Insurgent begins a mere hour after Divergent ends. (If it's been longer than an hour for you, make sure to recap yourself with our Divergent guide. Veronica Roth is not going to help you in this one.) Tris has killed her friend Will, stopped a nasty simulation, and started a whole series of (unfortunate) events that will change the city forever.
But first, Tris and her friends need to hide. They're fugitives from what passes as the law around here. They find refuge in the Amity compound. Tris's first action, after her wounds are tended to, is to cut her hair, Lifetime Original Movie-style. With her new shorter haircut, Tris feels daring (or should we say Dauntless?) enough to track down her boyfriend Tobias's father, Marcus, and try to figure out exactly what he's up to. The answer: he's not telling.
While Tris is distracted by her boyfriend's dad (not in that way), Peter sneaks into her room and tries to steal the hard-drive with the simulation data. Hey, people still use hard drives in the future? Everything isn't in the cloud? Anyway, she catches him and beats the snot out of him. As punishment for violating Amity's rules of peace, she's injected with super happy juice, a.k.a. peace serum.
As soon as it wears off, Erudite arrives with a band of Dauntless traitors. They're looking for Tris and company, and a huge fight breaks out. Tris and her buds escape the Amity compound and find themselves on a midnight train to Geo… —er, to factionless-ville. At the factionless safe house, Tris finds out that Tobias's mom, Evelyn, is still alive and has a plan of her own to take over the city.
Confused by all these different motives, Tris goes to the Candor headquarters to find out what's going on. The tables are turned when she's injected with truth serum and forced to confess everything, like the fact that she killed Will. This shocks her friend Christina, who loved Will and had no idea Tris shot him. Hello, tension.
After the interrogation, Tris considers jumping out the window and ending it all but decides not to. She reunites with her Dauntless friends Uriah, Marlene, and Lynn, who are living at the Candor compound. The reunion is short-lived because a bunch of Dauntless traitors, headed by Eric the Dauntless leader, attack the compound. Tris gets caught by Eric but stabs him in the gut.
Once the smoke clears, Jack Kang, head of the Candor, sets up a peace treaty meeting with Jeanine. Tris and her friends spy on them. Jack ends up meeting with Max, one of Jeanine's henchmen, and Lynn shoots Max. Um, good job? Things get real pretty quickly (again). Lynn's sister is shot, and Peter ends up turning traitor (no surprise there). He helps Jeanine escape.
Back at the compound, Tori and Zeke arrive and tell everyone that they weren't actually traitors, just spies. Tori calls a meeting in which three new Dauntless leaders are elected: Tori, Tobias, and Harrison. (No, we have no clue who Harrison is, either.) They kill Eric (Eric the Red, meet Eric the Dead) so that Jack Kang cannot accede to Jeanine's demands, and then they reclaim the old Dauntless headquarters.
One night, Tobias has a meeting with Evelyn, and he brings Tris along to analyze the situation. Her analysis: Bad News, Dead Ahead. But Tobias ignores her, which causes a huge fight. When Jeanine later activates a simulation that causes Marlene to jump off the building and kill herself (the city's suicide method of choice, it seems), Tris decides to turn herself in to Jeanine. If Jeanine wants the Divergent, the Divergent is what she's going to get.
Jeanine runs a few tests on Tris, finding out that her brain is different from non-Divergent brains, then decides to execute her. With the help of Peter (yes, that Peter—who won't he betray?), Tobias saves Tris from execution, and they flee. They go to Tobias's old house in the Abnegation sector. When Evelyn reveals her plan to eradicate the Erudite, everyone is all gung-ho about it… except Tris. Tris is like, "No revolution tonight, honey; I have a headache"—meaning that she pretends to be too scared to go. She decides to assist Marcus instead, who wants to get the top-secret data from Jeanine.
With the help of Johanna Reyes, the Amity representative, and some sympathetic Erudite—like Cara, Will's sister—Tris and Marcus reach the top of the Erudite building where Tris was being studied. Unfortunately, they're too late. Tori stabs Jeanine, despite Tris's protests, and the Dauntless/Factionless assault on Erudite succeeds.
They all go back and celebrate, and Evelyn reveals her true plan: to eliminate all the factions. Before this sinks in, Tobias shows up with Marcus and Johanna. They've got a video they recovered after hacking into the computer system. (We guess the cloud does exist after all, rendering this whole storm-the-castle operation totally pointless... but let's not quibble.) In the video, a woman who calls herself Edith Prior says that the outside world is in danger, and everyone in the city was placed there as some sort of experiment to save humanity. The Divergent ones are the people who will save us all. And… curtain.
Holy cliffhanger, Batman!
- Things hit the ground running an hour after the end of Divergent.
- Okay, they actually hit the ground sleeping… Tris wakes up from a dream in which she replays that time she shot and killed Will.
- Tris, Peter, Marcus, Caleb, and Tobias (or "Four," if you're nasty) jump off a moving train and walk toward Amity headquarters. Where is it? Amityville? Will there be horrors there?
- Yeah, there kind of are. The Amity Representative, Johanna Reyes, has a thick scar across her face. We wouldn't judge, but Tris sure does: "She would have been a beautiful woman if not for that scar" (1.33).
- An Amity nurse gives Tris a salve for her shoulder and takes Peter, who has a bullet wound, to the hospital ward.
- Tris sees a lot of her old friends and neighbors, like Susan, in the cafeteria.
- An Abnegation gives Tris a pink drink and says it will help her sleep a dreamless sleep. Naturally, Tris says, "Thank you, but no." Oh, wait. She totally doesn't.
- Tris drinks the pink drink. The last thing she remembers before falling asleep is someone leading her to a bedroom. (Stranger danger, Tris. Stranger danger.)
