Adaptation #114: From Initiate to Insurgent

header114Our hosts are back, discussing the second book in the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent. There is a lot to go over in this book: visiting the different factions, Tris’s PTSD, the motivations of the untrustworthy and how this book stacks up against the last. Listen and tell us what you think about all these things and more!

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For a similar discussions, check out our episodes on Mockingjay, The Maze Runner, and The Giver,


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Main Discussion


-by Veronica Roth

-published in 2012

-the second book in the Divergent series (covered Divergent in episodes 78 and 80)

–Dauntless: Tris, Four, Christina, Uriah, Lynn, Marlene, Peter, Tori
–Amity: Johanna
–Erudite: Jeanine, Caleb, Cara, Fernando
–Abnegation: Marcus, Susan
–Candor: Jack Kang
–Factionless: Evelyn, Therese, Edward

–seeing all the faction headquarters, spends time in each one
–Tris and Four: how healthy is this?
–every faction(less) has a very different reaction to helping them: Johanna, Jack, Evelyn
–The City is really just there to breed a certain kind of people…
–expanding (book 1: Dauntless, book 2: The City, book 3: the world?)

–Amity stays uninvolved
–Attack on Candor, looking for Divergents
–Candor aligns with Erudite, kinda
–Back to Dauntless, Jeanine delivers the message
–Tris turns herself over to Erudite, is experimented on, Caleb?!
–Four shows up, Peter breaks them out
–Abnegation with the factionless, a tense alliance
–Tris helps Marcus, attack on Erudite
–Tori kills Jeanine, Tris yells at Four
–Evelyn takes control, but Four shows the video

-themes/issues: Divergent (being more than one thing), oppression, government, death and sacrifice (being okay with dying). the greater good

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015)

-In theaters March 20

-Written by Brian Duffield, Akiva Goldsman, and Mark Bomback

-Directed by Robert Schwentke

-Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts

Next episode: Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Previous episode: The Last/Spook’s Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

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