Series: Divergent #2
Published by Harper Collins, Katherine Tegen Books on May 1, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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Fighting for survival in a shattered world… the truth is her only hope.
The thrillingly dark sequel to No. 1 New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT.
I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.
Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.
In this installment of Heather Finally Reads, I finally got around to reading the Divergent series before the movie comes out and now that it is complete. I reviewed the first book, Divergent, last Tuesday, and I’ll be reviewing the final book, Allegient, next Tuesday.
***Mild Spoilers for Book One in the Divergent Trilogy Below***
I really enjoyed the first book in the Divergent series, so I immediately started the next book, Insurgent, because I just had to know what happened next. And this installment picked up right where the first one ended, with little recap. Good thing I didn’t have to wait a year in between these!
Tris is having a very hard time dealing with the loss of her parents and having to use deadly force in self-defense against one of her good friends who was under the mind control serum during the Erudite-led simulation attack on the Abnegnation, using the Dauntless as unwitting soldiers. Along with Four, his father, and a small group of people, Tris has fled to Amity for sanctuary while the evil Jeaniene tries to take over Chicago from Erudite headquarters. Meanwhile, the factionless are gathering strength and numbers to put up their own fight in the all out war on the factions.
This installment isn’t nearly as action filled and fast paced as the first book. Tris spends a good portion of the book actively trying to get herself killed because she thinks it will get rid of her crushing guilt. She’s the strongest Divergent, so she’s impervious to a lot of things that most people aren’t, but yet she still spends most of the book wallowing in her own despair and walking into danger instead of finding ways to work together with Four to overcome their obstacles.
Four quickly became my favorite character in Insurgent, and even he was fluctuating between brave, strong, mean, and unsure of himself when it comes to his family. I really liked that we got a much deeper look into Four’s past and how that’s really hurt his development. But he does spend a good portion of this book treating Tris like a child and yelling at her, but I seeing as they’re both never telling each other the truth, I can see how he’d act that way.
I give Insurgent a 3.5 out of 5. While I enjoyed reading this book, the slower pace and uneven character development made me enjoy it less than the first book. Once the story picked up in pace and action towards the end, it was very exciting and ended in a giant cliffhanger. The writing was fantastic throughout, but I wished that I could see things from Four’s point of view in this book, like you get in the final book.