Way Late to the Party: Thoughts on the Divergent Trilogy

WARNING: I am linking in this entry to an article that totally spoils the end of the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth, and then I go on to spoil the end of it (along with a major plot point in Flowers In the Attic, the Hunger Games books, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, A Song of Ice and Fire {aka Game of Thrones}, and Serenity ). But, good news! I found the button that creates a “read more,” so don’t click if you don’t want to know.

I have read a lot of YA fiction in my life, probably starting when I was, in theory, too young for it (hello, Forever and Tiger Eyes) and continuing now that I am, in theory, too old for it (Mockingjay made me cry, and I’m okay with admitting that).  I’ve also been a dystopian fiction fan for, like, ever.

So I did read the first Divergent book, Divergent.  I finished it and felt like, while it was a pretty intriguing concept, I probably wasn’t going to track down the sequel:  too much boyfriend, the ending felt rushed, and I’m over the whole Chosen One thing (one of the things I really liked about the Hunger Games books was how little Katniss knew at any given time).

That is all purely about my taste–again, Divergent wasn’t a bad book, just not one that worked for me.

And then I read this.

The Tl;dr version: ROTH KILLS THE MAIN CHARACTER AT THE END OF THE LAST BOOK!

And I have to tell you, now I might go read the rest of the trilogy. Because that, my friends, is a ballsy move.

Yes, I can totally see how, if you’re reading these books, you might feel betrayed by this turn of events. I’m not sure I can ever truly forgive V.C. Andrews for killing Cory (that reads sarcastic as hell, but I am being sincere), and he’s not the main character. I totally get it.

But one thing I have come to appreciate in my 40 years on this planet is an author who will go there, wherever “there” may be. Suzanne Collins just mentally destroying Peeta and Katniss; Rae Carson killing Humberto in The Girl of Fire and Thorns; the Red Wedding in the Song of Ice and Fire books; Wash dying in Serenity … I can even respect the sheer insanity that is the end of the Twilight series. Because I have read so many books where everybody comes out okay, no problem, ’tis only a flesh wound! A little bit of what the hell did I just read?! is a good thing. Horrifying and will probably make me cry, but a good thing.

It says something about me, though, I’m sure. After all, my current favorite joke is, “George RR Martin, Joss Whedon, and Steven Moffatt walk into a bar. Everyone you love dies.”

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2 thoughts on “Way Late to the Party: Thoughts on the Divergent Trilogy

  1. Did the folks who optioned the books for film know about this little turn? Because it’s a vaguely giddy notion to me that they’d invest in a three movie deal, and right around the time the marketing for the first film hit, the author went, “oh, did you think this was going to have happy hero ending? Too bad that wasn’t in the contract.” *raspberries*

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