A Review: Divergent Series (Books 1-3) Plus Free Four, the Transfer & World of Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent
No. 1 New York Times bestsellers DIVERGENT, INSURGENT and ALLEGIANT in collector’s trilogy set.

DIVERGENT – a major motion picture in 2014.

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.

Well, firstly, let me just say that I practically inhaled this series, finishing all three books plus the extra short stories in 6 days. Purchasing the series rather than each book individually really worked for me as a result of this. Veronica Roth has created a new world with a complex social structure. She takes her reader on a journey through that society in each book, which starts by examining the flaws in the faction system. By the end of Allegiant, the reader is able to look back at the factions with a wistful fondness. The fact that this is possible for the reader, despite the many injustices and atrocities they have seen the factions commit, is largely due to Roth’s writing talent.

Not only has she created a world that instantly engages the reader, she has also created in Tris and Four individuals that the reader wants to believe in. Both Tris and Four are strong, admirable characters but it’s their flaws that make the reader fall in love with them as individuals and also as a couple. Writing a review of a series is difficult because if I were to launch into a detailed review of each book, it would give so much away too quickly.

Both Tris and Four feel things deeply and they also have serious life and death trauma to deal with. Roth manages to take them on a journey where they learn and grow from their experiences but she doesn’t minimise the toll that it takes on them and on their relationship. As a result, the reader is pleasantly surprised to find fleshed out, human and three-dimensional characters, who are not perfect and who are not always right. However, they are both heroes and you love them, warts and all. She also doesn’t minimise the impact of the violence and bloodshed on the society as a whole. War is messy and neither side is ever completely right. Roth deals with collateral damage in a real way, allowing our characters to feel the losses and process them in their own time. No one walks away without scars, not even our heroes.

I would read this series again and again. I would also recommend it to anyone. Fantastic read.

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