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Veronica Roth’s Insurgent – just £3.99 from the Book People

Veronica Roth’s Divergent series has taken the young adult fiction world by storm over the last few years. The first instalment – Divergent – was adapted into a smash-hit Hollywood film in 2014 and the follow-up, Insurgent, had its premiere in London last week and is set to hit cinemas this Friday. With the arrival of the Hollywood adaptation imminent, now could be the perfect time to get stuck into the book that inspired it – which you can pick up right here at the Book People.

Priced at just £3.99 – a £4 saving on the recommended retail price – from the Book People, Insurgent picks up the story shortly after the events that took place in Divergent. Set three days after the previous instalment, Insurgent follows Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior and Tobias ‘Four’ Eaton as they try to evade the hostile takeover of Jeanine and Erudite. The dystopian Chicago in which the story is set has seen the fragile balance of power between its competing factions collapse, forcing the various groups into open confrontation with one another.

This dark slice of teen fiction – sure to appeal to fans of The Hunger Games, Blood Red Road and The 5th Wave – also finds Tris faced with the prospect difficult choices and painful sacrifices as she tries to make sense of the bleak world around her.

Insurgent book

Author Veronica Roth was previously shortlisted for the Book People’s Queen of Teen award, and this second instalment in the Insurgent series is sure to enthral younger readers. So why not grab a copy and get acquainted with the story in anticipation of the film?

The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen and other Young Adult fiction characters

Eagerly awaited by fans around the world, The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in cinemas this weekend. Memorably brought to the big screen by Jennifer Lawrence, Katniss Everdeen has become one of the most popular book characters of recent times. Joined by a supporting cast including Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mallark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Donald Sutherland as President Snow and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee in the film adaptations, she’s equally enduring in the novels. But Katniss is not the only character from young adult fiction to have quickly established herself as a favourite with young readers…

Tris PriorDivergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth

In a dystopian Chicago, residents are forced to live in separate factions of a broken society as soon as they reach the age of 16. When she arrives, Tris is shocked by the horrifying actions of her faction and goes on the run… With impossible choices to make, Tris is a character that grows and evolves throughout Veronica Roth’s books which find her faced with horrible situations. Brilliantly portrayed on the big screen by The Descendants and The Fault In Our Stars’ Shailene Woodley, Tris is a truly memorable heroine.


ThomasThe Maze Runner by James Dashner

Waking up in a strange place with no idea of who he is other than his name, Thomas (played by Dylan O’Brien in the film adaptation) is the unwitting hero of James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy. Fast-paced and gripping throughout, these bestselling books follow Thomas as he leads a group of boys – and one girl – known as the Gladers as they battle to discover how they ended up in the Glade and just who has put them in such a dangerous and unbelievable place…


Clary FrayThe Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Clary – played on the big screen by Phil Collins’ daughter Lily Collins – was just a normal teenage girl living in New York City until she saw the brutal murder of an evil demon. Soon she’s transported into an (under)world of forbidden love with Shadowhunter Jace Herondale and vampires, werewolves and more… A character with normal teenage issues and interests who finds herself in a quite extraordinary situation throughout Cassandra Clare’s books, which begin with City of Bones.


Todd Hewitt and Viola EadeChaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Created by A Monster Calls and More Than This author Patrick Ness; Todd Hewitt and Viola Eade find themselves a long way from the Prentisstown they know in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men. Battling through compelling and disturbing experiences that cover everything from war and gender politics to the sometimes ever-so-slight difference between good and evil, the duo quickly become heroes as they aim to survive and thrive.

Guest Blog: Work experience with the Book People

Rachael is on work experience here at the Book People and has been helping out during our exciting July Jubilee Sale, a book sale which we’re hoping inspires our customers to find an enjoyable selection of books for summer! In this blog post she discusses her favourite fiction books – fantasy! – and what her plans are for the summer.

Reading was a huge part of my life when I was growing up. It was what I did when I was procrastinating doing my homework or bored at the weekend. In the last year or so I’ve stopped reading so much because, being in the middle of my GCSE’s, I don’t have a lot of time!

The first books that I fell in love with were the Harry Potter series, which are still my all-time favourite books and films. I read the Philosopher’s Stone when I was 7 and carried on reading book after book. Reading these books at a young age influenced my taste growing up to read a lot of fantasy. I love being able to get lost in a world that is completely different to where I live. I love finding that place or situation that you wish you could be in. I love the vivid descriptions of places and characters. I went on to read the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer and recently started reading the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series’ by Cassandra Clare. My favourite author is Rick Riordan. He creates characters that you fall in love with and that you want to read more about. I’ve read the Percy Jackson series so many times and, even at my age, I would happily read them over and over. My favourite characters are Fred and George Weasley from the Harry Potter Series. They add humour even in the dark points of the stories and they make you laugh throughout the series. Then right at the end they break your heart and change how you view them.

