Veronica Roth’s Playlist for Insurgent
I always listen to music while I write, and the music selection process can be tricky, because if I can’t find the right song, sometimes it’s hard for me to work, which is not ideal! I don’t pay attention to genre at all—only to what kind of scene it makes me see. Here are a few of the songs I listened to while writing and revising INSURGENT:
1. “Timshel” by Mumford & Sons
Death is at your doorstep And it will steal your innocence But it will not steal your substance.
I don’t think anyone could describe Tris as “innocent” after the things she’s done and seen, but I do think of her as a person of substance, so these lyrics struck me.
2. “Giants” by Now, Now
There isn’t really a specific part of this song that applies to the book, but I listened to it during quite a few action sequences while writing the book, so the general feeling is right.
3. “Hysteria” by Muse
I’m not breaking down I’m breaking out Last chance to lose control
I believe this qualifies as a Dauntless-on-the-verge-of-war song.
4. “The Catalyst” by Linkin Park
God bless us every one, We’re a broken people living under loaded gun, And it can’t be outfought, It can’t be outdone, It can’t be outmatched, It can’t be outrun.
This one sort of surprised me, because I heard it randomly one day and just stopped in the middle of what I was doing, because it captured the situation of Insurgent so perfectly—a group of people who Tris calls “creatures of loss,” facing an enemy they don’t feel strong enough to defeat.
5. “Under the Waves” by Pendulum
I am deep in a river Waves above my head Held with no spirit We descend We reach the end.
There are a lot of moments in INSURGENT in which Tris feels overwhelmed. This song is good for that sort of thing.