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

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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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Review – “Insurgent” – too much focus on visual effects, not enough on the plot

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Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Naomi Watts, and Octavia Spencer
Director: Robert Schwentke
Rated: PG-13
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2908446/

In the second movie of the Divergent Saga, Four (Theo James) and Tris (Shailene Woodley) are on the run from Jeanine (Kate Winslet) and Dauntless. They both learn fast that the war is bigger then the two of them and the choices that they make can shape not only theirs, but everyone’s lives in the factions.

Wathcing this movie should come with a warning label to those who are fans of the book because this adaptation has so many changes, that it’s hard to see the story that we feel in love with in there.

Divergent in a lot of ways is very similar to The Hunger Games and it’s apparent that they are set out to make audiences realize that. That is why this movie was made in 3D and for IMAX. Well, they succeeded in doing that, but they may have gone too far.

But we will get to that later.

Let’s start off with noting that this review comes from a fan of the book so some aspects of opinion come from the love of the book and wanting to see adapted.

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The bright spots. Miles Teller. He is able to bring a seemingly insignificant and unlikeable character in Peter, and make him one of the characters that we love in the movie. He flip flops throughout the movie thinking about himself (like in the book) but his humor and one-liners are what make him stand out. He breaks the tension in a lot of scenes and helps entertain the audiences during some of the slower scenes.

The visual effects were a plus to the movie, especially in the stimulation. Roth has these dynamic and complex scenes when Tris is under that it made book fans nervous about how it would come out on screen. The increase in visual effects gave the movie a futuristic, dystopia feeling which was kind of lacking in the first movie.

The strongest part of the movie was the chemistry of Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James as Four. In this section of the overall story, Four and Tris’s relationship gets challenged regularly as the war between Evelyn and Jeanine brews. Tris wants to stop the war while Four wants to just keep Tris safe from being involved. They butt heads a lot because they are both stubborn and passionate about what they believe, but their love comes through one another as they use each other for strength.

Now for the negatives.

It was hard to form into words what I felt after leaving the movie theater. After leaving Divergent, I was angry because of all the changes they made to a book series I loved. Knowing that, I lowered my standards some but it still didn’t help with my overall feeling for the story.

The special effects were a good addition to the story, but having more special effects left less room for the actual plot of the series. They took out a lot of the plot points and it will be hard for fans who didn’t read the book to understand what is going on.

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Obviously with adaptations, you can’t have everything from the book in the movie, but the overall point of the story should be present. And in this movie it wasn’t. The characters Marcus, Evelyn, the Factionless, and Christina were under developed because the movie focused more on the final stimulation of Tris. That took a good 30-40 minutes of the movie and could have accomplished the same thing in about 10 minutes. The only good thing that came out of this was more of an understanding of Jeanine and her motives.

The biggest thing that the adaptation failed to bring from the book was the twist at the end. The whole ending changed and this is going to be a hard pill to swallow. The ending of Insurgent was one of the biggest twists of this type of books and the fact that they left it out was devastating. The movie set up for more changes in Allegiant pt 1 and 2 (which might work in its favor because I didn’t like the last book) and hopefully they can find the happy medium of the first two movies and leave the fans feeling satisfied, unlike how the book left the fans.

The movie was able to accomplish what they wanted by adding more visual effects. It steps away from being compared to The Hunger Games and stands on its own. But in order to do that, they had to fall behind in adaptation. Maybe they should have took a leaf out of The Hunger Games success and notice that the reason why it’s so accepted to the fans is because it’s loyal and embraces the story it has, not try to be something it isn’t.

Book viewer rating: C-
Movie viewer rating: C+

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Veronica Roth announces when her new book series is coming out

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Good news fans of Divergent, the author, Veronica Roth, has announced the next series she is working on through her Facebook page.

There is going to be two books in the series with the first one expected to come out in 2017 and 2018 respectively. This works out nice because it will coincide with the final movie of her Divergent series, Allegiant part 2, coming out in the same year.

There isn’t much detail that is offered about the new series, but Roth and her publishers (HarperCollins Children’s Books) did say its “beyond saying the series is in “the vein of ‘Star Wars'” and will tell of a boy’s “unlikely alliance” with an enemy”.

Roth wrote her NY Times Best-Selling series, Divergent, while she was in college and finished it up in 2013 and has sold over 30 million copies. She has been helping with the movie adaptation, which could explain the large gap in between works.

If Divergent is any indication on the new series, you know it’s going to come with a lot of epic proportions.

What do you think of the announcement?

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Action is the focus in new “Insurgent” featurette

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Earlier today, Yahoo! Movies released a two-minute behind the scenes look at the upcoming film, Insurgent. You can see it by going here.

In the featurette, stars of the movie Theo James (Four), Ansel Elgort (Caleb), Kate Winslet (Jeanine), Shailene Woodley (Tris), and others talking about what we can expect from this movie. And the theme seems to be action.

“Right away, we are going to start the movie with action with Tris being chased Faction to Faction,” producer Lucy Fisher says.

