Warning! Read Divergent by Veronica Roth before continuing! (And, honestly, if you haven’t already read Divergent, I’m silently judging you. Just kidding…but not really.)
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that Veronica Roth’s Divergent was picked as my top read of 2011. Well, it looks like the sequel, Insurgent, is in the running for the top book of 2012. (The jury is still out on which book is better. I’m still trying to decide.) I finished reading Insurgent yesterday morning, and I was totally blown away. The ending alone made me utter a few choice words, and I’m still processing a lot of what happened and what it could mean for book three. This post will likely be a short one—for me, anyway—because I don’t want to spoil things too much for you guys, but I also don’t quite know how to put my feelings on this book into words…but I’ll try.
Insurgent picks up almost immediately where Divergent concluded. (It might behoove you to reread the final chapter of Divergent before starting Insurgent, or just check out this link to Veronica Roth’s blog for a handy-dandy “guide to remembering stuff before you read Insurgent,” http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/2012/04/but-i-read-divergent-year-ago-your.html.)
Tris, Tobias (also known as Four), and company are on the run after the Erudite attack on Abnegation (including the simulation that turned many Dauntless members into assassins). Tris trusts Tobias with her life and her heart, but she knows that even he is keeping secrets from her. Tris is crumbling from the inside out, overcome with grief and guilt over the deaths of her parents and the actions that led her to this point. She wants to confide all to Tobias, but how can she when she doesn’t know how he’ll react to the heavy burden she’s carrying? Especially since he’s got his own demons to overcome.
As Tris and Tobias are trying to figure out where they stand with each other—and with the remaining members of their factions/families—they must also worry about the war being waged all around them. Who can they trust with the truth of their Divergence (aptitude for more than one faction)? How can they combat the Dauntless traitors who have allied with the Erudite? Can they convince Candor, Amity, the remaining Abnegation, and the factionless to join in their quest to overthrow the Erudite who wish to control everyone and everything? What if these groups have their own agendas?
War has broken out between the factions, and no one knows who can truly be trusted. Friends (and family) become enemies. Enemies become allies. And secrets are revealed that shake what little foundation is left in Tris’ world. What does it really mean to be Divergent in this war-torn society, and why is the Erudite leader—and all-around evil genius—Jeanine so determined to wipe them out? What is Jeanine trying to hide, and can Tris find out before everything she has left is destroyed? The truth is out there, and it’s up to Tris to bring it to light…no matter what the cost.
I’ve tried not to give too much away here, and I’m pretty sure I’ve succeeded. This is one book you really need to read for yourself. Like I said before, the ending alone was enough to send me into a cursing frenzy. (I just reread it a few minutes ago, and it managed to shock me all over again.) Totally didn’t see that coming. In my everyday life, I hate surprises, but I love it when a book manages to surprise me. It doesn’t happen often enough. If you can’t tell, I thoroughly enjoyed Insurgent, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this epic journey will end. Now, the countdown is on to book three! The title and cover are still TBA, and I’m assuming we can expect the book to be released sometime in May of 2013.
If you want to learn more about the Divergent trilogy and author Veronica Roth, visit http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/, http://thedivergenttrilogy.com/, check out the Facebook pages at http://www.facebook.com/#!/DivergentSeries and http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Veronica-Roth/108433975887375, and follow the author on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/VeronicaRoth. You may also like this book trailer from Harper Teen (that gives absolutely nothing away).
I would like to add that, even though the majority of them were the bad guys in this book, I still consider myself a member of the Erudite faction (as I’m sure most other librarians would). I spend most of my life in the pursuit of knowledge, and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with others…sometimes even when they prefer me to shut up. If you are a proud Erudite member, you may want to check out the Erudite Faction tumblr site at http://eruditefactionnews.tumblr.com/.