Series: Divergent #3
Published by Katherine Tegen (10.22.2013)
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 526 pages
Source: I own it
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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage.
With all of the hype and the negativity surrounding the final installment of the Divergent series, I was kind of afraid to read it! I can’t really say it lived up to the hype, and I wasn’t blown away by it, but I still enjoyed it.
Tris improved greatly in this one. In Insurgent, she pissed me off so badly that I wanted her to be a real person just so I could throttle her. Unfortunately, that role switched to Four in this book. He annoyed the crap out of me! My main issue with him was that he supposedly loved and trusted (and respected) Tris, but when times got tough, he didn’t trust her judgement. There was one time in particular that she was right and he was too blind and petty to see it, and royally f*cked up because he didn’t trust her. I do like that he screwed up, because it made his character more real, but I hated him for it because of the outcome of his mistake.
I’m glad that Tris and Four finally came to an understanding, though. I hate when couples fight when things get tough, because I think that if they really loved each other, tough times should bring them closer together and they should turn to each other for support and understanding. It came much later than I was hoping, but better late than never I suppose.
I did however love Tris and Christina’s relationship! Now that is what it means to be a true friend. Even though they both screwed up and hurt each other (Tris more than Christina), they still stuck together and supported each other. Their friendship put Tris and Four’s relationship to shame!
I can’t say I cared for the switching POVs. It was confusing, and there were many times when I got lost in them and forgot who I was reading. They didn’t have distinct voices, so it was difficult to tell them apart. I got so used to reading Tris that I forgot when it wasn’t her. Although I do see the need for the dual perspective, I think it could have still been mostly written in her POV to minimize confusion.
And am I the only person that saw then ending coming? View Spoiler » I mean, why write the first two novels from one perspective and then suddenly switch it up in the last installment? The answer seemed rather obvious to me. « Hide SpoilerBut just because I was prepared for it, didn’t make it suck any less. I was very surprised that this book made me cry at the end. I didn’t get much feeling from anything else in the series, so I truly didn’t expect it to affect me much, even less because I kinda saw it coming. That is what ultimately made me go for a higher rating, because the majority of the book would only elicit maybe 3 heartbeats.
I know many people didn’t like this one, for the same reason that most didn’t like Mockingjay. But I did. Why? View Spoiler »The shock factor: it takes some major balls to kill off a main character. I like that! « Hide Spoiler Life sometimes requires sacrifice. Not everyone gets a happy ending, especially in war. It was real.
While the ending wasn’t necessarily satisfactory for some, it was wrapped up nicely and it made sense. Actually, it was a great ending in my opinion, and that’s what made this book worth it for me.
But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.
Favorite character: Cara. She was blunt and sometimes abrasive, but she called things like she saw them. She was a good person with sound judgement under the tough, no-nonsense exterior. She was forgiving and was true to herself and to the people she cared about. I loved her!
I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe that’s true of beginnings, but it’s not true of this, now.
I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.
If only that realization had been earlier than page 372…
Writing style: 3.5/5
Overall rating: 4/5