Series: Divergent #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2013-10-22
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Purchased from the Nook store
Allegiant is the third and final book in Veronica Roth's Divergent series. If you haven't read the series, I suggest starting with my review of Divergent, because this review may contain spoilers for both Divergent and Insurgent.
For the rest of you, do I really need to give a summary here? The Factionless have taken over the city, but new information is revealed that continues to polarize its inhabitants. Tensions run high as Tris learns the truth about her city, her past, and her self...but at what cost? Bla bla bla...I'm sure you already know the blurb.
I said in my review of Insurgent that I pretty much gave up on this series in 2012. After Allegiant, though, I’m glad I continued reading. This little novel is everything I love about dystopian trilogies. Life outside the fence! Lies! Secrets revealed! New enemies! Inherent inequality! Character deaths! Old journals! Surveillance! Forgiveness! Genetic manipulation! Mostly I was just super excited to see what was outside of the fence and to learn more about the history behind the city.
There’s also this little issue of the TOTALLY SHOCKING ENDING THAT JUST HAD EVERYONE IN A TIZZY. I mean, I guess I can see why it was TOTALLY SHOCKING, but I was actually really impressed with what Veronica Roth did here. This is her story. It’s a story of war. I don’t want a sugar-coated, cotton-candy dream of a novel. I want realism. Roth delivered. My only gripe with the scene in question was that I felt the writing could have been a little stronger. Maybe I was reading it all too quickly (“OMG, what happens next!”), but it was all very rushed and confusing — but not in that on-purpose, reflective-of-the-rushed-and-confusing-situation kind of way. More of a I’m-on-a-deadline kind of way.
While I liked the book over all (Insurgent < Allegiant < Divergent), my biggest complaint is the dual narration between Tris and Tobias. I just didn’t care about Tobias. I didn’t find his point of view interesting or compelling. Half the time I was lost because he and Tris sound exactly the same. Upon finishing the novel, I have a better idea of why Tobias’s side is necessary, but I just didn’t find it convincing.
Final Grade: B-
I was really afraid this was going to end like Requiem, so I was pleasantly surprised overall. However, like Mockingjay, I may find myself completely forgetting the plot of the novel in just a few week’s time (seriously, I remember less than four things about Mockingjay) (there’s no link on Mockingjay because I just realized I read it in September 2010…which may have something to do with my lack of memory). Listen, if you own Divergent, you do need to continue on with the series and read all three. If you have Divergent in your library, you must complete the set. However, the spoiler-crazy people on the internet are not going to shield you from the TOTALLY SHOCKING ENDING for long, so you’d really better consider reading Allegiant ASAP while you can still be surprised by the ending. I’m just laying down the voice of reason here — there will be a day when we’ll all drop Allegiant spoilers without batting an eye. Proceed at your own risk. Oh, and bring some tissues. Tears will fall in volumes approaching the size of the wave on on the cover. You’re welcome.
What did you think of this series finale? Rage-inducing? Underdeveloped? Appropriate?
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth | Review (busyteacher.wordpress.com)
- Divergent by Veronica Roth | Review (busyteacher.wordpress.com)
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth (caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts On Veronica Roth’s Allegiant (Contains *MAJOR* Spoilers) (auraborealiswrites.wordpress.com)