Review: Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Rating: ★★★ (4/5 Stars)
Hardcover, 525 Pages
Published May 2012 

Summary: 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.

First of all, if you haven't read by review of the first book in this series, Divergent, you can do so by clicking here.

Okay, now let's get down to the review. I read Divergent last summer, and I bought this book a few days after BookCon while I was still in my "oh my god I miss BookCon so much so I'll get more books to fill the gaping void in my heart" phase. Since I'd read the first book in the trilogy so long ago, I was worried that Insurgent would be a difficult read because I would have no idea what was going on. Needless to say, that wasn't the case. I was sucked right into the book and caught up in the action and drama immediately. 

Roth just has a way of writing and sticking the reader in the head of Tris Prior that I can't properly put into words. I've read plenty of dystopian books throughout the years, but needless to say, the Divergent series is my favorite.

As for Insurgent itself, this story held so many plot twists and climaxes and adventures that I had to keep reminding myself to breathe as I was reading. Tris is a strong-willed character, although her tendency to go against what she's told to do (especially when her gorgeous boyfriend, Tobias, tells her to do something) became a bit frustrating at time. As for the plot itself, (MINOR SPOILER AHEAD: SKIP TO NEXT PARAGRAPH IF YOU DON'T WANT IT SPOILED FOR YOU!) Roth knows exactly what characters to kill off to break your heart and have you gripping the book while crying your eyes out...and I haven't even gotten around to reading the third book yet!

The drama and story that unfolded in this book--all of the suspense, the fighting, the planning, the betrayals--all of it!--completely gripped me and held my attention the whole time. I really liked this book because of Roth's incredible passion for writing and sharing the thoughts of Tris so well. I'm incredibly, incredibly pleased.

All in all, Insurgent was a refreshingly great read that got me into the Divergent series all over again. I'm so excited to pick up the final book of the trilogy and see how everything wraps up and what ends up happening to everyone. I'll definitely be picking up the third book as soon as I can!

So that's all I have to say today! Check back soon for more reviews!

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