Book Review: ‘Insurgent’ by Veronica Roth

On Tuesday, May 1st, the much awaited sequel to New York Times Best Selling Divergent hit store shelves and e-readers all over the world. Insurgent is the second title in Veronica Roth’s Divergent Trilogy, the story of a 16-year-old named Tris who leaves her family and birth faction to join a group that seemingly better suits her nature. Tris, who was born Beatrice Prior in future Chicago where people live in factions based on aptitude tests that they take when they are 16 years old. Tris, born into Abnegation, learns upon completion of the test that she’s considered Divergent. This means that she does not fit into any one faction, but for her, she affinity for three factions. This is almost unheard of. Divergent is the story of Tris’ initiation into her chosen faction, Dauntless, and what happens when she learns that the Erudite leader is planning to take over using a the Dauntless as her army.

'Insurgent' by Veronica Roth“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.”

Insurgent picks up where Divergent left off with Tris, Four (Tobias), Marcus (Four’s father), Caleb (Tris’ brother), and Peter escaping from the Erudite attack and seeking refuge from the Amnity faction. They find refuge for a short time there, then move on and spend time with both the factionless, where we learn more about Four’s family, and Candor. Roth has given us a lot of insight about the rest of the factions that we first learned about in Divergent, bringing a whole new understanding for the readers who wanted more while reading Divergent. We also get a greater understanding of Tris, Four and their friends and families. Tris, riddled with guilt over things that happened during the attack, puts herself into dangerous situations in trying to be the selfless Abnegation-born girl who her family raised. In doing so, she nearly gets herself killed, multiple times, and is rescued by her friends.

The story has many plot twists and surprises in it, many unexpected turn of events that come at you by the ones you least expect them from like Caleb, Marcus and especially Peter. The budding relationship between Tris and Four has its own surprises. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, Roth throws a monkey wrench into the works to keep you guessing. Insurgent is listed as a YA read, but it has something for readers young and old. Don’t let the age 14 and up label fool you. Many adults, including myself, are enjoying the Divergent trilogy.

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