They also talk about one of the change that we can see from the book to the movie.

“The Box takes a lot of my favorite scenes from the book and puts them in the same place at the same time,” author Veronica Roth explains. This is probably the same place that she is going to torture Tris and Four about their Divergence.

For the new scenes, we get to see some of those action sequences. We of course see the parts when Tris is in her stimulation (like we saw in the teaser), but we also got some new action scenes of when Amity is under attack by the Dauntless.

Insurgent is the second film in the series and it follows Tris and Four as they embark on this journey to try and unite the Factionless to try and fight against Jeanine and her army.

Insurgent is set to come out March 20th.

What did you think of the featurette?

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Book of the week – “Four: A Divergent Collection” by Veronica Roth

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In this collection, we will connect with Four/Tobias as we get to see what his life was before he went to Dauntless. We know some details but in these stories we will get to see them in action and get inside of his head. As a bonus, we will also get to see his point of view in some pivotal scenes from Divergent (like the knife scene). This will be extra exciting to see how he wanted Tris even from the beginning.

This long awaited short story series has had fans anxiously waiting for it’s release date since December when it got delayed. It’s going to be fun and interesting to see Four’s take on things and what made him the man that he was in the books of Divergent. This is going to be Roth’s chance to try and win back her fans that she lost when Allegiant came out. While it’s been some time since the final book was released, there are still some fans upset with the ending and may have a sour taste in their mouth with the series.

Four: A Divergent Collection is available for e-book, hardcover, and paperback and can be purchased for your Kindle or Nook. You can add Four: A Divergent Collection to your Goodreads shelf by going here.

Will you be reading Four: A Divergent Collection?

Top 5 books to read this July

July is right in the middle of the summer and is usually the time of the month that people go on vacation. That’s what makes it the perfect month to try and release books for people to read while they go. This month has a long list of books set to come out. There are a lot of sequels coming out and it will allow fans to return to the worlds that they have fell in love with before.

Below are the top five books to read this month.

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#5 – Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire
Out: July 1st

Jamie McGuire has decided to divulge more in the world of the Maddox life as she is starting a new companion series to the Beautiful Disaster book. She will be writing about each of the Maddox brothers as they meet and fall in love with their respective partners. This is going to be fun as we have met them in the previous book. Of course, we will reunite with Abby and Travis as we see how things are going for them.

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#4 – Hudson by Laurelin Paige
Out: July 8th

In the fourth book in the Fixed on You series, we return to the original story and get to see the whole thing from Hudson’s point of view. The story was weird at times and sometimes a bit redundant, but it’s proven that Hudson is not your typical romantic hero in the story and that he comes from a very dark and depressing past. In this story, we should get to see more of that side and get to understand some of the decisions that he’s made.

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#3 – Fateful Allure by Jessica Sorensen
Out: July 8th

Jessica Sorensen has an uncanny way of creating complex characters with each story that she writes (which is quite a few). While there can be some similarities found between stories, it’s the development of the stories that differ in each one. Almost all of them have romance in the story, but in some instances it’s not the main focal point. In this book, we get a darker romance novel as she tries her hand at something different this go around.

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#2 – Four: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth
Out: July 8th

Fans have been waiting a long time for this collection to come out. We were meant to get a new addition every month for four months, but Roth stopped in December claiming wanting to make sure that they were perfect. While there is speculation that she did that because the third book was poorly received but in the end, it doesn’t really matter. These short stories follow Four as we get to see what life was like for him in Abnegation and his side of the events that took place during pivotal moments in Divergent. This should renew fans love for the series.

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#1 – Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
Out: July 1st

This book came as a shocker when Stiefvater announced that she was adding another book to her Shiver series. This series is perhaps one of her biggest series that she wrote, had fans enamored with the stories of wolves. What will make this story stick out against the other three is that it’s about Cole. Cole had become a fan favorite when the first three books were written and it’s exciting to get a full length novel about him.

What book are you most excited to read this month?

Two quotes from “Four: A Divergent Collection” by Veronica Roth released

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With the release of the short story collection about Divergent’s Four just a little bit of a month away, author Veronica Roth has released a small teaser was released by MTV and Harpercollins to get fans excited for the release. You can read them below.

“She’s not learning the lessons that Eric wants her to learn. She’s learning different things, wiser ones.”

“How is it possible to live the same story twice, from different vantage points?”

The two quotes appears to be Four thinking or talking about Tris and his perception of her. Obviously, we know that Four has always been drawn to Tris and always felt compelled by her. We learned this much in the first short story Free Four.

As we know, the collection takes place before the events in Divergent and follows Four on his journey from Abnegation to Dauntless and how he fell for Tris. As a reward for fans patiently waiting for this release, Roth had also added some deleted scenes into the collection from the Divergent that involve Tris.

This release comes as no surprise as the fact that Insurgent has just started shooting in Atlanta and no doubt that Summit is going to want to focus the attention back on this movie since it’s been a while since the series has made news.

What do you think of the quotes?

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