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.
- Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Story- Veronica Roth (baseballvalbooks.wordpress.com)
- Review: Insurgent (thehouseai.wordpress.com)