'Insurgent' Trailer to Book Comparison

Hopefully by now you have all seen the new 'Insurgent' trailer that premiered last Friday (If you haven't, check it out here). So let the trailer-to-book comparisons commence!

After I first watched the trailer, I thought, "Man, there are hardly any similarities to the book!" But after about twenty thousand more run-throughs, I recognized many more similarities than I originally thought.

Below are some of the similarities I noticed, in the order of the trailer.

(WARNING: There are lots of SPOILERS below for those of you who haven't read the book, so consider yourself warned!)

"What does Jeanine think is in that box, Caleb?" 

Most of the Divergent fandom is freaking out about this box. "What is it? That wasn't in the book! So weird!"

My guess for this box is that it contains the Edith Prior video that tells the city about the outside world and the "need" for Divergents. It is probably just Hollywood's way of making that information something tangible for the Erudite/Dauntless Traitors and Tris along with her allies to fight for, which I don't think is a terrible idea.

"This is Factionless? This is insane."

Here we get our first look at where the Factionless hang out as well as Factionless leader Evelyn Johnson, also known as Tobias' mother.

Tris first visits factionless in chapter 8 of Insurgent with Tobias, Susan, and Caleb with Edward leading them there. Tris describes the scene as follows:

     The factionless lead us down the street and left into a grimy alleyway that stinks of garbage. Rats scatter in front of us with squeaks of terror, and I see only their tails, slipping between mounds of waste, empty trash cans, soggy cardboard boxes. I breathe through my mouth so I don't throw up.

     Edward stops next to one of the crumbling brick buildings and forces a steel door open...The windows are so thick with grime that almost no light penetrates them. We follow Edward into a dank room. In the flickering glow of a lantern, I see... people. ...

     We are in a factionless storehouse, and the factionless, who are supposed to be scattered, isolated, and without community... are together inside it. Are together, like a faction. (pages 93-94)

This picture looks pretty accurate to me. Dark, dank, dirty, and lots of people. 


"Jeanine claims you're all dangerous insurgents. If we were to combine our forces, we'd be unstoppable."

Evelyn says this quote to Tobias in the trailer, referencing the title of the movie. This tense conversation between Evelyn and Tobias takes place in chapter 9 of the book, while the title of the book comes from chapter 41 when the term "insurgent" is coined by our Erudite friend Fernando. 

"Come on, Insurgent," [Fernando] says with a wink.

"What?" I say. ...

"Insurgent," he says. "Noun. A person who acts in opposition to the established authority, who is not necessarily regarded as a belligerent."...

"I like it," I say. "Insurgent. It's perfect."

So it looks like Fernando probably will not be in the movie. Oh well.

Dauntless Traitors

As noted in the book, the Dauntless who side with the Erudite wear blue armbands. 56 seconds into the trailer, we can see Max and a few other traitors donning their blue armbands. 

A round of applause for staying true to the book! Yay! ;)

"I can't let anyone else die because of me."

Here we have Tris feeling the need to be selfless again. 

My guess is that this is the scene where Tobias is trying to convince Tris not to turn herself over to the Erudite after she failed to save mind-controlled Marlene from jumping off the roof of Dauntless headquarters (Ch. 27). In the words of Amar in Allegiant, "Once a Stiff, always a Stiff." ;)

"Tris! Help me!"

This scene is definitely not in the book, but I believe it may be drawn from a simulation in the book. In Chapter 30, when Tris is in Erudite being tested on by Jeanine, she goes through a simulation with her mom on a bus that explodes in the end. Even though Tris knows it is a simulation, she wants to stay in it because she gets to see her mom again. 

My guess is that this clip from the trailer is an intensified version of chapter 30.

"She's the perfect subject."


I actually really like this scene because it is almost exactly how I imagined Eric's interrogation in the book. Eric on his knees, being questioned by Tris, Four, Tori, and the other important Dauntless members, and being executed.

And when Eric says to Tris, "It's really good to see you again." Ugh he's such a creep! 

And then... Tris turns herself over...

Again, this is almost straight from the book.

The guards have finally caught on. Dauntless soldiers from the other parts of the room have also started forward, and they all surround me, but don't touch me, and don't speak to me. I scan their faces, trying to look as placid as possible.

"Divergent?" one of them finally asks... (Ch. 28)

(Also notice the blue touches on the traitors)

"Dark times call for extreme measures."

Oh, Peter. Why do you have to be such a confusing jerk???

As in the book, Peter appears to be assisting Jeanine in her Divergence testing. Only to make a turnaround in chapters 35 and 36. 

You know what I'm talking about...

"Let's begin."

Let the testing on Tris begin. 

This scene is especially remarkable because it fits Tris' description of her situation in the book almost perfectly. 

     "While you sleep, we will be performing a short procedure to observe a few things about your brain. It will not be invasive. But before that... I promised you full transparency with these procedures. So I feel it's only fair that you know exactly who has been assisting me in my endeavors." [Jeanine] smiles a little. "Who told me what three factions you had an aptitude for, and what our best chance was to get you to come here, and to put your mother in the last simulation to make it more effective."

