'Insurgent' Read-Along: Chapters 1-7

The first section of out Insurgent read-along consists of chapters 1 through 7, and I am so excited to discuss it now! (I'm going to attempt to do this entire read-along devoid of the movie so that we can all respect the movie and the book as separate creations!)

Chapter 1

We last left Tris and her companions in Divergent on a train heading away from the city with Tobias, Peter, Caleb, and Marcus on board. Tris falls asleep and then...

I wake with his name in my mouth.


Before I open my eyes, I watch him crumple to the pavement again. Dead.

My doing.

The opening line embodies the theme of guilt that so often comes up in this novel, racking Tris with pain and grief.

But at this point, she doesn't have much time to dwell on what she has done because the train they are on is about to reach Amity headquarters and they have to jump off.

The five of them reach Amity Headquarters and walk in the front door, as Tris remarks, 

They then meet Amity leader Johanna, who is relieved to see them, especially Marcus, and tells them that some of the Abnegation arrived there earlier. They also are instructed to hand over their weapons, but Tris keeps hers:

Tobias hands over his gun, but when I reach behind me to take out my own concealed weapon, he grabs my hand, guiding it away from my back. Then he laces his fingers with mine to cover up what he just did.

I know it's smart to keep one of our guns. But it would have been a relief to hand it over. (6)

Then they are all settled down for the night to finally get some rest.

Chapter 2

Tris wakes up the next morning and puts her gun under her mattress, suffering from the memories of holding the gun to shoot Will. She also hides the hard drive behind the dresser in her room.

Then Tobias comes in to tell Tris about the Amity meeting coming up and then says...

Tobias and Tris (Insurgent) fan art

This is such a great scene in the book!

Then as the two of them discuss their situation, Tris has a memory of Tobias' suffering as a child:

Suddenly I remember him clutching the curtains in his living room, about nine years old, wearing gray, his dark eyes shut. The image is fleeting, and it could be my imagination, not a memory. (12)

Tris showers, changes, then her Abnegation neighbor Susan comes in and braids her hair, as Tris is not very mobile due to her gunshot wound. But as Tris looks at herself in the mirror, she thinks of her mom cutting her hair in their home. Then Tris asks herself:

How can I look the same, when she's gone and everything is different? I can't.

So she cuts her hair.

Then she proceeds with Tobias and Caleb to Amity's meeting, where, after much discussion, they rule that their faction will be a safe house for all factions under the following conditions:

  • no weapons on the premises
  • all those who create conflict will be dismissed
  • conflicts may not be discussed
  • and everyone staying there must contribute to the society by working.

Tris and Tobias both agree: "We won't be able to stay here long."

Chapter 3

After Tris returns to her room, she sees Marcus and Johanna walking together in the apple orchard and decides to follow them.

While she eavesdrops on their conversation, Tris learns that Jeanine attacked Abnegation for information and not government power. Marcus knows this information and states that many Abnegation sacrificed their lives for it but will not tell Johanna what it is.

Conflicted, Tris goes to Tobias' room to tell him what she heard. But Caleb is there with him watching Tobias throw knives at cheese.

Can I ask why you're throwing knives at cheese?

Caleb leaves, but Tris gets a little distracted from her main reason for coming to Tobias' room...


Tris eventually tells Tobias what she heard Marcus say to Johanna and thinks that they need to pursue this information.

Tobias, however, accuses Marcus of lying about it in an attempt to feel more important than he actually is. He believes the two of them should just go back to the city, try to figure out what's going on, and try to take down Erudite, then worry about this information.

Tris agrees with him but does not change her mind that they need to figure out that information first. 

The truth has a way of changing a person's plans - #itsaniuworldsays | Alyzza made this with Spoken.ly

This scene emphasizes the theme of trust that is all throughout this novel. Tris and Tobias constantly struggle to fully trust one another and this is only the beginning of that struggle.

Chapter 4

The next day, Tris joins Caleb at breakfast:

I bite my apple.

