An insurgency that’s destined for obscurity

The second instalment of Veronica Roth’s dystopian young-adult blockbuster novels, Insurgent stars Shailene Woodley as Tris, the leader of a small band of rebels trying to depose a tyrannical leader. The action takes place in a post-apocalyptic world

20th March, 2015
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Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Ansel Elgort in Insurgent

A quick primer re-establishes the franchises basic schematic, and its fondness for obscure words: there’s Abnegation (selflessness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peacefulness) and Erudite (intelligence). Each faction lives in its own appropriate community; a hand-made farm for Amity, a shiny skyscraper for Erudite. Tattooed Tris is “divergent”, which means that genetically she’s got a little bit of everything and so is fated to become an outlaw in a police state....

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