    She looks toward the doorway as the sedative sets in, making everything blur at the edges. I look over my shoulder, and through the haze of drugs I see him.


Caleb is such a traitor! (Also notice Jeanine's bandage on her hand from when Tris threw the knife at her!)

"I'm not gonna fight you." 

"Of course you're not. You're going to fight you."

This scene is obviously drawn from Chapter 44 when Tris has to defeat herself in order to get into Jeanine's office to release the Edith Prior video.

However, I am not sure that this scene will be in its proper place in the movie. It is possible that Tris has to fight herself as one of Jeanine's simulations to open "the box" rather than to get in Jeanine's office. I don't know. 


If you play close attention in the trailer, in between Tris fighting herself and Tris and Four making out, there is a short clip of what looks like Marlene jumping from the roof of a building. 

Take a look and see what you think. I think it's Marlene's death...


So... this scene is getting a lot of hate because Tris and Four never have sex in the book, but it appears that they either are or will in this scene. There are three possibilities that I have come up with for this scene:

1. The Amity compound make-out scene in chapter 5 is pushed to the extreme.

2. Tris and Tobias do this after their "I can't let anyone else die because of me" conversation.

3. Or it's another simulation emphasizing Tris' fear of intimacy.

I'm hoping for #3 because it would be nice for a film not to need a sex scene in it but rather to have the pure relationship Tris and Tobias have in the book. 


Breaking the glass

I really love this clip because it shows Tris fighting off the simulation, much to Jeanine's dismay.

It also reminds me of one of my favorite passages in Insurgent. 

I wake with tears in my eyes. I wake to Jeanine's scream of frustration.

     "What is it?" She grabs Peter's gun out of his hand and stalks across the room, pressing the barrel to my forehead. My body stiffens, goes cold. She won't shoot me. I am a problem that she can't solve. She won't shoot me. 

     "What is it that clues you in? Tell me. Tell me or I will kill you." ...

     I summon the last of my strength and launch myself at her... 

     "Pain can't make me tell you. Truth serum can't make me tell you. Simulations can't make me telll you. I'm immune to all three. ... You have failed. You can't control me!" I scream, so loud it hurts my throat. I stop struggling and sag against Peter's chest. "You will never be able to control me." ...

     She was like a machine; she was cold and emotionless, bound by logic alone. And I broke her.

     I broke her.

So, Initiates! What do you all think? See any more similarities that I didn't mention above?

Discuss in the comments!


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Comment by Dauntless-Born4 on December 21, 2014 at 2:54pm
Comment by Staci M on December 21, 2014 at 3:34pm

Fantastic comparison! I will mostly be annoyed if Tris and Four have sex. Grrr! I hope it's a simulations too! 

Comment by divergentismylife on December 21, 2014 at 4:45pm
The plot is basically different, though! I agree with all of your comparisons. I just hope that Tris and Four dont take it too far. I hope its a fear landscape.
Comment by Elizabeth R. Wolfe on December 21, 2014 at 5:17pm

I too hope the film doesn't do that....sex between the two of them. For one thing...it's promoting sex that, IRL would get Four a prison term. I realize in this universe of Divergent, its completely accepted, but doesn't need to be promoted. I also think it will hurt the tension between them. The actors can pull it off if it goes that way but...shouldn't have to.

  The rest of the stuff we've seen so far, yeah...I like it. Not quite what I pictured, but I'm probably not an 'average' reader of the books either. :)

Comment by Dauntless Trixie on December 21, 2014 at 5:43pm
I agree with all of your points, but I still think the movie isn't gonna be anything like the book. And I also think that Evelyn looks as old as her son
Comment by Staci M on December 21, 2014 at 8:06pm

I was thinking that too Dauntless Trixie!

Comment by Chrystal Moody on December 22, 2014 at 11:59am

I, for one don't mind they change the movie so much as they don't have them having sex (making out sure would be nice though) lol.  She is a minor after all.  Basically, I'm ok with some changes because I'm hoping (and all my friends too) they will change the ending to Allegiant where Tris lives!!!!  We will go see Insurgent but won't see Allegiant unless they amend the author's horrible ending.  The trailer looks really good!   

Comment by Elizabeth R. Wolfe on December 22, 2014 at 12:07pm

I'm sure I'll get cyber lynched for this....but I have to disagree. The ending sucked.... but it was appropriate and real. It took guts for Veronica to write it they way it WAS - not what would be popular.

Comment by Laine on December 22, 2014 at 3:01pm

I agree that Evelyn does look the same age as Tobias. That was my first concern when they cast Naomi Watts for the part.  And also I believe they need to catch the ending of Allegiant. It would be crazy to change it! I would be so mad.

Also, have you all seen the clip of what looks like Marlene jumping off the building? What do y'all think about that? You can see a gif of it here.

Comment by Tayla Linden on December 23, 2014 at 2:50am

Wait i thought they had sex in the next book?


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