I received a package in the mail the other day, not having any idea what it could be. I am constantly getting mail from colleges since I am a sophomore in high school, who literally is one of the top of her class but I got a random package. It wasn’t until I opened the package that I remembered what it was. If you preordered or bought the book Carve the Mark the day it came out, you could send your receipt in and get the epilogue of Divergent sent to you. Of course I had to do it and last night, I finally read the short epilogue, which brings us to my review. If you haven’t read this book or the series Divergent, you might want to be cautious of the spoilers!
Title: We Can Be Mended
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Released: January 17, 2017
Pages: 33 (Unknown Binding)
We Can Be Mended is a short-story epilogue that focuses on Four and takes place five years after Allegiant, the conclusion of the Divergent series.
About the Author: Veronica Roth is an American novelist and short story writer known for her debut New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy, consisting of Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant; and Four: A Divergent Collection. Divergent was the recipient of the Goodreads Favorite Book of 2011 and the 2012 winner for Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.
I had always wondered what actually happens after Allegiant. I already hate the ending of that book, basically because Tris is the one who dies through it all – it should have been Caleb. I really never liked Caleb so I would have been fine with him dead. Allegiant sort of made me mad in the first place with how it was written and everything that happens in the book so I didn’t place a lot of hope on this book/short story. I was still hoping that it would be a little better than what it was. On Goodreads, I think I gave this a 3 out of 5 but I don’t even know if it is worth a 2.5 in reality.
I really did enjoy getting to know what happened with Caleb, Tobias, Christina, etc after everything that happened. I think everyone wondered what happened once they finished the book. I had always heard that Veronica Roth said that Tobias and Christina get together after Tris’ death. I never wanted to believe that because I would have never have seen these two together. I liked Tobias and I liked Christina but these two together? Yes, they do know each other very well but I really didn’t care for them.
The book was written like it was being told by Tobias. I loved Tobias’ character in the series. He was one of my favorites and I really wanted to know more about him. The thing is, I felt like Tobias was almost like a girl in the book. I know. That doesn’t make sense but the way he changed from the death of Tris and the way the book was written just made him sound really girly. Maybe if the book was written from Christina’s view point I would have enjoyed it more.
One thing I really did enjoy in this book was knowing what happens after words. It takes place five years after everything that happened in Allegiant. Each year, all the ‘survivors’ get together to celebrate life and all their freedom they now have after the factions. They no longer live in fear and have to listen to anyone telling them what they have to do. The only memories, or remains from those days are the Fear Serum, which Tobias goes and uses every so often to see his four new fears. One of his new fears? Seeing Tris die. Are there still four fears? Yep. Everyone was moving on but Tobias and Christina.
I think I read somewhere were Veronica Roth wrote this epilogue for her own personal use. I think that she should have kept it that way. I did enjoy reading it, and learning what happens but the writing doesn’t seem to be that well and it didn’t really seem that interesting. I felt like I was reading more fanfiction stuff rather than a real book. It didn’t really have a good flow and I really didn’t have a good time reading the book. It felt like I was just reading words instead of reading a book. If you actually liked the ending of the Divergent series and didn’t want to throw it against a wall, you might actually enjoy reading this book. You might like it a lot more than me. I am glad that I got the chance to read the book but would I buy the book? I don’t think so.
Have you read this book? Have you read Carve the Mark? What were your thoughts about the Divergent series? Who was your favorite character from the series? What were you hoping would happen at the end of the series or in this epilogue? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!