“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth is the second book in the Divergent series. What I really like about this series is the main character, Tris. She is so strong and I enjoyed reading about the new challenges that she faces as the Divergent Trilogy continues.
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES!
At the end of the first book in the series, Tris has just had her world turned upside down. She lost her mother and her father and she had to take the life of a friend. It was an awful situation, and she did what she had to do in order to survive, but now she has to live with her choices. Tris finds herself hiding the murder she committed from everyone, including Tobias, which in turn is creating a strain on their relationship. In addition to dealing with the aftermath of the attack, people are starting to ask questions about if factions are the best way for their world to be. “My mouth goes dry. No factions? A world in which no one knows who they are or where they fit? I can’t even fathom it. I imagine only chaos and isolation.” (Insurgent, pg 110). I found her reaction to this idea to be interesting; especially because of how easily she chose to be in a different faction at the beginning of the series. It seemed like Tris would be open to change.
Even though she is wary about change, there’s no question that Tris is a strong character. The more challenges that she has thrown her way, the more she pushes herself to get through them. From the start she has had a powerful will and strength of mind, and she became physically strong when she joined the Dauntless faction. Despite all the pain that she has been through, she finds a way to take the next step. “I didn’t realized until that moment that Dauntless initiation had taught me an important lesson: how to keep going.” (Insurgent, pg 86).
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely, I am thoroughly enjoying the series. I think this series would appeal to a wide range of readers. The writing isn’t overly complex, and despite the very adult situations that the characters often find themselves in, it would be a good series for young readers as well as seasoned readers. I’m excited for the last book in the series and hoping that Veronica Roth will continue to write so I can read more of her works!