Insurgent is the second in the “Divergent” series by Veronica Roth.
For a basic premise of the book, please see the review for Divergent. This review will contain spoilers for the first book in the series, so you’ve been warned!
This novel follows Tris Prior (formerly Beatrice), a 16-year-old divergent, on the run from several factions as a war begins.
I watched the movie series first, and of all three movies, Insurgent was my favourite. Divergent is great because it sets the stage and tells the story. Insurgent is full of action – and I’m an action girl.
The novel is also full of action, but it’s so very different from the movie. The book and the movie keep to the same timeline. Tris travels from faction to faction looking for allies and safety, she then travels into the heart of the war in an effort to save her friends and the rest of the innocents.
The order in which she travels from place to place is the same whether you read the book or watch the movie. However, who she is with, and what they do at each place, differs… and it’s so different that the book kept me on my toes. There were surprises in each chapter, and I couldn’t put the book down.
In the movie, Tris has to help Jeanine open a secret box, which has a video recording explaining that divergents are needed to stop the world from being corrupt. In the novel, there is no box. Jeanine uses Tris to create a serum to manipulate divergents, but is unsuccessful.
We’re introduced to new characters, and new deaths… and once again, my opinion of Caleb (Tris’s brother) differs from how I felt after reading Divergent. He’s still likeable in the beginning of Insurgent, but by the end there’s a twist that has you disliking him.
Insurgent – The Book vs The Movie
I really loved this book, despite it’s differences to the movie that I also loved. What I found annoying in the book, that was present in the movie but not as ‘in your face’, was the relationship between Tris and Four.
She’s constantly lying to him, and trying to justify it. He basically says if she does it again, their relationship is over, but it’s an empty threat. She lies, and he forgives.
In the movie, Four was almost always on Tris’s side, but in the book they butt heads more often than not. I get that there is a love story between the two, it’s just not as obvious in the book. They say they love each other, but their actions say otherwise.
I think the movie shows Tris better – a strong independent young adult, who is fighting for what’s right. She doesn’t always have the right answers, but she tries. The book shows this as well, but because everything is internal, it makes her look more stubborn than strong.
And Four makes some not so smart choices as well, but he redeems himself, so I still have a crush on him.
Anyway, I loved the book so much that I bought three other books by Veronica Roth – I’m a big fan!
If you’ve read Insurgent, or any other novel by Veronica Roth, I’d love to hear your opinion in the Girl and a Book Facebook group!