[Spoiler Free] Review: Allegiant

October 25, 2013 book review 4

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Released: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books–HarperCollins
Series: Divergent #3
Pages: 526

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

This review is SPOILER FREE. I promise!

Let’s just jump right in, shall we? You have all heard about the ending and everyone’s reactions to it at this point, right? Okay, I hated the ending. It was terribly sad and in all honesty, I don’t quite understand why it was done. Maybe because it was unique compared to other dystopias? I’m not sure but I didn’t like it! I cried for hours and am now in a terrible book hangover.

I didn’t give this book 2.5-3 stars because of the ending, though. I just want to clear that up right now. Yes, I don’t agree with it but it still had me bawling and I appreciate Roth’s ability to affect me that way. The real reason I gave it 2.5-3 stars is just the overall concept and execution of the book. For one, and I’m sad to admit this, but aside from the ending, ALLEGIANT was kind of boring. What should have been an extremely climactic book with our lot of characters venturing over the fence, wasn’t. They just sort of went. I didn’t feel the intensity and suspense like I felt in the other two books.

Another thing I didn’t paritcularly like was the explanation for why Chicago was the way it was. That, too, wasn’t a huge, world crushing revelation like I thought it was going to be. It was also really confusing to follow along. I was sitting there trying to figure out what all it meant and why it even really mattered in the first place.

My biggest thing with this book is the switching point of views. I know everyone loved Tobias and wanted to hear his side of things, I get that. However, his and Tris’ voice and personality were just too alike in this book. If I didn’t pay close attention when I started a new chapter, I automatically thought I was reading Tris’ POV like the other two books. Only upon seeing Tris mentioned did I realize, whoops, this is Tobias’ chapter. They just didn’t have big enough differences in thought processes to make the switching POV work in my opinion. If there was more of a contrast then I think I would have enjoyed the refreshing change of scenery so to speak.

I love the Divergent series and unfortunately, ALLEGIANT fell flat for me executionally. I do think fans of the first two books need to read this. You should find out how it ends. It’ll probably devastate you, even if it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense!

2.5-3 Thought Clouds


Christine

4 Responses to “[Spoiler Free] Review: Allegiant”

    • Christine P

      I’m honestly surprised that so many people are saying the same things as I am. I thought I was going to be the only one who had these kind of issues with it. I was worried I was just being silly. But that ending! OMG, I still can’t get over it. It makes me so sad and makes me feel like everything, from the first book on, was done in vain. I just don’t know why it had to end like that. I’m going to have a tremendously hard time going to see the movies now, knowing what I know 🙁

    • Christine P

      I can’t wait to see what you think about it, Brandi! Beware of the interwebz, though. I somehow managed to avoid all the spoilers but I know a lot of people who didn’t fare as lucky. I think it’ll ruin it if you go into it knowing how it’ll end.

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