Author: Veronica Roth
Provided Synopsis: One choice can transform you, or destroy you. 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.
Review: Rather than allow a passage of time, Veronica Roth jumps right back into the story that was left off in Divergent. The Erudite-controlled simulation has been defeated, leaving uncertainty over what to do next, where to seek shelter, and who to trust. Loyalties are tested throughout Insurgent, which leads me to believe that the question of loyalty is the main theme of this book. Tris, as our main character, must not only question her political loyalties but also her alignment in terms of faction beliefs. As a Divergent member of society she possess an aptitude for more than one faction. Roth explores what it means to be Divergent further in this book as she pulls back layers of Tris’ personality. Because she is Divergent she will be pulled to believe and act upon many different catalysts, so how does she choose the correct road to follow in the end?
Beyond the theme of loyalty there are also large political statements made within the second novel of this trilogy. Alliances between factions must be formed in order to survive; some factions lord their power over others to get them to cooperate. Since Tris must journey to the compounds of the five factions we are able to see and better understand how each one works to keep society afloat. The reader is also granted more insight into the factionless – and in my opinion they provide one of the greatest commentaries on governments and their relationship to the people. The factionless have been oppressed for so long, so when happens when they are given the opportunity to rise from their shackles?
If you have not read this book yet then I would probably suggest that you stall until the final book in the trilogy is released on October 22, 2013. The cliffhanger at the end is explosive and cruel, in the sense that it leaves you hungry for more. Once again, I am in awe of Veronica Roth and the world that she has created. The action pulses through the pages, the themes and insight are strong, and the characters continue to grow. Well done!
(My review of Divergent can be found here.)