"You aren't going to eat your toast?" He says.

"The bread tastes strange," I say. "You can have it if you want."

Anyways, over their conversation, Caleb asks Tris what factions she had an aptitude for. And although she is hesitant to tell him, she reveals that it was Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite.

Caleb is fascinated by this anomaly and is pondering it when a group of Abnegation join their table soon followed by Tobias, who is frustrated with the Amity meddling.

Then Marcus comes in behind Tris and lays a hand on her shoulder, disturbing both her and Tobias. When they ask what he wants, he states that he and the other Abnegation plan to leave soon to return to the city and want Tris and Tobias as Dauntless escorts. They agree to leave two days later.

However, Marcus' conversation with Johanna still troubles Tris, and she wants to find out the truth about this information.


Chapter 5

After breakfast, Tris pursues Marcus and attempts to get this information out of him. He tells her that her father risked his life for this info but still won't reveal it to her. She offers to help him get the info back but he just laughs at her. Tris tries to dig back at him by telling him how much Tobias hates him and walks away from Marcus feeling victorious until she remembers that Marcus won: she didn't get the information.

That night, Tris wakes up from a nightmare about Will in Abnegation clothing being pecked at by crows. She sobs as she feels "the monster of grief again" and decides to go to Tobias' room, forgetting that she only has a long t-shirt on. 

Tobias asks her what happened in her bad dream, but she doesn't have the heart to tell him about what she did to Will. She is afraid he will never look at her the same again. (again, a lack of trust)

Then Tobias says this, which jump-starts a passionate scene of affection:

Fan Art | Divergent Nation

This a great scene and I would recommend re-reading it if you haven't already. I can't do it justice by summarizing. :)

Tris and Tobias

Tris eventually comes back to reality and cries while Tobias comforts her.

In the moments before I drift off to sleep, I hear him whisper, "I love you, Tris."

And maybe I would say it back, but I am too far gone. (51)

Chapter 6

The next morning, Tris awakes and hugs Tobias then goes to her room to find Peter standing next to her bed. They have a snappy exchange as Tris tries to stand in between him and the hard drive that she knows he is looking for.

But then she notices a bulge in his pocket, and they begin to fight. Some Amity break them up, and Tobias gets the hard drive back, scolding both Peter and Tris for fighting in this safe house.

Then they take Tris to the "Conflict Room" where she gets a nice dosage of peace serum, erasing all the anger she had, as well as all her common sense! Dizzily, she goes out to the orchards, looking for Tobias.

All Tris wants to do in this hilarious scene is kiss Tobias, but he is determined to figure out what's wrong with her. She also claims to have figured out why he likes her, even though she's not very nice: 

After some more conversation, Tobias can't handle Tris' shenanigans anymore...

Tobias takes her to see Johanna who says that Tris probably got an overdose of the peace serum due to her small size. Johanna also remarks that if they want to stay away from the serum, to avoid the bread...

This is another scene I would recommend re-reading! It is so funny, it gets me laughing every time!

Chapter 7

Five hours later, the serum finally wears off and Tris finds herself in her room as she was shut in there by Tobias. 

Tobias comes in, relieved that Tris is back. Tris wonders why she couldn't fight that serum like she can fight the others and Tobias states that maybe she didn't want to fight it off.

"You might be right," I say quietly.

"Are you conceding?" he says, his mouth falling open with mock surprise. "Seems like that serum did you some good after all...."

I shove him as hard as I can. "Take that back. Take it back now."

"Okay, Okay!" He puts up his hands. "It's just... I'm not very nice either, you know. That's why I like you so-"

"Out!" I shout, pointing at the door.

Laughing to himself, Tobias kisses my cheek and leaves the room. (68-69)

That evening, Tris spends some time climbing trees in the orchard when she hears a buzzing in the distance that sounds like cars.

