Insurgent Read-Along: Chapters 8-13

Thanks for joining me in this read-along again this week! Thank you for all your great discussions and suggestions from last week and I hope we have a good time with it this week too with Chapters 8 through 13!

(If you missed Chapters 1-7 check them out here.)

Chapter 8

After fleeing Amity, Tris, Tobias, Caleb, and Susan all end up in a group together. They decide that they must get into the city to avoid the Erudite finding them in the country. So, they hop on a train as it comes by.

However, this train is full of armed factionless members. With none other than Edward, an "initiate who left Dauntless after Peter attacked him with a butter knife," as their leader (90). 

Edward questions why they should help them escape the Erudite. Tris mentions that she helped him when no one else would, but that doesn't cover the others to him. 

But then Tobias reveals his real identity:

Edward then agrees to let them pass as long as they come with him when they arrive in the city:

"We know someone who's been looking for you, Tobias Eaton." 

As they make their way to the filthy factionless sector, Tris is constantly wondering who Tobias knows from the factionless but can't come up with any answers.

Finally they arrive and see the factionless all hanging out together, nothing like what Tris thought they would be.

We are in a factionless storehouse, and the factionless, who are supposed to be scattered, isolated, and without community... are together inside it. Are together, like a faction.

Then, Edward takes the group into a room where they meet Evelyn, Tobias' supposedly-dead Abnegation mother. 

Tris is shocked by this. Caleb, however, is focused on maps in the room that appear to be population counts, but Evelyn dismisses.

As they walk to dinner, Evelyn and Tobias have an argument about why Tobias is here and why he hates her so much:

"You really don't get it," he says. "You don't have the vaguest conception of what you've done to me." He sounds breathless. "I don't want to join up with your little band of factionless. I want to get out of here as quickly as possible."

"My little band of factionless is twice the size of Dauntless," says Evelyn. "You would do well to take it seriously. Its actions may determine the future of this city."

A little scary, right?

Later, Tobias tells Tris that Evelyn left because she had an affair and he hates her because she didn't take him with her when she left. She left him with his worst nightmare, Marcus.

(Because chapters 9-13 got lost somewhere in the internet, I'm having to rewrite them really fast, so I apologize for them not being as thorough as last week! I will do better next week! :)

Chapter 9

Tris and the others then participate in a factionless dinner. During that, Tris learns that the Dauntless have split up into those loyal to the Erudite and those who aren't (who are at Candor). She also learns that there was an inciting incident that caused Peter to stab Edward in the eye during Dauntless initiation.

They all go to sleep, but Tris wakes in the middle of the night to hear Tobias talking in hushed tone with his mother about several topics that include:

  • The maps Caleb saw earlier were the amount of Divergents the Factionless safe houses have. They need to know this so that when Erudite comes to them for manpower they know how many will be simulation resistant.
  • Evelyn left Tobias with Marcus because she thought he would be safer with him, but Tobias assures her she was wrong and doesn't forgive her for it.
  • The Factionless plan to overthrow Erudite and it will involve a lot of destruction but they need the Dauntless for the weapons and combat experience. Evelyn tells Tobias that he should become important in the Dauntless community if he wants to ally with them. 

Tris doesn't trust Evelyn but doesn't want to tell Tobias because then he will know she was eavesdropping.

Chapter 10

The next morning, Tris and Susan shower and change clothes. Susan tells Tris that she is going to go join the refugee Abnegation in another factionless house.

Shortly after, Tris has a tense conversation with Evelyn. Evelyn reveals that Tris' father was originally Erudite and was good friends with Jeanine as a child. Tris then says:

"Listen carefully. I'm not stupid. I can see that you're trying to use him. And I'll tell him so, if he hasn't figured it out already." 

Which in response Evelyn says:

Insurgent quote by Evelyn Eaton | Insurgent

Tris goes to join Caleb after this. He tells her that he is going to accompany Susan to the safehouse, and Tris tells him that she and Tobias are going to Candor Headquarters.

Tobias emerges from the bathroom and they both know it is time to go.

Tris and Tobias go to the "Merciless Mart" that is Candor headquarters. When they enter, Dauntless soldiers surround them and take their weapons. Tris and Tobias are confused as to why they are being arrested and one of the soldiers responds:

We were instructed to arrest you upon your arrival.

Chapter 11

Tris and Tobias are put in a cell in the Merciless Mart. While they wait for more information, Tobias and Tris have another conversation about their trust:

"Sometimes," he says, "I worry that you don't trust me."

"I trust you," I say. "Of course I trust you. Why would you think otherwise?"

"Just seems like there's something you're not telling me. I told you things... I would never have told anyone else. Something's been going on with you, though, and you haven't told me yet."

