Published by Harper Teen on 10/22/2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science-fiction, Young Adult
What if your whole world was a lie?\r\nWhat if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?\r\nWhat if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
I don’t even know where to begin.
I am disappointed.
I loved Divergent.
I even really liked Insurgent, though some people didn’t.
I was positive that Allegiant would meet my expectations, because – well, because there was just no way Veronica Roth could fail me.
But I am left with more questions than answers and ultimately I feel kind of ripped off.
Now, this is where I must beg you, that if you have not read any of the books in the series, and specifically if you have not read Allegiant, YOU MUST STOP HERE. Even though I am going to do my best, there is no way for me to review this book without giving away SOME spoilers. Because the largest reason I am rating this book so low is in part due to the biggest spoiler in the story. So, do NOT read on any further if you have not at least read Allegiant. It WILL be ruined for you.
Veronica Roth’s writing is still amazing. She manages to bring her reader into the world easily, making me live in the aftermath of the battle that happened in Insurgent. Tris in particular is living in the aftermath of having shot Will, and having lost her parents, specifically her mother, Natalie Prior. And while Tris is definitely stronger in Allegiant than she was in Insurgent, the story is dual POV, so we don’t get as much in-her-head time as I would have liked. (There is also the small issue with this dual POV where Tris and Four sound exactly alike – VR does not write different tones well).
Four annoyed me often, because like what happened with Ky in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie, VR writes Four with weaknesses and a bit of whine. Inside Four’s head is a labyrinth I didn’t particularly enjoy finding my way through. Not only is he complicated (which by the way is fine), but he is much less confident than he portrays himself to be. Seeing this weaker side of him made me love him a lot less, even though I know in his heart of hearts, he is forever Abnegation, not Dauntless.
The Tris/Four interactions lacked the oomph from Divergent. I know they were going through their issues, but they still loved each other, so I expected at least some heat. But I felt nothing.
Natalie Prior is the most important character in this series. As Tris and Four spend their time in the Compound, they each learn a little more of their own pasts, and the past of Chicago. Tris in particular mourns her mother greatly and looks for her in the compound everywhere she turns, and as it turns out, Natalie Prior is everywhere in the compound. Not only was she a plant from the outside, but she held all the secrets and missions of ‘the experiment.’ For years.
After the epic cliff hanger of Insurgent, I was ultimately disappointed with the brushoff given to Tris’ founding ancestor, Edith Prior. I feel like there should have been more time dedicated to Edith, but instead, we’re immediately told that not everything she said was true and her only significance is that she was the first generation. That made me feel like Insurgent’s awesome ending was a semi-lie. Which leads me to, it also felt weird that we go from a rising rebellion inside Chicago to focusing on two rebellions. My time and attention was divided between two things (three if you count the genetic element of everything) and I didn’t know what I should actually give a crap about. And the damn book was titled Allegiant for crying out loud. I didn’t really feel like it was about the Allegiant. Not really.
When someone gets killed off in a book, there needs to be a purpose behind it, and ultimately this is why I am rating Allegiant so low. This death made me so angry, I yelled in frustration at my dinner table, because there is no way VR could kill this person off, someone who is SO integral to the story. But she did. In other dystopians, deaths like this one serve a purpose, but this death served no purpose and felt like nothing more than shock factor. Indeed I was shocked, so shocked that it left me bereft of any other sort of emotion for the other characters in the book. I didn’t cry, I didn’t feel anything. Except anger, of course.
Allegiant felt rushed, and I was left with more questions than answers. What happens to certain characters? They just faded away, or we’re given flippant reasons for their disappearance in the story. Some story-lines ended too tidily, others never ended at all.
The only time I felt anything throughout Allegiant? When Four ziplined at the end of the story for his first (and last time) ever. And when Peter chose his new destiny.
Do I recommend Allegiant? I don’t know if I can. I told someone I work with not to read it, because anything she can imagine happening after Insurgent is surely better than the ending VR has given this series. And I say that with a heavy heart, and as a hard-core fan of the series. 🙁