I was lucky enough to be able to pick up this book, Insurgent, immediately after reading Divergent, the first in the trilogy. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait too long to continue with the saga. This novel picks up right where Divergent left off, and while Roth does do a lot of explaining and refreshing of events for us, I’m glad the other book was still fresh in my mind so I understood what was going on right from the beginning, as this book is action packed right from the start.
In this book, Tris (Beatrice Prior), is faced with the task of continuing to save everyone she cares about, while dealing with being haunted from her previous choices, grief over those she lost, all while trying to figure out who she really is. After her initiation day into the Dauntless faction chaos erupted and the threat of war is in the air. Now more than ever people need to decide which side they want to be on as the factions slowly fall apart. It is very important now for Tris to embrace her identity as a Divergent as secrets come forward and decisions must be made that can change everything, including losing some of those she loves.
Tris is such a strong female character and I love how Roth makes her out to be not only heroic, but also realistic. I think we can all relate at least a little bit to Tris. Even though she is risking her life and fighting with everything she has, it’s also very clear that she has her own internal struggles, with love and grief, and this book shows us that even the strongest people can’t be strong all of the time. With her divergence, she is able to see things from differing perspectives, unlike some of the other characters that are strictly stuck in one faction and they can’t see past their own beliefs to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.
Roth has a way of writing that makes you wonder if what is happening at that moment is the truth, or if there is something hidden. Some of her characters bring forth surprising secrets of their own and we are left wondering who we can trust. Loyalties are challenged. Even the love relationship with Tris and Tobias is challenged and we are unsure if we can trust that it is strong enough to last or if they can trust each other enough in the end.
The overall theme throughout I’d say has to do with figuring out what is right or wrong, but it is not as clear cut as that. Something might seem wrong, yet thinking logically, you would believe it to be right. We are shown to trust our instincts and go with our gut feeling, even if that means going against what we initially believe to be right. We also see a lot of conspiracies within the novel. There are so many people working against others that sometimes it’s hard to keep them straight.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a lot of action, almost too many different things going on, and different places in which they find themselves in, that it was sometimes hard to remember it all. But it flowed well and it all comes together wonderfully. The ending was well done and sets up the next book perfectly. Although in the back of my mind I was always thinking that it might go that way, you’re never sure until it happens. There are so many possibilities that you are kept on the edge of your seat.
If you have read the first book I’d recommend continuing with the trilogy. If you have not read the first book, Divergent, then you need to get your hands on it and dive in!https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4039811.Veronica_Roth