Insurgent

Veronica Roth
One choice can destroy you. Veronica Roth's second #1 New York Times bestseller continues the dystopian thrill ride that began in Divergent. A hit with both teen and adult readers, Insurgent is the action-packed, emotional adventure that inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and Octavia Spencer.The paperback edition includes special bonus content by Veronica Roth.As war surges in the factions of dystopian Chicago all around her, Tris attempts to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

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Reviewed: 2017-08-22

Young-adult dystopian novel. Second book focuses on the concept of safety of self versus safety of many. Is it okay to be confused about what's "right" when everything seems wrong?

Suggested reading age - 13+ for themes of violence, depression, and grief.

Reviewed: 2016-10-26

Veronica Roth’s Insurgent is the 2nd book of the Divergent trilogy. This book dives further into the dysfunctional society of the factions. In the first book the factions lived separately but at peace, now they can’t stand each other and are at war. This book has new characters that help keep the plot moving, new challenges, and new cliffhangers and twists to add to the story line. The factionless characters (people who don’t fit into a category and are therefore homeless) now play an important role in the story line. These fascinating characters are unpredictable and freethinking, much like Tris the main protagonist. Tris’ love interest Tobias/Four is also a vital character to the storyline and their romance is not superficial and is more mature then a typical young adult romance (but appropriate for the age group). Insurgent has more action and shows Tris and Four fighting the dangers and looking out for the people they love.

Even though Insurgent has more fighting and war, the battles are not gruesome. They are described to keep the reader engaged but are not too overwhelming for teens. If students like the first book of the trilogy it is definitely important to encourage them to keep reading and I’m sure they will want to in order to find out more of what happens. These books can be read as early as fifth grade (depending on the reader). I would definitely have these books in a middle school or high school classroom library. They will encourage independent reading.

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