The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here - Veronica Roth has finished her wildly popular dystopian teen trilogy, the Divergent Series! Allegiant, the fiery conclusion to the trilogy is now available on NOOK. Veronica visits the NOOK Blog today to do a Q&A about the story behind the stories - her writing process, the challenges she faced, and who she'd most love to see reading her books.
What’s the first thing you did when you finished writing the trilogy?
Veronica: I’m pretty sure all I did was continue with my regular routine—walk the dog, eat dinner, etc. I’ve been waiting until I’m done with the Four short stories to really process that the trilogy is done. I have a few edited drafts of Allegiant lying around my apartment, so maybe when I finish with the short stories I’ll burn the stacks of paper to commemorate the end of the series. That sounds weird, but I think it’s appropriate to grieve a little bit—it changed my life so drastically. It’s bittersweet.
If you could catch anyone reading your books, who would it be?
V: My writer dream has always been that I would someday see someone reading one of my books on the train, and that has never happened—so I would really love to catch anyone reading them on a Chicago El train. Catching one of my favorite authors reading a Divergent book would be wonderful, too.
What has been your most challenging scene to write in the trilogy?
V: The hardest scenes for me to write are ones that weave in complicated pieces of world-building—it’s difficult to communicate information clearly without it feeling like exposition. So some of the most challenging scenes, for me, were the ones in Allegiant when a lot of the questions that have built up over the last two books are answered. The scene in the first book where Al begs Tris for forgiveness and she refuses him was a hard one, too. I don’t really blame her, but that was painful to “watch,” so to speak, knowing what would happen next.
Has writing any part of the trilogy changed the way in which you see the world?
V: So many times. For me, the page is a safe place for me to challenge my own beliefs about the world. The faction system is essentially my own personal utopia: a world in which people are forced to fit themselves into neat categories, and to take personal responsibility for the brokenness in the world. Writing the series has made me dismantle my own worldview, in a lot of ways—has made me abandon my own legalism and to start looking at people in a more nuanced, complicated, and probably more loving way. And that’s just one example. I grew up a lot while writing these books.
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