Allegiant Collector’s Edition: Natalie’s Journals

In the Allegiant Collector’s Edition, that is now out and available to purchase in bookstores and also online, we Initiates, get the pleasure of reading from extra content that Veronica Roth and her publishing team were able to gather together and add to the collector’s book. In this following excerpt, Veronica adds a special extra content of Natalie Prior’s secret Journal she had to keep due to the “investigation” she had to portray for the people outside the wall. A secret journal she kept from David, the leader of the Bureau.

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Week 49 – THURSDAY NIGHT

I’m pretty sure David won’t be interested in hearing about this, so I’m going to put it in my private journal instead of the official record.

Today I stayed after school to tutor Andrew, like I have been for the past few weeks as we get ready for our psychology exam. We were going over the evidence for and against biological explanations, such as parenting, history, and so on. I remember that because I was arguing for the latter and he was arguing for the former– it’s just like an Erudite to get all caught up in biology, really– and I was really close to spilling the secret, the secret.

I asked him if he thought the faction system could just be a way to condition people to have certain personality traits– like behavioral modification. He said the factions were more likely to be a way of grouping people with similar genetic material– that our personalities are determined by our genes more than what we’re taught. He kept using the words like “thus” and “therefore,” and every time he did I made a face at him. It took a few times for him to know that he should laugh. Anyway, then I trapped him, and I asked him why, if personalities are genetically determined, children of the same parents have different personalities. He stared at me, and he started to get that creeping red blotch on his cheeks that he always gets when he’s sort of embarrassed. I watched him scramble for an answer, and his hair fell out of its slick style and over his forehead, and strangely, I felt like I had to stop myself from pushing it back. Like I almost had to grab my own hand to keep myself from doing it.

He came up with an answer– something about how if children can inherit different eye colors from their parents, they can also inherit different personality traits. But I wasn’t really listening. I was just staring at his hair and wondering when it happened, when I started to want to touch him.

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Week 49- FRIDAY NIGHT

We stayed after school for tutoring again today, even though the exam was this morning. We brought our books even though there wasn’t anything to do. I think we still felt like we needed an excuse. People don’t just mingle outside their factions for no good reason.

I felt this itch in my fingers to do something, and the sun was reflecting off his glasses so I couldn’t see his eyes. On an impulse I reached forward and took them off his face. I guess I’d never noticed before how blue they were, bright like the shirt he was wearing. He just stared at me, but not like he thought I was crazy, more like he was curious.

He asked me why I had spoken so passionately the day before about parents and how personalities are determined. I hadn’t realized that I had been “passionate,” but it felt strange, realizing that he had noticed something about me. That maybe he had been watching me as carefully as I watched him.

I told him that my parents had been violent people, but I didn’t turn out that way. He seemed confused– I’m Dauntless, after all, and we tend to be violent bunch. But we aren’t all the same, and I told him that, too. I remember what he said in response:

“Still, if you didn’t turn out that way, you neither learned from their behavior nor inherited their genetic predisposition toward violence. Which means you’ve confounded both theories.”

I smiled a little, but I didn’t feel much like smiling.I felt like every muscle in my body was coiled up tight.

The he said– how could I forget?– “I’m not surprised. You confound me all the time.”

He touched my face, running his index finger over the piercings in my ear, and pushed his hand into my hair. Then he leaned in close and kissed me.

The Dauntless are all about taking action, bu I swear, in that moment I couldn’t move a muscle. All I could do was run through the sensations in my mind to seal them in my memory. How gentle and curious his fingers were as they danced over my ear. How his hands smelled like apple-scented soap and ink. How orange-red-yellow the light in the room was, because the sun was setting.

When I finally opened my eyes, I felt like I had made the moment permanent in my mind.

He started yo get blotchy again, so I told him not to overthink it. He just laughed.

