Insurgent is the second book of the Divergent trilogy. For more background on the story and a review of the first book in the series, Divergent, go here.
As many people know, the second book or movie in a trilogy is rarely the stand out part of the trilogy. That is just as true for Insurgent as it is for many others. However, the second novel is not a “filler” novel as some of them are, nor is it a flop as I have seen from some of them as well. It is exactly what the second novel of a trilogy should be. I have seen several negative reviews of this book. A lot of the complaints are that Tris becomes annoying. I do not disagree with that at times, however, it did not ruin the book for me. It made it more realistic in a lot of ways. Teenage girls are annoying for the most part and make stupid decisions. It is just a part of life.
If you have not read Divergent and don’t want spoilers, you may want to stop reading here.
Divergent ends with Tris and Four having stopped a dangerous simulation that was designed to take over the city using the Dauntless faction as drones. They are now on the run and look for refuge among the Amity. There is only so long they can hide among the Amity and their presence causes some division in the faction. After the Erudite come looking for them, Tris and her friends escape. When they go back into the city they find the factionless are rising up and aren't as few as they had always believed.
An epic battle is coming and it is difficult to tell which side is the “right” side and it may become clear that there is no right side for the current circumstances. Some characters that you thought you liked you will grow to hate. Some that you hated you will start to like. There will be times you are every bit as confused as the characters in the book about what is happening and what should be done.
This book brings us greater insight into the motives of the existing characters as well as adding some new characters. War seems imminent and there is no shortage of crazy people on opposite ends of every spectrum wanting to try and control everyone and change the world to their liking. Tris, Four and their group of friends are in the thick of things and trying to keep their world for dissolving. Tris seems insistent on being a martyr and everyone else is just as insistent to stop her. The book ends with a little more information about the divergent and they are not what we thought. Everything that they thought they knew about their world seems to be changing.
This book follows well in the footsteps of Divergent with an action packed plot, multiple twists and turns and teenage confusion, as well as a heart wrenching love affair. Something I found myself screaming in my head while reading this whole trilogy was, “For the love of God will you PLEASE just communicate with each other!” Now, this sort of thing happens a lot in books, movies, etc. and I realize that the story would be a lot less interesting if everyone conveyed what they were actually thinking and feeling. However, I think it would have actually added a little something that I felt was missing in the whole FourTris (see what I did there? ) love affair. If those two had just been honest with each other about what they were doing, what they were planning on doing, and what they actually wanted to do, things would have been a lot better for them. I don’t think that it would have taken much, if anything, away from the actual plot.
This book of course ends in a cliff hanger. I feel like that is some kind of pre-requisite for middle books in a trilogy. If I had been reading these at the time they came out, instead of all at once after they had all been released, I would have died at the end of this book I am pretty certain. Thankfully I was prepared with all three books at my disposal. If you liked Divergent you will like Insurgent. Veronica Roth shows us an interesting aspect of humanity and I truly believe it to be an accurate one if these situations, or ones like them, were to arise.
Look for my review on Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent series coming soon.