- Tris wakes up still feeling guilty about shooting Will.
- Tris still has the gun that did it, too. (Well, guns don't kill people, Beatrice Prior kills people, but that's a debate for another day.)
- Tris shoves the gun under her mattress.
- Another thing to hide: the hard drive with the attack simulation data on it. Tris puts it between the dresser and the wall.
- Tobias comes in and calls Tris "Beatrice." She gets all mad, as if he called her a cow or something.
- Tobias tells Tris that there's an Amity meeting in a half hour.
- Tris goes to get showered. Susan is in the bathroom and also calls her Beatrice when she sees her. Tris murders her with a shiv fashioned from her toothbrush.
- Just kidding. Tris doesn't care that Susan calls her Beatrice. Guess it only bothers her when big stinky boys do it.
- Susan gives Tris some clothes and helps her do her hair. Tris's shoulder injury keeps her from doing it herself.
- After Susan intricately braids Tris's hair, she leaves.
- Tris, overcome with sorrow over the death of her mother, decides to pull a Felicity and chop off all her hair.
- When Tobias and Caleb come to get Tris, they address a few hot topics: Tris's new Halle Berry 'do; whether or not Tobias is "with" Tris; and the fact that Tobias is Marcus's son, but no one knows it.
- At the Amity meeting, the Amity decide to "remain impartial and uninvolved" (2.95). Tobias thinks their desire for peace is beautiful. Tris thinks it's "bizarre" (2.83).
- The Amity decide to establish a safe house, but if anyone gets physical (as in violent, not as in Olivia Newton-John), they will be kicked out.
- Tris remembers the gun under her mattress and realizes that she and Tobias won't be able to stick around long.
- Tris checks under the mattress to make sure the gun is still there. It is. Was she expecting the gun fairy to take it and leave five bucks?
- Tris notices Johanna Reyes and Marcus Eaton outside in the apple orchard and rushes out to follow them. Can you say "forbidden fruit," Shmoopers?
- Eavesdropping on the conversation, Tris hears Johanna and Marcus talk about Jeanine's attack and about how she was trying to steal sensitive information from the Abnegation. Tris wonders what that info could possibly be.
- Tris goes to Tobias's room to tell him about what she heard. Before she can do it, Caleb tells her a riveting story about a book he's reading on water filtration sys…
- Oh, sorry, we fell asleep. So, water filtration systems... yeah.
- Caleb leaves, and Tris fills in Tobias.
- Tobias thinks that Marcus is talking nonsense, but Tris is inclined to believe her killer instincts.
- Let's skip a few pages of Caleb talking about water filtration, shall we? (Spoiler alert: this has almost nothing to do with anything that happens in this book.)
- Tris ends up telling Caleb that she is Divergent with an aptitude for three factions: Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite.
- She also reveals that she is immune to simulations. (And she can roll her tongue, recite pi to the 147th decimal place, and apply mascara while driving. Quit your bragging, Tris.)
- Tobias sits down next to Tris in the cafeteria just as Marcus sweeps in.
- Marcus says that he would like to return to the city, to the rest of his faction. Tobias agrees.
- Tris isn't sure how to comfort Tobias, but she's not really thinking about that. She wants to find out the truth from Johanna before they leave.
- Tris follows Marcus to the water filtration building. All of Caleb's talk about water filtration will surely come in handy, right?
- Not really. It just serves as a setting for Tris to confront Marcus.
- Tris also, for a brief moment, wonders if older women find Marcus hot, kind of like how our grandmother still has the hots for Robert Redford.
- Marcus and Tris argue like two twelve-year-olds (seriously, we're surprised there's no hair pulling), and Marcus tells Tris nothing.
- That night, Tris crawls into Tobias's bed after a bad dream in which a crow pecks Will's corpse. Tris and Tobias get their hot-and-heavy make-out on.
- There's nothing like a hot make-out sesh to remind you of your dead parents. ("Kissing you reminds me of my dead father!" Yeah, that's kind of nasty.) Tris starts crying, and Tobias tries to comfort her.
- Tobias even tells Tris that he loves her, but she's too sleepy to respond.
- In the morning, Tris wakes up to the sound of Tobias shaving with an electric razor.
- When Tris returns to her room, Peter is there. He'd been searching for the hard drive, and he's found it.
- Tris and Peter fight, and Tris twists his arm… the one with the bullet wound. Yowch.
- A scuffle ensues. Some Amity break it up, and Tris is put into time-out for violating the peace agreement. (Time out? Who runs Amity? Supernanny?)
- The Amity inject Tris with some sort of happy juice and she prances around in a great mood.
- Johanna reveals that it's called the peace serum. Tobias wonders if it's in the water supply, but Johanna says it isn't… it's in the bread. Hey, it's got to be better for you than high-fructose corn syrup, right?
- The serum wears off. How can Tris tell? Her first thought is: "I'll kill them. I will kill them" (7.3). Yep, we're talking italicized rage here. That's how you know Tris is back to her old self.
- Tobias re-hides the hard drive behind the dresser, thinking Peter won't look in the same place again.
- Instead of going to the cafeteria for dinner, Tris decides to climb an apple tree. That's one way to find dinner, we guess.
- While she's hanging up there like she's scouting out locations for Treehouse Masters, she spies a bunch of Erudite cars approaching the Amity compound. An apple a day does not keep the Erudite away.
- Tris runs to Tobias, and he decides they should disguise themselves as Amity ("Pretend to be as boring as possible") and make a break for it.
- Tris takes the gun and the hard drive. She hides the gun in her waistband and she smashes the hard drive. If there's a case for cloud computing, this is it.
- The Erudite cars arrive and it's not just Erudite who emerge… Dauntless traitors pile out, too.
