Saturday Series: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

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.

Do not read this review if you haven't read the previous book!

Insurgent starts immediately after Divergent's end. Tris and her friends are seeking refuge at Amity from the Erudites and Dauntless that are after them. I really liked the fact that they travelled around from faction to faction, giving us the chance to really understand the workings of these different groups. The whole factions thing fascinates me very much. We also get to know more about the factionless, who before weren't even considered a possible ally, but now with war on the horizon, things are changing. A lot of questions from the previous book, now get their answer and slowly things start making more sense. Though for every question answered, two more pop up. So you keep turning the pages in hope of more information.

The realness of the relationship between Tobias and Tris was also very refreshing. They are not perfect and neither is their relationship. There were a lot of up and downs, which can be expected considering the circumstances. A couple of times I was even left wondering if they really do belong together, because this fresh relationship gets put to the test a lot and I wasn't always liking the decisions they made. I did had to remind myself sometimes they are only sixteen and eighteen, so making mistakes is what you do at that age.

Tris is still my favourite character in this book, though she has changed. She is still not afraid to make the hard decisions and just going for it, but now we also get to see this softer side of her. Having to kill her friend Will nearly consumes her with guilt and then the grief of the loss of her parents, nearly undos her. Things aren't that easy for her anymore, it's no longer black and white, but all very grey and she is starting to realize that. Her character really evolves and grows in the span of these two books and just makes her so much more interesting.

I am also very happy that a lot more is happening in Insurgent. From them travelling around, to plot development and action. Things really start to come together and the overall pace was just faster, making this so much more fun to read. So I was really loving everything so far and then that ending. No spoiler, but you will want to read Allegiant immediately. I am so happy I did not have to wait a year until I could read the next book.

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The Author
Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

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