ByTiffany Smith, writer at

Have you ever stopped to contemplate on how many important characters have died in the books we've read? It used to be that as long as the character was a main character then there was a good chance that they would survive. Well, the times have changed and people such as Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and John Green were born into this world with one sole purpose: to mess with our emotions. Many of our favorite characters are now gathered in one place: a lonesome cemetery. The cemetery of dead book characters has grown so big that you wouldn't be able to count how many names would be on those gravestones if our favorite and dead fictional characters did exist.

Here are 8 of some of the most devastating YA book character deaths:


1. Beatrice Prior (Divergent)

Beatrice, otherwise known as Tris, caused some serious emotional turmoil within me. I think its safe to say that we were all shocked by Tris's choice in Allegiant. In fact, I remember reading those last few short paragraphs of her life over and over, barely being able to process what I was reading. For a little while, I thought that Veronica Roth was playing a mean joke on us and Tris would come back to life. However, the book kept progressing without her and I slowly began to lose hope. Finally, when they released her ashes into the wind, I knew in the pit of my stomach that Tris was gone and Tobias was alone.

2. Primrose Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

Prim's death made my heart stop in its tracks. I have a younger sister and they're about the same age, so I couldn't even imagine the tragedy and heartbreak Katniss experienced. I was very angry at Gale because even though it was never his intention to kill Prim, it was ultimately his fault. The thing about it was, Katniss had sacrificed so much to keep her family alive and intact but in the end, it didn't even matter.

3. Rue (The Hunger Games)

If you didn't feel anything at Rue's death, then something is definitely wrong with you. This scene made me feel the total injustice of The Hunger Games and how wrong it was for the kids to be forced to fight to the death.

4. Augustus Waters (The Fault In Our Stars)

I don't even know what to say. This book left me nearly drowning in a pool of my own tears. I remember my parents asking me what was wrong when I was reading the book and the only thing that I could say was, "He died. He DIED!" Augustus was the kind of guy every girl wanted because he was charming, funny, loving, kind, and MORE. I don't think I could ever pick TFiOS up again because it would reopen all those wounds. I have nothing more to say on the subject besides the fact that it was very emotional and sad.

5. Fred Weasley (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

I think Fred and George were everybody's favorite characters. What could be better than two mischievous ginger twins who had a thing for disobeying the rules and pulling pranks (no matter how nasty or mean)? My favorite scene with Fred and George was when they left Hogwart's for good to pursue their dream of opening Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. Fred's death was terribly tragic. It was like a piece of me was lost; and then watching his family gather around him. . .the feels! I just wanted to curl into a fetal position and cry.

6. Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

Throughout the entire Harry Potter series, Dumbledore's death was by far the worst. It was like the breath was knocked out of me. Dumbledore, the only man who could reckon with Lord Voldemort, was killed by the hand of one of his most trusted friends and colleagues--Severus Snape. Snape was always a very suspicious character but fortunately in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we finally begin to understand why everything happened. Still, it doesn't change that fact that Dumbledore's death was tragic and upsetting. To make things worse, J.K. Rowlings also killed off Sirius, Lupin, Tonks, Dobby, Hedwig, and of course, Fred.

7. Sebastian Verlac/Jonathan Morgenstern (The Mortal Instruments: The City of Heavenly Fire)

You may be wondering how I could possibly think that his death was tragic and sad after all that he did to the Shadowhunters. Think about it though: in the final moments of his life, he was Jonathon, the son of Jocelyn and the sister of Clary. The demon side of him was destroyed when Clary stabbed him with Glorious and he was no longer evil. He regretted everything that he had done and wanted to be repented for his wrongdoings. How could you not feel the injustice of that situation?

8. Cole Stewart (The Darkest Minds)

The Darkest Mind by Alexandria Bracken
The Darkest Mind by Alexandria Bracken

8. Cole Stewart. The Darkest Minds was a depressing book and the rest of the series continued to be gloomy. Ruby's trials through the camps reminded me strongly of the concentration camps from World War II, except that in this case, it was children being tortured inside these camps. Cole wasn't introduced until the second book when Ruby joined the Children's League. Him being Liam's brother made everything more interesting and for a while, I thought that there might be a romance between them. Cole was rough on the outside but he eventually grew on me. His death in the third book was uncalled for and I literally just gaped at my Kindle when it finally occurred to me that he was really gone for good. He just never seemed like the kind of character who could die.

These are just a small handful of book character deaths. There are hundreds of other characters who have left us heartbroken by their departure from the fictional world. This just proves that you can never, EVER trust the author.


Are you emotional when it comes to the death of fictional characters?


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