What I’m Reading: The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

Young Adult Book Review: The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

I’m going to start out by saying, if you read my review of Carve the Mark then you likely know what I’m going to say about The Fates Divide. There were multiple points where I was confused, where things didn’t seem to make sense. Mainly, in The Fates Divide, it was character description. To me, I felt like people actually changed how they looked in this book. And Yma, she has white hair in The Fates Divide, yet in Carve the Mark I was under the impression that Yma was trying to seduce Ryzek. So yeah, confused.

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That said, what I love about Roth’s writing is her ability to describe what it is to want to belong. Both the Divergent series and Carve the Mark have this same theme: do we chose to belong, or do we belong to who or what we are born? What choice do we have in our own lives, in our destiny? I love that Roth asks this question, and does so in a way that feels natural.

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The Carve the Mark world was vivid, even if I was confused. There was a lack of description of things like space flight—exactly how far apart are these planets? How long does it take to get to one from another? I’m a scientist, this is the kind of information I want to know!

Overall, I would give The Fates Divide 3/5 Stars, mostly because by the end I just really felt like I wanted to be done. Though I will say that the ending was much better than the ending of the Divergent series.

JEH

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