Veronica Roth's 'Insurgent' cover revealed -- EXCLUSIVE


Veronica Roth made her YA debut earlier this year with Divergent. And even though the sequel won’t hit shelves until May 2012, EW has the exclusive cover reveal for Insurgent today. But there’s even more! We also got Roth to answer a few questions about the trilogy. Don’t, however, expect her to give away too much — Roth remains tight-lipped about what’s coming up in book 2. Read on to find out how Roth came up with her trilogy, the success of the series, and what book 3 will not be called.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where did you come up with the idea for Divergent and the subsequent trilogy?
VERONICA ROTH: I came up with the idea when I was driving to Minnesota, where I spent my first year of college. I was just listening to a song, and an image of someone jumping off a building, but not for a self-destructive reason, popped into my head. When I thought about why a person might do that, I came up with the first faction — Dauntless — and also the story of a person within that faction.

Did you always intend for this story to be a trilogy?
It’s not that I ever sat down and outlined a trilogy, but I always have a sense of what size an idea is when I start it. Some ideas are short-story sized, some are novel-sized, and this one was series-sized. I don’t think I had the audacity, as a young writer, to think that it would ever actually become a series, but I certainly dreamed it up that way.

Did you ever think Divergent would be so successful?
I try not to expect anything, because expectations are rarely accurate, whether they’re good or bad. But I was cautiously optimistic. I had a lot of support from the publisher and from early reviewers. So I certainly hoped that it would do well. What I found most encouraging, though, was a few weeks in, when it seemed like the friends of early readers had started to pick it up. That meant word of mouth, and word of mouth means that readers are responding to the book enough to recommend it, which is amazing. Maybe that’s a good way to describe how it’s been. I am continually amazed.

What can you tell readers about Insurgent
I can’t say much because there’s very little I can reveal without spoiling everything. But I will say that the factions there were not featured in Divergent will have a more prominent role in Insurgent, and that readers will learn more about Tobias’ history. But essentially, the book is about consequences. The repercussions of what Tris did, and what Jeanine did at the end of the first book, in particular.

Where does Insurgent pick up after Divergent? Has any time passed?
Insurgent picks up pretty much right where Divergent leaves off. Very little time has passed.

Anything else you want to add about the trilogy?
The third book will be called Detergent, and the tagline will be One Choice Can Disinfect You. Okay, that’s a lie.

Are you excited about Insurgent? What do you think about the cover? Check out our interview with Roth, and then sound out in the comments below.

Read more:
EW review: ‘Divergent’
Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ gets a book trailer — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
‘Crossed’ exclusive excerpt: Read the ‘Matched’ sequel here first! — EXCLUSIVE

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  • Karis (YA Litwit)

    It is lovely. Awesome cover! Can’t wait.

  • puffle

    Funny joke there at the end:)

    • Zeke

      +1 :)

      • Prencesse

        My first FGB. I had 238. I think all of the yelling and exenecmtit that happens with this one should happen on all of the WODs. I thought I was going to pass out and then I couldn’t remember what day it was. Good times.

  • Kassiah

    The cover is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait for this book to come out! The tagline kind of scares me, though!

  • Jen Bigheart

    This is the business! Love it more than the Divergent cover…. Lol @ Detergent! I can’t believe we have to wait until May. #lesigh

    • Sami

      Nice work Becky!Great WOD, but tough after doing some deadlifts. 10:35 w/ 52lb KBGot likced in the face by little Prince while doing burpees that may have been the highlight of my morning. He is the cutest. The new space is awesome!

  • Sarah

    LOVE THE COVER! Huge fan of Divergent and am ready for book 2!

  • Dustin Hansen

    Beautiful cover and I’m looking forward to the new book!

  • Liana Mir

    This is gorgeous. I’m so excited!

  • gladys

    Wait a minute… Isn’t that Amity’s symbol? The tree?
    I’m so excited so this book though. :D

  • Angie S

    Love it!!

  • jaimearkin

    Gorgeous cover so incredibly excited to read this book…

  • Ashley

    Yeah!! Awesome cover, so excited to read it!! :D

  • Lo

    Beautiful! Looks like Amity will play a huge role in the book? And… yeah, I’d TOTALLY read “Detergent” if VR were to actually write it! lol

    • Vannesa

      Love that, Gary. Lent out my already sinegd copy of Divergent. When student finished, she told me of another student of mine who wanted to borrow, so I just had her forward it to him. I talk to my students so much more about reading this quarter since we’ve started independent reading. And we are reading the same stuff! It’s pretty magical.

  • Coreena McBurnie

    I loved Divergent and liked reading how it came about. Also, I love the new cover!! It is beautiful. Can’t wait to read it.

  • pagelady

    love how the Amity faction symbol is kind of in a whirlwind, representing the state of upheaval and chaos that it and every other faction will be in now in the aftermath of Divergent’s ending…

  • Cate Peace

    SQUEE! More Four!

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