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Book Review: Insurgent

Review of my thoughts and feelings on the second book of the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent by Veronica Roth.
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The second book of the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent by Veronica Roth.

Dystopian genres imagine worlds where society is controlled or manipulated into thinking in a certain way. In many dystopian novels, the world in which the setting is placed is controlled by a certain leader group. Often the world is controlled mostly with fear of not knowing what will happen if they don’t do what the rest of the world or society is doing. If you are into dystopian novels like this I highly recommend you read Insurgent by Veronica Roth. 

Insurgent is the second book of the trilogy that continues the story from the first book called Divergent. After the terrifying war against Erudite brainwashed Dauntless soldiers, Tris, Tobias, and other survivors must leave the war zone and seek help and information. After knowing what the plan next is Tris and her friends must go back to the city to stop the evil Erudite members and the leader, Jeanine Mathews. Sides must be chosen, lies must be told, secrets must be held, and sacrifices must be made to make things right. Insurgent is yet another larger action-packed book with 525 pages. It is, like the first book, Divergent, arranged into chapters rather than people’s points of view.

The second installment of the Divergent series, Insurgent, is a gem that will fascinate readers from start to finish. Its captivating storyline and compelling characters will have you glued to the pages, leaving you wanting more. This book is an absolute must-read for fans of dystopian fiction and anyone seeking an engaging adventure. The book is filled with cliffhangers that make you want to read on to the next chapter. It is filled with exciting events that made me get butterflies in my stomach. Insurgent is filled with love, decisions, betrayal, humor, violence, and events that had me reading on to the next chapter. This book is easy to read and understand, and I could really connect with the characters. Insurgent is one of those books where I could really feel how the characters felt. I could understand the pain they went through and the happiness of the moments where, in all the sadness, there was hope. Insurgent was also as sad as it was thrilling. Many events that happened made me feel just as sad as some of the characters. Though my feelings on Insurgent are positive, I like the first book, Divergent, a little better. Although I say this, it is just my opinion and if you read this book your feelings may vary against mine. Common Sense Media Reviewer, Sandie Angulo Chen says, “Once again, Veronica Roth has created a pulse-quickening plot that delves further into the dysfunctional governing structure of factions that either collaborate or can’t stand each other. In the tradition of second installments, Roth introduces in-depth exposition, new characters, seemingly unsurmountable challenges, and cliffhanger-level twists to move the story forward.” I highly agree with Sandie and also highly recommend that you dystopian lovers read Insurgent

Insurgent is an outstanding book that shows you that a choice becomes a sacrifice, a sacrifice becomes a loss, a loss becomes a burden, a burden becomes a battle, and one choice can destroy you. 

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Mollie Hall
Mollie Hall, Staff Writer
My name is Mollie Hall. I’m a sophomore at West Branch High School. After school, I enjoy four-wheeler riding, hunting, and hanging out with friends. My favorite school subject is history.