Review: Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

I was originally going to review each of these books individually but then I realised that I didn’t really care for them enough to warrant individual reviews. Also I read them all within a week, so it’s almost like they were one giant book anyway. I should add that I did read all the books before the movie came out, but I was aware of casting which could (absolutely did) alter how I felt about certain characters (*cough* Theo James *cough*).

Overall I can easily say that I liked the Divergent trilogy. I didn’t love it, but I definitely enjoyed my time reading it…for the most part (more on this later).

The story was fun, there was a badass female character, a super handsome lead who is, uh, sometimes really cool, and REALLY GREAT SECONDARY CHARACTERS.

Let’s begin, shall we:

Divergent

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

Out of the three novels Divergent is definitely my favourite. The story was engaging, there was great action, and compelling characters. It had all the characteristics that make a successful YA novel.

The one thing that bugged me was the age of the character Tris versus the way she thought and acted throughout the book. It just didn’t add up, and I know they they generally don’t but sometimes you don’t notice it (The Hunger Games) and I noticed in this (just like I most definitely noticed in City of Bones). I think it takes a little believability away from the main character, but not enough that you aren’t rooting for her to succeed.

The love story wasn’t too over done either, very predictable, but not over done. I really did like Four a lot – his actual name (Tobias *shudder with hate*) and story was a also extremely predictable, but I just kept picturing Theo James and honestly didn’t care.

Other than that I really did enjoy Divergent and was definitely looking forward to finishing the rest of the story ASAP when I finished it…which I did.

I give Divergent 4 out of 5 stars.

Insurgent 

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.
Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful.
Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

I was honestly neither here nor there with this book. I flew through it and enjoyed certain aspects of it (URIAH AND CHRISTINA FTW) but just…meh.

It is probably the one book that I remember least because it, in all honesty, wasn’t very memorable; it was there to bridge the gap between Divergent and Allegiant.

The one thing I was always hyper aware of with these books was how close together all the action takes place. There is literally no time for anyone to breath let alone heal all these wounds they seem to be getting. A tad unrealistic, but it is a fiction book after all.

Thinking back on this book it is sad how little I actually remember and what I do remember is that I love the secondary characters so much more than Tris and ‘Tobias.’

Speaking of ‘Tobias’ am I the only one who prefers Four over Tobias. Four is strong and mysterious and Tobias is a whiny little shit. GO BACK TO BEING FOUR!

Insurgent gets 3 out of 5 stars because I remember enjoying it…but I don’t remember anything else.

Allegiant 

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.

And now we arrive to the shit show that is Allegiant. I apologise if you liked the book, but I also question your sanity a little bit.

Let’s start off with the first thing that really grinds my gears about this book: switching perspectives. In the long run I fully understand why it needed to happen, but it just wasn’t good. I would be reading Tobias and thinking it was Tris. This happened constantly.

Veronica Roth doesn’t seem to have the male voice down at all because I was never picturing Tobias (I really hate that name so much…no wonder he changed it to Four). Maybe she had been writing as Tris for so long that she couldn’t differentiate? I have no idea but it did not work – it made me hate Tobias more than I think we were supposed to.

And then there is Tris…oh Tris, how you annoyed me by the end of this series. Okay guys..major spoilers coming up about this one over here so if you haven’t read the series yet LEAVE NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE.

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Is everyone gone? Okay.

I was happy when Tris died. It was the only way the story could have ended without it being a cop out. I’m a crier when I read books, and I can honestly say that I didn’t shed a single tear reading anything about her death. She obviously couldn’t let her brother walk to his death, the Abnegation in her was 100% not going to let that happen.

I did, however, shed a few tears when Uriah went. He is hands down my favourite character in the book and I was rooting for hard for him to survive…but that never ends up working. He was funny, likeable, and just a breath of fresh air.

Overall I would have to give Allegiant 3 out of 5 stars as well because even though most of it was really not good the ending made up for it a little bit.

Let me know what you thought of the series; did you agree with me, disagree? Comment below of hit me up on Twitter and we can chat!

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