Insurgent by Veronica Roth
This book is about a teenage girl Beatrice Prior, who lives in Chicago after an almost apocalyptic disaster in America. The Chicago community is split into 5 factions; Abnegation for the selfless, Amity for the peaceful, Candor for the honest, Dauntless for the brave and Erudite for the intellectual.
Erudite leader Janine wants to manipulate everybody by simulations so she can keep important secrets from the community, although these secrets must be discovered! Only The Divergent can not be manipulated and are able to find the secrets and spread them. Jeanine has been hunting them in order to study their brains to understand why they have these special powers. Beatrice, who is the strongest of The Divergents, endures tough times and almost sacrifices her life for the truth! Thankfully, she is not on her own, she is aided by her boyfriend Tobias (Dauntless instructor) and some other people who are helping. Can these people be trusted? The end of this book is surprising, shocking and inconclusive which makes you want to rush out and read the next instalment of this adventure.
I love this book because the details are so specific it is so easy to visualise the places and the people. Also the technique of the writer is very clever – only so much information is revealed to the reader piece by piece until all the pieces fit neatly together like a jigsaw puzzle. There is so much happening it will not let you rest, it keeps you reading. The reader can feel passion, adventure and danger as if they were part of it themselves.
I must say this is probably the first book I have totally liked, except for the ending, because the reader is kept in the dark not knowing what is going to happen next. I think that you have to read the books in order to understand the story.
This trilogy is perfect for those who like to escape from reality and enjoy action, fantasy and romance all rolled into one. Twists in the story, like betrayals and second chances, make the reader connect and identify with the characters’ struggles and emotions. Furthermore the language is simple and easy to read.