- Tris and pals are pretending to be Amity when Johanna announces that Erudite is looking for them. She told them they'd left, but they still want to search the compound.
- During the search, one of the Dauntless traitors becomes suspicious of Tobias. Tobias attacks her (that's not a good way to look innocent, Tobias), and a gunfight ensues.
- Tris is too paralyzed to fire her gun, so Caleb grabs it to defend her.
- They all escape through the cornfields. Susan cries, and Tobias yells at Tris for choking during the fight.
- The group jumps a train to return to the city, only to find out that the train car is filled with people: the factionless.
- One of the factionless is Edward, the man who left Dauntless after Peter stabbed him with a butter knife. Yeah, that would be embarrassing.
- All the factionless want to throw Tris and company from the train as though they're Billy Crystal's Momma, but Tobias reveals that he is Tobias Eaton, and therefore a Very Important Person.
- The factionless decide to take him to their headquarters because someone there wants to meet him. Who could it be? (Please be Kate Middleton, please be Kate Middleton.)
- It's not Kate Middleton. It's not even Kate Beckinsale. It's Evelyn.
- Who the heck is Evelyn, you ask? Well, Evelyn is Tobias's mother. The one whose funeral Tris remembers. Looks like she never really died. What is this, Days of Our Lives?
- While Evelyn, Tobias, and Tris have an icy reunion (someone crank up the thermostat, please), Caleb notices the map marking all the factionless safe houses. They have more safe houses than Donald Trump has apartment buildings.
- Evelyn reveals that the factionless are twice the size of Dauntless.
- Tobias and Tris follow her, and Tobias says that he hates her not because she cheated on his dad, but because she left Tobias with him.
- Tris shares a can of beans with the factionless, wondering how many diseases are spreading by eating from the same can. Come on: it's not like you're eating off a toilet seat, girl.
- Tobias and Edward bicker about factions until Tris falls asleep by the fire.
- Tris wakes up when she hears Evelyn and Tobias talking.
- Evelyn reveals that Caleb was wrong about the chart. The chart isn't documenting factionless safe houses; it's documenting the Divergent.
- Tris also reveals that she wants to usurp Erudite from the government and establish a society without factions. "I imagine it will involve a high level of destruction" (9.77), she says.
- Tris thinks "I crave destruction" (9.77). And cake, Tris. Don't forget that you always crave cake.
- Evelyn suggests that Tobias become important so that he can influence Dauntless.
- Tobias returns to sleep. Tris wants to tell him that she doesn't trust Evelyn, but she doesn't want him to know that she was eavesdropping.
- It's time for the most boring shower scene in literature ever.
- Susan holds up a towel while Tris modestly bathes herself. ("We could never be extras on Orange is the New Black.") Then Tris does the same for Susan.
- After bath time, Tris goes to talk to Evelyn, who reveals that Tris's dad was born in Erudite before becoming Abnegation. Also, he used to play with Jeanine when they were children.
- Tris can't believe it. What else can her dad be keeping from her?
- Tris snaps at Evelyn for trying to use Tobias, then she walks away.
- Tris ends up sitting next to Caleb on the floor and eating peanut butter with her fingers. (Um, weren't you concerned about germs just a chapter ago?)
- Tris declares that she's going to Candor headquarters to figure out what's going on. Then she double dips in the peanut butter jar.
- The Candor headquarters is known as the "Merciless Mart" (10.64). So… it's in an old Wal-Mart?
- Tris and Tobias walk in and… surprising no one… they are arrested upon arrival.
- Tris and Tobias are escorted to Jack Kang, representative of Candor, who reveals that Tobias is accused of "crimes against humanity" (11.25).
- The crimes include: "winking at old people," "speaking fake French," "lumberjack fantasies," and "Shaquille O'Neal's acting career." Oh, wait, those are cards against humanity.
- Jack also reveals that Tobias and Tris only took one copy of the data. Smashing the hard drive did nothing.
- Jack says that he will interrogate Tris and Tobias after injecting them with truth serum.
- Tris and Tobias are escorted to a holding room, where Tris feels "a pang of longing for how things used to be" (11.43).
- Tris also feels pangs of longing for a sandwich. Thankfully, Tobias hands her one.
- Tris falls asleep and wakes up when the door opens, and Christina comes in.
- Tris is afraid Christina will find out that she (Tris) killed Will.
- Christina doesn't know about any of this, and she tells Tris that everyone else—Uriah, Lynn, and Marlene—are safe.
- The reunion ends when Tris and Tobias are taken to the interrogation room, and Tobias is injected with truth serum.
- Tobias is interrogated. All sorts of family secrets come out. Tris acts like they're scandalous and dirty, but nothing really seems all that shocking to us.
- Tobias does reveal that he is Divergent, however. Le gasp!
- Tobias goes on saying that he was planning to leave Dauntless, but he stayed because of Tris.
- Now it's Tris's turn for the truth serum. She wonders if she's Divergent enough to fight it.
- The answer is yes. We think. Tris tells us that she fights the serum and wins, but she decides to confess the truth anyway: she reveals that she shot Will.
- "I feel pain in my stomach so intense that I almost groan" (12.154). Is it guilt, or just all those beans Tris ate the other night?
- As the truth serum wears off, Tris is confronted by Christina, who is angry that Tris killed Will.
- Uriah pops up and comforts Tris, saying, "[Y]ou did what you had to do, right?" (13.9)
- Nevertheless, Tris is exhausted. "Everything has spilled out of me" (13.11).
- In the middle of the night, Tris decides to kill herself.
- Tris goes to the interrogation room and climbs into one of the windows. She throws a chair out of the building (we hope no one was standing below), but she can't bring herself to jump out.
- The next morning, she and Tobias fight over the fact that she's been keeping secrets from him.
