Today I am reviewing Allegiant, Book 3 in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. It may contain spoilers for previous books but I’ll do my best to remain spoiler free for this book.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
I am having trouble rating this but I think that I’ll go with 3.5 stars out of 5.
Now I understand why this books has everyone in a spin. Going into Allegiant I had no idea where Veronica was going to go with this series, had no idea what would be beyond the city gates or why the city is sealed off from the rest of the world or why they had factions in the first place. I had no idea, but I didn’t think that would be it. It was different, to say the least. Different from the other dystopians, but also different from the other two books themselves. So different in fact I almost felt like I was reading the first book in a new series.
I was highly anticipating this book, couldn’t wait to read it, and once I started it it failed to grab me and pull me in. I read the other two books with the regular compulsiveness that comes with amazing books, but I found the only thing propelling me along with this one was the fact that I wanted to see what happened in the end.
I didn’t mind being inside Four’s head for this one, but a lot of the time I was confused over whose perspective I was in and had to keep going back to check.
There were some good Tris and four moments, but not many. There’s not a lot of time for romance when having to deal with such big issues that they suddenly have to deal with in this book.
And the ending. It is a shocker. I feel sorry for you if it’s been spoiled for you. I was glad I didn’t know, it made the impact so much bigger.
Overall it was a let down, as much of a let down as Lauren Oliver’s Requiem was. I would have to say the last 1/3 was the best part of the book even though *beep* happened. But it was still worth the read though. Saying all that, Veronica Roth is a a fantastic writer, a master of prose, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.