Friday, May 4, 2012

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I'm not going to bother with a recap of this one because it's the second in a series.  If you haven't read Divergent yet, you should.  And if you're not sure what Insurgent is about, click here to read a summary.  But if you're into YA at all or into book blogging at all, I'm sure you've all seen a bazillion summaries and review of this already. 

I told myself I wasn't going to read this one because I knew it would just make me pouty over the fact that I'll have to wait another year until the next book comes out.  But, on Tuesday morning I woke up at 5:00 and realized I just don't have that kind of self control.  So I downloaded it to my Nook and finished it by that evening.  It was totally worth it, but I am seriously moping over the wait for the final installment now.

However, I do have to say that, as successful as it was, I'm glad the marketing campaign for this is finally over.  I got really really really sick of it being on every single blog ever.  And the constant begging for links to a publisher's page that wasn't even good.  And the fact that it suddenly was every bloggers avatar in hopes of getting an ARC (have I mentioned how annoyed I am with ARCs lately?).  So yeah.  Most annoying marketing campaign ever, but it didn't stop me from buying the book, so I guess they win.

The writing is quality.  Roth is one of the best YA authors you're going to find, in my opinion, and there are a lot of good ones.  If I weren't sick to death of hearing people compare Divergent and The Hunger Games (which are clearly not the same thing although they share a genre), I'd say Roth is on par with my buddy Suzanne Collins.  There are a few mistakes in the book, I have to admit, but Roth addressed them on her blog.  I think her openness about making mistakes and her willingness to be transparent about her writing makes her even more cool.  Those mistakes aside, the characters are well-developed and believable, I loved the plot, and I was so into the story that I didn't even notice the few holes that are sprinkled around.

I'm not claiming that this is a work of literary genius, because there are some clear issues, but I am saying that I think Roth is completely successful in writing for her audience.  I think it definitely accomplishes what the author was attempting to accomplish and I think it appeals to a pretty wide audience.

Entertainment Value
Well I read the whole thing in one day, so that should probably tell you something about how entertaining I found it.  I was also pleased that I could pick up where Divergent left off without having to reread it.  And I loved that Roth didn't do that annoying recap that lots of authors feel compelled to put into the first 50 pages of all series books.  It's a fast read and highly entertaining - once the action starts it rarely lets up, and of course you've got the romance aspect to keep things juicy for people like me who crave some kissing scenes.

Highly recommend it.  If you read Divergent and loved it, you'll also love Insurgent.  What are you waiting for?  Go read!


  1. I just downloaded it on my Nook!! I was going to wait, but yes, the anticipation, links, people talking about it, I fell for all of that. haha.

  2. I havent yet read The Hunger Games or these books and I feel like Harry Potter, it will take me until all the hype has mostly died down to get into them. Plus, I prefer to read the series after it's done and not have to wait. So ANNOYING. Especially since I suck at re-reading OR remembering what i read!

  3. I was so looking forward to this book. I loved Divergent. But it seemed obvious that Roth spent much more time writing and editing the first book than this one. Tris, especially, just isn't the same person in this book. Yes, she feels guilty for shooting Will, and terribly misses her parents who were killed in the first book, but her reaction just doesn't ring true to me. She is Dauntless, yet she can't seem to realize that she really had no choice but to shoot Will. She can feel guilty about it, but to the point that she risks her life so she can die? She was so strong in the first book, I expected her to want to fight back - to WIN - not to just jump into dangerous situations because she doesn't care if she lives or dies. And when she finally realizes that she does want to live, there is no explanation as to why she's changed her mind. She realizes she wants to fight after all? She wants to make "them" pay for the deaths of Will and her parents? No idea. She just wants to live. Her relationship with Tobias seems empty and not based on anything that is real between them. The ending was also less than satisfactory. I don't want to give it away, but it seems rather contrived. As good as the Hunger Games? Not even close.