- Tris calls him out on the fact that he expects her to tell him everything but doesn't feel like he has to tell her anything in return.
- Tris and Tobias walk away from each other. Tris feels like "a space has opened up within me, expanding so rapidly it will break me apart" (13.76). Man, she must have eaten a lot of those beans.
- Lynn, Tris's frenemy, leads Tris to the Dauntless section of the Candor compound.
- Marlene is there too, and she brings some new clothes for Tris to wear. They all go to get food together.
- Lynn seems to be jealous that Marlene is spending so much time with Uriah ever since his brother, Zeke, turned traitor.
- That night, Lynn says that she's going to the top of the Hancock building to spy on Erudite.
- BOOM. Whoa. All of a sudden, a gunfight breaks out.
- A blue beam focuses on Tris's chest, and she is shot.
- Tris isn't bleeding. She's not sure what shot her. Maybe this is just an impromptu game of paintball? Do those actually happen?
- Some people did die, and Tris takes a Dauntless armband from a body so that she can blend in.
- Uriah shows up and encourages Tris to run, but she wants to find out what's going on first. She heads to the second floor to look for the Divergent.
- Sure enough, they're rounding up the Divergent like cattle. Tris manages to help a little girl run away, but she gets caught by Eric, the guy whose defining characteristic is that he's totally evil.
- Tris almost escapes from Eric by using her patented foot-stomping move (surely learned from watching Miss Congeniality two hundred times), but Eric overpowers her.
- Tris is not afraid, even though she has a gun pressed to her head. She has a knife in her pocket.
- Eric executes a young Divergent boy by shooting him in the head. Yikes. Insurgent just got real, y'all.
- When Eric approaches Tris, she evens the score: she stabs him in the chest.
- Then, a bunch of loyal Dauntless, including Tobias, show up to save the day.
- The traitors flee, except Eric, who is lying on the floor and moaning like Peewee Herman at the end of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.
- It turns out that Will's older sister, Cara, betrayed Erudite by evacuating the loyal Dauntless when Erudite came to attack the Divergent.
- Tris examines where she was shot and finds a metal disc instead of a bullet.
- The metal disc is attached to a needle, which has injected blue dye into her body. What are they trying to do, tattoo people by gunshot?
- No one has any idea what's going on. They just know that Jeanine is planning something. ("What could Jeanine be planning? The same thing she plans every night: to take over the world.")
- Tris spends all night removing needles from people.
- Tris finds out that Caleb is still alive (yay!), and so is Marcus (*crickets*), and so is Peter (boo! hiss!), who fled to Erudite.
- Tris and Tobias try to figure out just what the heck Jeanine is up to.
- Tris and Tobias think that they've been injected with a simulation transmitter, allowing Jeanine to control them from afar. Basically, it's like being able to brainwash someone via the Clapper.
- Tobias then criticizes Tris for being careless. "I don't want to lose you" (17.147), he says. She's too suicidal (17.148) to really care what he thinks.
- Tris and Tobias go to the cafeteria (these kids have lunch break more often than Bella does), where Caleb talks about how he can't go back to Erudite. He'll be factionless, and… ooh! Cake and ice cream.
- Tris falls asleep while everyone else talks around her. We'd rather be eating cake and ice cream than talking to her, anyway.
- Jack Kang calls a meeting in which he asks for all the Divergent to step forward.
- Tobias, Tris, and… Marcus, believe it or not, are among those who step forward.
- Tris announces that she believes that Erudite is trying to kill the Divergent.
- Everyone is also concerned with the mysterious blue-ink-squirting needles they were all shot with. Maybe the plan is turn them all into Smurfs?
- The discussion doesn't really go anywhere. Jack decides to give Jeanine a buzz and see if she wants to talk peace, while Tris wonders if they can band together and attack Jeanine if they have the power of the factionless behind them.
- Tris has a rowdy afternoon of helping Candor and Dauntless sweep up smashed windows.
- While Tris's feeling all faint (guess she's not very Dauntless when it comes to household chores), Tori and Zeke approach.
- Tori is wounded, so Tris rushes up to protect her and Zeke from the Dauntless, who think they're traitors.
- Speaking of traitors, Uriah reunites with his brother, Zeke, relieved that he isn't a traitor.
- As Zeke says "It sort of defeats the purpose of being a spy if you tell everyone that's what you are." Haven't any of these people ever seen True Lies? Or read a Tom Clancy novel?
- There's a lot of talk of secrets, lies, the Divergent, and cafeteria food, during which we find out that Tobias has learned that Jack Kang will meet with a one of Jeanine's representatives in the morning.
- Lynn decides it would be a great idea to sneak out and listen in on their conversation.
- This chapter opens with Tris judging Lynn for her lunch choices. "Don't tell me you're going to eat a mashed potato sandwich" (20.3), she says, as if she's Jenny Craig herself.
- Tris is not the only one being snippy in the cafeteria. Other boys are hissing "coward" (20.7) in Tobias's direction.
- To prove he's not a coward (or maybe he's just hungry for a mashed potato sandwich), Tobias gets up and beats the crap out of his father. No, really, that's what he does. In front of everyone.
- Tobias walks over to Marcus's table, throws Marcus to the ground, and beats him with a belt.
- Then Tobias chucks a wedding ring at him and says, "My mother […] says hello" (20.26).
- Tris runs after Tobias. His only explanation is "It was necessary" (20.30). Sometimes dads need a good beating, we guess.
- That explanation isn't good enough for Tris, so she follows Marcus, who doesn't seem too damaged by the whole thing—physically, at least. We imagine his ego is more than a little bruised after getting beaten by his own son in a cafeteria.
