Note that before reading this article, it does contain spoilers about the ending and other plot points.
On her blog, she wrote a post and posted a video of her interview on MTV, both talking about her decision for the ending. She explains that it was nothing that she took lightly and that she didn’t do it for the shock value. She writes:
“I’ve said before that this ending was always a part of the plan, but one thing I want to make clear is that I didn’t choose it to shock anyone, or to upset anyone, or because I’m ruthless with my characters—no, no, no. I may have been ruthless with other characters, in the past, but not with her, never with her.”
She goes on to explain that it was Tris’s parents’ deaths in the first book that effected Tris throughout the rest of the trilogy. As a reader, you’ve seen her struggle with the morals that they taught her growing up and doing what she thinks is right. It does explain why Tris was able to sacrifice herself to save her brother, Caleb, because it is something that her parents instilled in her.
Roth explains this when she writes:
“It’s just before her mother gives up her life that Tris figures out how those identities fit together, combining selflessness and bravery and love for her family and love for her faction all together under one umbrella: Divergent.”
Roth finishes her post by pulling two quotes, one from Insurgent when Tris fights to stay alive because she’s not done yet and the 2nd from Allegiant when her mother says that she is done. She explains how this fits into Tris’s life and the sacrifice she made.
It is hard to read about a character that you’ve grown attached to over the last few years, die an unexpected death, but that kind of death is a part of life. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and sometimes there is no happily ever after.
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