Ddi this review a year alone on an old blog
This is the third and concluding book to this fantastic YA dystopian series. Some readers hated it, but I loved it!
Tris is a fascinating character. I really liked her from the start in Divergent. I love how her character has grown since the first book, although her tendency to throw caution to the wind at times had me shaking my head. She is quite hotheaded and independent, which I liked. Though there are other aspects of her that I don’t like.
I have been wanting to read this book ever since before it was published and pre-ordered my copy. Unfortunately, due to the hype surrounding the ending, I decided to hold off from reading it until the dust settled. I wanted to read the story without being influenced by other people’s opinions. This was way back in 2014. Then, due to my large reading list, it got pushed further down and I never got around to reading it. However, with the movie due for release, I decided that now would be the best time to read it.
I must admit that before I started it, I re-read the last chapter of Insurgent as a refresher. I sat down and began to read and was instantly pulled back into the story. This time, the story is told through the point of view of both Tris and Tobias (Four). This, I feel, gave the story more depth as we got to see what was happening when Tris was not in the picture, as well as when she was. It was also nice meeting Christina, Caleb and Peter (not so much) again, as well as other characters such as Uriah. There are also some new characters introduced too, such as Nita and David, who work for the Bureau of Genetic Warfare.
The story is full of plot twists and surprises, which kept me hooked. It took me on a roller coaster ride of emotion. The dystopian world described in this book is extremely realistic and I found myself thinking that I could see something like this happening in the future (the Purity War and the subsequent genetic experiments that Chicago and other cities became). I found myself cheering Tris and Tobias as they dealt with the shock of their new reality, as well as the threat to their old lives. What got me thinking was if Tris and Caleb are siblings, why did his genetic makeup not have the same combination of being “pure” or “divergent” as Tris if they came from the same parents? I guess genes have a mind of their own. Another character that got me thinking was Peter. He has done some terrible things as an initiate for Dauntless. His ruthlessness and cruelty made me not like him. However, did he deserve a second chance? I am in two minds about that. It’s nurture versus nature again.
That ending. I can understand why Tris did what she did, it was her selfish selflessness that did it. Her character wouldn’t have wanted her brother to die, even though she hated what he did by betraying her in Insurgent. Stories, like life, don’t always have a happy ending (see Rose and Jack’s story in Titanic). No one really likes a sad ending, that is why most authors write ones that end happily. However, life is not always happy, it is messy and riddled with ups and downs. Sometimes authors need to be brave and have endings that are not necessarily popular. However, these endings, although controversial, will stick with a person long after the story is finished. Tris’s legacy for the people of Chicago was hope. Hope for a better life and a better world. I am now looking forward to watching the movie, although I have a sneaking suspicion the movie will be slightly different to the book. Movies usually are.
Veronica Roth has written a fantastic story that takes the reader on a journey of epic proportions! I love her fast paced writing style and the flow is wonderful. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.