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NEWS: Veronica Roth Shares Good/Bad News about the “Four” Stories!

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We received the first Four short story The Transfer earlier on this year. The second Four short story was due out this month. Well Veronica has shared some news about that on her Tumblr. But don’t worry because all of the stories will be together in a hardcover copy called Four: A Divergent Collection.

Read what V had to say below:

All right, so it’s good news/bad news time.

Everyone always wants the bad news first, so here goes.

Bad News: the three remaining stories from Four’s perspective that I’ve been working on, which were supposed to come out later this year/early next year, have been delayed until July 2014. They’ll be bundled together and sold as a hardcover under the title Four: A Divergent Collection, with some fun extra content, and at that time they will also be released as separate e-stories (so, if you’ve already bought the first one, “The Transfer,” you don’t have to pay again for it in a collection if you don’t want to).

If you are asking, incredulously, “why, Veronica? Why must you do this to us?!” My answer is: the stories turned out much meatier and more substantial than I was originally anticipating when I started them. There’s just so much going on—Tobias’s reunion with his mother, his growing disillusionment with the faction system, and some of his early moments with Tris, to name a few. So I just really, really need more time to get them right. I know it sucks, but I am sure that this extra time will result in better work and better stories for everyone to read.

Okay. Good News:
-If you already pre-ordered the second story, “The Initiate,” your pre-order will not be canceled. It will just take a little longer for you to get it.

-The stories are long. As in, they’re about seventy pages each, so if you add them together you get about 280 pages of Tobias’s story. Which is as long as some novels. So there’s more to read!

-The price for the e-stories will not change, even though they’re longer than anticipated.

-The stories will be better in July than they would have been if they had come out this winter, because I’m going to work my butt off to make them that way!
Which is what I’m off to do right now, actually.

<3,
V

2014 will be a very spectacular year for us. Divergent comes out, filming for Insurgent starts and we get the Four stories.


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Divergent Faction ALLEGIANT Review (contains spoilers)

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This is my first time writing a book review so bear with me.

It has been almost a little over a month since Allegiant, the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy has been released and lots of people loved it and some did not. I am one of those that loved it. Read on to find out why.

WARNING THE BELOW CONTENT CONTAINS ALLEGIANT SPOILERS!!!

When I first picked up Allegiant I just knew that I would see a good amount of my favourite characters go. It is in fact the last book in the Divergent trilogy.

Veronica Roth’s books have touched me in a certain way that some other books have not. The fact that Allegiant is the final book in the Divergent trilogy kind of hits home.

We finally found out what was outside if the fence. It was in fact the Bureau. Allegiant explained things that we had been waiting to understand. We found out about the Bureau, that Tris’ mom was involved with the Bureau, and the point of the factions. We also found out that Chicago was not the only place that had been segregated, there were other cities too. Chicago was the place where the factions originated and where the factions were best lived out.

Allegiant filled us in on why/how Tris’ mom was Dauntless. We also found out that Andrew Prior was Erudite and was great friends with Jeanine until he found out just how evil she was. He and Natalie switched over to Abnegation to live better lives.

This book let us know just how horrible the government was in this. The bureau also only wanted people that were Divergent. These people were genetically pure. Others that were not Divergent were genetically damaged.

In Allegiant it seems that lots of the characters discovered who they were.

As soon as It was suggested that Caleb be the one to sacrifice his life for everyone I knew that Tris would be taking his place. That is just the type of person she is. She is after all Divergent so she still has selflessness in her. The fact that her mom was there to take her was perfect. There was no better person to do it. Natalie Prior sacrificed so much for Tris and Caleb it only seemed right.

Was Tris’ death heartbreaking? Yes. Do I wish it was Caleb instead of her? Yes. But this was something that just had to happen.

A part in the book that really and truly interested me was when Peter wanted to become a different person. Tobias had a serum that would make people forget their memories. Peter wanted this serum so that he could change and become a better person. He took it and it changed him for a while but then he went back to being himself again.