When she see the cars, she knows they are from Erudite and goes to warn the others. They all change out of their Abnegation and Dauntless clothing so that they blend in with the Amity, and Tris grabs her gun and destroys the hard drive.

A meeting is called in the dining hall and Johanna states that the Abnegation and Dauntless that were there have moved on but that the Erudite can search the building. 

A Dauntless woman notices that Tobias does not look like the others, and when she peeks down his collar at his tattoos, Tobias reacts. He grabs the lady and her gun and begins to shoot. Tris cannot react because of her fear of holding a gun and the guilt associated with it. Tobias then says that whoever is with them should start to run.

As they go out, Tris sees another Erudite woman lift a small gun towards the man in front of her, so selflessly she dives to save the man, only afterwards to see it was Peter she saved. 

Then they all make a break for it through the Amity fields, splitting up into groups in hopes of not being followed.


What do you think, Initiates? Did I miss any of the best quotes, scenes, or themes? Do you have any fan art you like that goes with these chapters? Discuss in the comments!

I hope you all enjoyed this review as much as I have and will join in next week too!

Our next reading section is Chapters 8 -13 by Sunday January 11th!

Also, if you have any fan art  or suggestions to make next week's section even better, I would love for you to send it to me in a message through your DivergentFans.com account! 

Thanks, Initiates!

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Comment by Alexandria Ang on January 4, 2015 at 8:52pm

Omg I thought that scene where had too much of the Amity serum was.... hilarious! I couldn't stop laughing over how she kept wanted to kiss Tobias, plus it was kind of adorable to see them getting along so well. When Tris brought up that she wanted to learn more about what Marcus said, that left me pondering a lot. I honestly don't think she should be playing around with these thoughts and that it's kind of dangerous for her to be associated with Marcus. If she ever did associated with Marcus behind Tobias' back, he would be devastated and I don't want that to happen to pour Tobias D:  

Loved reading the first 7 chapters of Insurgent. I am rereading this book and it feels great to get back into the world along with other people who are either starting it or already come to love and appreciate it! Stay Strong, Divergent readers and can't wait till we come back for the next few chapters! 

Comment by divergentismylife on January 5, 2015 at 3:37am
That was amazing! I love reading Insurgent, but reading what you wrote was amazing! The pictures with all of the quotes were helpful!

I can't wait till the movie comes out! I'm totally going to read the whole book before it comes out, again.
Comment by Anny on January 5, 2015 at 7:20am

The pictures of the Amity make out scene <33

Comment by Morgan Poe on January 6, 2015 at 8:33am

Already on chapter 30 in my insurgent book on my nook

Comment by Morgan Poe on January 6, 2015 at 8:34am

can wait till the movie comes out.. ps tobias beats up marcus and tris does something terrible

Comment by Laine on January 6, 2015 at 5:18pm

Glad you all enjoyed this! I have an interesting discussion question from this section:

Do you think Tris really wanted to be happy so she didn't fight off the serum, even though she says she wanted to fight it off? Why or why not?

Comment by Terri Taylor Bynum on January 6, 2015 at 5:24pm
You do a FANTASTIC synopsis! It's been about a year & a half since I've read Insurgent, so I was feeling a bit cobwebby on the bullet points; even if one chooses to peruse your summaries on Sunday rather than read the whole book again, I have no doubt that he/she would be in good shape to watch the movie...well done! :-)
Comment by Toadino2 on January 7, 2015 at 5:57am
I finished Insurgent months ago and didn't remember all the story anymore... Rediscovering it was good :)
Comment by Terri Taylor Bynum on January 7, 2015 at 3:04pm
Definitely! I think that Tris's subconscious mind took over so that
1. She could feel some peace & happiness for a bit even if it was brief & chemically induced. and
2. Her physically exhausted and always on guard body could decompress.
-imho :-)
Comment by Soldier Everdeen on January 8, 2015 at 6:04am

This was really good summarized.  I really wish to see the line where Tobias tells Tris that he liked how she looks with her hair cut!! I think you missed it ;)


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