In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her
It started off so good, and I LOVED Divergent. The whole book was just action packed and completely immersed me in their world – I couldn’t put it down. Even though the Dauntless initiation was brutal, it was so much fun to read and I thought the idea of the of the 5 different factions (Abnegation, Erudite, Amity, Dauntless, and Candor) was great. And I loved Tris and Four! They were so cute together (even though Four’s real name is Tobias – not cute at all). I couldn’t put the book down!!!
But then it was ruined by Allegiant, and even though I’d already started losing interest in Insurgent, that just put the nail in the coffin for me. WHYYYYYYYY? WHY DID IT HAVE TO END LIKE THAT? WHY DID SHE HAVE TO DIE? I’ve read so many reviews of Allegiant where they aren’t all too pleased with the ending, but also understood it. I don’t understand it, at all. I won’t. Nope. You can’t make me. There was already so much death and unhappiness, I was wondering if the author was just purposely trying to make me sad. It’s like she injected her book with the fear serum which mutated it into a broken heap of nothingness. The book might as well have been titled “Disconsolate”, which means very unhappy and unable to be comforted. Yes, I went there. I dislike it that much.
It’s not just Tris’s death which made me dislike the book so much. Her entire relationship with Tobias (ugh, that name) in Allegiant was just not right anymore – fighting over absolutely nothing. Boring and unnecessary. It was also the fact that all of a sudden Tobia’s mother suddenly dropped everything to want to love him and be with him after everything, and the only time we thought she actually cared about him was when she was holding that object he’d made when he was a kid. What was up with that? She’s snapped out of her derange and she’s normal now? We also never found out why Tris’s mind was so special and immune to everything. It was totally inconclusive. I just felt so sorry for Tobias.
Total heart wrenching cliff-hanger-but-not-really. Roth certainly managed to evoke a hell of a lot of emotion out of me, which I do respect, but it’s made me resent her as an author. I know a lot of people might not share the same opinion as me, but I’m happy to get it off my chest 🙂 My advice would be to only read Divergent and just stop there, before you get your heart broken!
- Overall rating: 3/5
- Storyline: 3/5
- Romance: 3/5
- Characters: 4/5
- Ending: 1/5