Reviewed by Amanda WatsonInsurgent
This book was written by Veronica Roth, and published by HarperCollins. It was first published May 1st, 2012. The genre of this book is Science Fiction. The events of this book took place in Chicago, in a post-apocalyptic world where people are separated by five different factions based on their personality and mindset in certain situations. Beatrice Prior was originally a member of Abnegation, a faction for the “stiffs” people who believed being selfless was the only way to live. When Tris came of age, she was tested for a new faction. At the end of the test, she was deemed Divergent, which meant that she could be in more that one faction, or unrestricted by one. The factions are now falling apart because of a woman named Jeanine hunting down the divergent. She believes that there should be no independence and that the divergent are dangerous. After she lead an attack on the divergent by controlling members of their factions to try and kill the divergent, Tris and her friends seek refuge with multiple factions. Jeanine is relentless in hunting them down.
My favorite character is Tobias “Four” Eaton. He has gone through many difficulties in his life, from an abusive father, to his mother leaving him as a young boy. All of this difficulty has made him strong. He can handle tough situations and is much smarter than he is given credit for. Being a divergent has made him very wary of people, as he is right to be. He got his nickname because of his fear landscape. He only has four fears, and this is exemplary. He meets Tris, another divergent, through their faction. After the collapse of Dauntless, he is under the simulation but manages to snap out of it before he kills Tris. He is my favorite character because he shows strength, but is emotionally scarred.
The woman, Jeanine, is the leader of a powerful central faction called Erudite. Her goal is to wipe out the divergent people completely. This will insure complete rule, and no independent thinking. Tris and her friends team up with another faction to overthrow Jeanine. There is some difficulty due to the fact that Jeanine has found a way to control people through simulations, but the divergents seem to be immune to this.
The theme of this novel is Bravery and Acceptance. Tris and Four display bravery many times during the book. They fight through difficult times and make tough decisions to save the people they love. “We both have war inside us. Sometimes it keeps us alive. Sometimes it threatens to destroy us.”. (Chap. 20) Tris had previously killed one of her good friends, and throughout the book is guilt ridden. She frequently encounters Will’s sister throughout the story, and is forced to confess that she killed him. This helps her slowly accept the fact that she killed him, and find peace knowing she didn’t have a choice.
I liked this novel. I wouldn’t rate it the best, maybe ⅘, due to my own personal preference. I would’ve changed a few things, but other than that I loved the book and the series. This book would be good for young adults and teens, due to the language in the book not being overly advanced. If you read this book and enjoy it, you should read further into the series.