Roberta Writes – The Insurgent Book Tour @TPolen6 @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #Books

Today, I am delighted to welcome author Teri Polen to Roberta Writes as part of her book tour for The Insurgent.

Welcome to the book tour for the exciting sequel in The Colony series, The Insurgent by Teri Polen!

About 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.

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An extract – Asher

My legs collapsed, and I fell to my knees.  The throbbing in my head hammered against my skull.  Like my brain was trying to force its way out somehow.  It was agonizing, and my stomach twisted with nausea.  My lungs heaved, still short of oxygen.  I crawled over to what was left of the mattress and rolled onto it.   

I’m here.

Clutching my head, I searched the room for the source of the voice.  I still couldn’t see.  Someone could have easily slipped in while I destroyed the room. 

Give me control.

So close.  It was so close.  But where?

End your pain.

In my head.  The voice echoed in my head. 

It was him.  A36.

Through the crushing agony I gritted my teeth and struggled to force the word through my lips. 


But I felt him clawing his way out, inch by inch from the deep abyss inside me where I’d kept him imprisoned for my own sanity and the safety of others.

You have nothing left.

I squeezed my eyes shut and shook my head.  But he spoke the truth.  All that held me together were the scars of everything I’d lost.  Everyone I’d ever loved.  

And scars could be easily ripped open.

My review

This is book two in The Colony series and it is even better than book one. Initially, I was a little cautious about reading this second book, firstly because a second book in a series can be a disappointment, and secondly, because I had fallen in love with Ash and Brynn as a couple and didn’t want any disruption of my ideas about their future together. I was most delighted with how the author handled this book and some of the difficult and complex emotional situations, and I was very satisfied with how everything came together by the end.

When faced with the potential murder of his girlfriend, Brynn, and his surrogate mother, Anna, and complete rejection by his surviving sister, Asher agrees to act as a killer for Silas Reeves, the director of The Colony. In order to undertake this murderous role, Asher retreats into a corner of his mind and allows A36, a genetically enhanced facet of his brain, to take over his body.

The Colony comprises a society of elitist people who are prepared to take genes from other people and children to enhance their own genetic defects and faults. The are also prepared to overlook the methods used to harvest these genes which result in the deaths of the ‘donors’.

The Insurgents have been successfully rescuing people and children from harvest centers but the defection of A36 to the side of The Colony, tips the scales against them. The outlook is bleak until help arrives in a few unexpected forms. The tide starts turning in the direction of the Insurgents again.

The book is written from the point of view of several characters and this technique enables the author to get into the minds of various people in different roles in this complex story and gain an understanding of their psyche and thought processes. It makes for a more compelling rendition of the story as the reader is often aware to planned events through the thoughts and conversations of one character, before other characters know about them or experience them. This keeps the tension high and the reader continuously engaged in the plot.

There is good character development with some of the characters from book one, and the careful unravelling of certain historical relationships adds a lot of intrigue to the story.

Ms Polen is a talented writer and has written two excellent novels in this series to date. 

About 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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67 thoughts on “Roberta Writes – The Insurgent Book Tour @TPolen6 @RRBookTours1 #RRBookTours #Books

  1. Superb review, Robbie. I’m sure you piqued a lot of additional interest in Teri Polen’s latest novel! I agree that the second book of a series can be potentially tricky; glad this wasn’t the case with “The Insurgent.” 🙂

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    1. Reading Robbie’s review was an outstanding way to start the day, Staci! Especially since I didn’t sleep so well – again – the night before. Gives me a much needed boost this morning.

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  2. What a fabulous way to start the day, Robbie! I loved hearing how invested you were in Asher’s and Brynn’s relationship. Their scenes together were an emotional roller coaster of love, sorrow, fear, and loyalty. This is also the end of their story – The Colony series is a duology, so no third book is waiting in the wings. But you should never say never! Thanks so much for reading, reviewing, and hosting!

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  3. Excellent review, Robbie. I really liked this book too, and I was so glad that things worked out for you know who and you know who. Lol. I really liked their relationship. I liked Declan’s arc too. You’re spot on that the multiple POVs worked well. I didn’t know there was going to be a third since it wrapped up quite well. That’s great news, but now I have to wait. Ugh. Congrats to Teri on another awesome review.

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    1. Sorry to have to say that there’s not a third one. I’d always planned it as a duology and feel like the characters have finished their story. And I love you feel that way about the you know whos, Diana, lol!

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    1. I’m still hyped about Robbie’s review, Jacqui! You can seriously get lost down a rabbit hole when researching genetic engineering. It’s come so far over the past decade. Thanks for dropping by!

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