I first discovered Veronica Roth in 2011, when I heard the buzz about her debut novel, Divergent.
In my Book Review at the end of 2014, I liked Divergent, loved Insurgent, but Allegiant was disappointing, to say the least. It took me several months, from July through December, to finish the trilogy.
Veronica Roth was born on August 19, 1988. She was born in New York City, but raised in Barrington, Illinois, which is 32 miles northwest of Chicago. She has an older brother and sister. Her parents divorced around 1993, but her mother eventually remarried.
She graduated from Barrington High School. She initially studied at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After one year, she transferred to Northwestern University to study creative writing. She graduated from Northwestern in 2010. She married Nelson Fitch, a photographer, in 2011.
Roth wrote Divergent while on winter break during her senior year at Northwestern.
She has received several awards. She received the Goodreads 2011 Choice Award. In 2012, she was recognized as the Best of 2012 in the category of Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, as well as Best Goodreads Author.
The publishing rights for Divergent were sold before her college graduation. The film rights were sold before the novel’s printing in April 2011.
By fall 2013, Divergent and Insurgent had sold more than five million copies.
The film adaptation of Divergent was released in March 2014. The film adaptation of Insurgent was released on March 20, 2015.
Initially, the third book, Allegiant, was scheduled to be split into two films. The Divergent Series: Allegiant was released on March 18, 2016. The former Part 2, re-titled as The Divergent Series: Ascendant, was released on March 24, 2017.
The Divergent trilogy:
- Divergent (2011)
- Insurgent (2012)
- Allegiant (2013)
The cover art for these books is gorgeous. It’s one of the things that attracted me to the trilogy. As I mentioned in my 2014 book review, I loved the first two books, particularly Insurgent. However, Allegiant was a huge turn-off for me. In my opinion, Roth could have made both Divergent and Insurgent a little bit longer, and wrapped up the series with those two books.
The World of Divergent: The Path to Allegiant (2013)
Roth also published a companion book / guide to the Divergent trilogy, around the time that Allegiant was published. To be honest, I haven’t read this, and I’m not sure if I ever will.
Four: A Divergent Story Collection (2014)
In addition to the Divergent trilogy, Roth wrote four short stories from the point of view of Tobias Eaton.
- The Transfer
- The Initiate
- The Son
- The Traitor
The stories have been sold separately, but also packaged together.
We Can Be Mended (2017)
An epilogue to Divergent, titled We Can Be Mended, was announced in December 2016. I’m willing to give it a shot, although I immensely disliked Allegiant as a whole. Maybe Roth can redeem herself with this one.
Carve The Mark (2017)
Roth’s latest young adult book, titled Carve The Mark, was published on January 17, 2017. I actually didn’t realize she had written a new book until researching her for this specific post, so I plan to add this book to my TBR. It looks like a completely new, completely different story, and I’m excited to try it out. To the library!
I’ve really enjoyed following Roth’s journey into writing, so far.
As critical as I’ve been about Allegiant and the film adaptations, I plan to add Carve The Mark and We Can Be Mended to my TBR. We shall see!
What about you?
Have you read any of Veronica Roth’s works?
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