Published on: May 1st 2012
Published by: HarperCollins
Series: Divergent #2
Genre: YA Dystopian
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Divergent (Divergent #1)
Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent #0.1-0.4)
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful.
Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
A lot of the time, the second book in a trilogy becomes a “filler” book, basically just to fill the gap between an amazing start and brilliant ending. But this was not the case with Insurgent, It held its own, and gave us a lot of vital information as well as including some of the most memorable scenes.
So, why did I love this book?
Insurgent carries on immediately where Divergent ended, leaving our characters to deal with the consequences of the simulation that ended with many lives lost. For many of the Dauntless this means dealing with the fact they are now murderers, for Tris this means dealing with the death of her parents and Will, for Tobias this means dealing with the fact that his father back in his life.
This book very much tests the friendships and relationships made in Divergent. Family betrays family, lovers lie and friendships are tested when the ultimate forgiveness is required.
“Insurgent, he says. Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.“
Divergent was all about making the choice of who you wanted to be, Insurgent seems to be more about fighting for the right to be that person. We have previously only seen life in Abnegation and Dauntless, but in Insurgent we are given glimpses into the lives of Amity, Erudite and Candor. I found it fascinating seeing how each faction worked and seeing the differences in the beliefs and ways of life. Each faction has something that is important to them, whether its honesty, peace, intelligence, bravery or selflessness. The way Veronica Roth wrote about each faction allows us to see both the good and bad of each faction, and the importance of them all both separately and as a whole.
“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”
Insurgent is an intense emotional rollercoaster for Tris who is dealing with the death of her parents and the guilt she feels over Will’s death. This results in Tris making a lot of careless decisions which leave her in some extremely dangerous situations. It was quite hard to see her in such a desperate way at times, but even so she remained a strong character and eventually finds her way.
“It reminds me why I chose Dauntless in the first place: not because they are perfect, but because they are alive. Because they are free.”
Insurgent allows us to see a lot more of Four/Tobias then just the strong and brave trainer he was in Divergent. He is still that strong character, but we also get to see him at his most vulnerable, at his most frustrated and at his most loving. Tobias has a lot to deal with in the book; an unwanted reunion with his dad at the end of Divergent really shakes him and he has difficulty deciding how he wants to deal with it whilst trying to survive and fight for the survival of those he loves.
“Sleep,” he says. “I’ll fight the bad dreams off if they come to get you.”
“My bare hands, obviously.”
Insurgent makes way for the development of Tris and Tobias’/Fours relationship. It’s not easy or beautiful, there are a lot of obstacles and emotional baggage, with each keeping secrets from the other to try and protect them, which doesn’t help matters. But it makes it real. They are forced into this tough situation, of course there’s going to be struggles, and that’s what makes it believable. I will admit, there were points when I was slightly worried for them, but they always overcame it, and it made their relationship even stronger, and made me love them even more!
“The truth has a way of changing people’s plans.“
This book is action packed and a shock cliff hanger ending really leaves you wanting more. I actually had to read the ending a few times it was that much of a shock. I can’t wait to see were Veronica Roth takes it after this.
I would recommend this book to fans of: YA Dystopian, dystopian worlds, rebellions, strong female leads, weirdly organised societies, the hunger games
Have you read Insurgent?
Which faction do you think you would be in?