Series: Divergent #2
Published by Harper Teen on 1 May 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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Tris has been through so much in the few months since she decided to leave Abnegation and go for Dauntless instead. And even if she has grown on many levels, she is still a 16-year old girl who just saw both her parents get killed, and now only has her brother Caleb left of her family.
Tris is also keeping a very dark secret from all those she loves, and I can understand why that is eating away at her, while at the same time I both want her to come clean and understand why she is hiding it. The fact that she feels like she killed Will in cold blood is not something she can take lightly, she is Dauntless, but she is not cold-hearted or mean. Survival of the fittest, however, is what is at stake here.
Insurgent is a great continuation of Divergent. The characters continue to make sense, and we learn more about the society and why it became the way it is. I loved this book, the way Four and Tris had to deal with the aftermath of the huge simulation war, and wondering what was going to happen next was exciting and kept me firmly attached to my kindle for the whole narrative.
Their little stay at Amity was strange to say the least, and Tris had to find out the hard way how things were always seemingly so peaceful there. Again, I love how Tris and Four continue to go to each other to feel reassured, even if they are also both dealing with things they are keeping to themselves for now.
When they go back to the city to flee the Euridite, hanging out with the Factionless at first, I have to say I was not all that surprised to see who the Factionless leader is. The foreshadowing was nicely done, and I was happy I figured it all out. I agree with Tris, though, trust has to be earned, and Four doesn’t really know Evelyn anymore, so they should both be really careful.
Their arrival at the Candor headquarters was a little shocking. I don’t see how the Candor could think Tris and Four would show up there if they had really been involved in the simulation that killed so many Abnegation, including Tris’ parents! I guess the Candor who are so proud about speaking truth, and smelling lies aren’t as good at it as they think they are.
Needless to say, their return to the Dauntless compound with their allies makes a lot of sense. Tris stepping down from being a leader makes a little less sense, though, even if I can see why she thinks this is best. Her decision to leave the compound after another simulation takes place makes complete sense to me, that is exactly what I would expect from Tris. She always puts others before herself, and thinks that it is better that something happens to her than to some of the people she loves.
The plot is multilayered and moving forward quite effortlessly and quickly. It is always difficult to see who Tris should trust, even her closest friends seem to have something against her at some times. Her courage and integrity are partly why I love her so much though, and I look forward to the next book in this series!
The end left me quite shocked, and curious about what will come of it. However, I am not at all clear on what it is that was so important to hide for all this time.