Insurgent Book Summary

Insurgent Book Title: Insurgent

 Author: Veronica Roth

 Illustrator:  None

Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent trilogy.  Tris Prior is continuing to try to unlock her past about her mother. She is also still trying to figure out her Divergence. All she knows is that she is different because she falls into many factions not just three. She learns that they are so called, “dangerous” and they need to be killed. She gets to see what’s outside of the fence that has been keeping her city in since after the war when the factions were created. War is now high among the factions. She travels to Amity with her friends to meet up with other survivors. Amity states that all factions can stay there as long as they live in peace. Traitors from other factions come to Amity to fight. Tris, Four, Caleb, and Susan leave Amity to go to a factionless safe zone. They find Four’s mother, Evelyn, who happens to be the factionless leader. She tries to convince Four that his faction needs to join the factionless.

Tris and Four travel to Candor headquarters and get arrested. They are put on trial. During the trial, Four admits that he was going to leave Dauntless to be factionless. Tris admits that she shot Will. Candor is attacked and all of the Divergent are captured. The Dauntless traitors plan to take two of the Divergent back to Erudite headquarters and execute the rest. Tris injures the Dauntless leader Eric and the other Dauntless stop her from killing him. Following the attack, the Candor leader arranges a meeting with the Erudite. The Erudite, represented by a Dauntless traitor Max, demand that Candor turn over Eric, the Divergent, and a list of others. Tris and her friends escape the Dauntless traitors but are captured by Jeanine. Peter helps them escape.

Four, Tori, and Harrison are elected as new Dauntless leaders. They put Eric on trial for his crimes. He is convicted, and Four kills him. The Dauntless return to their headquarters, and Tris and Four meet with Evelyn and Edward. Four makes an agreement with the factionless to destroy the Erudite and establish a new government.

Tris walks to the Erudite headquarters in order to stop them from wanting to kill all the Divergent. She agrees 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 Tris is injected with a terror-inducing drug so that Four will give up the locations of the factionless safe houses.  But no drugs can control Tris. Since nothing works on her they plan to kill her.  Peter helps Tris and Four escape from Erudite.

Tris learns about her family history and plans to get important information that was stolen. The information will be transmitted to all of the factions. Tris leads a group to infiltrate the Erudite headquarters so they can transmit the information to other factions. Tris finds Jeanine’s laboratory with the information. She also finds Tori trying to force Jeanine to acknowledge that she killed her brother who was a Divergent. Tris explains that they need Jeanine so that they can obtain the information from her computer. Tori still kills Jeanine.

Tori calls Tris a traitor and attempts to have her taken into custody. Four’s mother announces the institution of a new factionless government and society. The Dauntless begin to protest but remember that their weapons have been taken by the factionless.  Screens in the room begin to play the information retrieved by Four and Caleb: an old video featuring a woman named Amanda Ritter. She explains that the world became corrupt after genetic engineering narrowed people’s personalities. She also said that the faction system was supposed to be a cure to the corruption, because it would help society regain the moral sense it had lost. The city was to be sealed and when those identified as Divergent had increased in numbers, the Amity were to open the fence and the population should re-enter the world. When the video is over, everyone erupts..