The Book vs the Movie: Insurgent


Book written by Veronica Roth, 2012
Movie directed by Robert Schwentke, 2015


Synopsis from


One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian DIVERGENT series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.





Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book, though the movie was also good (I liked it slightly better than Divergent).

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 4 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More side characters were present, characters felt stronger in personality and their motivation/actions, discovering who was Divergent was trickier (didn’t like that they had a device in the movie, though I know it helped with time constraints), certain scenes are better executed, Tris shows more remorse about what she did to Will, relationship with Christina was more developed, and I liked the ending better.


Things the Movie Did Better:  Better pacing (at times the book dragged somewhat) and I liked that Jeanine got to see how wrong she was in the end,

Verdict?: The book.

Should the movie be re-made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!


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