Sixteen-year-old Tris lives in a society that has been divided into factions in order to extinguish undesirable human traits that lead to a world at war. Each faction is guided by one virtue: Amity values peace, Erudite values intelligence, Candor values truth, Abnegation values selflessness, and Dauntless values courage. But on the day of Tris' initiation into Dauntless, a coup leads to the very thing the establishment of the factions tried to prevent, and the factions find themselves on the brink of war with one another. Now, with Erudite trying to seize control, each faction is splintering into loyalists and traitors, and it's hard to know which is which. Tris must decide where her loyalties lie while grappling with unrelenting guilt and grief--emotions that affect both her choices and her relationships. With her Divergence fully exposed, Tris is not sure if she is more helpful or harmful to those she loves.
Insurgent (Divergent #2)—Book Review
Insurgent is the second installment in the Divergent trilogy, a dystopian series set in a future Chicago that offers just the right balance of strong female character, compelling plot, action, and romance. This story picks up right where Divergent left off--with virtually no recap--so it's best to read these books in order. Tris is a character that refuses to sit by idly while others take risks. The fact that she is Divergent--which means she has a strong affinity for more than one faction--makes her a richly complex character. Rather than seeing the world as black or white by focusing on only one faction's philosophy, she makes use of the lessons that each faction has to offer. In this second story, Tris struggles not to let the bad things she has done (out of necessity) define her. However, the guilt and grief she experiences have made her reckless and blunted her will to survive. She will do anything to stop harm from coming to others, especially when she feels that she is to blame. Over the course of the story, Tris comes to realize that the best way to honor those she has lost is not to trade her life for theirs, but to live her own life to its fullest. Fans will enjoy the continued romance between Tris and Four, which takes a bit of a beating as each character deals with their own internal demons. The two exchange only a few passionate kisses, and there is no language, making this series a good choice for tween girls who like to "read up." There is quite a bit of violence and minor characters die, but it is not gratuitous given the context of the story. Fans will be eager to get their hands on the final installment in the trilogy as this one ends with quite a cliffhanger! >If you liked Insurgent check out these Read Alikes! >Book trailer from YouTube: