Or, more appropriately, completely rewritten.
In October of last year, Allegiant – the third book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth- was released. This was my review. As you can see, I was VERY MUCH NOT PLEASED. As I sat with the book a little longer, many other glaring problems with it began to seep in. The best summation I can give would be for you to read this (very long) Amazon review. That basically hits all the points I would, minus the killing of the main, first person character.
At the time, I wished someone would come along, tell me it was all a lie and then hand me the REAL third book. What I read couldn’t possibly be any more than a very rough draft, right?
Well, today I found that book.
Over the last couple of days I reread Divergent and Insurgent because I like them and I like Tris and Tobias and I missed the characters. Then, on something of a wild hare, I searched for Divergent FanFic.
Let me be clear: I generally don’t read or search out Fanfic. The little I have been exposed to has mostly been a vehicle for making beloved characters fuck each other’s brains out. (Dear World, I do not care for Hermione, Harry, and SNAPE threesomes.) So, I was a little dubious to say the least.
One of the first google hits was Determinant: One Choice Will Change Everything by a user named Windchimed. I clicked over to the story and saw that it was an entire BOOK. In fact, it was an entire book meant to completely replace Allegiant. It picks up exactly at the end of Insurgent and takes the story from there. I looked at the reviews posted and they were almost universally raves. People loved it. So I thought I’d give it a chance.
I just spent the majority of my day reading the whole damn thing and I am FLOORED. This author needs to be given many, many dollars for her writing and STAT. She is GOOD. I also suspect she lives in Pittsburgh or did at one point. She knows the city too well not to be a Burgher.
Anyway, this book was everything I wanted out of Allegiant and more. She keeps the switching perspectives of Allegiant but gives Tobias a distinct voice. And those switches of perspective have a purpose. They drive the narrative forward. Each of the characters introduced by Roth are flawlessly executed by Windchimed. Christina. Uriah. Peter. Evelyn. Tori. They all come alive. Any deaths that occur (and there are some) are necessary to the story; they don’t feel contrived or retconned into place.
You guys, I cried at this book.
I won’t give away plot or the ending or anything else. But as far as I am concerned, this trilogy is Divergent, Insurgent, Determinant. Allegiant was just a bad simulation; a fear we had to face in the fear landscape.