Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

*if you haven’t read the first book, or seen the first movie, this post contains spoilers*

With the movie coming out next month it was time to read Insurgent. With that in mind, while reading I was trying to picture the actors from the movie going through the trials of the book. It was not an easy task. Throughout the book they emphasize how young the characters are, the main character, Tris, is only 16 and Tobias, also known as Four, is only 18. Yet when you look at the actors they look so much older. Also, I looked up the actors they casted for the new characters and I’m unsure about how well they will work in their roles. 

A lot of the book focuses on the struggles of Tris as she tries to acclimate to the changing world around her. As a 16 year old girl, this is very difficult for her. She lost her parents at the end of the first book and she feels it is her duty to die a heroes death like they did. At the same time there is Tobias, the boy she has fallen in love with, fighting for her and trying to show her that life is worth living. I feel like it is going to be very difficult to portray the conflicting emotions of the book with the cast they have. They come across as being too mature and poised when they are supposed to be young and vulnerable. 

If you enjoyed the first book I would definitely recommend reading this book. I didn’t think it was as good as Divergent, but it was still a very good book. It focuses on the emotional struggles of Tris in this new world forming around her. It’s not as action packed but you can’t say that there isn’t any action at all. The main focus of this book is stopping the Erudite from gaining too much power and eventually overthrowing the faction entirely. There are some unusual alliances formed as they struggle against  the Erudite and the half of Dauntless that has sided with them. It is definitely going to be interesting, watching this movie when it comes out. 

This is book 14 in my book challenge. 

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