In all honesty I’ve been looking forward to The Fates Divide for a long time. I’ll be even more honest here in the interest of transparency: I was not Roth’s biggest fan after the Divergent series. This was mostly because I felt that the entire series was pretty derivative of The Hunger Games (yes I know that The Hunger Games isn’t 100% original, calm down Divergent die-hards) to such an extent that I thought Roth was a bit of a hack.
But I was willing to give her another shot as an author as she was branching out into a whole new area of YA with Carve The Mark and boy am I glad I did. I really enjoyed Carve The Mark (plus it has a special place in my heart as it was the very first review I did on my website! ) and whilst it wasn’t perfect, I was excited to continue the series.
[Please note:- Before I go any further with this review, I want to make it clear that I did not find anything ‘problematic’ with either Carve the Mark or The Fates Divide, so nothing on that subject matter will appear in this review, so if that’s what you’re looking for you’ll have to look elsewhere.]
” ‘Suffer the fate,’ he said. ‘For all else is delusion.’ “
Now admittedly The Fates Divide has a slightly slow start, but I personally appreciated it. It’s been so long since I’ve read Carve The Mark and I appreciated the slow re-introduction to characters and the plot. But if you’ve recently read Carve The Mark and jump straight into The Fates Divide the first 100 pages might be a little agonising.
There were multiple points of view again and it was really refreshing to have more than 2 characters to get inside of their head. Although I will be honest and say that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Cisi’s chapters. They just felt irritating – not a full blown rage-read, but more like an annoying fly you wanna swat away in literary form.
The characters were all far more fleshed out in The Fates Divide. I mentioned in my last review that I felt Akos was less important to Roth than Cyra was in Carve The Mark but that’s not the case in The Fates Divide – every character felt fully thought-out and realised and it was really enjoyable to discover more and more about them as the pages go on.
“And then at the same time, both her and Eijeh’s eyes went unfocused at once.”
Although Cyra did have a frustratingly stupid and out of character moment with fruit towards the end of the book – those who’ve read it will know what I’m talking about. In fact Cyra got a little overly emo and annoying at times. There were moments in the book where she, as a character, was being angsty and difficult on purpose and I felt bad for the people dealing with her and her angst-ridden teenage ‘*sigh* gawd, no one understands me’ moments.
The Fates Divide was more politically charged than its predecessor and this wasn’t a bad thing. It was really interesting to see how the political deceiving and plots affected different planets and societies and to see how betrayals and loyalties lasted.
And on that note: this book had great plot twists! I genuinely didn’t see a few of the twists coming (that’s not true for all of them, but some for sure!) The story for deception rich and it was so much fun having loyalties shift for characters! It was almost like a Jamie Lannister effect! Where is the line for justifiable actions? It was so much fun being along for the ride!
I mean, this book is nearly 450 pages long but it doesn’t feel slow or drag! The world building was a big part of the pace being great. Roth has crafted a gorgeous, rich world and brings them to life on the page. Ogra was one of my favourite places to visit!
“It was ridiculous. But so was much of the galaxy.”
I absolutely loved the theme of duality in this book. It’s everywhere and explored all throughout the book. I mean, even the title! It really feels like Roth has grown as an author!
The Fates Divide was a lot more sexually charged than the first book, which doesn’t bother me at all – for me it adds to the realism. A lot of these characters are older teens after all, the hormones will rage people! It’s only human!
I really enjoyed The Fates Divide – even more than the first book – but I do have so say I wasn’t a fan of the ending. It was too neat and quite unbelievable – literally. It was the only thing that brought me out of the story.
Also, (I can’t help myself) the final paragraph in the book…there’s definitely a Hunger Games vibe going on there! The similarity is too immediately recognisable – I guess Divergent-era Roth couldn’t help creeping back in!
I really enjoyed The Fates Divide and the duology is enough to keep me reading Roth’s future work! Whist I’ve got you here, can we please take the time to appreciate the cover?! And the book itself? OMG those indents!
“It was a simple enough sight, and one Akos had seen thousands of times, growing up. But he’d never loved it as much as he did then, at the helm of a group of invading soldiers, on the verge of murder.”
[PLEASE NOTE]: I was not paid or sponsored to write this review – all the opinions are honest and my own.