I am very grateful for a job that affords me enough time to bury myself into my current obsession - currently, the Divergent series.
I read some really bad reviews on the last book and one of them was a spoiler, which sucks, but it was enough of a spoiler that what I was dreading doesn't seem to happen. I hope not. I swear to all things Holy that if the author offs Four, I will NOT see her movies... no freaking way. Certain characters are meant to grab your heart and find a place in your life and he most certainly does. I don't want to spoil it for anyone else b/c that's not right... I am just relieved to know that Four does not die.
Maybe I care more for Four than I do for Tris b/c the book is written from Tris's point of view, in first person... so it's like *I* fell in love with Four... A good author will cause you to develop feelings for the characters through both dialog and point of view. She does well to make the reader (in this case, me) really appreciate Four and feel protective of him as if he were my boyfriend instead of Tris's. Maybe that's why I'm so intrigued by the actor who is supposed to be portraying him in the movie?
All I know is that there are a LOT of readers who are infuriated by the author for the conclusion of the series - as in there are more 1 star reviews on Amazon than there are 5 star reviews... people are PISSED saying they wish they could unread the whole series...
The 5 star reviews do raise my hopes that it's not as bad as the 1 star reviewers make it... Maybe I'll be ok with it... I am just so relieved to know that Four doesn't die... b/c that's what I was fearing. I can tell by reading that it's not going to have the happy ending we all look for and commented on Facebook that I'm scared to read it b/c I'm fearful she'd off Four... a friend pointed me to the reviews. I'm glad she did b/c now that fear is resolved... something tells me I probably still won't be overjoyed by the end of the series.
And this, folks, is why I have a love hate relationship with trilogies (or longer). I am a reader who can incorporate the characters into her life - I welcome them like friends/family/lovers. It's easier to not do that with a single novel... but when it's a trilogy, I get so wrapped up in it that I can't avoid it... and when the trilogy ends and those characters are no longer a part of my life? I feel like I've lost something. And often times, I feel depressed after finishing a trilogy... I'm sure I'm not the only one who's ever experienced this.
So while I'm excited to start the last book, I'm sad to know it's coming to an end...