*I’m just making every reader aware that there are going to be spoilers in the below review and that it would be best to read the book first before seeing everything that is going to happen and ruining it for yourself.*
I’m…I’m kind of in a emotional state of numbness. I can’t even explain to you how much I am in shock right now. I just…I just can’t believe that Veronica Roth would do something like this I mean it’s just so…so cruel. That was just so…horrible and insensitive to all the readers that have grown so attached to these characters and those 4 she just brutally killed of especially the last one…I just…I can’t.
This review is going to be simply my thoughts on everything that happened. I’m not going to go character by character because I’ll get too emotional and cry all over my keyboard. So let’s begin with my thoughts on the plot and the reveal of the governments involvement in what has been happening with these experiments. I thought this idea was so creative, how Veronica Roth created this world so far into the future (several decades if I’m correct or probably much more) and developed it so beautifully. The idea of the GD (genetically-damaged) and GP (genetically-pure) was done so well, I did find myself often getting confused with the scientific part of all the information, due to my horrible science skills, but I had a sort of fascination that built up in me throughout the story and I just wanted to finish the book to find out what happened (boy do I regret that now).
Veronica Roth decided to tell the story from two perspectives, Four (Tobias) and Tris…(I’m finding it very hard to write this) I didn’t enjoy Tobias’ point of view because honestly it was boring. There wasn’t much of a difference between Tris’ voice and his own and I found the strong, confident and fearless Four that I created inside my head from Divergent and Insurgent, crumble into pieces of dust. He was emotional, he was weak, he was naïve and honestly needed to stop thinking about himself all the time. I mean he couldn’t even trust his own girlfriend over a ‘pretty’ girl he’s just met because he wanted to make a point. Out of all the characters he was the one I wouldn’t have minded to see gone cause come on…Tris would have been able to accept the fact, dealt with it maturely, moved on, gotten together with Uriah (yes I used to ship them) and ta-da problem solved. But no. We end up stuck with his point of view for the whole of ending, which might explain why my book ended up ten feet away from me.
Now for the hard part.
The characters we lost.
Edward: To have him appear like that after everything that happened to him with his eye and Peter and his girlfriend…and then just to kill him off so quickly in the book in the first few chapters, I can’t describe to you how depressing that was.
Tori: I loved her. I mean from the very beginning in Divergent she was played quite a good role throughout the trilogy. She was always there, helping them, supporting them and though she was still grieving over her brother she still fought for what she believed in. To find out he was alive, and she never found out. That got to me a lot.
Uriah: One of my favourite characters in this trilogy. I loved him. The light relief we got, the friendship and bond he had with Tris. The fact he would do anything for the people he cared about. But because of Tobias’ stupid mistake he ended up in a coma…dead…and I just…I couldn’t handle it I had to take a break from the story for a moment. I didn’t feel the guilt or regret from Tobias but I did feel the pain from Tris (though I think she shouldn’t have forgiven him so quickly). The part with Zeke and Uriah’s mother…I don’t know it was all so heart-breaking.
Now for the worst character…Tris…I think you have to be a big book lover to really understand the emotional damage an author can do when they kill off your main character. I mean from the beginning we’ve heard from her, gone through her emotions, experienced the feelings and events she’s gone through with her…fallen in and out of love with Tobias with her and supported her through all her problems and for her to just…die…after all that emotional investment we put in…I…I can’t. The fact Tobias didn’t even get to see her or talk to her when she was still alive or the fact she ended up surviving the death serum and her undoing being a bullet, something so human and normal to us…it’s..I don’t know. I knew she was going to go from the beginning and I knew she wouldn’t let Caleb go (whom I refuse to acknowledge from now on). Right from the Cardor scene…I knew. But I honestly thought she was alive. When I read the scene with her mother I just thought for a second ‘OMG She’s been alive this whole time!!!” and then…it just all fell apart. It was so quick and sudden I didn’t even notice I was sobbing.
I can’t say I’m not satisfied with the ending, because to be honest I am. It seems like the story is finished. Christina, Tobias, Zeke and the survivors are attempting to move on. It still hurts but they, like I am, are learning to carry on. The scattering of the ashes was beautiful and I’m sure Tris would have loved it.
Plot: 8 points
Characters: 7 points
Originality: 9 points
Language/Style: 8 points
So out of 40 points I give this book 32 points. It wasn’t my favourite out of the trilogy, I have to admit. The third book rarely is to be honest. But it was a nice ending to the story. I wished she hadn’t done it but looking at it from an objective point of view it was the best way to end it. I wasn’t that interested in all the sub-plots such as David and her Mother, Marcus and Four’s mother (though when she chose him I was crying) and I didn’t care about Caleb at all. I’ve always had a soft spot for Peter (don’t ask why) but I was happy when he took the memory serum. It was nice. He gets a second chance at a new life.
basically to sum it all up…I’m sad we lost so many characters but I feel like in the end we ended up with closure and a sense of finality. Because nobody will want a sequel from Tobias’ perspective because without Tris…there is not story. It was a very clever move from her side. But I don’t forgive her. I’m still upset.
“I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.”
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”