HarperCollins Publishers, Incorporated; 2012
“Like a wild animal, the truth is too powerful to remain caged.” (Page 4)
Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy written by Veronica Roth. The trilogy is Roth’s take on the Hunger Games story. Similar to the Hunger Games story, Insurgent’s setting takes place in the future. The United States is split up into five factions: Amity, Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, and Candor. Each citizen is designated a faction by taking an aptitude test in order to observe where that individual would best belong. Some individuals are divergent, which means that they aren’t assigned just one faction to be placed in like everybody else, but two or three factions that they could easily fit into. This makes the divergent very powerful because they can familiarize with multiple factions and the government doesn’t like individual citizens having so much power.
Beatrice Prior, Tris for short, is divergent. Although she relates to Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite factions, she chooses Dauntless and is ordered not to tell anyone that she is divergent because otherwise the government would try to kill her for being so powerful. Tris does well at hiding the fact that she is divergent, but government officials soon catch on and start tracking Tris down. Tris runs away with another Dauntless member, Tobias Eaton. The two seek protection from a rebelling group of Erudite and Dauntless members seeking to overrule the government.
Tris is very strong-headed and brave for only being eighteen years old. After watching her mother and father get shot by Dauntless members controlled by the government, Tris doesn’t shut down and turn to depression and grief. She gets motivated to seek revenge on the government even faster. Tris teaches readers to be strong and stand for what they believe in. With the Divergent movie released in theatres this past winter, the character of Tris took on the role of becoming an inspiration to girls in today’s world.
The quote above is part of a manifesto from the Erudite faction. This specific quote describes this book very well because Tris, Tobias, and the other rebels know the truth about how freedom works and the weaknesses of the government. The Rebels will use this knowledge in order to overthrow the government and release the truth of freedom.
The main theme of not only this novel, but the whole trilogy, is to overcome fear and fight for what you believe in. Imagine a world where the government decided what you would be doing, who you would associate with, and where you would live for the rest of your life. Tris and Tobias, along with multiple other faction members, are sick of such a mundane world. They fight for freedom through fearsome battles.