I just finished Allegiant, the third and final book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I loved the first book. Couldn’t put it down. The second book was confusing and disappointing. The third book was…well…terrible. I think the biggest take away is a throw back to my last post: writers, even famous ones, need smart people they trust to tell them when their story is failing. It’s obvious Veronica shouldn’t have trusted her agent or editor on this draft. Not only was the story flawed, but her publisher was so anxious to get this book out into the fans’ hands so they could start raking in the cash that they didn’t even check for typos. I noticed at least a dozen. So many comma splices.
Anyway, if you read this book and want to redeem those wasted hours slogging through 400 some pages, then read this review on Amazon. It breaks down all the mistakes that Roth made in a way that in both insightful, hilarious, and educational. Sometimes, it’s a little too harsh, but reading this review is like a fast and dirty lesson on plotting and that tricky business of getting your character’s actions to topple into each other, one after the other, leading to the only possible climax/outcome. One warning: it’s long, but WORTH IT.
What do you think?