FAQ's With Veronica Roth

Insurgent Questions

When does Insurgent come out?
May, 2012!

How do I get an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Insurgent?
You can e-mail your request to michael[dot]goldsmith[at]harpercollins.com (In the future I will refer to him in my head as The Keeper of the Books). But keep in mind that there won't be many ARCs to go around, so asking doesn't guarantee you a copy. Sorry about that! I'm impatient for everyone to read it too, believe me.

Wow! The page count online says Insurgent is a LOT shorter than Divergent. What's up with that?
The page counts you see online are not always based on the actual manuscript. Sometimes they're just a number fed into the system as a kind of place holder. (I'm not sure why this happens, just that it does.) By my estimation, Insurgent is about the same length as Divergent.

Character Questions

What's Four's last name?
I have an official response to this question, and it is: you'll find out if you read Insurgent. Although I feel like I should add to that that it's not some huge shocking reveal. It's just that Four is so careful about using his name. He only does it when he has to. So I want you guys to feel the significance of it just like Tris does, even though it's not a shock.

What color is Four's hair?
The first time someone mentioned that I never said what color Four's hair is in Divergent, I refused to believe it. But then I double-checked, and realized that I didn't, actually. So, for the official record, his hair is dark brown.

What's Tris's eye color?
This one I did actually include in Divergent, but it's only there once or twice, so, again for the official record, her eyes are blue.

Who would you cast as Tris/Tobias?
In the past, I've responded to this in a few different ways, depending on my mood. I've said that I don't care who it is, even if they don't look quite right, as long as they're good at acting. (True.) I've said I like "nobodies." (Also true.) And I've said that I think Tris looks like Mia Wasikowska. (Still true.) And that I have no freaking idea who looks like Tobias. (This is the most true.)


Can I audition for the movie?
I appreciate the enthusiasm, but not only is the movie-making process not nearly that far along yet, I really don't have anything to do with casting! All I do is write the books. Seriously.

Do you intend to write more books after this series?
Yes. But I'm taking one thing at a time.

How many books are in the series?Some people ask this, I think, because the faction symbols are on the covers, and there are five faction symbols (therefore: five books, right?). But no. There will be three books, that is all.

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  1. Huh, I never noticed that she never mentioned Four's hair color! I just assumed it was dark brown. :P

  2. This book is a dystopian book unlike any other. I am a huge fan of the Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and Matched books. While they all fall into the category of dystopian books, they are all unique and Insurgent is definitely a unique story. This was a terrific read. I loved Divergent, Book 1, and could not wait until Insurgent was released. Yep, I am one of those who pre-order so that it is on my doorstep on the release date. (By the way, Amazon has got the best price out there.) I read all 500 or so pages in 24 hours. It is a fast paced, action packed, fascinating sequel. I do not want to spoil a thing, so I'll keep this review brief. I loved the twists, the second-guessing who can be trusted, and I especially loved learning more about each faction as Tris and her entourage travel between the factions. Of course, a cliffhanger will keep me on the edge of my seat until Book 3 is released. Please read Divergent, and seriously folks, read it first as you will not get a recap in Insurgent and you will be scratching your head trying to figure out who's who. Then, if you have fallen in love with it as I have, read, read, read Insurgent.