The end of the story was probably the most heartbreaking to me. All of Tris’ friends and Tobias celebrate her life and spreading her ashes by doing something that she loved doing, zip-lining.

In the end Tobias was able to reconcile with his mother. Chicago changed for the better. There are no more factions and people can live the way that they want to live.

Allegiant was told from two different POV’s, Tris and Tobias. I have to be honest about this, I preferred Tris’ POV over Tobias’. I don’t know why, but I just did. But V had to do it because of the fate of Tris.

We may have lost Edward, Tori, Uriah and Tris, but we gained a great great story.

Veronica Roth wrote this story to the best of her ability and it was absolutely perfect to me. There truly was no other way to end this book then the way that she did. Tris had to die in order for things to be right.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was very well written.

What were your thoughts on Allegiant? Share your thoughts with me in the comments or on twitter @DivergentFction


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Shailene Woodley Thinks #ALLEGIANT Ending is Awesome!

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Bleeding Cool was able to sit and talk with Shailene Woodley and Veronica Roth. During the interview both Veronica and Shailene talked about the ending of Allegiant.

We were allowed a sneak peek of some new Divergent footage this week, and we also met up with the author of the worldwide bestseller, Veronica Roth, and her new leading lady, Shailene Woodley. Spoilers ahead!

The footage, unfortunately, didn’t feel like anything we hadn’t seen before. The previously released trailer was shown as well as a new featurette with choice commentary from Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Jai Courtney and Maggie Q. We were also shown a longer scene that had been cut down into a shorter clip, and this was the most intriguing, taking us a little further into Tris’s world.

The initiation ceremony into the Dauntless faction begins with the new members having to jump off of a moving train. They they have to leap from rooftop down into a dark unknown. It’s down in the dark that Tris first meets Four, the instructor for the new faction transfers, and of course, her soon-to-be love interest.

This scene is action-heavy, and has the same grey undertones of the outer districts that we saw in The Hunger Games, continuing the main comparison. As Tris and Four bond, and alliances and enemies are forged, director Neil Burger reveals two leads with great chemistry – something that was clearly important for the production as they went through months of testing before picking James.
Strong female leads are something that we’re seeing more and more of out of Hollywood blockbusters, but this is a first for Woodley, who broke out in George Clooney’s The Descendants.

Here comes the interviews with Shailene Woodley (Tris) and Veronica Roth:

When we spoke to Woodley, she told us that the reason she picked Divergent over the other franchise scripts she received was because there were so many metaphors for today’s society in the novel. “I thought that was so fascinating, and the emotions that a book like that could create. It was set in the future and it was a completely different world than what we’re used to.”

Roth, who recently released Allegiant, the third and final book in the trilogy after Divergent andInsurgent, said it’s been hard “letting her baby out there to be judged.” The ending to Allegiant has been widely discussed online with hugely varied responses to the shocking, and unexpected, finale.
“It’s been mixed but it was always going to be”, says Roth.

Shailene Woodley shares her thoughts of the ending of Allegiant:

Woodley added that although she hadn’t yet finished the second novel, she has asked to be told how the third book would end – “I think it’s awesome, and the coolest decision that’s ever happened in the young adult novel world. I’m such a fan!”


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Lionsgate Supports ‘Allegiant’ Ending: Says it Won’t Hurt Divergent Box Office Sales!

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There has been lots of controversy about the ending of Allegiant. I won’t say exactly what happens for the sake of those that haven’t read the book yet. But fans were in an uproar because of the way that Allegiant ended. Thanks The Wrap

Lionsgate CEO released a statement about the Divergent films:

“A little controversy in terms of publicity never hurts,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said during a conference call with analysts on Friday.

I have to say that I agree. I believe that these Divergent films will do great. Not only do the books have a huge following, but the movie has been generating brand new fans. Those fans plus the fans that have been following these books since the beginning will definitely go out and watch the movie. In my opinion Divergent will be close to The Hunger Games if not better.


