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Tris has survived a horrifying attack against all the odds but her survival has
come with a heavy cost. Racked with grief for her losses and guilt for her
actions, Tris is desperate to find a peaceful escape. But the factions are
failing and society is crumbling and it is not only the truth of the night of
the Dauntless initiation that must be revealed. Other secrets, deeper than
imagining, have haunted the factions for generations. Is Tris brave enough to
reveal the hidden truth?
This is the second book in the Divergent trilogy
and after being disappointed by Divergent I approached Insurgent with
trepidation. There is definitely more tension in this installment as the faction
system, and by extension the society, is beginning to crumble. Massive betrayals
have been made and the shockwaves are rocking the city, both on a large scale
and an individual level. The pacing is better in this book, but I figured out a
major plot twist very early on which was a huge disappointment.
been left questioning the cause of the chaos and her role in it so she is now
carrying a lot of emotional baggage as the events of the previous book have left
her scarred. This means that Insurgent has a much more introspective feel with a
lot of actions being preceeded by Tris's internal debate. I liked this aspect,
although it did create a lot more difficulties for Tris and Four. Four is his
usual strong-yet-caring self but this reveals more about his past and
This installment gives a look into the world of
the Factionless which was an element briefly touched on in the previous book
that I wanted to know more about. These are individuals who have chosen to leave
their faction or who failed initiation and end up being a cross between lower
class workers (cleaners, bus drivers etc) and homeless. Now we get to see that
just because the factions rejected them, doesn't mean they necessarily reject
The reader also gets to see more about the different
factions, especially Amity whose focus on peace becomes a much needed commodity.
The other factor I really enjoyed was that the possibility of simulations means
that everyone's loyalty is questionable at all times and trust has become a huge
risk for anyone.
All in all this was an interesting read and I'm looking
forward to the final book.
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