- Tris gets no information out of Tobias. She just snaps at him, tries to tell him that she's not useless, and then uselessly walks from the room. Very convincing.
- Before heading off to eavesdrop on Jack, Tris realizes that Tobias is trying to prove himself to the Dauntless… but why?
- Glad you asked. It's because he wants Dauntless to ally with the factionless.
- Tris figures all this out in her head and gets mad that Tobias never told her his plan.
- Tris gets distracted thinking about how hot Tobias is… at least until he opens his mouth and basically tells her that he expects her to stay home like a 1950s housewife and let him do all the dirty work.
- After this lovers' spat, everyone gets into position on the bridge for some super-spy eavesdropping. They listen in as Jack meets with Max, Jeanine's representative.
- Max says that Candor, Jack's faction, is expendable (like Sylvester Stallone), but he'll be nice and not eradicate them all if they do three things for him: 1) Return the Dauntless leader (Eric) unharmed; 2) Allow the compound to be searched for Divergent, and 3) Bring him a Double Stack and Chocolate Frosty from Wendy's for lunch every day.
- No, wait, we mean 3) Name the people who weren't injected with simulation serum.
- The conversation between Max and Jeanine is cut short when Lynn shoots Max. Um, that's not how eavesdropping works, Lynn.
- Everyone scatters, and Tris realizes that Jeanine must be nearby, transmitting what to say to Max through an earpiece. (When Max got shot, did Jeanine say "Ouch"?)
- Tris races for a glass building where she thinks Jeanine is hiding.
- Tris is right. Jeanine is there… with Peter. What a traitor.
- Before she can do anything to Peter or Jeanine, Tris hears a scream. She decides to go help her friends instead of pursuing Jeanine.
- The scream was from Shauna, who got shot.
- Good thing Tris came by to help. Everyone else carries Shauna while Tris follows and admires the muscular structure of Tobias's back. ("Just making sure no one sneaks up on us. Like, you know, the bad guys I just let escape.")
- After getting Shauna to a doctor, Tobias tries to convince Tris to stop recklessly risking her life. He says he can't love her when she's doing that. Tris doesn't know what to do.
- Tris goes to talk to Tori and see what she found out about while she was spying.
- Tori says that Jeanine has a laboratory and… that's it. She hasn't really found out too much because all she wants to do is kill Jeanine. Critical thinking doesn't seem to be Tori's forte.
- The Dauntless don't want Jack Kang making deals with Erudite, so they call a meeting.
- The Dauntless want to execute Eric and return to their headquarters, but first they need a new leader.
- Tori, Tris, Harrison (whoever that is), and Tobias are nominated.
- Tris decides to reject the nomination, so the other three are made Dauntless leaders. Why can't presidential elections be this easy?
- Jack Kang makes an announcement that he will meet all of Jeanine's demands.
- Tris makes a startling revelation: "I like the smell of wet pavement" (23.13). Lucky for her, it's raining.
- All the Dauntless, with their new leaders, walk to the interrogation room where Eric is being held.
- After a fair trial (i.e., they tell him he's guilty and sentence him to execution over the course of three pages), Tobias shoots him.
- This is Eric's head. This is Eric's head with a bullet through it. Any questions?
- Eric's dead, and Jack Kang is shocked because now he can't meet one of the demands, which was to return Eric to Jeanine. She probably doesn't want the boy for his corpse.
- All the Dauntless run to Dauntless headquarters to reclaim it.
- But first, impromptu paintball fight. No, really: we know we snarked about this in chapter 15, but it really happens: a paintball fight breaks out. And these people are in charge of the safety of the city? Can we request a transfer?
- They're supposed to be shooting paint over the security cameras (is unplugging them too difficult?), but they get carried away and shoot each other instead. Um, fun?
- Tris sits at the lunch table thinking about her old friends and wondering where they went. Um, Tris, you shot one of them, remember?
- Tris's new friends show up and immediately start bickering. Lynn is angry that Uriah and Marlene are making googly eyes at each other all the time. What, does she have a crush on Uriah or something? (Spoiler alert: No, no she doesn't.)
- Tobias comes in and pulls Tris away for a private conversation about his fear landscape. (No, this is not a come-on.) He says that Marcus is still a part of it… and now Tris is. He's afraid of watching her die.
- After that revelation, Tobias says he wants Tris to come with him to a meeting with Evelyn (his mom) and Edward (ol' one-eye) to "read the situation" (25.26), because she is "far more perceptive than most" (25.34).
- Tris and Tobias hitch a ride to the meeting, where Evelyn and Tobias discuss forming an alliance. What is this, Survivor?
- Evelyn wants to give the factionless a place in government and destroy all the Erudite data. In return, she'll throw all the manpower of the factionless behind Dauntless.
- After the meeting, Ms. Perceptive tells Tobias that she doesn't trust Evelyn.
- Tobias says, "Don't talk about my mother that way" (25.107).
- Tris jumps off the train ahead of him and runs away. So much for him trusting her judgment, huh?
- Tris is shaken awake. Someone tells her to get up, shut up, and run. So she does… before she even figures out who is ordering her around.
- It turns out to be Christina. There's a simulation. Marlene, Hector, and someone Tris doesn't know are standing on the edge of a building.
- The simulation speaks through Marlene: "This is not a negotiation. This is a warning […] Every two days until one of you [Divergent] delivers yourself to Erudite headquarters, this will happen again" (26.28).
- And they jump off the building.
- Knowing she can only save one of them, Tris saves Hector, Lynn's brother. Marlene and no-name splat on the pavement.
- Tris decides she can't bear to see anyone else go kersplat, so she decides to turn herself in.
- It turns out that while they were all playing paintball they missed some of the security cameras. That's how Jeanine was able to mind control them.
