I was a fan of the first book in this series – the one that followed Veronica Roth’s immensely popular Divergent series.
The Fates Divide continues the love story of Cyra and Akos, although this narrative tears them apart – for a while at least. Now that Cyra has overthrown her brother, there is nothing that forces Akos to stay with her. Confused and hurt by their responses to this freedom, the pair separate, only to be told that their fates are even more intertwined than they thought. In fact, a twisted secret at their births ensures the two were destined to meet.
In the background, war is stirring. While Cyra does not condone the actions and traditions of her people, she cannot see them conquered. Not can she see them come under the power of Lazmet Noavek – the father she thought long dead.
There is tremendous character development for Cyra in this novel. Now she is no longer ruled by fear of her family, her true character comes to the forefront. She finds that she has a lot more to love for that she once thought. There is also some interesting sub-plotting around Eijeh – the next Oracle who was servant to the Noavek family and questionably loyal to the family that has tried to re-embrace him after his captivity.
I’m not sure why this hasn’t been more popular – I think it’s a well-realised science fiction world with intriguing characters and the promise of more mysteries to unfold. Worth a try.