Review: The Divergent Series: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant

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Synopsis:
Divergent:Sixteen-year-old Tris has been forced to make a terrible choice. In a divided society where everyone must conform, Tris does not fit.

So she ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Tris can trust no one in this brutal new world, but she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her.

Insurgent:
Tris has survived a brutal attack on her home, but she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes reckless as she struggles to accept her new future. If Tris wants to uncover the truth, she must be stronger than ever as more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

Allegiant:
The faction-based society that Tris 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 will find a simple new life, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. 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.

Title: Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 496, 576, 544 (Total: 1616)
ISBN: 9780007420421, 9780007442928, 9780007524273

Rating: 3stars

This series has been on my to read list pretty much since it first came out; I had fully intended on reading it straight away, but then it got ridiculously popular among the YA crowd… so I hesitated. I have no idea why but as soon as a novel gets too popular, I get put off slightly.

Regardless, I finally decided to read the series because 1.) The Bell Jar had made me depressed; and 2.) the film was due out in days and I was determined to read the books first.

All in all it’s a pretty good YA series; there’s no unrealistic and silly love triangle; the protagonist isn’t too annoying (although she has some guilt issues she needs to work on) and the ending of the series is refreshingly original.

As in almost all YA series, the first book is amazing, the second book lags, and the third may (or may not, as the case was here) pick up. I found Allegiant to be a little too far-fetched for my liking; and before the complaints start – yes, I realise I’m talking about a fantasy series here. In this case, the narrative of the 3rd book seemed a tad too ambitious; a story doesn’t necessarily need an epic 1984 / Lord of the Rings type plot to be a good read.

The Divergent series is perfect as a ‘pick me up’ to kick you out of any book slump; it’s fast-paced, easy to read and highly addictive. It’s not as good as Susan Ee’s Angelfall and World After, but I would still highly recommend it to any YA fans.

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