Book Review: The World Of Divergent: The Path To Allegiant

The World Of Divergent: The Path To Allegiant, by Veronica Roth

When I was posting my book review of Allegiant, to finish the main trilogy of Roth’s dystopian fictional world [1], I accidentally came upon this book, which Roth wrote as a bit of a tease for both the movie adaptation of Divergent as well as the release of Allegiant, which had not happened yet. This book is similar to other books written before a series is complete [2], but it has the advantage of being a book that is written by the author, and so the question is not a matter of guesswork, but rather a matter of marketing and how much the author wishes to reveal. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing, and honestly this book shows examples of both the good side and bad side of authorial manipulation.

On the good side, this book, even though it is very short, contains a lot of very useful pieces of information, including a sorting test to help people decide which faction (I almost said house) people belong in. It explains why the author deliberately chose difficult SAT words with precise but obscure meanings for the factions, contains some handy quotes from Allegiant to tease the reader into reading a book that most people would not like because of its deeply unhappy ending, which the author only hints at here. On the positive side of the ledger, as well, though, is the fact that this book contains the various Faction manifestos, which makes for deeply interesting and ironic reading. So although this book is a tease, it is a worthwhile and very short read, and there is a lot to appreciate about that.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/book-review-inside-divergent-the-initiates-world/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/book-review-divergent/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/09/15/book-review-allegiant/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/book-review-insurgent/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/how-can-we-save-the-world-when-we-cannot-even-save-ourselves/

[2] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/book-review-what-will-happen-in-harry-potter-7/

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2 Responses to Book Review: The World Of Divergent: The Path To Allegiant

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