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WATCH: Veronica Roth Answers Fan Questions on Google Hangout with Vulture!

Today Veronica Roth did a Google hangout with Vulture. Did you miss Veronica Roth answering questions on Vulture’s Google Hangout? Don’t worry because New York Magazine had the full thing.

WARNING: VIDEO MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!


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BuzzFeed Shares 19 Things You Should Know About The “Divergent” Series From Author Veronica Roth!

BuzzFeed sat down with Divergent author Veronica Roth to get some deets on the popular YA trilogy. Here are some things we learned:

Buzzfeed was able to sit down with Veronica Roth and discuss her Divergent trilogy.

1. Veronica Roth chose the location for Abnegation headquarters before any of the other factions.

 

Veronica Roth chose the location for Abnegation headquarters before any of the other factions.

How did you decide where each of the faction headquarters would be?

Veronica Roth: I think I chose Abnegation first, on the north side of Chicago, mostly because there’s more neighborhood-y areas there. And then Dauntless is not supposed to be a real place. I don’t know any buildings that are set up in quite that manner or any underground areas or any underground rivers, so it’s kind of an impossible, fantastical place that’s further south. And then one of my favorite buildings is the Merchandise Mart, so that’s why Candor is in there. And Erudite, the kind of row of buildings across the street from the Art Institute, just seemed very Erudite to me. And then Amity had to be out somewhere, also in a place that does not exist.

2. Readers will find out (in Allegiant) how Tobias’ fear landscape has changed since he publicly beat his father in the second book.

 

Readers will find out (in Allegiant ) how Tobias' fear landscape has changed since he publicly beat his father in the second book.

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In Insurgent, after Tobias whips his father with a belt, he returns to Dauntless headquarters and goes through his fear landscape. He says it changes, “but not in the same way.” Is the change addressed in Allegiant?

VR: Yes. I had to show it one more time, how it had changed.

3. We may never know what provoked Peter to stab Edward in the eye with a butter knife.

 

We may never know what provoked Peter to stab Edward in the eye with a butter knife.

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Also in Insurgent, Edward’s eye injury is discussed and Tobias claims he heard a rumor that Peter was provoked, but he doesn’t elaborate. Do you specify what happens in Allegiant?

VR: No, I think it’s a little more ominous that way. I thought about it, but I just didn’t want to. I wanted to withhold that particular tidbit.

Yeah, it seems like he’s secretly evil, but he didn’t appear that bad during Dauntless initiation.

VR: No, that’s kind of why I like it, because the people you think are nice are not always nice, and Edward’s the primary example of that. And Peter’s so upfront about his evilness, it was cool to have someone with a more hidden agenda. I don’t think [Edward’s] evil, I just think he’s a little more morally flexible than Tris thinks when she first meets him.

4. Amanda Ritter (aka Edith Prior) was in Abnegation.

 

Amanda Ritter (aka Edith Prior) was in Abnegation.

What faction was Amanda Ritter in?

VR: Abnegation.

So Natalie [Prior] was originally Dauntless, and Andrew [Prior] was originally Erudite, but I don’t know how long they’ve been there. Is that discussed in the next book?

VR: It is discussed, this whole issue actually, I think in the first five pages [ofAllegiant]. You’ll be able to know some things once you read it!

5. Roth considered writing parts of Allegiant from Caleb’s and Natalie’s point of view.

 
19 Things You Should Know About The "Divergent" Series From Author Veronica Roth
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At the 2013 National Book Festival, you stated that you almost wrote the book from Caleb’s and someone else’s perspective. Can you tell us who that person was?

VR: I tried out Caleb, I tried out Tobias (obviously that one worked), and I tried out journal entries retrospective from Natalie’s point of view to intersperse with the forward narrative. That couldn’t sustain over the entire book, and it didn’t address the story from the angles that I wanted to address it from, so I had to get rid of that one too.

