Insurgent (novel)

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Cover of first edition
Author Veronica Roth
Cover artist Joel Tippie[2]
Country United States
Series Divergent trilogy[2]
Genre Science fiction, dystopia, romance, young-adult fiction
Publisher Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date
May 1, 2012
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 525 pp (first ed.)
568 pp (collector's ed.)[1]
ISBN ISBN 0-06-202404-3 (first) ISBN 0-06-223493-5 (coll.)
OCLC 794210765
LC Class PZ7.R7375 Ins 2012; PZ7.R7375 Ins 2012b[1]
Preceded by Divergent
Followed by Allegiant

Insurgent is a 2012 science fiction young adult novel by American novelist Veronica Roth, the second book in the Divergent trilogy.[3] As the sequel to the 2011 bestseller Divergent, it continues the story of Tris Prior and the dystopian post-apocalyptic version of Chicago. Following the events of the previous novel, a war now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. While trying to save the people that she loves, Tris faces questions of grief, forgiveness, identity, loyalty, politics, and love.

The book was first published on May 1, 2012 by the HarperCollins imprints Katherine Tegen Books in the U.S. and HarperCollins Children's Books in the U.K,[2] a "Collector's Edition" was published on October 30 in the United States.[4] Insurgent received mostly positive reviews from critics, with reviewers praising Roth's writing.

A film adaptation of the novel will be released on March 20, 2015.


Further information: Factions (Divergent)

The background to the story, revealed in the first novel of the trilogy, explains how Chicago in the far future is divided into five factions: Abnegation for the selfless, Amity for the peaceful, Candor for the honest, Dauntless for the brave, and Erudite for the intelligent. Those who are tested with the equal aptitude for more than one faction are deemed "Divergent". Due to their independent way of thinking, Divergents are considered threats to the social order.


Tris, Four, Caleb, Peter, and Marcus travel to Amity, where several surviving Abnegation are settled in. Amity issues a statement that all factions may seek refuge there as long as they reside in peace.

Erudite and Dauntless traitors soon arrive at Amity to search for the Abnegation. Tris, Four (Tobias), Caleb, and Susan manage to escape and jump onto an oncoming train. The train car is full of armed factionless, along with the former Dauntless initiate Edward, who escorts them to a factionless safe zone. The group is led to the factionless leader, Four's mother Evelyn, who was previously thought to be dead. Tris overhears a conversation between Four and Evelyn, during which Evelyn tells Four that he needs to convince the Dauntless to join the factionless. During this encounter, Evelyn threatens Tris. Caleb and Susan move to a safe zone where more Abnegation are living, while Tris and Four travel to Candor headquarters.

Upon reaching Candor, Tris and Four are arrested and subjected to a truth serum trial. During the trial, Four admits that he joined Dauntless to escape his father's abuse, and that he was going to leave Dauntless to be factionless after this last group of initiates but he saw Tris and decided to protect her, and Tris admits her guilt in shooting Will. This angers Four and Christina, who were unaware that Tris was Will's killer. The Candor are attacked by Dauntless traitors led by Eric; many people are shot with a new simulation serum. Tris and Uriah, who are revealed to be Divergent, figure out what is happening and try to warn the remaining Divergent, but they are all captured by Eric. He plans, as instructed by Jeanine, to take two of the Divergent back to Erudite headquarters and execute the rest. As Tris injures Eric, the Dauntless burst into the room and take control. They figure out that the new serum allows Jeanine to subject the victims to simulations from great distances and that it won't wear off, giving the Erudite much greater control over the group. Following the attack, Candor leader Jack arranges a meeting with the Erudite, secretly observed by Tris, Four, Lynn, and Shauna. The Erudite, represented by Dauntless traitor Max, demand that Candor turn over Eric, the Divergent, and a list of those who did not receive the new serum injection. Tris figures out that Jeanine is controlling Max via earpiece and must be close by, but before she can act, Lynn shoots Max in the chest from her secret location. Tris, Four, Lynn, and Shauna run to escape the Dauntless traitors but run into Jeanine and her guards, one of whom is Peter, who allows them to escape. As they run away, Shauna is shot in the back and paralyzed.

