I just finished Insurgent, Veronica Roth’s sequel to Divergent. It picks up right where the first book left off, told in Tris’ own voice.

The simulation and battle are over, but the war is just beginning. Dauntless has dispersed, many of them seeking refuge among other factions. Many of them are traitors, and have sided with Erudite. Tris keenly feels the new pain of the loss of both of her parents as well as her own horror at shooting her friend, Will. But the war continues to rage, with unlikely alliances and unclear motivation.

Much of Abnegation has been killed off. Amity and Candor do not want to become involved in the dispute, which mainly leaves Dauntless, Erudite, and the factionless, which are higher in number, and much more organized, than Tris suspected.

Tris is Divergent, which means that she has much keener perception and insight than many. It also means she has values of multiple factions. So while she is brave, like the Dauntless, she can also be selfless like Abnegation, nearly to a fault. While the Erudite are working on new simulation serum, they are able to take control of some of the Dauntless and deliver a message to the Divergent. Tris feels that to protect those she loves, she must turn herself in. When she does, she discovers that there is information that is considered so dangerous, information that could change everything, that the Erudite leader will do anything to protect.

Forming unlikely alliances, and one that could cost Tris the love of Tobias, she plays her role in discovering the truth. At the end of the book, I was very happy to learn that Tobias could trust Tris, and that he was able to be a big enough person not to throw away what they had. It did end on a cliffhanger, though, and I’m very eager to see what comes next in Tris’ story.

Definitely one of the best young adult series I’ve read. And the author is so young! It’s quite impressive. I can’t wait for the next installment.


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