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 Week 50- MONDAY NIGHT

Today, when Andrew and I were on our way out of the school,he looked around to make sure no one was watching, then hooked his index finger around mine as we walked to the train tracks. Then, when the train horn sounded in the distance, he kissed me again, and stood back as I jumped on.

He’s not the first boy I’ve kissed. But it’s like everything is new, like I’m a new person here.

It’s just a few weeks until the Choosing Ceremony, and I’m supposed to pick Erudite anyway, according to David’s instructions. Maybe it’ll be all right, if Andrew is there. Maybe I can make it through initiation if I have his help.

I feel stupid even saying this, but that’s why I’m going to say it here, in this private spot where no one else can her it:

I fell like I’m in love.

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Week 52- TUESDAY NIGHT

 I don’t know what to do.

Andrew came to me yesterday in a panic, wild-eyed like I’d never seen him before. He wasn’t even wearing his glasses. He told me that he had seen something terrible– one of his peers was doing some kind of cruel experiment under the supervision of an Erudite leader, her mentor. His mentor.

“I can’t choose Erudite,” is what he kept saying, and he kept shaking his head, too, like it was on a swivel.

“I know,” is all I could think to say. “But where can you go?”

There were only three options, as far as he was concerned: Amity, Abnegation, or Candor.

“You can’t be Candor, you’re too private,” is what I told him. “And you can’t be Amity, either, because you care too much about taking action.”

He looked startled. I guess I would have been startled too, if some girl I’d only known for a few months, only kissed a few times, assessed me like that. Like it’s easy to label a person. Smart, private, and handsome.

That left Abnegation. Narrowing it down to that faction seemed to steady him a little.

I got so sad, looking at him, like the little balloon that had begun to inflate inside me since he kissed me was deflating. Or like I was a flower, wilting. I am supposed to join Erudite. To sidle up to whoever is killing the Divergent. To stop them.

That means that if I follow my mission. Andrew and I will be separated by the walls that divide the factions.

He must have seen my sadness in my face, because his wild look went away, and he took my hands in his. He told me he shouldn’t even say it, but that I could join Abnegation with him, that we would be safe there. Happy. A second late he took it back, reminded me that I had to make my own choice, that I shouldn’t think of him.

But I can’t help it.

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Week 52- LATER TUESDAY NIGHT

He said we could be safe in Abnegation. My whole life I’ve wanted to be safe. I did things I shouldn’t have in an attempt to make myself safe, but safety had eluded me anyway.

I’ve always watched the Abnegation every morning at school, how they slipped along the sides of the halls and sat quietly at lunch, how a small group of them sat on the steps every morning to help one another with homework. The Dauntless around me called them dull, but to me they always looked like they were floating on clouds. I guess having a distinct sense of purpose can do that to you, whereas the Dauntless are just restless, prone to bursts of restless action.

I would choose Abnegation, if I could, even if Andrew wasn’t choosing it too. But I have a mission. I can;t lose sight of it.

And now its three in the morning and I can’t sleep. I told myself when I came here that I wouldn’t be taken in my the faction system. That I ought to maintain my distance from it. But I can feel the magic of it here, the options laid out in front of me, not so many I feel overwhelmed, believe in those options, believe they are a way not just to live but to thrive.

I could thrive in Abnegation. And I’ve never been able to choose safety for myself. Now I’m not allowed to even when it’s right in front of me. Even though this life is mine and I’m the only one who had to live it.

It’s a lot to think about.

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 Week 53- SUNDAY MORNING

Yesterday I chose Abnegation. David isn’t happy; no one over there is. But I am. I’m happy.

We waited for everyone else to walk out of the Choosing Ceremony and then we cleaned up after them, emptied all the bowls, careful of the broken glass in the Candor bowl and the hot coals in the Dauntless one. Then all the initiates had a meal together, each one serving the person on his left. I gave Andrew extra butter on his bread.

