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AN INCREDIBLE READING EXPERIENCE!!!
Reviewed in Australia on 15 May 2014
And so with book three of this controversial dystopian tragedy saga, we reach the epic finale. Within a handful of opening chapters, Four and Tris have both learned who they are, what they really are, and what they can do about changing it. Ms Roth's writing style has not really changed throughout the trilogy's duration, apart from a slightly original change of perspective which, generally speaking, alternates from one chapter to the next from Four to Tris, and back again.
New friends, enemies and unknowns are introduced to the reader with frequent alacrity by the author to widen the spectrum of the story telling. By the half way mark there have been no massive emotional shocks (ie deaths) but the reader is jolted out of their chair by one or two (or three) massive revelations which will guarantee the mature reader a long, lengthy and hugely enjoyable read.
A lot of reviewers have criticised the story as dark, depressing and unnecessary violent. It is easy to assume this comment is valid on one level, but given the dark (ie broken) nature of the world the story is set in, one canÃ¢(tm)t genuinely expect anything bright and rosy to emanate from the words which magically appear (and then disappear) on your kindle screen. If anyone is to blame for pitching such a less than flavoursome tale at our younger generation it would be the publisher and not Ms Roth herself. And who are we to suggest that within a handful of decades, this tale set in the alternate United States of America wonÃ¢(tm)t compare favourably to the miraculous work of JRR Tolkien? That was set in middle Earth which was on the edge of cataclysmic death, destruction and the loss of everything its inhabitants knew and loved. It was a dark and stirring tale which featured battle scenes of violence, cruelty and remarkable gruesomeness. One difference is that in Tolkien's world the reader knew who the bad guy was right from chapter two. (Chapter one focused on Bilbo's eleventy first birthday). One could say the reading experience in this dystopian tragedy is enhanced given that the reader, and even the characters in question, donÃ¢(tm)t learn the identity of their true enemy until well into book three. Kudos to the author for that.
I am just passed the half way mark of this book. I hereby award it four stars. I have heard favourable comments concerning the book's ending, so i may well update this review in a collection of heartbeats. But read on, keep the faith, trust no one apart from those you love.
And please, Four and Tris, stay true.
Ok the book is finished. And so am i. The ending of this book will shock you. Many will not like it. I loved it. I was stunned by it. I was hurt by it. And i was emotionally destroyed by it. The final fifty or so pages of this remarkable trilogy are the most surprising and unexpected pages you will read this year. But like i said earlier, a broken and severely damaged world wonÃ¢(tm)t produce a garden variety fairy tale.
Shakespeare, eat your heart out.
Well done, and thank you, Veronica Roth.
Full marks for this new age, genius piece of story telling.