Back at Candor, Four confronts Tris, telling her that she is being reckless with her life, and that they are finished if she continues to act as such. The Dauntless hold a secret meeting, and Four, Tori, and Harrison are elected as new leaders. They then put Eric on trial for his crimes. He is convicted, and Eric demands that Four kill him, which he does with no guilt. The Dauntless return to their headquarters, and Tris and Four meet with Evelyn and Edward. While Tris and Four are leaving for the meeting, Four tells her that one of his fears in his fear landscape changed; instead of having to shoot a woman, he has to watch Tris die. Four makes an agreement with the factionless to destroy the Erudite and establish a new government. However, Tris doesn't trust Evelyn, who she feels abandoned Four to his father's abuse.

That night, Christina and Tris discover a simulation that causes Dauntless members to step off the roof every two days unless a Divergent is given to the Erudite. They save a young girl and Lynn's brother, Hector, but Marlene plunges to her death. Tris is again overcome by grief and guilt. She flees the funeral ceremony, but Christina finds her and forgives her for what happened with Will, understanding that simulations make a person completely controlled by Jeanine. Tris later finds her way to Four's room, intent on sacrificing herself to Erudite. He begs her to reconsider, and she agrees, but leaves for Erudite at midnight while he sleeps.

Tris walks into Erudite headquarters, terrified but accepting of her fate. She agrees to Jeanine's testing as long as the results are explained to her; she is then subjected to an MRI and several simulations. She sees Caleb, who is now working for Jeanine, and is shocked at his betrayal. One evening, Tris encounters Four in the hallway, and discovers that he tried to save her. They are taken to the execution chamber, where Jeanine injects Tris with a terror-inducing drug so that Four will give up the locations of the factionless safe houses. Despite all her efforts, Jeanine cannot find a simulation to control Tris, and when Jeanine loses her temper, the two have an altercation. She then declares that Tris will die the next day. However, Peter, who is meant to be her executioner, helps her, to repay his debt of her saving his life at the Amity compound, and Four escape from Erudite instead.

The three travel to the Abnegation sector of the city, where the factionless and Dauntless have gathered. Four leads Tris to his own house after Evelyn kicks Marcus out, and they admit their love for each other. Having been greatly affected by her near-death experience, Tris meanders around her old neighborhood. She bumps into Marcus, who convinces Tris that her parents died to save the information that Jeanine stole. He insists this information must be made public before the Dauntless/factionless army destroy all data in their attack. Under disguise, Tris, Christina, and Marcus infiltrate Amity to update Johanna and ask for her help. She holds a meeting to inform the rest of Amity, and after the decision is reached to remain impartial, Johanna and several others choose to leave the faction. Tris and Christina speak with the Erudite refugees living in Amity, including Will's sister Cara, who agrees to help with the mission to save the information that was stolen and transmit it to all factions.

Travelling back to the city, Tris leads a group disguised as Erudite to infiltrate the faction headquarters. Once they get in, Cara begins connecting the computers to transmit the data to other factions. After an encounter with Caleb, Tris and Marcus realize the data won't be on the main computer. Tris, Marcus, and Christina head up to Jeanine's private laboratory, after Tris remembers what Tori mentioned about security. On the way, the group runs into Edward. After a fight that disables Edward and Christina, Tris and Marcus reach an intersection. They split up, going into two different doorways. Tris enters a simulation that forces her to fight herself. Realizing she is more desperate than her simulation counterpart, she forces the simulation to give her a gun, and, facing her guilt over Will, she shoots and kills her simulation-self. When she walks into the laboratory, she finds Tori screaming at Jeanine to acknowledge her brother, a Divergent, who was killed on Jeanine's command. Tris disarms Tori, and after a struggle, she attempts to explain that she wants Tori not to kill Jeanine so that they can obtain the information from her computer. Tori refuses and stabs Jeanine in the stomach, killing her.

Tori calls Tris a traitor and attempts to have her taken into custody, while Four confronts her about aligning with Marcus. Uriah escorts Tris downstairs, and as they reach the holding area for the surviving Erudite, Candor, and Dauntless, they find an injured Lynn, and comfort her as she dies. Evelyn announces the institution of a new factionless government and society. The Dauntless begin to protest but find themselves powerless, as their weapons have been taken by the factionless. Caleb, Marcus, and Four then enter the room, and Four talks to Tris. They kiss and reconcile, and Tris hopes all the secrets between them are gone for good. Screens in the room begin to play the information retrieved by Four and Caleb: an old video featuring a woman named Amanda Ritter, who later takes the identity of Edith Prior, from an organization fighting for justice and peace. Amanda vaguely explains that the world had become corrupt (but we don't find out how or why until the next novel, Allegiant). The city was sealed away from the rest of the world, but when those identified as Divergent had increased in numbers, the Amity are to open the fence forever and the population should re-enter the world. As the video ends, the room erupts into voices.


