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 Insurgenttakes 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.
Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent is an incredible dystopian story about Tris’s (Beatrice), self discovery and the true meaning of courage. The future version of Chicago that Tris has been living in has been peaceful for years. Her society has divided up into five faction to ensure that everyone lives peacefully. The factions are: Candor (honesty is the only way), Abnegation (always being selfless), Dauntless (putting bravery before everything), Amity (living peacefully at all times), and Erudite (continually seeking knowledge). Tris was born into the Abnegation faction of her society. This means that she puts selflessness above everything. However, it has never been an easy task for Tris and at her Choosing ceremony she has to decide if she is Abnegation or Dauntless. This one decision alters the course of her life and perhaps her entire society’s philosophies and well being.
This book is great! I was slightly concerned in the beginning of the book because it was a little slow moving as we learned about the different factions and met Tris. However, this quickly changed once she chose a faction. I loved how Roth developed her characters through the book. Tris started out so meek and unsure of herself and grew into a force to be reckoned with. Not only did she become strong physically but her beliefs of right and wrong became clearer to her even as things grew more complicated. I also loved the drama that comes with the question, does the cute boy hate me or like me? This is such a universal question, whether it be in a contemporary fiction, fantasy, or dystopian novel no one ever seems to know who likes who. Okay, we knew Four liked Tris, but it was fun to watch it play out anyway. I am really excited to see what happens inInsurgent. The ending of Divergent got really crazy really fast and I am sure Insurgent is going to dive right into the action. This is a must read for any YA enthusiast.