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Insurgent Book Cover Insurgent
Diverent, Book 2
Veronica Roth
Juvenile Fiction
Katherine Tegen Books

"As war surges in the dystopian society around her, sixteen-year-old Divergent 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"--



I keep trying to write a serious review of “Insurgent”, but I’m finding it nearly impossible, because I can’t even take myself seriously as a book blogger for loving the entire “Divergent” series so much.

The story is a good one, as long as one sets aside their questioning Erudite nature, but my goodness, it is all so ridiculous.  Why can’t people feel more than one way?  How is it even possible NOT to be Divergent?  These are questions that are not answered in “Insurgent”, and probably will not be answered in “Allegiant”, and I suppose we just accept it all.  And eat more Amity toast.

The entire plot can be summed up by saying that Tris and Four argue and then Caleb does some stuff.  Oh, and we meet Four’s mother.  None of it really makes sense, but again, have some more toast.  I can’t even mark this as a spoiler because it reveals nothing, just as the actual plot reveals nothing.

I want to edit the book.  Then I want to edit “Divergent”.  Then I want to read them again because they are still my guilty pleasures.  Life doesn’t always need to make sense.  Sometimes I need a total fluff read.  I would say the author’s age shows in the writing, but who am I to judge?  Nobody has paid me to write a book.  I doubt they ever will, so good for her!

I do wish they would hire a better editor, though.  It would make me feel just a bit better about my life’s choices right about now.


Content Warning:

Language, Violence, Sexual Situations, Bad Grammar



Divergent Book Cover Divergent
Divergent, Book 1
Veronica Roth
Juvenile Fiction
Katherine Tegen Books

Paperback features over fifty pages of bonus materials, including a sneak peek of Insurgent, an author Q&A, a discussion guide, a Divergent playlist, faction manifestos, and more! In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.



I want to put this out there right from the start:  I have an extremely intense love/hate relationship with this book.  It’s like some form of reader sadomasochism, a punishment that just serves to make me want more.

The plot has more holes than swiss cheese, the sentence structure is written as if meant for a four-year-old, and don’t even get me started on the faction system.  Actually, let me take that back.  I want to get started on the faction system.  It makes absolutely no sense.  Why would someone completely think one way and not even vaguely have a characteristic of the others?  I can see the idea of balance, but this is the most far-fetched division system I have ever read in a dystopian novel, and I have read a lot of them.  I feel like I need to eat some Amity bread to accept this.

And yet, against all reason, I do.  I love this story.  The completely cookie-cutter misunderstood bad boy meets the secret bad-ass girl disguised as a shrinking violet makes my heart go all aflutter.  I think the idea of rolling off of moving trains sounds like fun.  I made my poor wife read it.  We have already pre-ordered the steelbook blu-ray of the movie, which is worse than the actual book.  I even forgive the typos!

This, my friends, is the value of a good story.  If you have a good enough plot, people will forgive literally almost everything.  I’m not proud of my Divergent weakness, but there it is, for all of the world to see.

Content Warning:

Language, Violence,  Brief Sexual Situations