"There's been a lot going on. You know that," I say. "And anyway, what about you? I could say the same thing to you."

..."If it's just your parents," he says softly, "tell me and I'll believe you." ...

"That's all it is," I say weakly. ... Guilt clutches at my stomach. 

Again, Tris and Tobias are not trusting one another and Tris is racked with guilt because of it.

Suddenly, Jack Kang comes in and informs them that they are charged with crimes against humanity for helping run the simulation during the Abnegation attack. The two of them will be interrogated under the truth serum.

When it is time for their interrogation, Christina comes in to retrieve them. On the way to their questioning, Christina breaks the news that Will died in the attack. Tris tells her she already knew because she saw Will on the monitors. But Tobias knows Tris didn't and is suspicious.

Christina also tells them that Zeke is with the traitor Dauntless which was a surprise to everyone.

They arrive in the meeting room and Niles, the interrogator, injects Tobias with the truth serum.

Chapter 12

Tobias is very snappy in his interrogation, insinuating that he had things he doesn't want to reveal. Tris has a hard time watching this too because of the deep secrets he is being forced to share. Tobias reveals the following things:

  • His real name is Tobias Eaton and his parents are Marcus and Evelyn.
  • He transferred to Dauntless in order to protect himself from his father
  • He proves that he was not serving the Erudite in the attack but was just under the influence of a simulation
  • He is Divergent
  • His one true regret is his choice to leave Abnegation and join Dauntless to escape his father because it was an act of cowardice. He is not worthy of his faction. He was going to leave until Tris came.

After revealing his one true regret, the Candor whisper, 

I don't join in. 

I am the only thing that kept him in the faction he wanted to leave. I am not worth that.

Maybe he deserves to know.

Then it's Tris' turn. She reveals some things but manages to hide some others:

  • Why she left Abnegation:

  • She tells the story of the day of the attack, omitting the part about shooting Will.
  • She is Divergent

Niles commends her for her Dauntless acts, but Tris can't except it without revealing the total truth. So when Niles asks her what her deepest regret is, she says:

"Will. ... I shot Will. ... He was going to kill me, but I killed him. My friend."

The Candor whisper "Thank you for your honesty..." 

Chapter 13

Christina confronts Tris, saying, "You killed him."

Uriah tries to comfort Tris.

And Tobias tells her that they can talk about it tomorrow.

That night, Tris returns to the interrogation room and throws one of the chairs out of the window and watches it break. Then she thinks of Al and how he was probably just tired of being Al and decided to end it. 

She decides she is tired of being Tris. Too much guilt and grief and pain. 

But she cannot give up her life with suicide because she has to honor her parents' deaths.

The next morning, Tris and Tobias have their confrontation where they argue about trusting one another and telling each other things. (I would recommend reading it if you haven't already)

Both are at fault here:

  • Tris did not tell Tobias about Will even though he asked her multiple times.
  • Tobias did not tell Tris about his mother and the factionless plan even though he expects her to tell him things.

They argue and eventually break apart from each other in anger and frustration.


Here are some discussion questions I have found for this week's section:

  • Do Tris and Tobias really trust each other? Why or why not?
  • Would you trust Evelyn? 
  • What is your deepest regret? (Truth-serum style) 

Discuss in the comments!

For next week, please read Chapters 14 - 20 by Sunday January 18th!

Thanks again for joining me and I hope to see you next week!

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Comment by Alexandria Ang on January 12, 2015 at 3:44pm

Wow.... not a lot happens in this chapter compared to the other ones, but I still loved it! Talk about daddy issues... not we got mommy issues :p 

Comment by divergentismylife on January 12, 2015 at 4:05pm
I dont know why I love Tobias' and his dad's relationship so much! I love this chapter!
Comment by Laine on January 12, 2015 at 4:06pm

I don't know what happened to Chapters 9-13 but I'm trying to figure it out! I will post them as soon as I find them! Sorry guys!

Comment by Soldier Everdeen on January 13, 2015 at 9:41am

I love the truth serum part! It was really hard to read... I love Cristina so much and i think that if I was Tris it would be really hard for me to tell her too. And obviously, I love when they fight...mmm...maybe because there will be a reconciliation later.. haha idk!!

Comment by Soldier Everdeen on January 13, 2015 at 9:45am

The truth serum scene is going to be very intense in the movie!!

Comment by Soldier Everdeen on January 23, 2015 at 9:29am

Please more chapters!! Im slow at my reading ;(

Comment by Laine on January 23, 2015 at 11:11am

I'm sorry chapters 14-20 have not come out yet! I don't know why they aren't up but am trying my best to find out  :) If you go to my personal page, you may be able to see the next section under "Blog Posts," I'm not positive though. 

Thanks for your patience!


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