on January 17th 2017
Globally bestselling author Veronica Roth returns to the world of Divergent in this revealing short-story epilogue that takes place five years after the stunning events of Allegiant.
As Tobias struggles to understand and move past his fears, the world he once knew has changed beyond recognition. Fringe-dwellers, ex-faction members, Bureau dropouts, and migrants now coexist in the rebuilt streets of Chicago.
It’s a new, better world—one where he isn't sure how to belong. As everyone else seems to move forward, Tobias is still haunted by those who couldn’t. But new connections from old friends help him begin to heal—and mend.
Why does this epilogue even exist?
I’m probably one of the few people who didn’t completely despise the ending of ALLEGIANT. Though I felt the POVs were difficult to distinguish and there were plenty of issues, I enjoyed the book regardless. This….tidbit….because I can’t even really call it a short story, is completely pointless and unnecessary.
I’m usually a huge proponent of books that tackle grief and loss, when it’s done well of course. This is not. This is an excuse to pair a beloved character with the best friend of his former love interest. In what world does this work? All you’ve done is take two grief stricken people and have them get together for convenience. There’s no ounce of spark.
This story suffers from major tell vs show syndrome. Roth tells us that Four’s fears have changed. We don’t get to see them. She says Christina and Four fall in love. Where’s the development? Show us these things, I want to see them in my mind’s eye.
This story has no plot, no point, and no worth. I’m so glad I didn’t bother preordering CARVE THE MARK just for the express purpose of this disappointment. After all, it’s only 33 pages of content.
If you’re a big DIVERGENT fan, do yourself a favor and skip this little pamphlet of a story.
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From my shelf to yours,