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Sorry VR, you just didn't cut it with me this time.
on 27 September 2013
Like everyone who has bought/will buy this latest instalment from Veronica Roth, I am a big fan of the Divergent series. It is my ultimate favourite dystopian story - held in much higher regards than the brilliant creation that is The Hunger Games trilogy or Stephen King's little beauty, The Running Man - so, with the mysterious four being my favourite character in my favourite book of all time, this item was a must have for me. I paid the £1.99, which i must say is a little steep for only 30 pages of story, and ran myself a bath, determined to make a night of it, but a little over 45mins later I have to admit that Veronica Roth had left me feeling slightly disappointed and, if I'm honest, a bit ripped off. Don't get me wrong, Veronica Roth's writing is faultless as usual and her wording and descriptions drag you right in to the fictional world she created just like they always do, but this little instalment offers nothing to the reader - it is nothing more than Four, who sounds too much like Tris to me to really be a different character all together, telling the story of how he made the choice to leave Abnegation and join the Dauntless. I love Divergent and I love Four too, but I already knew he chose to leave Abnegation for Dauntless because his father abused him as that was made quite clear during the first two instalments of the Divergent trilogy and I can't help but feel that he has been slightly ruined for me by this. Think about it girls, the slight mystery and intrigue surrounding Four and his past life are what makes Four stand out to us, and if the next three instalments of his story take all that away so we know why he does all the things he does, will he still be the Four we have spent two whole books trying to figure out? No, I don't think he will, so I am giving them a miss for now, but I have no doubt I will be buying them, for less than £1.99 I hope, when I have devoured Allegiant.