One choice can transform you–or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves–and herself–while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable–and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
Note: this review contains spoilers for Divergent
Insurgent picks up right where Divergent leaves off, which is a good thing as Divergent ended with lots of action still waiting to play out. And for fans of Divergent, me among them, it’s a welcome thing to delve back into a story filled with so many outstanding characters.
But, with the way things ended in Divergent, let’s face it…life in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago wasn’t going to convert into some candy shop filled with sunshine and lollipops. Tris, Four, their friends and families went through a lot right up to the end of Divergent and they didn’t magically turn the corner into some idyllic better place…war is looming and the uncertainty they faced in Divergent only grows in this second book in the series.
Things Fall Apart
When Divergent ended, Tris and Four had fought their way out of Amity, saving some but leaving many more, including Tris’s parents, dead at the hands of Erudite controlled slaves. Tris has killed to save herself, Four was injected with special simulation serum that made him think Tris was trying to kill him and they barely got out alive. So when we join them again, it’s somewhat miraculous that they both haven’t completely fallen apart.
Except that they actually do start to crack under the pressure in this book. They grow distant. They forget to trust one another. They let silence and misunderstandings stand in the way of the bond they share. And I didn’t like it.
Why Did You Leave Me This Way?
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The narrator for this book was the same as the first, Emma Galvin, and she again did a stellar job of bringing these characters to life. If you’re an audio book fan, you’ll definitely appreciate listening to this book.