Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens

I was hesitant to read this book. I remembered I did not like Insurgent as much as Divergent and I did want to go through it, knowing I don’t like the last book. But I noticed a lot of things I did not notice during my first read.

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth


Title & Author: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopia, Adventure
Release Date: May 1 2012
Series: Divergent
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books


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.

Surprisingly Insurgent by Veronica Roth was a better read then expected. Even though there were some things I knew I would not like.

I still feel like Four is underrated in this book. He seems a bit silly when he joins Evelyn of the Factionless. He says he has previously refused to join her cause, but does not give a good reason why he joins her now. It seems a bit shallow.

Tris grows a bit more. She learns to look out for other, rather then her own problems. She wants to sacrifice herself to safe others. She is also very hurt by the thought of keeping herself safe while others are forced to kill themselves because of serum and program in their blood.

Evelyn Johnson is manipulative and sneaky. She uses Fours feelings to get Dauntless to join the Factionless in their fight against. And when they finally get anywhere in the fight, they sneakily take all power away from the Dauntless, so they have all the power.

I also felt like the Dauntless people were very stupid for letting the Factionless take their guns away and not noticing until it was too late. Also the way the Amity tried to stay out of the fight felt really stupid. I think they should have just not taken anyone of the other factions in so they could stay out of it. By taking the main characters in their compound, they were doomed to attract the attention of Erudite.

Overall I gave Insurgent four out of five stars because I did like all the new things I saw in the book that reminded me of things which happen in Allegiant.

The Movie

The first time I watched this movie, I was almost completely sure there were no comparisons between the movie and the book. I was wrong, in some points, not in all. The movie felt so completely different from the book.

The movie start out with the group of refugees from the first movie at the Amity compound, but the rules on which base they are there are not told, though it is quite a big thing. If they break those rules, they have to leave and so when Tris starts a fight, it is logical she has to leave, but in the movie she just gets the messages she broke the rules and has to leave. It felt really weird if you do not know the rules before hand. Also during their meeting, it is not explained how they work out the issues that come up, in the book it is explained and it made the scene feel weird.

Probably because of a time restriction it is not explained how Joanna views the way the Amity deal with things, even though it is a very interesting thing and also explains her acts during Allegiant.

I had a big problem with the whole train scene, they started fighting even though in the book it does not happen and I think without the fight the scene works way better. There is no Edward in that scene, even though it is for me a very iconic thing in the second book.

But the biggest problem I have with this movie is in the last half of the movie, after Janine finds the item in the Prior home and the Divergent have to unlock. It is completely ridiculous and does not make sense, until you see the Allegiant movie, because they changed a huge plot point, which annoyed the crap out of me! I was so mad with them for doing something so stupid. It did not feel like the origin of the book and turned the movie into a completely different story then the book.

I will stop my rant now about how I think this movie has completely failed the book. I completely hate the movie, and trying to view it as a separate movie from the book, also does not work for me because the whole movie was just bad, it just makes it a bit better.

Let me know what you thought of this book and/or movie!
If you have any requests for which book I should talk about next, please let me know in the comments down below.

For now, let books enrich your life!


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