Insurgent, released in May 2012, is the much anticipated sequel to Veronica Roth’s best-selling novel Divergent. It’s an action-packed dystopian saga that takes place in a world where people are divided into five Factions. Each of the Factions has its own set of values and priorities that differ greatly from one another, setting the stage for the first novel.
Insurgent continues to follow Tris Prior as the tension between the Factions escalates to war and loyalties are tested. Her love interest Tobias, a.k.a. “Four”, still has a major role in this book, although I felt like his character was less intriguing than he was in the first book. In fact many of the other characters take a backseat to Tris, whose emotional and physical struggles dominate this book. She wrestles throughout the book with feelings of loss and guilt, but manages to find some peace near the end. I admit that I found her constant emotional break-downs a little irritating. After all, part of the reason I like Tris in the first book so much is because she’s tough!
However, that being said, this book is definitely a worthwhile read. There is still a ton of action and plenty of gun fighting, followed by several very narrow escapes. We learn much more about the mind-controlling simulations being developed as well as the Factionless population. And just like the first book, the cliff-hanger at the end will have you eagerly awaiting the final installment in this series.