The setting takes place in a dystopian Chicago in the far future, where Lake Michigan has turned into a giant marsh. The Candor compound surrounds a ruined Merchandise Mart. The Amity live on farms, located outside a fence that surrounds the city (and keeps the other factions in); their central meeting area is a building with a great tree in the center. The Dauntless compound is the combination of a glass building and a deep cave underneath it, nicknamed "The Pit." The Abnegation sector is a cookie-cutter neighborhood, where "everything looks alike." The Erudite compound is in a futuristic part of the city, including the former site of Grant Park (a sculpture resembling the famous "Cloud Gate" is mentioned in Divergent) and the buildings are very advanced.[5][6][7]


Some of the major themes covered in the book include rebellion, romance, bravery, courage, friendship, betrayal, the search for individual identity and heroism.[8][9][10]

Critical reception[edit]

Insurgent received mostly positive reviews from critics. Trade publication Publisher Weekly received the novel enthusiastically: "Roth knows how to write. So even though this second book of the trilogy that began with Divergent feels like a necessary bridge between the haunting story she created in book one and the hinted-at chaos of book three, readers will be quick to forgive. . . The author has a subtle way of pulling readers into a scene (“The outside air.... smells green, the way a leaf does when you tear it in half”), and the novel’s love story, intricate plot, and unforgettable setting work in concert to deliver a novel that will rivet fans of the first book."[11] Kirkus Reviews said "The unrelenting suspense piles pursuit upon betrayal upon torture upon pitched battles; the violence is graphic, grisly and shockingly indiscriminate. The climactic reveal, hinting at the secret origins of their society, is neither surprising nor particularly plausible, but the frenzied response makes for another spectacular cliffhanger."[12] Roth has admitted a number of continuity errors in Insurgent, an aftereffect of overlapping novel drafts.[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Insurgent won Favorite Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction and Author of 2012 in 2012's Goodreads Choice Awards.[14] It was also nominated at Children's Choice Book Awards for Teen book of the year and Author of the year.[15]

Film adaptation[edit]

Summit Entertainment announced that a film adaptation of Insurgent would be released as The Divergent Series: Insurgent on March 20, 2015,[16] as a sequel to the film adaptation of Divergent with Brian Duffield originally chosen to write the script for the film.[17][18] On December 16, 2013, it was announced that Neil Burger, director of Divergent, would not return to direct Insurgent, due to him still working on the first film.[19] On February 13, 2014, it was announced that Robert Schwentke was offered the director position for the film and that Akiva Goldsman had been hired to re-write Duffield's script.[20][21] The Divergent Series: Insurgent began filming in Atlanta on May 27, 2014.[22] and concluded on September 6, 2014


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    Insurgent (collector's ed.). LCC. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Divergent Universe series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved March 25, 2014. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
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  11. ^ "Insurgent Veronica Roth. HarperCollins/Tegen". Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ "INSURGENT From the "Divergent" series, volume 2 by Veronica Roth". Retrieved 9/3/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ Roth, Vernoica. "Errors: Why They Happen, How to Better Avoid Them". Retrieved 6/2/2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ "winners of the 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards". Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "2013 Finalists and Winners". Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Trumbore, Dave (December 16, 2013). "Summit Sets Release Dates for DIVERGENT Threequel ALLEGIANT, Plus GODS OF EGYPT and STEP UP ALL IN". Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  17. ^ Trumbore, Dave (May 7, 2013). "Summit Sets Brian Duffield to Pen DIVERGENT Sequel, INSURGENT". Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Divergent Sequel Insurgent Adaptation Gets A Writer". Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  19. ^ "‘Divergent’ Director Neil Burger Won’t Do Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Robert Schwentke To Direct ‘Divergent’ Sequel ‘Insurgent’". Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Summit announces director for 'Divergent' sequel". Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  22. ^ "‘Divergent’ Sequel ‘Insurgent’ Starts Filming in Atlanta May 27th!". Retrieved 27 April 2014. 

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