Summary from the left inside cover: 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’ 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 be 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.
I really enjoy this series and I can hardly wait for the next installment. However, I do feel that of the two books published thus far, Divergent was better than Insurgent. Reviewers often talk about the sophomore or second book slump – making the generalization that the second book in a series is always somehow not as good as the first. I don’t think that’s the case here. Insurgent is well written and engaging. The difference is that we are now beginning to learn more about the characters and what makes them tick. In Divergent I think I was caught up with all the excitement of Triss stepping outside the bounds within which she had been raised and rather enamored with the defiance she was exhibiting. In Insurgent everyone is now at war and the gloss is wearing off and we are beginning to see the characters as they really are.
I was a bit disappointed with the relationship between Triss and Four in this new book. It doesn’t have the foundation of trust that I like to see in relationships. I often found myself wondering why they are together and whether or not they will stay together.
There is a twist at the end of this story (I won’t give any spoilers), that might be surprising for some readers, but was not for one who reads quite a bit of dystopian literature. I’m looking forward to seeing what Triss and Four do with the “shocking” revelation.
All in all Insurgent was an enjoyable read if not as thrilling as Divergent. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games series and Matched then I highly recommend that you give this series a try.