Review: ‘Fates Divide’ by Veronica Roth – a decent ending to a decent duology

fates divide

Format: e-book, paperback, audible, hard cover
Format read: audible
Series: book 2 of Carve the Mark series
Rating: theme, sensual language
Genre: Young Adult
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35820633-the-fates-divide

In the final book in the series, Akos and Cyra are trying to figure out what their next step is while a familiar face from Cyra’s past returns and threatens to tear down everything that they are trying to build.

This story by far is better than the first one. There are more characters, more development, and definitely more twists and surprising moments. BUT with all that I still can’t give it 5 stars. Why? Because when there is down time, it drags. There are a lot of what I think are unnecessary scenes as we just see the characters waiting around and doing nothing. For me, they serve no purpose except to show passage of time, which could have been down with a sentence of ‘1 month later’ or something like that.

Akos’s character in this story also wasn’t something that I was overly thrilled with. I loved him in the first story, but in this one, he was like a void and did things that didn’t make sense for what we had seen from him so far. The thing that Roth did the best though was Cyra’s arc. She did an amazing job at showing Cyra who couldn’t understand why someone would like her, to having her finally come to the realization that she now has friends and that people can like her if she lets them. That is by far the best thing in the story.

Also, the ending was a bit anti-climatic. There was a big build up to the scene and then it ended in like a page. I was hoping for more but it wasn’t bad. Just wanted more.

The story does wrap up in a nice little bow where the major questions are answered. Sure there are some things left unanswered but nothing major. The duet’s ending was a better then her Divergent series but that series was better overall because I enjoyed the story itself more.

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Author Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Collection). Her short stories and essays have appeared in Summer Days and Summer Nights, Shards and Ashes, and the upcoming Three Sides of a Heart. The Divergent Series was developed into three major motion pictures.

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