Reading and finishing this book took a lot of patience. After Insurgent, I did not want to read this one but decided to finish the series in the hopes that there’d be something good. Yet I wasn’t expecting it and I was right.
The book continues from the not so shocking secret about the truth of Tris’s city coming out. There is widespread outrage. Tris can’t bear to sit and wait, so she, Four and a few others decide to step beyond the city limits and find out what is there in the outside world. There, they find the truth behind the Divergent anomalies, and why their city was secluded from the world and society divided into factions.
The plot definitely ran out of fuel and seemed to be running on fumes by crossing over into what seemed to be the area of conspiracy theories cloaked as science fiction and exaggeration. The theme of genetic damage replaces the factions one, but the message remained the same. People who judged mankind by physical, genetic traits perpetrated the idea of behavioural differences.
The narratives of the story in this book have been split between Tris and Four, and there is no distinction between the voices, which is confusing. Four is hateful in this book; incapable of making rational decisions and clouded by insecurities. Also the constant fights between Tris and Four where they hypocritically blame each other for committing the same mistakes, causing the same hurts, repeatedly, was souring. The sacrifice in the end, the apparently ‘heroic’ act was pointless, unnecessary, horrifying. Horrifying not so much because of who died, but that it was absolutely not needed and was disgusting in its deliberateness.
By the end of this book, there were just too many serums. Roth seemed to have no other danger so she invented more serums and expanded their idea; their release became the threat, and the bore. There is no coherency; none of the characters care about what is happening to the others and how they are coping. Death comes from nowhere, all the time. Only the good guys die, none of the bad ones. There’s insufficient pathos as in the other books.
What about the rest of the world? Since when has any government had a limited amount of people in one administration, one building, and one city? There were no repercussions of the climax shown on the rest of the outside world other than that one building.
*******SPOILER******** Even more incredulous, the memories of an entire section of the government were wiped and nothing comes of it! No consequences!
That the entire U.S. Government, no matter the population only consists of one building? Laughable. How did this book ever make it to the publishing stage?
The writing is progressively bad. So is the story, the characters and the action. And there is no justification for the length of the books, the story could’ve been written in two. If whatever entertainment there is in the two books, even the entire series, is removed, there would be nothing worthwhile left behind.