Books are fantastic and they can be our best friends, but they also have the potential to stab us in the back (metaphorically and emotionally speaking). This week’s theme is all about those books and characters that are responsible for betraying me in some manner.
Because this post might deal with some of their ulterior motives further into the story and might even spoil the ending, I’ll post a big spoiler warning here just in case.
**POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD **
The Darkling, Shadow and Bone
I loved this character when we were first introduced to him on the page and for most of the book. Even after certain attributes were brought up, even after his mother said he was a horrible person, I was hoping and praying that they were all liars and none of it was true.
Imagine how I felt when the end of the book came along and he started proving all of these things true. I was crushed! I haven’t read the rest of the series yet, so I suppose there’s technically still time for things to turn around, but I sincerely doubt that’s going to happen.
J.K. Rowling, this whole book
I trusted J.K. Rowling when she said that she was only going to kill off (I think) four main characters. When I actually read it, though, it felt like my favorite people were being killed off left and right. There was so much death in this book that I felt emotionally drained after reading it and haven’t been able to bring myself to read it since it was first published.
Veronica Roth re: the ending
I have to be honest about this one: I haven’t actually read it yet. The ending, however, was massively spoiled for me by a BookTuber awhile ago. This has pushed Allegiant to the bottom of my TBR for the foreseeable future because of how awful that ending was. Why in the name of all that is good in this world did she have to kill Tris? I can’t see any good reason for this in what I have read of the series and hearing that revelation struck me as an utter betrayal by the author against her readers that had spent hundreds of pages becoming emotionally invested in Tris’s story.
Mim Malone, Mosquitoland
I did not know, going into this, that Mim Malone would be as unreliable a narrator as she turned out to be. It felt like a betrayal to be reading about her story and believing her, only to get to a revelation and realize that she was either unintentionally wrong or out-and-out lying to me the whole time.
Maven, Red Queen
I felt for this character. As the second son, and of the second queen, he felt like he was loved less than his perfect older brother Cal. I get that, I could understand how that felt. However, when his and his mother’s betrayal is revealed toward the end of the book, I felt like throwing the book at the wall. His mother I could understand, she was horrible from the beginning, but I wanted to wring his neck for being such a little ass***e.
Have you ever felt betrayed by a character or book? Did any of my choices ring a bell? Let me know in the comments below.