Insurgent, Review

22 Apr
Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent, Book 2)
Plot: 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.
The end of Divergent made me so worried that it was not going to work out as I hoped, not that things weren’t bad at the end, but I wanted to know that at least one thing was going right and it did.  Now Tris and her small group must figure out how to clue in other people as to what is going on and get people on their side against the takeover by the Erudite faction.  This book gives you much more of a peek into what Amity is like, a faction we saw very little of in the first book.  People and groups are being forced to take sides and the war has gotten just a bit more cutthroat.  Tris is visited by guilt over how her parents gave their lives for her so she could continue, but at times she feels like she can’t accomplish anything and should have died in their place.

The Erudite have fine tuned their mind control in a deadly and unexpected way, and more and more Divergent citizens are found and persecuted.  How do you keep going when it seems as though everyone is against you?  How do you know right from wrong in a society in turmoil?  What if even those you think you can trust are actually working against you?  Can you trust yourself and your beliefs in the face of whole groups working against you?

It is hard at times to remember that Tris is only 16 years old and has the whole weight of society on her shoulders.  The end brings about something new to think about and I can’t wait to see where Roth goes with the new information in the third book.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.
5 stars
–Jill
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