Genre: YA post-apocalyptic fiction
Length: 525 pages
Setting: immediately following the events of Divergent, in a future Chicago
Interest: It’s the second book in the Divergent series. I enjoyed the first one (you can read my review here) so I had the next book on my reading list. When I was looking for audio books for an 11-hour car trip, this one came up in the library system as the right length.
Summary: Tris and Tobias (AKA Four) survived Erudite’s attack on Abnegation and have made their way, along with some other survivors, to Amity’s compound. Erudite comes after them, and they are forced to flee again. This time they take shelter with the Factionless, who are led by Tobias’ presumed-dead mother. Tris was able to discover that Erudite attacked when they did because Abnegation were about to release a file the leader of Erudite now holds. When Dauntless and the Factionless lead a big assault on the Erudite headquarters, Tris secretly leads a small team in to go after the file.
Final thoughts: Because this book starts right after Divergent ends, it’s helpful to remember what happened at the end of the first book before you start the second. I didn’t remember the details, and therefore spend the first bit of the book confused. The story is very fast-paced with lots going on in a short amount of time.
I was annoyed with Tris on several occasions in the story. For one things, she spends half the book screaming, it seems like. For another, she kept lying to Tobias – on purpose. She’d think about how bad it was to lie to someone you’re close to, and then lie straight to his face again. There’s quite a bit of focus on the relationship between Tris and Tobias, although they never really go beyond heavy petting. Even so, between the sexual tension and all the killing, the book definitely skews toward the YA end of the scale instead of middle grades.
I was totally shocked with the big reveal of (SPOILERS) the secret file at the end of the book. Turns out, the people were put together into the city as a large-scale population experiment. They were supposed to re-enter society when lots of Divergent individuals showed up in the population. It seems a bit fishy to me that they saw big changes to the population happened in a single generation. Even with all the quibbles I have, I found the book highly enjoyable and look forward to reading the last book in the series. Preferably before I’ve forgotten all the details of the storyline!
Title comes from: As Tris is trying to infiltrate Erudite headquarters, one of her team calls themselves insurgents because of their actions.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none, since this was an audiobook
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