Then there was the foot-washing. I thought it would be awkward and gross, having a stranger tough my feet. But there were lit candles all around, so the room glowed orange, and everything was quiet except fir the splashing of water and the humming of the woman in front of me.

And no, it wasn’t the most comfortable thing I’ve ever done, but I just focused on the ritual or it. Hundreds of Abnegation had done that exact same thing at that exact same stage in their lives. Someday, I knew, if I lasted that long, I would do it for some initiates myself. Maybe even for my children. And it felt weighty, when I thought about it that way, and important, like something holy.

They told us to expect thirty days of service. Serving the poor, serving the rich, serving our elders, serving one another. Then they taught us the Abnegation manifesto, modest and brief as it is, and I had it memorized by the second run-through. We all chanted it, quietly so the room was full of whispers. Then the girls went to a dormitory in Abnegation headquarters and the boy went to another.

The girls there stared openly at my tattoos when I changed into my gray Abnegation shirt. Most of them are Abnegation, and they’ve never seen a Dauntless up close. Some are Amity, too. But there was one Erudite girl, and she asked me about it as I took out my lip piercing for good.

“You transferred from Dauntless? That’s rare,” she said. I had already decided I liked her right away, just because of the way her limbs seemed to smack into everything when she walked, and because of her wild hair. Evelyn was her name.

“I know,” I said. “So is transferring from Erudite.”

She asked me what I thought so far. I told her everything seemed good, because the other girls were listening and I didn’t want to say all the things I was thinking– that yes, Abnegation’s way of life was peaceful and beautiful, but I was nervous about it. Afraid, not of danger or death, but of boredom.

 Maybe she understood what I was thinking, because she leaned in close so she could keep her voice     down and said, “Not so exciting, is it? But we didn’t choose this for the constant thrills, right?”

I nodded. She smiled and started to braid her hair. I lay back in bed. The window next to my bed was open, so I fell asleep to the feeling of the cool ai rushing over my toes.

Evelyn is right. I didn’t choose it because it was the only guarantee of living a good life. And because I missed out on the opportunity to help other people once– I won’t do it again.

This morning at breakfast Andrew smiled at me from across the table, and all my fears about Abnegation dissolved.

I didn’t really expect to love it here. But I think I might. Now I just have to figure out a way to help the Divergent from inside the wrong faction.

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 Year 29, Week 18- SATURDAY MORNING

The house feels so empty with the children gone. Last night Andrew came home from the Choosing Ceremony and shut himself in the bedroom for hours. I kept standing by the door with my fist raised to knock, and then losing my nerve. Even after all these years, sometimes it’s difficult to know how to show him that I love him.

I went into Caleb’s room and peaked under his bed and found a stack of library books there, gathering dust. They’re in a box near the back door now, so I can return them to the school. It appears he was very interested in neuroscience. I always knew that my Caleb was bright– how could either of my children escape that, with their father’s genes?– but I was never sure what he would make of it. I’m still not.

Beatrice, however, was a mystery. There was nothing in her room to suggest to me that she might choose Dauntless. I suppose her choice might have been an answer to age-old question: safety or freedom? You can have both, but not always in equal measure. I chose the former, and she chose the latter.

I wish I had been able to be more open with both of them. Not to change their choices, but to make sure they are prepared for what they will find in their new factions. For Beatrice, in Dauntless, there will be danger; for Caleb, in Erudite, the threat of corruption. But I didn’t succeed in warning either of them.

It’s so quiet here, and Andrew looks worn. And I’m just sitting here with failure.

I suppose there’s always Visiting Day.

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Year 29, Week 21- FRIDAY AFTERNOON

David

I got your message, and I appreciate the warning. I will try to protect my family, as you suggested, but you know as well as I do that I’m not going to leave it at that.

If this is the last message I send you… well, let’s just say I hope you burn for this.

