When we left Tris and Tobias (Four) they were on a train out of the city with some stolen information and the memories of a lot of death and destruction. Insurgent picks up right where Divergent stopped and it grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let you breathe until the story is over. I had no idea that so many twists and turns could be written into one story, but this book managed to keep me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last. There s a lot of violence, as you can imagine, but there is just as much political intrigue and shocking betrayal.
Overall, I thought that this was a much stronger and more complex book than Divergent. As the story starts to dissect the structure of the factions, you really get a chance to know the characters involved. Even super-villains like Marcus don’t seem as scary, anymore. With that depth comes the opportunity for more dimensional writing of Tris and Tobias. There were many occasions when I felt like rolling my eyes at both of them since stubbornness seems to be a trait they share. It was in Tris, though, that I found the most satisfying character growth. She as not entirely likable in this book, which I absolutely loved. There is nothing more boring than a main character with no flaws, and Tris has no shortage of them. She acts very irresponsibly in her quest to find answers, but at the same time that you are frustrated with her actions, you realize that she is teenager with what amounts to PTSD, trying to survive in unimaginable circumstances. I liked Tris in Divergent, but I grew to really love her in this book. Her relationship with Tobias is challenged, but the way that they handle and resolve it was fun to read, if not a little nerve racking. The cliffhanger at the end was a doozy, so I will wait impatiently with everyone else to see what happens next.