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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Review: Insurgent

Author: Veronica Roth

Release date: 1st May 2012
Genre: Dystopia
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: HarperCollins

Insurgent is the sequel to the Divergent. If you haven’t read the fantastic first novel, check out my review of Divergent HERE. Do not read the Insurgent review below because it will spoil the epic adventure you have yet to partake of. You have been warned!

***I am Team Erudite!***


The question on every reader’s lips must surely be: is Insurgent as good as Divergent? I am thrilled to tell you that it is. Insurgent will not disappoint you. If it is possible, Insurgent may be even better. I absolutely loved it.

We return to the Divergent world of a future Chicago. Tris is exactly where you left her at the end of the last book. Accompanied by Four, Caleb, Peter and Marcus, she is on the train heading for the Amity community. Centred upon their belief in peace, Amity will surely offer refuge to those who have defected from their factions. Surely they are the one faction who can help resolve the discord and destruction caused by the Erudite’s manipulation of the Dauntless.

Tris is in a state of grief and despair. The loss of her parents is a hole that cannot be filled. Her guilt threatens to consume her as she hides the reason she can’t face holding a gun from Four. But he is keeping his own secrets and a wedge is driving between them.

The plot of this story is focused upon finding out why Jeanine – leader of the Erudite – was trying to exterminate (or mind-control) the Abnegation. Tris is sure it was more than just power she was after and she is determined to find out the truth. Then there is the other problem – just what does it mean to be divergent and why is Jeanine hell-bent on identifying every single one of them? It’s an explosive, full-throttle, roller-coaster ride to discover the answers.

I think this book is an interesting exploration of the idea of peer pressure and conformity. When we join a group, the identity of the group can usurp our own. It is easier to let the group pull you along than consider actions and consequences and make your own choices. We are somehow more accountable for our individual choices than we are for ones we make collectively. Isn’t this how wars are won and fought? We can dehumanise those outside of our group rather than think of each person as an individual like us. It’s a fascinating concept which the author explores and really made me stop and think.

Insurgent is a complete page turner: thrilling, emotional and thought-provoking. At the heart of this story is human nature. We are flawed. Society is flawed. Roth examines the question of our emotional ties. Are our family more important than our friends? Is the truth more important than anything? I cannot wait for the next instalment.  The Divergent future is surely going to be hypnotic and compelling!

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Source: Review copy sent by HarperCollins.

1 comment:

SusanKMann said...

Great review. I loved Insurgent. It was an action packed adventure, one I couldn't put down. Hurry up book 3. x