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Insurgent by Veronica Roth

 

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent series.  I had heard that a lot of people didn’t like it, but I really enjoyed reading it.  I think it is a great follow up to the first book and really sets up a lot of options for the third book.

Once again we are following Tris as she tries to stay alive and help others stay alive.  At the end of Divergent, the Erudite use simulations to control the Dauntless and make them attack the Abnegation.  Tris works to figure out why the attack, that resulted in the death of both her parents, took place.  Tris and Tobias (aka Four) work together and sometimes against each other as they try to mend a world that has been torn apart.  Ultimately it comes down to part of Dauntless and the Erudites vs. the rest of Dauntless and the Factionless in a battle to gain control.

The Erudites are trying to weed out the Divergent because their brains are different from everyone else’s.  Divergent people are able to tell when they are in a simulation and break out of it.  This is a bad thing for the Erudite leaders who want to use simulations to control the population.  Tris is used by the Erudites to study and try to figure out the differences so that they can develop new simulations serums that will work on everyone.

Tris eventually teams up with Tobias’ father Marcus to try to acquire the data being stored by the Erudites.  Marcus knows what the information is and how important it is for the future of their world.  Tris goes with him even though she has to risk losing Tobias’ trust. They run into some troubles along the way and the Erudite leader is killed before they can threaten her into helping them.  Everything seems to being going wrong for Tris, especially when the Factionless acquire all of the weaponry and declare themselves the heads of the new government.  Right at the end though Tobias, Marcus, and Caleb (Tris’ brother) return to everyone else having just started a video clip with all the information the Erudites were trying to hide.  But we have to wait until the next book to know how things go.

Like I said earlier, I really enjoyed this book.  I liked how we got to see a little more depth to Tris with not just her Dauntless instincts, but also more of her Abnegation side plus how she is handling grief.  There is also more development of the Tris and Tobias relationship.  All and all it seems to provide a good bridge between the first book and what will potentially be the conclusion, although there’s really no way to tell until the third book comes out next year.

 

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

I just recently finished reading Divergent by Veronica Roth.  I was turned on to it by a list I found called 25 series to read if you loved the Hunger Games.  As a fan of the Hunger Games series (but mostly the first book of the second and third), I decided to check out some of the books on the list.  From the beginning it was easy to see how Divergent made it on this list.  The main character and hero is female.  It is set in a future where the United States has been reconfigured into different, very specific groups that make up society.  The heroine, Beatrice (Tris), is an Abnegation.  This group prides selfless over everything else and that it is the key to lasting peace.  There are four other groups that each have their own characteristic that they believe is the most important for maintaining peace.  The book begins when Tris is 16 years old.  At 16, each person decides which group they want to be a part of for the rest of their lives (there is a simulation test given to help people determine where they would best fit in).  Tris receives an inconclusive response from her test and therefore has more choices as to where she should go.

Ultimately, Tris chooses Dauntless.  This group believes that bravery is the key characteristic.  In order to be a true member, the initiates must pass a series of tests to make sure they have what it takes to be Dauntless.  Tris has to overcome a lot including bullies, internal conflict about whether she made the right choice, and of course a potential romance with the instructor for the initiates.

In the end there is a battle where Tris and her group of friends and family have to work together to prevent the complete elimination of the Abnegation group.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was nice that it can stand on its own even though it is part of a series.  It seemed similar to many books like it but still had its own individual take on those ideas.  I wish there had been a little more explanation about what different things meant earlier on because it might have helped understand Tris and the society a little better.  It also would have been nice if the end of the book didn’t seem so cramped.  There is a lot of action in the end and some parts seem to miss out on the importance they deserve.  Overall though it was a great book and I look forward to continuing the series with Insurgent.  Here’s hoping the third book comes out soon.