In the follow-up to Divergent we return to Tris and Tobias in the midst of the continuing attempts by the Erudite faction, along with a cadre of Dauntless traitors, to take control of governance. The Erudite leader is intent on rounding up as many Divergent as she can in an attempt to create a mind-control serum powerful enough to work on them, so Tris, Tobias, and their friends are forced to stay on the move.
On top of this, Tris is having trouble dealing with the after-effects of killing and the death of friends and family, which has resulted in a willingness to put herself in increasingly life-threatening situations. The guilt, lies, and self-destructive behavior are putting a serious strain on her relationship with Tobias, who seems to be keeping more than a few secrets himself.
I liked Insurgent even more than Divergent because of the way the plot kept twisting and turning in ways I didn’t expect and relying more on unknowns to create suspense, rather than just action. I also love Tris as a narrator because of her imperfect understanding of herself, rather than being one of those protagonists with god-like insight on their own and others’ motivations. This is one of the things that also made Hunger Games work so well for me.
Looking forward to #3!
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