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.
There is nothing subtle or meandering about Insurgent. From page one you are thrown into the insanity immediately following the events in Divergent. The factions have broken apart and are scattered between the various headquarters as well as with the factionless. At first, what each side stands for seems to be unclear. Tris and Four move through the various headquarters slowly piecing together what’s been hidden and the purpose behind the attacks. It’s all very twisty and engaging.
Tris and Four have a great relationship and unlike in Divergent, I really found myself rooting for them together. I actually saw the chemistry between them this time and it worked well. That being said, Tris spent quite a lot of time analyzing what secrets Four was keeping from her and keeping her own secrets from him. At times this got tedious, but in the end their continuous trust for each other won me over.
I blew through this book and even a few days afterward I am trying to remember the entire sequence of events and process it all. So much happened and the huge reveal at the end left me reeling! There were so many pieces and questions that took until the very end to answer, and now I have even more questions! I can’t wait to finally read the conclusion next year.
The Audiobook: The same narrator from Divergent has returned. She does a great job of handling the emotions and crazy ass ride that is Tris’ life. She also handles the other characters with ease and her pacing is very easy to listen to. Sometimes too easy. There were a few times I had to rewind because I missed something in one of the many action sequences.