Author: Veronica Roth
(Before you read, you may want to check out my review of Divergent, which is the first book of the Divergent series.)
Tris and Four, who she now calls by his real name Tobias, are unsure what to do. Erudite has just attacked the peaceful Abnegation members searching for Divergents, whom they are convinced pose a threat to the well-being of the faction system, through controlling Dauntless soldiers with a serum that Erudite developed. Tris’s mother and father have both lost their lives while trying to help and prevent the attack, and Tris has just shot and killed her friend Will, who was under the influence of the control serum and tried to capture. Seeing no other options, Tris and Tobias flee to the Amity faction along with some friends. As Tris fights with her guilt, her fear, her grief, her love, and above all, her Divergence, in the safe haven, the conflict grows between the other factions. Suddenly people who they once considered “good” aren’t sure where there loyalties lie, and human nature takes over through betrayals, deaths, and new, unlikely alliances start to form as old ones shatter.
Five words: This. Is. An. Amazing. Sequel. It’s so much darker and deeper than Divergent, and the characters are no longer confined to the Dauntless initiates. We get to glimpse the lifestyles and beliefs of people form the other factions, and we learn much more about the main characters— how they deal with their emotions, how they react to the violence and loss and discord, how their actions, ration and rational alike, affect them. They are unraveled, layer by layer, so that you can actually get to know them over time; they are not stereotypical, 2D characters. They have depth, they have pasts, they have flaws.
Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.
On another note, I really like Tris and Tobias’s relationship in this novel: they have just enough tension between them to keep it interesting, yet not so much that it frustrates you and/or makes you want to punch Four. (Just kidding, nobody would ever want to punch Four.) 😉 ❤ I found it interesting that Roth proved in this sequel that in the end, both “good” and “bad” people want to survive, and will do whatever it takes, no matter how “Abnegation” they are. And isn’t that true even in real life? I’ve noticed that some second books from trilogies are not very noteworthy. They’re mostly those filler books in the middle, not the opening act or the grand finale. Well, this certainly cannot be said for Insurgent— this must-read is just as fast-paced, suspenseful and tense, and brilliant as Divergent! (By the way, the cliffhanger at the end? It made me go absolutely insane. Why must you do this, Veronica Roth?) 😀