Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Insurgent is the second book of the Divergent series. The story picks up with the same main character, Tris, and where the first book Divergent ended. The faction system in Tris’s society has started to break down into tyranny and chaos. Jeanine Matthews, the one who is behind it all, intends to control everyone in the city by injecting them with a serum and by eliminating the uncontrollable Divergent population. Tris and others are determined to stop Jeanine, but they face many struggles on the way. Also, throughout the book, Tris must stay brave as she faces several internal and external struggles, including guilt, trust, enemies, betrayal, deaths, and changing relationships.

Insurgent was an exciting read. I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the first book, though. I found that the first book had a more engaging storyline and better plot twists. Also, I did not like the personality changes of some of the characters between the first and second book, including for Tris. However, the book still had many important themes, and there was a lot of adventure and suspense. Additionally, if you want to know the full story and read the full Divergent series (the third book, Allegiant, gets even better!), Insurgent is definitely worth reading. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in getting a step closer to revealing the truth of Tris’s dystopian society. Before you read Insurgent, though, make sure to read the first book, Divergent!

Available: Electronically via Hoopla OR Physically in the Library

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Reviewed by: Sarah (15) of MNHS

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