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Movie Review: Insurgent – Spoiler Free

I will admit upfront that I did not re-read the novel before going and seeing the film. It has been a solid two years since I finished the book and I had forgotten nearly everything that happened prior to entering the theatre. This, however, did not stop me from going to see the movie tonight. And I definitely have mixed opinions on it. Insurgent is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2014 adaption of the first book in the world-famous Divergent Trilogy. With a hot cast (both hot in fame, and in looks), an action packed plot and – what’s that? – a dystopian theme, it was always bound to be a hit in the box office. But whether or not it’s a hit because of the book’s fame (most likely) or because it’s genuinely a good film? That’s questionable. Insurgent begins just after the events of the first film, however unlike the previous, it wasn’t entirely clear what was happening if you hadn’t read the books first. New characters were introduced left right and centre, giving viewers little chance to …

Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

This must be one of the most hyped up books for early 2015. An over-hyped dystopian book is something I cannot stand, but instead of being disappointed I found myself captivated by this book from the beginning. The concept of the book was intriguing. Status is determined by blood. Reds are commoners living in poverty-stricken communities, enslaved by a Silver elite in possession of magical abilities. Mare Barrow is a Red. She lives in the Stilts with her parents, stealing what she can from her community to survive. When a chance encounter brings her before the Silver court, she discovers that she possesses an ability of her own. With the help of a rebellion group, Mare discovers that she could be the hope for a better future and fight back against the Silvers. While the premise was fascinating, issues arose as I read further into the story. Although there was never a dull moment thanks to the action, I found the story very predictable. For me it followed the same road as too many other …