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Publisher: Harper Collins
Page Count: 526
Fiction genre: YA, Dystopian, Sci-Fi, fantasy, Romance, Adventure
Dates Read: June 16-17, 2015
We find ourselves back in dystopian Chicago, as Tris, Four, and the rest of the faction members just learned the truth about their factions and the Divergent. The Faction System has been torn apart, and it is now up to the members to decide how to move forward. Violence and power struggles are everywhere; no one is safe. Now they are looking past their city limits to see what the rest of the world has to offer.
I apologize to anyone who loves this series. I just do not understand. I struggled to find many positive things with this. The premise of this story is so loosely put together that it falls in on itself. From book one, it if full of plot holes, and is filled with misused words and scientific theory. If a writer is going to use genetics as a premise for their books, they may want to do some research about it and make sure they know what they're talking about. The most scientifically accurate thing about this, was in book 2 (?) when the characters talk about "entropy" and how watered down and basic the explanation was. The watered down and basic statement was spot on. It's frustrating to read. It's even more frustrating to read as Roth haphazardly guesstimates what genetics are and how they work.
Don't even get me started on the constantly changing personalities of Tris and Four. They were poorly developed to begin with, and then it seemed like they were different people in each book. This could make sense if there was a good amount of time for the characters between the books, but the stories run fairly consecutively, with no more than a few weeks between books. The relationship between the two was just as bad. It was inadequately developed and we are just supposed to believe that this is the most magical thing to have ever happened on the face of the earth. It felt like half of the book was just them making out - I know I've said this before ... Nothing changed. Tris never trusted Four or their relationship, and constantly went behind his back, expecting that he'd love her enough to over look her behaviors. Four was just as bad with the secret keeping and brooding silence.
The ending. What the ... Seriously, what happened? I give Roth so many props for having the courage to end the series the way she did; not many authors would go down that route, and for that I commend her. Even though I had a lack of attachment to these books and characters. Tris, Four, Caleb, Peter, Christina, and the true fans of the Divergent series deserved better than what was delivered. There was a lot of promise at the end of book two. Roth could have done a lot of things with this, and made a great end of the series. However, I believe that Roth could only see the dollar signs in front of her, and decided that taking a shit on the pages was good enough for her readers.
This series was terrible. If any of you know me, you know how much I despise the Twilight series, but I would rather have to reread those books every 6 months for the rest of my life, than have to ever lay eyes on this series again. I am ashamed for the week of my life I wasted reading this series. This series, and in particular, this book was a bunch of horseshit.
I'm going to go drink some tea and calm down.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 6
Pace - 5
Plot Development - 2
Characters - 2
Enjoyability - 3
Insightfulness - 1
Ease of Reading - 5
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 1 out of 5 stars