- The one good thing that comes out of this is that Christina finally forgives Tris. She understands what it's like when a person is under simulation, and she understands why Tris had to shoot Will.
- Tris goes to Tobias's room and lies to him, saying that she won't go turn herself in even though that's exactly what she plans to do. ("No, it's not like I have a suicidal savior complex or anything. No, I'm not going to turn myself in. That would be reckless and stupid and suicidal, hahaha, why do you ask?!")
- Tris sneaks out in the middle of the night, tells Tobias "I love you" (28.5) while he's sleeping (which, by the way, totally doesn't count), and tells Christina that she should persuade Marcus to cooperate.
- Christina wonders if Tris is going to turn herself in to Erudite. ("Oh, no, it's not like I'm practically making arrangements for what people should do after I die. I don't want to use the word will around you, Christina, because it might remind you of Will. Your dead boyfriend. Who I shot. Oh, oops. Sorry.")
- After that, Tris walks to Erudite headquarters and turns herself in.
- Peter comes down to collect her and take her to her cell.
- Tris wishes she could just hold her breath until she died, and she's super disappointed that the human body just doesn't work that way.
- Tris paces around and wonders what time it is. It might be 4:00. It might be 5:00… who knows? This feels like a weird Christopher Guest skit.
- Finally, Peter comes to take Tris to Jeanine. They walk down a hallway.
- Then another hallway.
- Then another one.
- And one more.
- Tris is so disoriented after three turns that she doubts she'll ever find her way back. Someone get this girl a GPS.
- Finally, they enter a room with a table in it, and Jeanine reveals that she's going to study Tris... and then execute her.
- That was the whole point of this escapade. Peter walks Tris back to her room.
- Later, they take her to a different room, this one with an MRI machine inside.
- Tris convinces them to let her see the brain scans, and she hops into the machine.
- Peter escorts Tris to another room to read the results. It's like the Academy Award nomination announcements, except… not.
- It turns out that Tris has a much larger lateral prefrontal cortex than normal. In fact, it's "one of the largest lateral prefrontal cortexes" (29.88) Jeanine has ever seen. We'd like to pit her against Celine from Summer Heights High and see how they compare.
- In her room, Tris cries that Tobias is going to die with her. She asks Peter to help, but he doesn't want to help a crybaby like her.
- Turn on the waterworks. Tris cries in her cell.
- Before she can fill the room with water and drown, she's taken to another room that looks like a dentist's office. Too bad she doesn't have her watch on, or she might realize that it's 2:30. (Tooth-hurty! Har har har!)
- Tris is put in a chair and injected with a serum that causes her to hallucinate that she's riding the bus with her mother.
- Tris's mom tells her that Erudite will help them. "Take care to remember" (30.44), she says.
- Tris knows this is a brainwashing simulation, so she goes all Carrie and blows up the bus with her mind.
- "You'll have to do better than that" (30.54), Tris says to Jeanine, who responds, "That was only the beginning" (30.55).
- Tris still wonders what time it is, but Peter won't tell her. Why are there no clocks here? What is this, a casino? An airplane bathroom?
- Later, Peter drags Tris back to the execution chamber. This time there's a special guest: Tobias. Come on down, Tobias You're the next contestant on Brainwashing Extravaganza.
- Jeanine orders Tobias to tell her all the information about the factionless safe houses or else… or else she'll inject Tris right in front of him.
- Tobias wants to know what the injection does. Well, it will induce a hallucination that is really, really scary.
- Jeanine performs the injection. Tris ends up hallucinating the entire Smurfs 2 movie. The screams are deafening.
- Okay, it's not that scary: Tris smells rotting flesh and starts screaming.
- Tobias gives Jeanine the info she wants, and Tris is injected with a sedative.
- Before Tris is given the A-Okay to leave the room, Jeanine reveals who the little snitch is who told her all of Tris's secrets—such as that little tidbit about Tris having the aptitude for three factions.
- It was Caleb. Gasp. Bro, how could you?
- Tris cannot believe that Caleb would betray her. It gives her a headache.
- Peter tells Tris that he has to take her to the showers. On the way there, they pas Tobias… who ends up grabbing the gun from his guard and shooting.
- Tobias grabs Tris and drags her into a secret control room.
- Inside, Tobias tells Tris that her execution is scheduled to happen in two weeks. That's when the factionless, the loyal Dauntless, and the Abnegation will storm the Erudite compound to destroy their computer. (Got that?)
- Tris doesn't think she can make it that long. He kisses her, but it's still not enough to convince her. She thinks, "He is wrong, and I do not want to survive this" (32.59). That must have been a bad kiss.
- Caleb wakes up Tris, and she immediately starts interrogating him about that time he decided to betray their family.
- Caleb says he "did what I had to do" (33.7), but isn't that what traitors always say?
- Caleb tries to tell Tris that their dad was Erudite, too, but she won't listen because, as a Dauntless, she sees everything in black and white.
- Jeanine sweeps in to show Tris some more results of her brain scan. She drones on about mirror neurons and about how this discovery will allow her to develop a new simulation serum.
- After the page break, Tris gets woken up again (that's twice in this chapter; this girl is a heavy sleeper).
- This time, it's Tobias who tells her that they have to run.
- There's running and shooting and lots of action, when Tris realizes this is yet another simulation.
- Tris has a knife in her hand, so she stabs herself with it and wakes up.
- Jeanine is frustrated and screams like she just got killed for the 99th time in Super Mario Bros.
- Tris laughs and laughs. It's "a mad laugh" (33.75) because she feels that she has finally won—not Mario, but whatever game of manipulation and willpower she thinks she's playing with Jeanine.
- This chapter is pretty short. We'll summarize the conversation that Peter has with Tris.
- "Hey, Tris."
