept is intriguing, but the plots drag at times and many parts are difficult to visualize.

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Crosswalk.com

Good
Reviewed by Christa Banister on May 23 2012

Picking right up from where Divergent left off (yes, no pesky time gaps), Insurgent is heavy on the action and character development right from the get-go, a quality that ups the ante right from the beginning...Not only is the pacing just as brisk and efficient as before, but the power of choice for our protagonists has never been more crucial.

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Good E-Reader

Excellent
on May 07 2012

Insurgent, the sequel to the bestselling first title in the YA series by Veronica Roth, Divergent, pulls no punches in picking up exactly where the first book left off and diving directly into the fray on the first page.

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Wovenmyst

Good
on Nov 28 2012

Everything is sharper in Insurgent. Picking up where Divergent left off, Insurgent gives readers a definite image on what each faction is and what they represent. Veronica Roth takes us into each faction and secrets are spilled...

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Bookalicious

Good
on Apr 23 2012

nsurgent was everything I hoped it would be and more. Roth’s writing style expertly guides you from emotion to distraction while our heroine fights to save her people and those she loves.

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WAPL Teens

Good
on Jun 04 2012

Hold on to your hats with this one. Picking up right where Divergent left off, and not stopping until the end, our favorite girl has a roller coaster ride of events, emotions and general stuff going on in this one.

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Alice Marvels

Above average
Reviewed by alicemarvels on Apr 30 2012

Insurgent’s plot builds nicely on the rich world Roth introduced us to in Divergent, and the writing is once again a skillful blend of taut thrills, deep-felt emotion, and intense action...Overall, this sequel hit all the right notes to keep me totally invested in the trilogy’s outcome.

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Lytherus

Good
on May 15 2012

I am happily satisfied with how Insurgent turned out. It was a great book, with wonderful character interaction in a unique dystopian world. It has the strength to carry the story forward, and I only have high hopes for book three.

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Hollywood Crush

Above average
Reviewed by Kat Rosenfield on Jun 08 2012

"Insurgent" is a compelling follow-up to its predecessor, "Divergent" (although anyone trying to pick up the former without having first read the latter will be completely lost, so be forewarned.) The action and intrigue pick up without a hitch...

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by writesomethingalways on Oct 09 2013

Although Roth depicts their relationship very well, she often inserts romantic parts where it takes away from the action of the story and just gets boring and irritating. I would definitely suggest Insurgent by Veronica Roth to readers over the age of 13 who enjoy books that are packed with high-action and suspense and don't mind romance.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by AT Ross on Mar 22 2015

Insurgent is a remarkable adventure which I enjoyed almost more than Divergent. Roth's terse and clipped writing style keeps the story ripping along at breakneck speed, a prose style as utilitarian and unadorned as the world it describes.

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Kathy Takes on Books

Above average
Reviewed by KD on Apr 09 2014

This story is a weird combination of good storytelling and stupidity...Still, I do have to appreciate a twist on the dystopian genre. And Roth still leaves us wondering what is going on with so many questions left unanswered.

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Guys Lit Wire

Good
Reviewed by PAM HOWELL on May 31 2012

While there is plenty of action, and incredible amounts of information being thrown at the reader- Insurgent at it’s very core is about Tris and her coming of age...Insurgent is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants dystopian thriller for teens who love action, subplots, and military maneuvering.

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Pretty Books

Good
Reviewed by Stacey on May 05 2012

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...It ends on an epic note that will leave you desperately, again, wanting the next book...

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It's Time to Read

Good
Reviewed by Katie on Feb 20 2014

...and really enjoyed this book, just not as much. I found the beginning quite slow. To be honest, I was attempting to read this book in hospital next to my baby’s cot so I was fairly distracted. I thought the book picked up by the end as like the first time I read Insurgent, I would rate it 4 out of 5 and recommend the series to everyone!

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The Lostent Wife

Good
Reviewed by thelostentwife on Mar 07 2014

Insurgent is one of the more strong middle books I’ve read in a trilogy in quite some time. There was a definite plan laid out and movement toward an end goal, something I really appreciated. I put down the book thinking that it gave me something to mull over...

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http://www.booklore.co.uk

Above average
Reviewed by Chrissi on Apr 30 2014

This book is a good middle part to a trilogy, moving the plot from the first to the last book in the series...All-in-all another excellent story but not quite as good as Divergent.

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Nightly Reading

Excellent
Reviewed by keletheardentfangirl on Nov 24 2013

Then we get to actually see the factionless! As well as uncover a secret regarding Tobias...This book just got so emotional for me, with Tris’s battles over her hear...Plus, the ending will make your JAW DROP. With its insights on human nature, fast action, troubled romance, and FEELS, this book is a must read!

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Gather

Above average
on May 03 2012

The story has many plot twists and surprises in it, many unexpected turn of events that come at you by the ones you least expect them...Insurgent is listed as a YA read, but it has something for readers young and old.

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Miss Literati

Good
Reviewed by Heidi Bennett on Oct 24 2015

You will meet and get to know more characters, experience more from the other Factions and find out exactly how these Factions came about...You are guaranteed to be shocked, gasp and swoon in one swoop. All emotions that make INSURGENT the best book of 2012....Roth is simply brilliant with her storytelling.

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Stardate

Above average
Reviewed by SSpjut on Mar 26 2014

In my not so humble opinion, ‘Insurgent’ moved the ‘Divergent’ series from, a good, not a great, start to an interesting story, to somewhere between that and really good...Roth uses her heroine to illustrate what all newly formed beings must learn; in order to live we must be willing to die...

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Rated the book as 4 out of 5

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Rated the book as 3 out of 5

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Rated the book as 5 out of 5

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Rose Barnes 22 Jul 2015

Boring. I loved the first book and it did not need a follow. Most of the book is Tris sitting around not knowing what to do. It is uninteresting and dull in every sense of the word. Wouldn't wish t...

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