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When I was about half-way through the book, my husband asked if I was enjoying it. I replied with a non-committal “meh.” I felt like it was a bit preachy. I don’t mind if a book is trying to make a point, but I want it done subtly. Also, it felt like the whole focus of the book shifted so that the main point of everything was so that the main characters could learn lessons about what makes them human.
Regardless, I feel like I could have handled all of the didactic-ness if she hadn’t KILLED OFF THE MAIN CHARACTER. Really? You preach at me for a whole book, AND kill off the main character?
When I was done reading and ranting about it to my husband, he asked, “Did she die a good death?” And I had to admit that she did; in every way that a death can be a good one, she died it.
- She died doing something she believed in: she believed that resetting the people of the Bureau was absolutely necessary. She was willing to sacrifice her life for it, and she did.
- She died in a heroic way: she didn’t catch a common cold and cough to death. She died getting shot, several times, clawing her way to the button that would save her world.
- She died after surviving the truth serum: she proved to herself that she made the right decision. She had a feeling that she could survive when Caleb couldn’t, and she did. She made the right choice.
- She died to save her brother: she realized that he was not motivated by love. He just wanted to gain her forgiveness, and in that moment she does forgive him, and makes the sacrifice because she loves him. That final scene between them was great.
I think I’m just upset because I just do not like when people die in books (unless that has been the point all along – even then I don’t love it.) To tell the truth, the fact that Tris had died did not fully set in until a few hours after I had finished reading, because I didn’t really believe it when she died in the book. I rushed through the end because I kept waiting for it to not be true.
This is my initial reaction. I’m sure I’ll have some more to say when I’ve thought about it some more.