- "What time is it?"
- "I'm not going to tell you. But I am going to tell you that you're scheduled to be executed at eight in the morning."
- "Oh, okay. Great. Death is cool. I've always wanted death, just like I always wanted Malibu Barbie when I was girl. I love death!"
- "Whatever. Anyway, right now, it's 9:24."
- "Wow, he told me the time. Oh well. Death! I can't wait. My parents will be so proud of me for dying. I better curl my hair."
- Tris is all excited to die until she actually gets to the execution chamber, then she thinks this might not be a good idea, after all.
- Oh well, too late. They inject her. Tris goes still and the heart monitor stops beeping.
- The end.
- Oh wait, there's still over a hundred pages left. The main character can't die, right?
- Peter rolls Tris's body out of the lab for the autopsy.
- Peter runs into Tobias, who almost starts crying immediately that dead girl is Tris.
- But Tris isn't really dead. It was all a trick.
- Peter and Tobias and Tris run away and drop down the incinerator chute. Let's hope Peter does a better job at turning off incinerators than the entire group of Dauntless is at blocking security cameras.
- Tris, Peter, and Tobias survive the slide and escape the building.
- Tris wonders why Peter saved her, and he says he did it because he "can't be in anyone's debt" (36.67). It's not at all because he cares about her, okay? He definitely makes that clear.
- Tris, who all of a sudden considers herself an authority on life, cannot believe that Peter lives this way. "That isn't life. It's some paler version of life" (36.76). Yes, because Tris's life, which she was ready to throw away two chapters ago, is so rich and sun-kissed and cherished…
- They all retreat to the Abnegation sector, specifically Tobias's old house.
- Inside Tobias's room, Tris cries because everyone in her family is either dead or a traitor.
- Tobias says he'll be Tris's family, and she says she loves him. Bonus points for saying it out loud while he's awake, Tris.
- Tobias makes Tris say it again before he says, "I love you, too" (36.114). Cue "aww" track from the audience.
- The next morning, Tris showers in the dark, "barely able to tell soap from conditioner" (37.2) We hope she can tell the difference between toothpaste and Soft Scrub when she goes to brush her teeth.
- Tris goes downstairs and all her friends are there—Christina, Lynn, Uriah, the professor, and Mary Ann.
- Tris is shocked—shocked—to discover that they are… are you sitting down for this?… playing a card game with the factionless. "This is not what I was taught to expect of factionlessness" (37.23), Tris thinks, remembering that textbook that showed the factionless staring blankly at a wall for fun.
- Anyway, they all have a jolly conversation until Edward enters, wearing a jolly eye patch.
- Peter and Edward fight, and Peter goes to cower in the corner.
- Tobias smooches Tris in front of everyone, and Tris is astonished at how comfortable he is with the factionless. "The only common ground they have, as far as I know, is failure" (37.67), says Tris at her most judgmental.
- Tris enjoys spending her time with all the failures.
- Later, Marcus sits next to Tris on a bench and reveals the existence of a super-secret file that the Abnegation were going to reveal to everyone in the city.
- Marcus won't tell Tris what's up, but he says thinks that "we were all placed here for a specific purpose" (37.103), and he alludes to the fact that the file is why Tris's mom and dad died.
- Marcus leaves Tris wondering whom she should trust: Marcus, or all those failures that her boyfriend is friends with.
- Evelyn shows up to reveal her attack plan for Erudite.
- They divide up into groups, but Tris decides to stay behind, saying she still can't fire a gun because of that whole I-shot-one-my-best-friends thing she has.
- However, the real reason is that she has decided to go against Tobias… and go with Marcus.
- Christina comes along to help Tris. They hop into a pickup truck with Marcus, roll the windows down, and cruise.
- Christina and Tris pretend to be Abnegation and Amity, and the guards just let them roll right into the city.
- At Amity headquarters, Tris and Christina meet up with Johanna, that woman Tris thinks would be super pretty if it weren't for that gnarly scar screwing up her face.
- Tris tells Johanna what's going down—that the Dauntless and the factionless will destroy Erudite—and she asks to speak to the Erudite Johanna is harboring in the compound. Johanna agrees to let her see them tomorrow.
- The next day, Tris ends up walking right smack into an Amity religious ceremony. All the love and peace and friendship freak her out (no, really, that's what happens), and she runs away.
- Later, Johanna calls a meeting to tell all the Amity about the big ol' storm that's brewing.
- Johanna says that whether or not the Amity decide to help, she will help. She is stepping down as a representative of Amity, and anyone who wants to help can come with her.
- No one expected that.
- Cara (Will's sister) and the nice Erudite members tell Tris that there's no need to put the data she wants on a disc. She can store it in the cloud. Well, they call it a "data network" (40.5), but that's basically what it is.
- The Erudite decide to play the Q to Tris's James Bond and give her some nifty gadgets. One shatters windows, and the other is basically a taser.
- Tris is warned that "it would be extremely painful, and then it would disable you" (40.47) if she touched it.
- On the way to the city, Tris asks Fernando, an Erudite, if he knew Caleb. He did, and he tells Tris not to judge him too harshly.
- Gunshots break out when Tris and the Erudite reach the city.
- On the way to the Erudite building, Fernando calls Tris an "Insurgent," defining it as "a person who acts in opposition to the established authority" (41.10). Hey, that's the title of this book. Tris likes the label.
- Tris decides that it's time to get over her gun fear. She takes a gun from Christina and makes a break for Erudite headquarters.
- Unfortunately, it's surrounded by Candor, who are under simulation to shoot on sight. They need to find another way in.
- Tris and company decide to sneak into a nearby building and use their Windows. Oops, lowercase windows, as in glass on the side of a building, though Windows would probably be easier to break into.
