“No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.”
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.
New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.
Last year I read so many books with a dystopian theme and Divergent is the book that cement my love for dystopian books in YA. I highly anticipated its sequel, Insurgent hoping that my craving for a good read will be solved by Veronica Roth’s writing. I keep bugging some local book stores ever since Insurgent’s international released last May 1st. I already lost count how many times I called and drop by trying to buy a copy of Insurgent. So when I finally get a copy I wasted no time start reading this book.
The story begins immediately after the shocking events at the end of the previous book, Divergent. Tris, Four (Tobias) and the others who managed to escape the attack of Erudite were on their way to other factions to find a shelter while they are planning what to do next. Tris lost almost everyone she love during the attack and one of them is by her own hand. As she suffers the consequences of her actions, doubt and guilt surrounds her while she keeps to everyone what really happened.
“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets.
You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”
In Divergent we get to know how the Dauntless factions operate inside and out. Now in Insurgent Veronica Roth give us the chance to see the other factions particularly Amity, Candor and the Factionless. She opened the door to each faction and let us understand their motives and beliefs. The conflict between them become more clear as each groups become more visible to us. There are secrets, betrayal and questionable alliances.
Like the first book Divergent, Insurgent is also about choices and beliefs. Though, Insurgent put everything in a higher level. The consequences are much riskier and the stakes are higher. It is no longer about a single person anymore. It’s not about Tris nor Tobias but more on the society they live in. The choices someone makes can change not only her/his future but also the future of the entire society.
Like everyone else Tris needs to choose her side. As a divergent her decision is critical because she is one of those who can make the difference. She can build or break the future. The impact of her decisions and movements affect a greater cause. But clearly she is not fully aware of it. As she make her decisions you’ll see her fall, confused and struggled but in the end she proves to everyone that she is a true Divergent – making her choice apart from what the factions create them to be.
As I said from my review of Divergent, Four is someone who can make other character shine without losing his own bright. And in here he continue to do the same. He keeps pushing Tris to reach her maximum potential and be the best of what she can be. Even in desperate times when Tris is loosing her own hope, he never give up on Tris. He always believe in her even if Tris doesn’t believe in her own self anymore.
“I love Tris the Divergent, who makes decisions apart from faction loyalty, who isn’t some faction archetype. But the Tris who’s trying as hard as she can to destroy herself … I can’t love her.”
I want to scream. But not because I’m angry, because I’m afraid he’s right. My hands shake and I grab the hem of my shirt to steady them.
He touches his forehead to mine and closes his eyes. “I believe you’re still in there,” he says against my mouth. “Come back.”
Veronica Roth successfully crafted a thrilling & action packed adventure of her version of dystopian society. Like most dystopian books, Insurgent gives us glimpse of alternative future. It makes us question our society and our place in it. I wonder what is installed to the final book of this series. How will Veronica Roth will conclude this fictional society she created?