Insurgent Ch43

Last time, our obligatory death.

They’re all very sad, except Marcus who says they need to get moving.

I hear tapping against the window and jerk my head to the side, for a split second believing that it is Fernando, trying to get in. But it’s just rain.


I will grant this is a great idea for a reaction. It’s hard to believe someone’s dead just because you personally saw it happen. There was a person there before and that they haven’t gone anywhere, so they must still be there.

But there are no windows.

(It’s like a reverse creepypasta. Imagine… “I heard the rain tapping on the windowpanes…and then I remembered there was no glass.”)

They head out to find the main place in chaos, which only makes the scene earlier make even less sense.

shouting things at each other like, “They’re at the front doors! Go as high as you can!” and “They’ve disabled the elevators! Run for the stairs!”

On the one hand, they’re not really showing intelligence here, on the other, it’s not what they were trained for.

Tris informs us she left the stunner in the bathroom. What the fuck was the point of taking it? I’ll grant the concept itself was necessary to explain Tris no longer views the Erudites as goblins, and also that previously, Tris had viewed the Erudites as goblins, but it could’ve been just mentioned while talking about the glass explody thingy as another example of Erudite devices.

They make it to the control room, where Caleb is waiting.

“We’re here to save the Erudite data that the factionless want to destroy,” I say. “I don’t think you want to stop us.”
“That’s not true,” he says. He jerks his head toward Marcus. “Why would you bring him if you weren’t trying to find something else? Something more important to him than all the Erudite data combined?”
“She told you about it?” Marcus says. “You, a child?”
“She didn’t tell me at first,” Caleb says. “But she didn’t want me to choose a side without knowing the facts!”
“The facts,” says Marcus, “are that she is terrified of reality, and the Abnegation were not. Are not. And neither is your sister. To her credit.”

So, apparently what Tris said was a lie, despite having no reason to lie to Caleb about wanting to preserve at least one sort of data against destruction. She knows he knows about the secret data.

Also, Abnegation seemed scared enough to keep it a secret this long and then drag their heels on revealing it, and Tris isn’t anything because she’s acting solely on the basis she was told the data was important and her parents would want this.

Doesn’t know what it is that you want to show everyone … doesn’t know it will ruin everything!”
“We are here to serve a purpose!” Marcus is almost yelling now. “We have completed our mission, and it is time for us to do what we were sent here to do!”

My sinking feeling for a while now has been this is some experiment to either breed people to be factionized or to be divergent. It’s just both are very boring so I’m going to keep ignoring it. The argument has some points to it, though:

“We were not sent here,” Caleb says. “We have no responsibility to anyone but ourselves.”

Indeed, in a multi-generation experiment, what loyalty does the second generation and onward have to it? Shouldn’t they look out for their own interests? This seems especially true in a situation where the experiment is all about cultures. How much links them to the parent community? Most of what we’ve seen of their society is either directly related to the faction system or, in cases like religion, filtered through it to the point it bears no meaningful similarities.

Marcus responds by accusing them of self-interest, and saying they’re unwilling to relinquish your comfort which means that things outside the gate are worse? If, somehow, the parent civilization is subsidizing their life now in the hopes of answers, that would be an argument for some degree of obligation, and it’d be funny if that’s the answer to how Amity can be such lazy farmers while the factions still have enough food, but it’s not clear how that could be happening without people noticing.

Tris just disarms Caleb, aborting the argument. Caleb tells her to trust him, and she points out he’s a horrible person. Cara searches the computer and Caleb, showing he’s smart, tells her they won’t find it here at all because obviously giving tips is a good idea. Marcus is relieved the data even still exists, because sometime off camera he switched from thinking it was super important to get the data to that it was probably too late, and Tris decides it’s obviously on Jeanine’s personal computer because smart.

I’m not sure what I’m hoping for – that they just get the damn thing already or that this turns out to be a clever bluff to trick them into not searching the computer rather than that we’re in idiot ball territory. Doesn’t look like it’s a bluff, though, because for some reason they leave Cara behind to continue doing something else on the computer so she’d have found it if it was there.

Oh, and Marcus knocks Caleb out with one blow, and Tris begins to stew at the idea of someone violent being Abnegation, despite the fact we were never told Abnegation had any real opinion on violence ether way.

Marcus is mad she’s glaring so she assaults him to say this isn’t about her brother and she won’t save him if someone tries to kill him. This all goes without saying, book.

As far as I know, Jeanine only has two private computers, one in her office, and one in her laboratory,” I say.
“So which one do we go to?”
“Tori told me there were insane security measures protecting Jeanine’s laboratory,” I say. “And I’ve been to her office; it’s just another room.”
“So … laboratory, then.”

It’s nice to see Tris being smart.

We reach the door to the stairwell, and when I throw it open, a group of Erudite, including children, are sprinting down the stairs. I cling to the railing and force my way through them with my elbow, not looking at their faces, like they are not human, just a wall of mass to push aside.

I also appreciate her awareness that she’s dehumanizing them.

At the top, they find Edward, who can tell they are enemies and not people infiltrating to accomplish compatible goals. In the fight, Christina is shot, in accordance with the requirement the hero’s party be whittled down at each obstacle, and Marcus orders her to continue, because Jeanine will delete the data as soon as she decides the day is lost. It’s unclear why the day is lost when Jeanine appeared to have advance warning. Come to think of it, how’d the Dauntless/Factionless get past the zombies? The zombies seem pretty easy to take out at a distance, but we know they weren’t just sniped to death because they’re still there.

Tris decides to rock the sunk cost fallacy – she’s burned her bridges with almost everybody she loves, so she has to continue, and so she agrees to leave Christina to the whims of the plot.

One Comment

  1. Savanah says:
    Well, I hope that at least this super uber secret is worth all this mistery

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