Was it weird writing from Tobias’ point of view or did you love switching voices?

VR: I thought it was fun because Tris’ voice is very stereotypically masculine, very straightforward, very direct, kind of repetitive. Tobias’ is a little more poetic, a little more descriptive, and he generally shares more. Tris is always withholding, but Tobias shares everything, so it was interesting to see those dynamics and how they turned over my expectations of those people. It was fun, but it was hard.

6. Uriah isn’t in the first movie because his role is too minor, but he will be a big addition to Insurgent.

Do you have an ideal candidate for Uriah in the next movie?

VR: I don’t. I just want someone who’s a very good actor. They considered a lot of talented young men for that role and it didn’t work out. I hope they maybe go back to the pool now that the timing has changed to see if they’re available, because some of them were really great.

Are you sad that he’s not in the first movie?

VR: Yeah, I’m sad. I kind of understand, now that I’ve seen so much of the movie get shot, why he wasn’t in it. They want the role to be big and solid in the second one, and he was only going to be in a couple scenes in the first one. It’s like, you want to hire an actor who can handle the role in the second one, and he’s not going to be the same one who can handle the role in the first one. It just wasn’t working and it was a bummer, but they’ll make it work.

7. Roth is looking forward to the fear landscapes the most in the Divergent movie.

 

Roth is looking forward to the fear landscapes the most in the Divergent movie.

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What scene are you looking forward to the most in the movie?

VR: I’m looking forward to the fear landscapes. They’re going to be weird and hopefully creepy! I’m excited to see them.

Were you on set for any of those scenes?

VR: Yes, I was on set the day Shailene was in the tank and it was being filled with water. It was really intense and cool. I also saw the giant green screen room with the chair for the aptitude test. It was cool.

Are you more excited for the aptitude test or the final test [during Dauntless initiation]?

VR: I think the final test, because the fear aspect of it is what really interests me. There’s kind of a small horror element to it, and it will be fun to see.

8. Roth shares fears with both Tris and Tobias.

 

Roth shares fears with both Tris and Tobias.

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When you came up with the fear landscapes, were any of the fears your own?

VR: Yes, I have a fear of swarming animals, so the birds were really freaky for me. I hate animals in large quantities — mostly bugs I have a problem with. Also heights, I don’t like heights at all.

9. Veronica Roth always had the ending in mind forAllegiant.

 

Veronica Roth always had the ending in mind for Allegiant .

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Did you always have the ending in mind for the third book?

VR: Yes. Since the first book — I remember telling my editor, and she said, “Well, you better keep that quiet.” Yeah, I did a lot of work to set it up the way that it is and I’m really happy with it.

10. Divergent is set very far in the future, but there’s no exact date.

 

Divergent is set very far in the future, but there's no exact date.

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Do you know what year Divergent is set in?

VR: No! (laughs) The reason it’s not in there is because I am terrible at estimating time and how long it takes for certain things to happen and for changes to happen, so I just kept it deliberately ambiguous. When I tried to figure it out, I just stressed myself out, so I think it’s just really far in the future.

11. Natalie Prior is loosely based off Veronica Roth’s mom.

 

Natalie Prior is loosely based off Veronica Roth's mom.

Did you base Tobias off of anyone?

VR: No.

Any other characters?

VR: The only one that’s close to someone I know is Tris’ mother is a lot like mine, because my mother was always self-sacrificial and very kind and helpful to us. But when I got older, I realized she was also a badass, and I think that experience motivated a lot of the aspects of Tris’ mother that we see, so she’s a little like my mom. I don’t know if my mom would agree, but at least as far as I saw her in a particular moment in time, that’s how Natalie is.

12. Caleb betrayed his family earlier than expected.

 

Caleb betrayed his family earlier than expected.

When did Caleb decide to betray his family? Is there a moment Jeanine convinced him to side with her?

VR: Some questions I don’t like to answer because I want it to be fun for people to form their own opinions, but with him, I think it’s a lot earlier than you think!

