Tris Prior is back in this sequel to Veronica Roth’s Divergent! After the horrifying attack on her original faction, the Erudite faction develops their mind control simulations and ally with the Dauntless. Things are getting really ugly, and secret alliances and plans abound. Tris has problems of her own, namely dealing with the loss of her parents and her own experience in the attack. However, there are bigger stakes, and Tris must find the courage to confront her own fears and the society’s greater problems.
Overall, I liked this book. Veronica Roth has put together an enjoyable, fast-paced novel that was very enjoyable to read. I had a nice long trip yesterday, and it was a fun book to read during my travels. I didn’t think Insurgent was quite as good as the first book. I had some trouble with the portrayal of Tris’ character; I found her a bit too angsty and childish at times and found her reliance on Tobias to be kind of exasperating. However, I also tend to not like overly emphasized romantic elements anyways, so feel free to take that comment with a grain of salt. That being said, when Tris is focused and determined, she is a very enjoyable character to read. Despite some of the problems I had with the book, I think it was a good sequel to Divergent and think that Roth has done some nice set-up for a third book! If you liked Divergent and generally like YA dystopian novels, I’d definitely recommend checking it out.