Veronica Roth is the author of the fantastic Divergent series: a futuristic fantasy thriller trilogy set in a divided society. This is the second book in the series and features the return of Tris and her ally and best friend – Tobias (otherwise known as ‘Four’).
In the first book we are introduced to the Faction system which is the key to the peace. There are five factions – Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the Honest), Euridite (the intelligent), Amity (the content), and Dauntless (the brave). But for sixteen year old Tris, whose ‘Choosing Day’ is looming ahead, she belongs to none of these Factions. She is Divergent.
Being a Divergent is considered dangerous amongst those who know their place, and leaders (helped by Euridite) are trying to wipe out the population of this rare condition. So Tris has to keep her identity to herself and she chooses Dauntless.
In Insurgent, Tris and Four (who is also Divergent) are struggling to shield themselves from the dangers of being discovered. Divergents are being openly killed and it would only be so long before they, too, are discovered. Tris and Four act as soldiers and try to protect others. A new simulation serum comes about and Divergents are more threatened than ever.
The book is written in the point of view of Tris and her emotional rollercoaster ride throughout this book is compelling and spell-binding from start to finish. One thing which I noticed was that the state of being Divergent went from being “extremely rare” in book one, from quite a common occurrence in this second book.
But anyway, a fantastic book – I’m glad I read it and I look forward to reading the third book in the series: Allegiant.