Insurgent is book two in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as Divergent, but it was alright. I’m actually kind of surprised at the popularity of this series, as I haven’t been in love with either of the first two novels.
We continue on our journey with Tris Pryor, a divergent young woman who is grappling with the war that has broken out and killed her parents and friends. After venturing to Amity headquarters for refuge and finding none, Tris, Tobias (Four), Caleb, and Susan venture into the unknown and run upon a band of factionless people run by Tobias’ mother Evelyn (previously assumed to be dead). Evelyn is head strong and bent on controlling the city, just in a different way than it is being controlled at the time. The group seems to flee from group to group in search of protection, until the Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews threatens to kill off one person every two days until a divergent member is given over to her.
Tris sacrifices herself, unbeknownest to the group, and ends up being utilized as another pawn of Jeanine Matthews in her drive for city domination. After a few scuffles with the Erudite, Tris is sentenced to death. She escapes by the skin of her teeth and ends up leading an uprising to take over the Erudite headquarters.
Am I giving away too much with my summary? Either way, I’m trying not to give away too much, but we learn a lot about the world Tris lives in through this novel. There are some story developments that are interesting, but overall, I find that Tris is not as strong as she constantly tries to remind us (the readers) she is. I hate to say it, but I’m just not impressed by the writing style or story. I give this book a MEH. Read it if you must.