13. Sadly, there are no “Detergent” jokes in Allegiant.

 

Sadly, there are no "Detergent" jokes in Allegiant .

Are there any Detergent jokes in the third book?

VR: No, but I tried! I was thinking of doing something with laundry but it just didn’t happen.

14. Roth wishes she didn’t kill some of her characters.

 

Roth wishes she didn't kill some of her characters.

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Are there any scenes you would change?

VR: Well, I would make the Erudite more nuanced. Since Tris is the one observing them for us, she is very judgmental and it’s been set up to be by her dad, so it’s understandable that they wouldn’t come off that well. But a good writer can show things that the narrator doesn’t see to the reader, so that’s hard, and I wasn’t that good at it when I wrote Divergent, so I would love to go back and fix that if I could. I would also show a little more of Jeanine’s backstory and motivations to make her more nuanced also.

And I’m not going to say who, but there are some characters I wish I didn’t kill. I just think the story maybe could’ve been stronger or gone in a really interesting direction if some of them had survived.

Is this in book one, two, or three?

VR: None in book three — I was really careful about what I did in book three. Not that I wasn’t careful when I wrote the first two books; I just didn’t know as much, I guess.

15. Any person who tried to enter Jeanine’s lab would’ve been forced to fight themselves in some type of logical puzzle.

 

Any person who tried to enter Jeanine's lab would've been forced to fight themselves in some type of logical puzzle.

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When Tris attempts to get into Jeanine’s lab, she is forced to fight herself in a simulation. Does the simulation change based on fears of a person, by faction, or something else?

VR: It’s intended to be a logical puzzle, not a fear simulation. So Tris fights herself not because that’s who she would not want to fight, but because everyone would have to struggle against themselves in one way or another, depending on their disposition. For Tris it’s a logical puzzle based on a physical challenge. You know, “How do I beat an opponent who knows exactly what I’m going to do, can do the same things I do, is a total match for my strength and speed and is no better or worse than I am.” She discovers the difference between them is their goals, and she uses that to defeat herself. I think an Erudite character would have more of a mind puzzle and it might change depending on who is in there, but they’ll always be fighting themselves.

16. Marcus Eaton was almost killed off in Insurgent.

 

Marcus Eaton was almost killed off in Insurgent .

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Did you have any alternate endings?

VR: In Insurgent, I tried to kill Marcus four different ways but he just wouldn’t die!

Can you say the ways in which he was going to die?

VR: He was going to be executed for reasons that no longer apply, but he was going to be framed for some kind of crime and executed — but it didn’t work.

17. Jeanine’s motivations come from deep anxiety and a lack of understanding people’s independence.

 
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Can you tell us anything else about the Divergent world?

VR: Jeanine’s motivations come from deep anxiety and a total lack of understanding that other people are independent and exist outside of her and are not for her use. That combination motivates her to do what she does. I wish that were in there a little more.

Some things about the history of the world outside the fence are definitely not included for time and pace and all that, but I can’t reveal those, because they would be spoilers. There are some journal entries written from Natalie’s perspective out there, so those will probably appear somewhere and you learn a lot more about Abnegation.

18. There will be four short stories about Tobias.

 
19 Things You Should Know About The "Divergent" Series From Author Veronica Roth

Are there any more short stories coming out?

VR: I have four short stories about Four. They’ll all come out in paperback bind in February. So the first three are kind of prequel for Tobias about his life before he met Tris, and then the fourth one has a significant amount of overlap with Divergent.

19. There are powerful and beautiful moments at the end of Allegiant.

 

There are powerful and beautiful moments at the end of Allegiant .

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How do you think people are going to react to Allegiant?

VR: Oh, I don’t know. I think it will be like any book, a mixture of things, but hopefully people find it at least satisfying even if not everything that they wanted happens. But I think there’s some powerful and beautiful moments at the end, so my hope is that people will appreciate those.