Insurgent by Veronica Roth, reviewed by Jenna Meade

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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, 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.


Wouldn’t it be nice for life to be as simple as a book?  Most books have a fairytale ending however, Tris, the main character in Insurgent, sees no such thing as a good ending.  She faces difficult decisions, life changing choices, and learns more than any sixteen year old ever should.  This situation is just the outline of Veronica Roth’s book Insurgent, the second book in the three book trilogy.  This novel will have anyone sitting on the edge of their seats although, the things that truly engrossed me into the novel would have to be the theme, the setting, and the plot.

The first element that I enjoyed about Insurgent is the theme.  The overall theme of the novel is extremely hard to tell because one could find so many life lessons in the novel.  However, to me, the theme is a quote from the book, “The truth has a way of changing people’s plans”.  This quote has away for speaking for everyone and it does because it is true.  That is probably the reason why so many people get lost into the book even though it is labeled as a dystopian novel.

Another reason I relished the novel is because of the intense setting.  Insurgent is placed in a future post- apocalyptic city torn apart by leaders with different views for the city.  There is a total of five factions that make up Tris’s city, the abnegation, which is her home faction that is based on respect for others, Dauntless, the faction Tris transferred to, which is based on skill and thrill, and three more.  These factions play an important role due to the way it builds up throughout the novel.

The third element that I enjoyed about the book is the plot. The plot of the novel, like any other trilogy grows throughout the series.  Locked out of the real world by a fence is one plot twist that I find intriguing that happens to the city.  Just like the first book, the climax was building and ends in a cliffhanger, and if you ask me, I get frustrated when a book ends in that manner.  Especially when I get into the book and it suddenly ends right in the best part.

In conclusion, I overall enjoyed this book.  It has some interesting plot twist and I cannot wait for the third one getting released.  I precede that the final novel to the book will be the best yet, I am excited!  Judging on the way that the author leaves so many questions unanswered, the last book will have to be promising.  This trilogy has been an amazing, I expect to be blown away when the last one is read.  Veronica Roth has really outdone herself with her book with the theme, intense setting, and the plot.


7 responses

  1. Hello Jenna,

    You have done a great job with describing the novel. Although there are a few minor changes that you can make to your paper to make it better, I enjoyed reading your book review. Some of the minor changes have to deal with punctuation (such as commas and periods) and sentence structure. Some of your sentences could stand alone, while others could be combined. Also, make sure that you do not get too wordy in your sentences. As I read about the paragraph where you described the setting, I noticed that you described a few “factions,” but I feel that it may be better to describe all of the five factions, rather than just a few. Lastly, your conclusion paragraph talked about your enjoyment of the book, but you forgot to mention why you would or would not recommend the book to other people.

    Good Luck with the rest of your book review and good job!

    1. dear, Tabatha Greer

      I have never really been told that I have a problem with sentence structure however, I will trust that I need help. Sometimes, I will find mistakes but I am usually fast at fixing them. MY teacher has not given much thought on punctuation. The reason being we should already know them. I also have a problem with run-on sentences so if there is any advice you could give me, that would be great! Many people have different problems, I know I have many, so, if you had any problems, that would be great if you could tell me how you fixed them. thank you once again!

  2. Jenna,

    I really enjoyed reading your book review! You have done a wonderful job describing the plot, theme, and setting! However, there are a few minor errors that if corrected, would make a difference! In your first paragraph, the last sentence seems a little lengthy to me, and could be made into two sentences to add more emphasis on what you liked about the novel. In the second paragraph, you have a typographical errors. I believe you meant to say “a way” instead of “away” and instead of saying “get lost into the book…” you might read word the phrase to say “get lost in the book…” The last major thing that I would suggest, is to go back through your writing and pick out any sentences that seem to be run-on sentences and look for ways to either shorten them or to make two separate sentences.

    Overall, this is a great book review! You have sparked my interest in the trilogy. Keep up the good work!

    1. dear, Ashley Richardson

      Thank you for your advice! In the time I have been writing, I have been told by many people that I need to shorten my sentences. Although I try to shorten my sentences, it sometimes don’t help the fact that my thoughts are jumbled up. As I type, all of my thoughts get mixed up and when it comes time for me to write them, I go blank. So if you have any advice for my on that topic, that would be great! Mrs. Baisden has explained to us run-on sentences although, I still have trouble fixing them.

      I also cannot spell what so ever. When grammatical errors occurs, I cant find them. I know that everyone has problems so I would want to know what kind of problems you have had and how you fixed them. My teacher has went over most of the topics that are majorly needed however, I would like and appreciate any other advice you have. Thank you for your help and I will reread through my work and try to fix any mistakes.

      1. You’re welcome Jenna!

        In terms of trying to get your thoughts all sorted out while you write, you may try writing a detailed outline of all you main points and the details that will support them. Sometimes outlines help me because my thoughts often get jumbled or I will go off on a tangent in my writing. I would definitely try writing an outline for your next book review and use it to help you type up your review.

        When it comes to spelling and grammar, just really try and think things through while you write. Sound out your words as you type them and see if that helps you. You could also write your book review using Microsoft Word which will help you catch your spelling and grammar mistakes and will help you correct them. You could then copy and paste your book review on here. I hope this helps you!

      2. I have never really took into consideration of creating a rough draft. One of my biggest problems is that I am a procrastinator. I wait until the last minute to start something and it really effects the outcome of my writing. so usually, a rough draft is out of the question. However, I will use this advice because I have to start getting into the habit of writing my work early.

  3. Hello Jenna,

    Writing has become one of my greatest strengths, but I had to work at it. One thing that really helped me was to go back and look over it, after I had written it. You will find that revising and editing will become your best friend, as far as trying to polish your final papers. Another thing that helped was for me to write down things that I wanted to say and this made my papers flow together more smoothly. As far as sentence structure, some of your sentences were either lengthy or kind of short. You could break down the lengthy sentences and possibly make them into two sentences. Your transitioning from paragraph to paragraph is fine, but just work on how long and short you make your sentences.

    Good Luck,

    Tabatha Greer

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