If you read my review of Divergent you’ll know I absolutely loved it and I was looking forward to reading Insurgent, but was unsure of reading it until just before the third book comes out because it’ll drive me nuts waiting to find out what happens.
A couple of weeks ago I gave in and decided I needed to read it.
Insurgent follows on from the end of Divergent where Tris and Four have escaped and are heading to Amity. The book follows them as they try to figure out what is really going on, the real reason for putting the Dauntless under simulation, why the Divergent are so important all while trying to figure out who is really on their side and how to end the killing.
Both of Four’s parent are involved in this book and their agenda’s and thoughts are featured heavily in Insurgent. Tris hates his Father for what he did to Four but feels he is more trustworthy than his Mother who seems to have got the thousands of Factionless eating out the palm of her hand. While all of this is happening Tris is really struggling to come to terms with what she has seen, what she has done and the terrible grief of losing both of her parents.
I absolutely loved Divergent, it sucked me in right away however that didn’t really happen for me with Insurgent until about half way through the book. I don’t know if that’s because I was so busy I didn’t have chance to read that often or whether it’s because the first half wasn’t quite as good as Divergent. From the half way point onwards though I was completely hooked and managed to finish it in a couple of sittings.
Tris and Four’s characters seem to have changed a lot since Divergent. Tris seems to have become hellbent self-destruction, which left me shouting ‘don’t let your parents deaths be for nothing!’, thankfully towards the end she finally realises she needs to make her parents sacrifice worthwhile. Four just seems completely different from the Four we saw in Divergent and both he and Tris seem to be obsessed with starting arguments with each other for the sake of it, which really annoyed me.
In terms of the plot, it was good but confusing at times. There was a lot going on and it was clear that a lot of people had multiple agendas so sometimes it was hard to keep up with and I found myself having to remind myself what was going on. It’s fair to say I felt a bit lost at points.
Despite that though I was hooked to try and figure out what was going on and really enjoyed it, regardless of Tris being irritating at points.
There were a few surprises and some questions left unanswered, such as what have the Divergent got to do with helping the outside world? However I imagine Roth was building up to the third book where we’ll find out all about the outside world.
Just as I thought, the cliff hanger at the end is going to seriously bug me until Allegiant comes out later this year. I need to know who Edith Prior is! She said her name was originally Amanda Ritter, so I can only assume she’s going to turn out to be the grandmother of Tris and Caleb.
If you’ve read Divergent, I highly recommend Insurgent.
Have you read Insurgent? What did you think of it?
4 / 5