Book Review: The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth.

The lives of Cyra Noavek and Akos Kereseth are ruled by their fates, spoken by the oracles at their births. The fates, once determined, are inescapable. Akos is in love with Cyra, in spite of his fate: He will die in service to Cyra’s family. And when Cyra’s father, Lazmet Noavek—a soulless tyrant, thought to be dead—reclaims the Shotet throne, Akos believes his end is closer than ever.

As Lazmet ignites a barbaric war, Cyra and Akos are desperate to stop him at any cost. For Cyra, that could mean taking the life of the man who may—or may not—be her father. For Akos, it could mean giving his own. In a stunning twist, the two will discover how fate defines their lives in ways most unexpected.

I have been a huge fan of Veronica Roth for years, ever since I first read Divergent. Unfortunately I have yet to convince myself to read Allegiant – I love Tris too much to read it… Even now. (Yes, Twitter, you and your spoiler ways do affect my reading choices!) One day though, I know I will read it. I just need a bit more courage. Anyway, that experience did not discourage me from reading first, Carve the Mark and now, The Fates Divide.

This series has well developed characters, a whole universe of deadly planets (yey! I love science fiction!) and of course, oracles! Like, seriously, could it get any cooler? Oh wait, a prophesy defying romance of the Montague VS Capulet variety? Check! So basically, if you’ve not been reading this series, then what have you been doing with your life?

Romance stuff: Cyra and Akos are as ship-worthy as ever, but also Akos’ sister’s relationship with the Chancellor was pretty heart-pounding. If only I had liked the Chancellor more… Oh, and in the audiobook, Akos’ character is voiced by Austin Butler, from The Shannara Chronicles. I know, right? Buy it!!

Action stuff: explosions, assassinations, spaceships. I loved it ALL!

Prophesies: this is where the narration at times reminded me of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, which is pretty much the highest complement I can give a book, as that is one of my all time favourite series. “Roth and Steifvater vibes, in one book?” I hear you say. Yes, oh yes.

Ending: I really liked how the sequel wrapped up lots of lose ends (whoop, happy endings!), but also didn’t solve a whole universe of problems in a single book. Dare I hope this means a spin-off duology is in the works? Pretty, pretty please Ms Roth? I could do your dishes for a month?

#DishThosePages #hardback #pre-order

5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

  1. Living under a rock, I guess. I had no idea these were sci-fi. That perked up my interest. I do hate when a spoiler makes me no longer want to read an anticipated book. Yay for a second series you could like.

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