Insurgent (Divergent Series)


One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But 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.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

Insurgent picks up right where Divergent left off.  Literally.  The main characters find themselves on a train trying to recover from the encounter at the end of the first part.

The factions are now split into three – this with Jeanne, those controlled by her and those against her.  This division allows us to really understand each character as they choose sides (or have it chosen for them).  It also reveals to the reader what faction characters had transferred from and why they made that transfer.

With so many secrets, Tris begins to trust only her own decisions.  By doing so, she begins to truly understand how being divergent is an important part of who she is and she should no longer try to hide it.  It becomes easier for her as she finds more and more people who are just like her – divergent.

The Divergent series may seem like another dystopian story for young adults, but it is more than that.  Putting aside the fact that it pulls you in and doesn’t let go, there is such an important message being given.  So many kids (even adults) struggle with their sense of self.  Figuring out who you are can be a life-long process, but sometimes beginning that process can be easy.  As easy as starting to listen to that inner voice you keep trying to ignore — before you know it that path that you haven’t been able to find starts to show up one stone at a time.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes!  Not only does Roth give an important message, but she knows how to keep the reader interested and involved.  The last chapter not only answered my questions but also left me with a cliffhanger that sent me straight to the store for the final book of the trilogy.


Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, dystopian
ISBN: 9780062388452
Rating:  good

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