A book that has recently caught my attention is Divergent by Veronica Roth. It flows through the story perfectly and the characters are created so realistically that you feel like you know them. I’ve yet to read the others in the series but they will definitely be part of the reading I will do in summer. There was also a film version made recently starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James as the main characters, which I saw at the cinema and it was so good!

An exciting event coming up is J.K. Rowling’s Birthday on the 31 July. She is one of my biggest inspirations and I have so much respect for her and her writing. The lasting impact and worldwide popularity of the Harry Potter series is something I think every author should aspire to achieve. As much as I love Harry Potter, I don’t want another story with him as the main character. The ending of the series was a perfect way to finish a series that was a huge part of people’s lives and it rounded every characters story off whilst still leaving enough to the imagination. Another story would ruin it and would change the impact the ending has on the reader.
I’m hoping to read as much as humanly possible during the summer. I haven’t had much of a chance to read before now, but over the next six weeks I have a lot of books that I need to read. For school I have to read To Kill a Mockingbird and Woman in Black (which I’m not looking forward to!!!!). We’re studying them in autumn, so they are a must. I want to read The Mortal Instruments series, the second book in the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent, and the John Green books. I can’t wait to relax in the sun, listening to my music at full-blast whilst engrossing myself in a book!

My week on work experience has been really good. The people that I have met have been really friendly and have made me feel welcome. I was so nervous at the beginning of the week, not knowing what the week was going to be like but my confidence has grown and I now know what it is like to work in an office environment. Thanks to everyone at the Book People for having me for the week!

The Book People on YouTube – The Fault in Our Stars review

The adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars is set to hit cinemas this weekend and after supporting the book since its publication in 2012, all of us at the Book People cannot wait to see it on the big screen. The story of two teenage cancer sufferers – Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters – who fall in love against the odds, the book had us sobbing throughout and it seems like the movie will have us reaching for those tissues once more.

Currently the number one film in the United States, our resident BookTuber Sophie was lucky enough to see a fan screening last week. Did the film live up to her expectations? Has she finished crying yet? How were the cast, which includes Divergent’s Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, veteran Willem Dafoe, Jurassic Park’s Laura Dern and hotly tipped Nat Wolff? Watch the video above to find out Sophie’s thoughts.


The Fault in Our Stars book


Sophie also talks about two books from Faber & Faber that are on her reading list – Erin Lange’s Dead Ends and Butter. Compared in style to John Green and Wonder author R. J. Palacio, these are poignant books about challenging and important subjects that will leave their mark…

Keep up to date with the Book People’s YouTube channel for more new, views, reviews and insider information.

Buy The Fault in Our Stars from the Book People for just £3.99 – a saving of £4 off the RRP!

2014’s best book adaptations

The film awards season is on the way and movie buffs around the globe are getting excited. Who will run away with Best Actor? How about Best Director? Let’s not forget the actresses, supporting cast and all the other people involved in the creation process. Many of this year’s tips for the top gongs were originally books so, here at the Book People, we thought we’d take a look at some of 2014’s big film adaptations and the literature they were based upon.

A harrowing true story that is brutal and unflinching in its depiction, 12 Years A Slave is a big hope for British director Steve McQueen and star Chiwetel Ejiofor at the Oscars. We have the Penguin Classics paperback version of Solomon Northup’s biography available for just £3.99, £4 cheaper than you will be paying on the high street. Giving a remarkable insight into the awful treatment suffered by slaves in the 19th century, this is an important book that has now gained the exposure it deserves after the success of McQueen’s adaptation.

Twelve Years A Slave

John Green has long been one of our favourite authors and we’ve only just finished wiping the tears away after reading his brilliant Young Adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars. Now, we’ll have to get those hankies at the ready again as we prepare to watch the story of teen lovers Hazel and Augustus unfold on the big screen. Both suffering from cancer, Green brings a brilliant voice to both characters as they form a deep relationship and unshakeable bond. Full of sharp observations and razor-sharp wit as well as a truly touching storyline, this is a book to make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

Not only will Shailene Woodley be taking the role of Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, but she’ll also be taking the lead in the adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestselling Divergent. Set in a dystopian version of Chicago where the society is divided into five factions, none of which Tris fits into, the story finds her trying to uncover the truth as she uncovers the sheer brutality at work.


Another award-winning read and international bestseller that we have supported since the very beginning, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is a novel that just has to be read before you see the upcoming film starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson and Sophie Nélisse. With The Thick of It actor Roger Allam taking on the narrator’s role of Death, the film promises to be a visual treat and will hopefully live up to the original story’s commitment to showcasing the love of books.

That’s not all we’ve got coming this year – we’re all eagerly awaiting the latest film in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay: Part One and it will also be a delight to see how well David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, translates on to the silver screen.

Markuz Zusak
John Green

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