My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have finally got around to finishing this trilogy! and wow what a lot of thoughts I have!
This is the third and final book in the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. Now I read the first two in the series well over a year or two ago so I was really struggling to remember the plotline of books one and two so that I could carry on and finish the trilogy. So what I decided to do was watch the films and refresh my memory before carry on with the third book. I shall explain how this effected things later…
– So this novel follows Tris and Four as they go with a group of people beyond the wall that has encircled the place they have lived for their entire lives. They are under the impression that the world on the other side of the wall needs ‘saving’ and the only people able to save them are those classified as ‘Divergent’ i.e Tris and Four. So our protagonists make is past the wall only to discover that things aren’t quite what they expected and the information found in the video was not quite correct. We follow Tris and Four as they battle with many decisions involving the people still living within the confines of the wall and see how they cope with the various truths that have been given to them. I won’t say much more as I wouldn’t want to spoil anyone who hasn’t read the novel yet!
– So there are things that I really loved about this novel and things that I thought weren’t that great. One thing I loved was the actual plot of the whole story – I thought it was fantastic and I have absolutely no qualms with what actually happened throughout the story, I think it was a brilliant end to the trilogy.
– What I didn’t like was the interactions between Tris and Four. (Now back to what I mentioned earlier about watching the films to refresh my memory)…BASICALLY I think because I enjoyed the films A LOT my vision of Tris and Four that I originally had when first reading the books has been overridden by that of the actors in the film. Now when I came to read the final book the film-version and the book-version just wouldn’t go together in my head! I found that in the books they were both really irritating when communicating with another, one minute they were having a really petty argument, the next minute they are passionately kissing and so on… For some reasons I just couldn’t imagine the actors in the films behaving in the way that Roth had written them in the book. BUT because I can’t really remember reading the first two books I am unsure as to whether they were always like that or if it’s just because my perception of them has altered because of the films.
– I think also because the actors both look a lot older than the book-characters they are portraying I just couldn’t imagine the scenes from this book working in a film. I don’t know whether it’s just me being crazy but after loving the films I just couldn’t imagine the characters any other way. What a shame!
– Anyway because of this I have given 3 out of 5 stars. As I said before I REALLY enjoyed the plot, I hope they just leave out some of the petty teenager angst in the film when they make it! I would recommend anyone who hasn’t read this series to pick it up, it’s a great trilogy overall!