Insurgent Recap – Chapter 12

In which Tobias and Tris are interrogated, and it’s like a damn recap of everything that happened until now…

The dreaded interrogation begins and it’s everything you would expect. Niles starts by asking Tobias his name and he answers “Four”.

Maybe it isn’t possible to lie under the truth serum, but to select which version of the truth to tell: Four is his name, but it is not his name.

We really needed that last explanation part. Because readers are stupid and don’t remember stuff from previous chapters. Also, I guess the first part is foreshadowing.

Niles insists on finding out his real name, but Tobias kind of resists answering which means he has a strong will and something to hide. It probably doesn’t mean the serum is bad or something, you know. Finally, Tobias answers the question and everybody recognizes that name.

Surnames are just an additional means of identification, useful only to prevent confusion in official records. When we marry, one spouse has to take the other’s surname, or both have to take a new one.

Uhm, I don’t know about you, but there are probably thousands of people that have the same name as me. I have a fairly common name. So, using a combination of name and surname isn’t enough to identify people. That’s away social security numbers or other national numbers exist. I don’t get why a society in the future would give up this fairly convenient way of identification. Continue reading

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Insurgent Recap – Chapter 11

In which space is filled with words until Tobias and Tris are given the truth serum… Filler chapter

The Dauntless soldiers move them to the third floor, in a cell-like room. They don’t even read their rights or tell them why they are arrested, because reasons.

Every faction is supposed to have holding rooms for those who make trouble, but I’ve never been in one before.

So, every factions have cells for their misbehaving members, and still everyone believes the whole faction system is great? And why is this coming up now? Tris because of her Divergence might have gotten in trouble when she was little and put in a cell. But that would have been a believable storyline and we know this book doesn’t do that. Continue reading