In a futuristic galaxy filled with aliens and other creatures, seventeen-year-old Cade is completely alone. She has no recollection of a family and no friends, save for the few acquaintances she made in order to further her music career. But when the hologram of a deceased scientist appears to her one day, Cade discovers that she was conceived in a lab and selected for “entanglement,” which bonded her to a boy named Xan, who has been captured by anti-humanists. Because only she has the power to find Xan, it is up to Cade to save humanity.
Now that the Divergent trilogy is over, I had hopes that this series could fill the void. Instead, I was disappointed and somewhat aggravated by the novel’s lack of originality. While it was entertaining enough, it felt to me like the story was based around elements of other popular young adult books. Some of the most important aspects of the novel were either confusing or left unexplained, which made me as a reader feel apathetic to the characters’ triumphs and tragedies. Don’t rush to the nearest bookstore to read it unless you are absolutely craving an Ender’s Game type of dystopia.
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