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.
Honestly, I have no idea how to review this book without raising a spoiler alert! So instead of telling the story and then telling you my views about it, I’ll simply tell you what I felt about this book.
Since I read Insurgent immediately after finishing Divergent, the story of the earlier book was fresh in my mind. Insurgent begins from where Divergent ended, there is no time lost in between. Tris, who is still in shock about what happened in the Dauntless compound, has to face attack after attack from the Erudite controlled Dauntless, first in Amity and then in Candor. She also has to face the consequences of her actions during the attack of Abnegation.
Insurgent is equally, if not more, addictive like its predecessor Divergent. Each and every chapter of the book has something happening. The Divergents, like Tris and Tobias, are being relentlessly being hunted down by the Erudite. They are going to extreme limits to force the Divergents to give themselves up. In the meantime, Tris and Tobias discover people, whom they thought were helpless, coming together to against the Erudite. People from Tobias’s past are revealed which lead to complications and misunderstandings between Tris and Tobias. The book is full of twists and turns like violence against innocents, betrayals from characters you wouldn’t have dreamed of betraying, and a secret that is being guarded from emerging at all costs.
What I liked about the book was how the main characters were developed post-Divergent. Tris has matured a lot, maybe because of the fact that the parents died, her old and new factions were destroyed (Abnegation and Dauntless), and she killed her best friend. Tobias (Four)’s character becomes more intense from his old, instructor-like character. As far as their romance is concerned, it has improved a lot from what is was in the previous book, maybe because of the fact that Tris helped Tobias get over the simulation designed especially for the Divergent, a feat that no one else could have achieved! At the same time, Tobias tends to get too concerned about Tris safety and opposes her somewhat reckless behaviour, which becomes a bit boring at times (We know the main character is not going to stop doing something just because someone tells her to, that never happens in books!).
All in all, I liked Insurgent much much more than Divergent. I’ll recommend it to all those people who love dark, gritty books based on post-apocalyptic world. But, you have to read the previous book to understand the story! Beware, Insurgent ends in a surprising cliffhanger, something that I particularly hate! Happy Reading.