Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth.
Summary (from back of book)
One choice can transform you – or destroy you. Tris Prior’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration: instead it ended with unspeakable horrors. Now unrest surges in the factions around her as conflict between their ideologies grows.
In times of war sides must be chosen and secrets will emerge. Tris has already paid a terrible price for survival and is wracked by haunting guilt. But radical new discoveries and shifting relationships mean that she must fully embrace her Divergence – even though she stands to lose everything.
Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.
Do remember, though, that sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like.
I read Divergent in a couple of days and thoroughly enjoyed it. I couldn’t wait to get stuck into book two in the series, but I did wonder if Insurgent could live up to my sky-high expectations. I needn’t have worried. It did, without question.
Whereas with book one, we get to see up close two of the five factions (Abnegation and Dauntless), in book two we are given not only a closer look at the remaining three (Amity, Candor and Erudite), but also the factionless; those who have been forced to live outside and on the edges of society. The divide between those within the faction system and those discarded by is great, and so naturally, the tension that exists between them is also great.
What I also liked about this book was that it wasn’t only a vehicle to get you from the amazing first book in the series to the amazing last book in the series. It served it’s own function in the trilogy, building on book one and guiding the reader to book three via its own storyline. It was packed full of information and detail about the world Tris, Four and the others live in, and the pace and action level of Divergent was maintained.
Insurgent is a fast, emotional, action-fuelled story that kept me entertained and ensured my attention never wavered. The characters are not perfect; they are flawed and they are human, and it was interesting (and moving) to see how they each responded to the terrible events that unfolded around them.
As of writing this review, I’ve now finished reading the final book in the Divergent series, Allegiant, and will be posting the review of it soon.