Veronica Roth’s Insurgent

Veronica Roth

Publisher:Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

Date of Publication: May 1, 2012

Reviewed By Jessica Godinez

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, which doesn’t have a title yet, will come out in Fall 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.) From Goodreads

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if society was split into sectors based upon people’s characteristics? Veronica Roth develops a seemingly impossible world in which people are broken into factions based on intelligence, selflessness, bravery, kindness, and honesty. The question  is whether or not one can truly isolate these traits to just one group.  Insurgent presents us with the question of whether or not one can split society into groups and use each one to isolate a specific trait. The idea that people can be separated into different factions is something that Roth’s main characters, Tris and Four, will expose.  In the sequel to the New York Times bestseller Divergent, Insurgent follows characters Tris and “Four” (or Tobias to the lucky few), as they try to gain an understanding of the government that rules them.

If there was any doubt as to whether or not Veronica Roth’s Divergent series would take off, the text quickly puts those doubts to rest. Insurgent is action-packed and boasts great character development that pulls on the heartstrings of its readers.Rebellion, heroism and betrayal are the key themes to this book. You see rebellion as Tris turns her back on everything in order to fight for something her family died for. Heroism isn’t easy, but allowing  every character  to fight for what they’ve always known to be right is a one heck of a way to show it. Where would a great story be without a little bit of betrayal to mess with feelings? Bravery isn’t a trait that applies only to the dauntless faction, and in Insurgent the reader is shown that the factions themselves can’t easily be labeled. Insurgent breaks down an apparently perfect system meant to keep society orderly and shows just where there are holes in this grand plan.  Abnegation shows that they’re not just about selflessness, but have the bravery that makes it possible to die for a secret. Intelligence isn’t the only trait that the Erudite exhibit when they face a world with divided factions and people having to stand up for what they think is right. Amity may be known for its peacekeeping but in order to keep the peace, they must stand against the unjust. The Candor, known for their honesty, shows their bravery when they are willing to walk out into a war zone in order to protect a broken society. Each faction will stand up and fight for what they think is right no matter the cost.

Veronica Roth has definitely created a page turner. It is impossible to put Insurgent down  as we run through the emotions that make up Tris and Four’s relationship, what it take for Tris to fully embrace what makes her divergent, and what every faction must do in order to preserve their sense of what is right. Roth’s Insurgent teaches us that “There is always something to learn, always something that is important to understand”( Insurgent). With all that goes on in Insurgent-the war, emotions, deaths, tears, and betrayal-nothing will leave you as shocked as the ending. The ending will have you flipping through the pages desperately looking for an explanation  and eagerly awaiting for the  release of the next book in order to see just where everything between good and bad stands. On that note I leave you with, “Evil depends on where you’re standing.” (Insurgent) dare you be the judge?


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