Sincerely,

Natalie

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I hope you Initiates enjoyed this excerpt of the Allegiant’s Collector’s Edition book. This special edition also includes other bonus material such as:

  • Deleted Scene from Allegiant: Fear Number Tattoos
  • #VoteAllegiant Winning Scene: Strike First, Strike Hard
  • Favorite Quotes from Allegiant, Illustrated by Initiates
  • Allegiant Discussion Questions

If you want to order your own hard cover copy of the Allegiant’s Collector’s Edition book + an EXCLUSIVE poster that comes with it, I have provided various options down below for purchase:

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Ansel Elgort for the September 2015 Teen Vogue Issue

In a new released cover story for Teen Vogue, Ansel Elgort stars as the cover star for the September 2015 Issue. In the interview Teen Vogue released online, the Insurgent star talks about his music life and how he incorperates producing music with the time he has on his busy schedule during filming.

Read the interview down below, and look at the amazing behind the scenes photos from the photoshoot thanks to the cooperation from our good friends from Elgort_News. There is a also a behind the scenes video from the photoshoot which you may also check out:

Ansel Elgort: I love how you had no clue I was a DJ back then. When I went into the booth and started playing back-to-back, you were like, “What the hell? Why is he playing with us?”

Martin Garrix: That was an awesome night.

AE: We really became close after the first time you came over to my house in Brooklyn. We have a picture of it, all of us on the water, and I put my Knicks hat on you. That was the beginning of the friendship. We’ve been boys ever since. Then we played Pacha [a club in New York]. Oh, my God, that was epic.

MG: It was crazy. When did you start making music?

AE: My senior year of high school. I began DJing for fun. My friend taught me on a computer with Traktor DJ, and I would play for classmates at parties. But I really fell in love with dance music when I was 18. It took a year before I made anything I was really happy with.

MG: It took me four years, so it’s all good, Ansel.

AE: I was so bad. I called myself “Hanzolo,” but when I told a pal of mine at school, he was like, “Dude, that’s the stupidest name ever. You have to change that. Why don’t you just call yourself ‘Ansolo’?” And I was like, “Oh, word. That’s cooler.” Hanzolo just sounds stupid.

MG: Do you have time to produce music while shooting a film?

AE: I actually get into it more when I’m on set. Right now I’m filming Allegiant: Part 1 in Atlanta all week. I like to focus on it when I’m in the trailer waiting for my scenes.

MG: When you’re going on tour, do you find it hard to travel with just hand luggage?

AE: Everyone makes fun of me because I’ll go places with only a change of clothes and my computer. I even forgot to pack for the Oscars, and my friends thought that was so absurd. I put what I wanted to wear on my bed and didn’t remember to place it in my suitcase. I was in L.A. for four days, and every day leading up to the ceremony I wore the same thing, and I smelled so bad. One day we went hiking in the mountains, and I got so dirty. The day of the Oscars, I go from looking like a slob to wearing a gorgeous Prada suit. It’s like living in two different worlds. But I don’t care. I was fine! I would just go down to the hotel pool in my underwear. But it was nuts — only a year before, I’d been watching the awards show at a viewing party; then, all of a sudden, I’m there presenting an award. I brought my mom, and that was so special.

MG: Unbelievable. Do you have a big suitcase in Atlanta?

AE: No, I have a little one with a few changes of clothes. If I’m lucky, I can get someone to help me with laundry.

MG: You just filmed November Criminals. How was that?

AE: It was great. I worked 13-hour days and was in every scene. That was a really challenging role and, since it wasn’t a big- budget movie, we shot the entire film in 25 days. But I had the weekends off. I actually played Ultra in Miami during that time.

MG: Amazing. How did you have time to prepare your set?

AE: I was going into total overdrive, man. But it was incredible. I felt invincible because I would get up so early and go to sleep so late. All the scenes were really hard. It’s about a kid who is coping with his mom dying of a brain aneurysm and whose dad is a drunk. I love doing emotional work, like The Fault in Our Stars.

MG: I haven’t seen that movie, but I want to watch it with you.

