Before I read the Divergent trilogy, people kept telling me that it would just end up being like The Hunger Games. There were certainly similarities that I could see, but it was soon clear that these were two very different books from two very different writers. That’s why I want to share my Divergent trilogy review to help you decide if it’s a dystopian future book series for you.
Divergent: The First and Hardest Book of the Series
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In my opinion, the first book was the hardest to get into. It was slow to start with, with various parts dragging on. All of it is told from one view point, but I consistently found myself wanting to know more about other factions and what the other people in the factions were getting up to.
The overall storyline was slow, all the way up until the “fight scene.” I put that loosely, because it isn’t just one scene. About a third of the book is focused on the action. There are elements before this, but nothing like the end of the book.
I will point out that my husband thought the first book got into the details and action quickly. He really enjoyed main character Tris train to become a member of the Dauntless faction.
Insurgent: More Information, a Little Less Fighting
The second book started off well, but in the middle it did start to drag. I felt like there was just too much focused on the information. Rather than dragging certain aspects out, Veronica Roth could have sped up the information elements and focused more on the action. Tris is a much better character when she’s fighting and saving people.
One good thing is that the character of Tris develops over time. I did find her gun aversion annoying, especially considering she is supposed to be Dauntless,
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but could understand it. The guilt she felt was genuine, and it doesn’t take a minute to get over something like that. I just didn’t need it mentioned every time she saw or thought of a gun!
Four started to really annoy me in this book. It’s clear that he has trust issues, but I could have really done with seeing his view point in various sections. It’s something that the first two books miss, because the third book does have his view point in it.
I really enjoyed the way it ended. It definitely made me want to read the third instalment. One thing I was glad to read was that there was a clear backstory as to how the factions formed; and how this city as a whole formed.
Allegiant: In No Way Anticlimactic
The third book in dystopian futures tends to be anticlimactic. The Hunger Games was the worst of it for me. With it being told from Katniss’ point of view, it meant that we didn’t get to see the big fight go down. Unlike Katniss, Tris in Allegiant was not a propaganda pawn. She was there in the action from day one, and it was clear she would be in the action right to the end.
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This book definitely benefitted from having two different viewpoints. My only issue is that Roth clearly writes similarly for the two characters, and she is a much better writer with Tris’ viewpoint. I sometimes struggled to remember that a chapter was from Four’s perspective if Tris wasn’t in the chapter or at least mentioned in it.
The downside of the two viewpoints is that I knew it meant something for the end. No author would introduce a different viewpoint if something wasn’t going to happen to the original character the story was told through. Just look at Twilight and how some of the story had to be told from Jacob’s point of view.
While I knew something was going to happen, I didn’t know how. There were plenty of parts that I was trying to guess, but I didn’t actually see the end happen the way that it did. I’m really grateful for that. We also got to see the actual showdown at the end from two different views. It will be interesting to see how that is handled when the book is turned into a movie.
Overall, I found the Divergent trilogy worth reading. I wasn’t too bored, but did find some elements easy to skip over. The ending to the whole trilogy nicely finished the series off, without jumping too far ahead into the future. It’s clear that there is room to expand the trilogy but there’s no actual need to. I definitely recommend it to those who enjoyed The Hunger Games (or found the end of the series anticlimactic).
I'm Alexandria Ingham, and am a work at home mommy and full-time freelance writer. Writing has always been a passion from a young age, but it was only in 2009 that I decided to use it to make money online. Since then, I've managed to make a career out of it and don't regret it. While history and weight loss are two of my favorite topics, I love writing about absolutely anything and even have fictional pieces in the works.