I finally finished the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I have to say, first and foremost, that Divergent was my favorite out of the series. The second book in the series, Insurgent, was okay but could definitely be seen as a middle ground text. I excitedly picked up Allegiant, as a few of my past and current students have or are reading this text. A fellow teacher finished this recently and warned me that the ending was disappointing. Boy was she right! There was such great details, triumphs, and conflict found throughout the texts, yet the ending was almost anti-climatic. A sudden change of heart allows a beloved character to be lost, and it seems for everything to then be right in the world. This rightness almost feels fake or that Roth decided to make an ending that, depending on movie rights and box office sales, allows her the ability to write another text.
I will admit that I read to get away from it all. I want a happy ending. I do not want a reality type ending, thus why I am reading! Instead of "Calgon take me away", my motto is " _______ (name of text) take me away." When an ending lets me down or leaves me feeling bereft I feel a great loss. I know this is dramatic, but I truly make connections to the characters I read about. **Confession- when I was a young girl I thought that if I stopped reading the characters would be upset with me, as they could not finish their story (I saw them in my mind screaming at me to not shut the book, pleading for me to continue on). I know that this is ridiculous, but I could always clearly see the characters and their actions, thus it was my personal escape and movie.
Therefore, when an ending leaves me feeling as Allegiant did, I see the characters as sad and flat at the end. I feel betrayed by their actions and the actions of the author. It is personal to me, and in reality it is nothing of the sort. Yet, the author wants dedicated readers who feel connections to their characters. My dedication to Roth is lost at this point and I will be moving on to other trusted authors, such as John Green, Markus Zusak, Laurie Halse Anderson, David Levithan to name a few. Maybe I will pick up and re-read a classic from Jane Austin just to push my belief back to authors understanding their readers. Because really, what does a dedicated, neurotic reader to do?