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Insurgent: Did this happen in the book? – Review by Angela, Teen Blogger

Insurgent - book cover ***Spoiler Alert***


I must admit that I went through a bit of shock after watching the movie Insurgent. It has been quite some time since I last read the novel, but I was dead certain that the movie did not follow the book for about half of the time. The differences are significant and in my opinion a bit disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie and it has great action, however, it is relatively shorter and a few minor characters were cut out completely. Moreover, there are enormous plot changes that alter the tone and the atmosphere of the story. Here are a few changes in the movie that I can think of right off the bat:

  1. Shauna and Edward are nowhere to be found.
  2. Marcus barely gets to play a role. His controlling and manipulative character is masked.
  3. Why is the secret message concealed in a box that only Divergents can open?
  4. Tris is tested to be 100% Divergent, but in truth she only belongs to three factions in the book: Abnegation, Erudite and Dauntless.
  5. Jeanine forgets to order for Tris’ execution. Oops.
  6. Jeanine lives until the video of Amanda Ritter is played to the public, and her demand for it to be buried failed.
  7. Evelyn killed Jeanine! Isn’t it supposed to be Tori?
  8. The ending seems a bit too happy and hopeful. We do not get to see the factionless betraying the Dauntless.

Despite these severe alterations of the original story, Veronica Roth, the author stated that these plot changes are essential to illustrate a detailed story in a short time frame of two hours.

“It’s a little too much plot in the book Insurgent to cram into a movie, and a movie would’ve suffered from an exact replica of it. It would’ve had to be a 12-hour miniseries, which clearly is not the cards,” explained Roth. (Read the full article.)

I have picked out a few questions-and-answers from an article by Jennifer Vineyard. It is a short interview outlining certain aspects in regards to the Insurgent film. Below are the parts of utmost importance in my opinion. The full interview can be accessed by clicking the following link: http://www.vulture.com/2015/03/veronica-roth-on-insurgents-changes.html


About the box

“The plot of Insurgent, more than the other books, is complicated. There are a lot of people with a lot of conflicting desires. There’s a lot going on. So I figured they would have to streamline it and simplify it. I didn’t know exactly how they would do that, but the box is the way they decided to. So the good thing about it is that it gives Jeanine a lot of motivation for targeting Tris specifically, and for targeting Divergents generally.”

 Is Tris 100% Divergent?

“…the reason she’s not all five [factions] is just because she’s not superhuman. She’s got flaws, and those need to be reflected in the way that she’s appealing to the factions.”

The ending of the series

 “I wrote Allegiant that way because I thought that was the way it needed to be told, and so I feel very strongly about it, obviously. I know people feel strongly about it, too, and that's fine. They're allowed to feel however they want about it. I haven't yet seen how they're going to end it.”


Hmmm, apparently Roth doesn’t know, either. The ending of the series is not necessarily a happy one. And some people, including myself are hoping for a slight change in the movie version. Since the movie is dissimilar to the novel, we are holding onto that sliver of hope. Whichever ending you are hoping for, there is a chance of it happening. We will see when the time comes.

Remember, March 18, 2016 is the release date of Allegiant: Part I, and the grand finale will be released on March 24, 2017. And of course, if you haven’t read the books yet, it is time to catch up! Get them from the library now and start reading.


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