New Insurgent Promotional Stills

Insurgent UK released five (5) new promotional stills from Insurgent, throughout the past couple of days. Featuring in these new stills is the badass looks of Tris and Four, Caleb Prior, and Jeanine Matthews. 

The effects added to the images are great, specially in Jeanine’s still due to her looking very Candor in black and white. 

FourTris 

Caleb Prior


Jeanine Matthews  

Tris Prior  

Tobias Eaton  

Which of the new five (5) stills do you prefer the most?  **cough cough FOUR

  

Ansel Elgort Talks About Shailene Woodley and Her Heroine Roll in Insurgent

In a new interview of Ansel Elgort for Lionsgate Unlocked, the actor talks about her co-star Shailene Woodley and her roll as a heroine in Insurgent. He admires the idea of how Shailene is the leading roll character in an action film, compared to a male character having the leading roll, demonstrating his side of feminism.

Watch the interview below, and admire the brilliant words Ansel has to say about Shailene:

“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” Blu-Ray DVD + SPECIAL Video from VidCon Sizzle

“The Divergent Series: Insurgent” has got everything that an action pack movie needs to be enjoyed! It has action pack moves, drama, villains upon villains, hot and trendy actors **cough cough Theo James, and the CGI plus Greenscreen perfection put to the best. 

I have had the lucky chance from the many fansites to review the special features that will be included in “The Divergent Series: Insurgent 3D Blu-Ray DVD Combo Pack and Blu-Ray DVD. The special features include nine (9) extra videos of the Producers, cast members, and crew workers from Insurgent discussing the making of the film while jotting it all down in order to the film itself. In the special features, they mainly focused a lot on the factions and their leaders and how the factions work. They also covered an abundace about the simulation scenes that took place in Erudite. All of the VFX (special effects) and Greenscreens where at a great play for Insurgent. 

From using empty parking lot spaces as the factionless home and center, to having a circus trapeze as a stunt double for Shailene Woodley, the special features are the ones to watch. 

One of the two main highlights from the special features is the final statement from one of the producers of Insurgent, Pouya Shahbazian as he states:

In the next films, we are also going to divulge all of the sequence behind this city and how the world of Divergent came to be. Why is Chicago in such a decrypted state? What happened outside the walls? What kind of war was there? And how did the leaders of this society build the faction system, why did they build the faction system? We are gonna ask those questions in a very provocative light, and Tris and Four are gonna lead other people to safety and to their own stable place in the society, but Evelyn is at that top of the power structure and she will betrander as much power as she can.  

about Allegiant Part 1. Is this a sneak preview of what we can expect? As readers of the trilogy, we know why to expect from the book side of the story. But due to the change Insurgent was from the book, we can’t be so accurate what will be in stock for us on March 18th of 2016 when Allegiant Part 1 comes out. 

The second most outstanding highlight from the special features, was the image point of view the screenplay drawers had in mind about the train fight scene. In one of the special features; Train Fighting Scene, the talented drawing crew made a manip of what the train scene with the characters would be pictured when filming. As we all know, one of the characters who did not make it into Insurgent but had a little snippet of celebrity flash in Divergent was Edward. Edward was replaced by the character Edgar in Insurgent, who is played by Jonny Weston. The instant the special features demonstrated the manip the drawing crew had originally had planned as putting, it made me question what they where thinking and if they read the book Insurgent.  

Image from Lionsgate and Summit Entertaintment
 The eye patch pretty much gave it away, instantly. What do you Initiates think? Maybe they had original plans on casting an Edward but changed it the last minute? 

If you haven’t done so already, you have the various options to pre-order “The Divergent Series: Insurgent”. Go to www.owninsurgent.com to pick your option. 

With a special video, posted by Lionsgate Unlocked, we get a glance of the special features and what you will be missing out on if you don’t purchase your own copy! This video was aired last week at VidCon Sizzlez Pre-order now Initiates!