Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth
Published between 2011-2013
Divergent. One of the most talked about series there is right now – other than Hunger Games. Personally, I liked Hunger Games much, much more. For this review, I won’t delve too much in the characters because I think that everyone knows who Tris and Four (Tobias) are at this point and there is no need for me to go into too much detail about their personalities and whatnot. So I will focus this review on the books themselves and the writing.
First of all, the first book was great. I loved the pace of the book – it was quick and always left you wanting for more. I couldn’t put the book down. The characters were also well-developed. I never got lost during the scenes because everything was well-written and even though the book was fast-paced, it never left you feeling lost. The whole dystopian Chicago world was also well-thought out. The different communities and their respective qualities and attributes were very clear-cut. Of course, the factions, Dauntless and Abnegation were brought more in to play during this book due to the events that had occurred; however, the other factions still had a small play to part. In short, the first book was great. By the way, my book club totally agrees with me on this one.
On to the second book – it was great. Veronica Roth, the author, delved a lot more into the other factions: Erudite, Candor and Amity. This only helped to further develop this society in our eyes. There were also a lot of new developments in this book that only made me turn the page faster. A lot of angst in the relationship between Tris and Four, a huge emotional roller-coaster ride for the guilt Tris felt, new information about what a Divergent really is, and honestly, that extremely break-neck speed that drove this book. The action scenes were great but in my opinion, I thought it was too much at some points – it would’ve been better if Tris and the other characters were able to get some breathing room to think things through rather than making rash decisions due to everything that was happening. At the same time though, I completely understand that this pace was what made this book great in terms of action. It just would have helped if things had slowed down just a notch or two to really develop and mature the characters. Overall, great second book.
Now to the third book. OMG. I hated this book. Not because of what went on throughout this book but because of the ending. The ending sucks! *Spoiler: Tris dies.* After this happened, I kept hoping that maybe a miracle would occur and that she didn’t really die but no. I reached the last page and was so disappointed. How could the main character die? It’s like a sacrilege to all fiction books, in my opinion at least. Whatever. Moving on. This book was also written in dual perspective: Tris and Four. This helped because after she dies, everything was of course now in Four’s perspective. However, I am on the fence if I liked reading from his perspective. It certainly helped to understand his emotions and reactions but at the same time, totally different than the first two books. Also, this book had a HUGE major plot reveal (other than the death of Tris) that made me go WTF. I won’t spoil this plot for those who haven’t read the book yet but it threw everything out of the window and gave me a huge new perspective on their “dystopian Chicago society” – one that I did not like. I just really did not like this third book. It was as if Veronica betrayed the whole series and gave us some garbage to read.
I know that I said in the beginning that I would not go into the characters but I can’t help myself. I will write a short blurb about Tris and Four. Tris was someone I found frustrating at times and at other times, I applauded her actions. I liked her yet at the same time, I didn’t like her. There were times I forgot that she’s only 16 (I think?) from all the pressure she faced and so I couldn’t understand some of the decisions she made. However, all in all, she’s a strong character and I really liked her loyalty, strength and her ability to adapt and survive. Four, on the other hand, I really liked him in the first book but as the series progressed, I found myself liking him less and less. He came off as this secure guy but in reality, super insecure and often times, he didn’t know what he was doing. There was this whole “can I trust you” game going on between the two that frustrated me to no end. And a lot of it came from Four and his inability to just simply trust Tris.
Overall, if you like being disappointed after reading three books, then you should totally read this series. Just kidding. This is still a great series to go into regardless of the ending and I’m still happy that I read it. Even though most of my book club members think otherwise and have officially boycotted all future movies and books from this author.