Insurgent by Veronica Roth
I HAVE DONE BAD THINGS.
I CAN'T TAKE THEM BACK,
AND THEY ARE PART OF WHO I AM.
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.
Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever... because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.
Insurgent picks up where Divergent lets off. Our characters are still coming to terms with the revelations of the events and are harbouring the grief for the family and friends that they have lost. They now have to adapt to this new society and try and scrape together the remains of the last to continue fighting the war against Jeanine and Erudite. I liked that this book picks up immediately following Divergent. There's no 'few weeks later' element to it so we're straight back into the action. I was looking forward to finding out where Roth was going to take her story, and I wasn't disappointed.
“We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”
This book was filled with many twists and turns and so many shocking events. Roth certainly isn't afraid of killing/ hurting her characters or putting them through hell and back. I found myself more into this book than the previous, though this may be down to the fact that this is my first read of Insurgent. T really enjoyed Roth's further crafting of the Chicago that she's created. It seems to be so incredibly realistic. I'll admit that I saw the secret that Marcus was harbouring coming - I don't think it was done secretively particularly well. Elements of it reminded me slightly of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and there are certainly worse books that you can have your work compared to!
“I am collecting the lessons each faction has to teach me, and storing them in my mind like a guidebook for moving through the world. There is always something to learn, always something that is important to understand”
“Insurgent, he says. Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent.”