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The Divergent Series: Allegiant

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

I’m quite sad to say that Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, was nowhere near as fun as the first film. After seeing countless young-adult novels being adapted, I was quickly growing tired of the subgenre. All of them fell short to The Hunger Games, but some were nearly unwatchable. I remember I’d just watched The Giver, and I thought that was the end of the YA phenomenon. But I was wrong. I went into The Maze Runner and had a great time. I thought it was fun, exciting, and fresh. So, like many people, I was looking forward to the sequel—unfortunately I was disappointed.

Dylan O' Brian in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Dylan O’ Brian in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

 Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials follows the story of Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and the other Gladers who recently escaped the Maze. They are brought to a secret facility, where they discover there weren’t in the only maze, as other survivors from other mazes were brought there as well. However, it doesn’t take long for Thomas to discover this place might not be the haven it claims to be. So, the Gladers and Thomas must escape and see what is really out there.


Insurgent is Ineffective

It was four years ago when Veronica Roth’s novel, Divergent hit bookstores, and one year later the series continued with the second novel, Insurgent. The Divergent Series was released during a peek time for Young Adult Fiction. The Hunger Games, Twilight, The Maze Runner, all books that fall into that category and have been very successful. So, what is the first thing you do with a successful novel? Yup, make it into a movie. All the titles mentioned above have been adapted included the second novel in The Divergent Series, but that doesn’t mean they all were critically successful films. Unfortunately, director Robert Schwentke’s new picture, Insurgent, is living proof.

Theo James, Miles Teller, and Shailene Woodley  in Insurgent

Theo James, Miles Teller, and Shailene Woodley in Insurgent

Insurgent tells the story of Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), who is in search for allies to help her fight against a major alliance in the Erudite faction led by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), all while fighting some inner demons.