Wow! Veronica Roth takes us on an incredible roller coaster of ride in Insurgent, book two in the Divergent series. Tris should be celebrating with her faction after making it through the initiations, but instead she is trying to overcome the tremendous amount of grief and guilt she has after the terrible Abnegation genocide. A war has been building and Erudite has forced everyone’s hand to decide which side they are fighting for and frankly Tris isn’t sure if either side is right. All that she knows is that she must uncover what her parents were desperately trying to hide, so much so that they gave their lives to protect the secret.
This book was non-stop action and so hard to put down. Divergent did a great job of introducing the characters and how their world is, but Insurgent takes you so much further into the politics and different factions. Roth did an amazing job of drawing you right in to this dystopian world from the very first sentence, and yes, you will be running out to get book three, Allegiant. Roth makes complex characters that are so engaging and they leave you wanting to know more. Tris is very much a reluctant hero who genuinely wants to do what is best for everyone; how can you not cheer that on? I really liked that she makes hard decisions not because it will win her popularity but because it is the right thing to do. In fact, often her decisions make her friends very upset. It was refreshing to see her and Four struggle to keep their relationship together. It felt very realistic in that their opinions often differed, especially in a world that is slowly crumbling in on itself. I really liked Divergent, but I loved Insurgent. It was unique, well written, and suspenseful.