Book Review of The Insurgent by Teri Polen

The Insurgent is the second book in Teri Polen’s young adult dystopian series, The Colonists.

Thank you to Shannon of R&R Book Tours for sending me a free copy of The Insurgent in return for an honest review.

The Insurgent follows Asher, Noah and Brynn once more as they try to fight against The Colonists (the rich and privileged) from kidnapping children and adults from the outside world. Anyone with desirable characteristics has their genes harvested to suit the latest trends, or to enhance abilities, such as making someone more intelligent or less clumsy. Asher, Noah and Brynn are part of the Insurgents, who raid these labs to rescue these people.

The Insurgent is available on Amazon for Kindle, audiobook and in paperback, and available through Kindle Unlimited. Make sure you add it to your TBR on Goodreads too!

My review

It picks up exactly where Subject A36 left off, so you’d need to have read the first book to enjoy this one and follow along (you can read my review of Subject A36 here!). Like Subject A36, The Insurgent is really fast-paced and packs a lot of story and character development into its 200 or so pages. It’s just as good as its predecessor!

The main point of view in this story is Declan’s, with a few chapters from Brynn’s perspective too. This makes a fun change from Subject A36 which is almost entirely told from Asher’s point of view. It gives great insights into Declan and Brynn, and I enjoyed that it was mixed up so much. The main thing missing here was a perspective from Silas’s point of view, giving us some insight into his motives — Subject A36 had some chapters from Dr Everly’s perspective, which really added to the story.

I loved the new characters that were added in this book, but I did hope to learn a bit more about them – while some are really important to the story, we don’t learn much about them. But we did learn more about Paige, who in Subject A36 was a little mysterious — it was great to find out about her past! As with Subject A36, all the characters feel so realistic. Brynn is a great main character — a really strong young woman, and her romance with Asher is really touching.

The story moves along really well, with a few twists along the way — some I saw coming, and a few
I didn’t. It kept me on my toes throughout. I like that the story ends on an optimistic and hopeful note. I love dystopian fiction but a positive spin is rare!

From the ending, it feels like this is a duology rather than a longer series, but I certainly would enjoy reading more in this world. It’s brilliantly written, with fantastic, realistic characters and the story is imaginative. While it’s fast-paced, it never feels rushed. The Colonists is a great series about love, friendship and found family that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a new young adult dystopian series to read!

The blurb for The Insurgent

If a megalomaniac threatened your family, would you give up your freedom for them? Would you give up your soul?

Asher Solomon is faced with that choice. And makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Exactly as Director Silas Reeves expected him to.

Unable to live as the Colony’s premier assassin, Ash retreats to a corner of his mind, ceding control of his body to the alter-ego he was engineered to be—Subject A36. As he’s unleashed to battle the Insurgents, the only family he ever knew, the tide of war shifts in Silas’s favor.

Combined with his expansion into new territories, the director is poised to take over the world.

But the Insurgents don’t give up easily. Not on their cause, and not on their people. With the help of a few double agents deep in the Colony, they stand a fighting chance at ending Silas’s reign.

In order to shut down the program, they face almost insurmountable odds. And their most dangerous foe—their former champion turned killing machine, A36.

Teri Polen, the author of Subject A36About the author, Teri Polen

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.  The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium.  She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.  Her first novel, Sarah, was a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  Subject A36 was voted one of the 50 Best Indie Books of 2020 at  Visit her online at

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The Insurgent is available on Amazon for Kindle, audiobook and in paperback, and available through Kindle Unlimited. Make sure you add it to your TBR on Goodreads too!

Book tour organised by R&R Book Tours

This book review is part of a book tour organised by Shannon of R&R Book Tours. Check out the other bloggers taking part in this book tour for more reviews, extracts and guest posts.