- After scurrying around to find a ladder in a comedy of errors rivaling the worst Benny Hill video, Tris and company find a ladder (and immediately knock Fernando's glasses off with it) to cross between two buildings.
- Fernando tucks his glasses into his pocket and gets out the glass-breaking device (what, no fancy nickname? We'll call it the Opera Singer).
- Tris doesn't feel confident enough to throw the Opera Singer because of her injured arm.
- Christina chucks it, and the fat lady (the device, not Christina) sings, shattering all the windows on the building across the way.
- Tris and company put the ladder between the buildings and cross. Tris goes first and almost falls, but she makes it.
- Fernando is the last to cross. His glasses fall out of his pocket, attracting the attention of all the armed Candor below. They shoot him. ("You wouldn't shoot a man with glass… oh, yeah, I'm not wearing them. Argh.") And he dies.
- Marcus, Tris, and Christina make it into Control-A and sit down at the computers.
- Someone comes into the room… it's Caleb. And he has a gun.
- Caleb's there to stop Tris, but he doesn't do a good job of it. He says that Jeanine wouldn't keep important files on a public computer.
- Marcus smacks Caleb with his own gun and knocks him out.
- Tris decides that the data must be in the computer in the laboratory, so they make a run for it.
- On the stairs, they bump into Edward, who is not happy to see them, since they're kind of traitors at this point.
- Edward shoots Christina in the leg. Christina shoots Edward in the side. Marcus and Tris decide to keep going and leave Christina on the stairs.
- Tris and Marcus reach the lab floor, but Tris can't remember which door the lab is behind. Tris goes left, and Marcus goes right.
- Inside the door, Tris has to fight a simulation of herself. It's exactly like this. Exactly.
- Tris ends up grabbing a gun to shoot herself. The other herself. It's not suicidal this time (for once).
- The simulation morphs into Will, but Tris doesn't fall for it. She fires the gun.
- Tris races into the lab to find that Tori is already there first, and she's beating the snot out of Jeanine.
- Tori is all, "Say my brother's name!" And Jeanine is like, "Ow!" And Tori's like, "My brother's name isn't Ow!"
- Tris tries to stop Tori from shooting Jeanine by knocking the gun out of her hands.
- Tris and Tori scuffle. Tori calls Tris a traitor.
- Tris tries to tell Tori (say that five times fast) that Jeanine's data is hidden on the computer, and they'll never be able to get to it if Jeanine is dead. Jeanine doesn't seem the type to use her birth date or cat's name for her password.
- Well, Tori doesn't care about data. She only cares about death, because she's Dauntless, so she stabs Jeanine in the gut and says "George Wu" (45.41), which is either Tori's brother's name or Dauntless slang for "Die, scum."
- Tobias and Uriah choose this moment to come in.
- Tori tells them Tris has turned traitor, which totally trashes their trust.
- Tobias tells Tris to tell the truth.
- Tris tries, but since the truth involved Tobias's father, whom he hates, he doesn't believe her.
- So Tris tells Tobias that she knows he never loved her. If he did love her, he'd believe her and support her in her quest for this mysterious information.
- Tobias and Uriah take Tris away. She spends a few pages thinking about everything that just went down. How did Jeanine trigger the simulation in which she fought herself? How did Tori get past it? Is she Divergent? When will there be cake?
- Christina is fine, but Lynn is not. She shows up with a gaping wound in her stomach.
- A doctor tells them that if they hadn't been so reckless (which, at this point, might as well be a synonym for Dauntless), and if they hadn't destroyed the hospital for no reason, they could have saved Lynn. But instead she'll die.
- Lynn says "I'm a lesbian!" right before she dies. Well, not exactly, but she confesses her love for Marlene and then croaks. Um, nice try at inclusion, Veronica Roth?
- Tris wonders if she'll be executed as a traitor.
- Tori, Harrison (that other Dauntless leader who hasn't actually had a line of dialogue), and a Dauntless carrying Jeanine's lifeless corpse come in.
- Johanna is there, and Tori is pretty much like, "Welcome to the new age." She says that there will be a new political system, and that Amity will not be a part of it but will still be expected to produce and deliver food, which is fitting for the worthless slaves they are.
- Yeah, this plan is turning out well.
- Johanna says that "sometimes the people you oppress become mightier than you would like" (47.21). She must have gotten that line from a Tarantino flick. One of the really bloody ones.
- Before the members of Tori's new regime can don their armbands, Evelyn sweeps in to give her the what-for.
- Since Evelyn and the factionless outnumber everyone else, she decides that she is in charge… and that no factions will exist.
- Evelyn even made sure to disarm the Dauntless right after the conflict. They're not so tough without their guns, are they?
- Anyone who helped take down Erudite will be rewarded. Anyone who didn't will be punished.
- Almost on cue, Tobias, Marcus, and Caleb march in with "the information that will change everything" (47.55). What is it? The book for the new Harry Potter stage production?
- Tobias, Marcus, and Caleb managed to hack into the computer system and retrieve a video in which a woman named Amanda Ritter tells them that the outside world is in shambles and everyone has been placed inside this gated off city to correct human nature. She tells them "you are the cure" (47.71).
- "Amanda" continues: "We have formed your society in a particular way in the hope that you will rediscover the moral sense most of us have lost. Over time, we hope that you will begin to change as most of us cannot" (47.72).
- Those awesome highly evolved people are known as… Divergent! Dun dun dun.
- As if that wasn't revelation enough, "Amanda" says that she will shirk her identity and join them… as Edith Prior.
- Oh wait, that's not the shocking part. PRIOR?! That's Tris's last name.
- That means Tris is a descendant of one of the original founders of the city. Holy cow. What's going to happen?
- You'll have to read the next book to find out.