How do I start a review about a trilogy that I lovingly recommended to all of my reader friends? I profusely claim the Divergent series far surpasses that of the Hunger Games. I was even able to persuade my boyfriend to give it a chance.
I honestly didnít get around to rereading Divergent and Insurgent before Allegiant came out. As a result, I had a hard time remembering what happened at the end of the other books. To refresh my memory, I read a few summaries online before starting the first chapter.
Insurgent ended with the announcement of life outside the fence. Apparently the factions and everyone in them were setup as an experiment. Tris and the crew start out anxious and ready to escape and find whatís out there. Unfortunately, they must first go on trial for releasing the sealed video of Edith Prior. Each member must undergo the truth serum and reveal whether they knew Marcusí intentions behind unleashing the video.
I must apologize as this isn’t as thorough of a review as I had hoped. This book was alright, but I’m finding it difficult to write about. The passion is just not there for me. I’m sorry.
From that point on, the book flip flops between drawn out chapters revealing the truth behind the factions, sexual tension between Tris and Tobias, and revolutions. Seriously, I think there are three different revolutions in this novel. Personally, I believe the novel would’ve been much better if Roth focused on one main revolution and developed it throughout. Throwing out too many uprising is confusing and redundant.
With that said, I did enjoy Rothís writing throughout the somewhat repetitive chapters. I was eager to find out what led society to perform such a heinous experiment. My curiosity allowed the pages to flow by in quick succession. If there is one thing Roth is great at, it is world building.
Learning about Tobias through his perspective was intriguing, albeit hard to distinguish from Trisí perspective. The other books were all told from Trisí point-of-view and it took some adjusting to get used to have two views. Overall, I think it was a good choice. I was dying to learn more about Tobias and Roth delivered.
There was too much yet too little going on throughout the book. Life in the compound felt as if time was moving in slow motion. Details about the outside world and the compound were released in little bits at a time. In between those tidbits, there was a lot of tension between Tris and Tobias. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely welcome the relational tension. It is unrealistic for couples to never fight or have squabbles.
I appreciated the fact that Roth included an epilogue. It was interesting to see where the characters were a few years after the incident. Allegiant was a solid book with some flaws. Despite those flaws, I read it all in three days, which is pretty fast for me nowadays. However, I would list this book as my least favorite of the three and I am a bit disappointed by it. That being said, it doesnít stop me from recommending it and it wonít stop me from going to see the Divergent movie. I donít understand people who react so strongly. I for one very much enjoyed reading the first two books and they are still listed among my favorites.
Overall, Allegiant was a good read. I ate the pages up scrambling to find out how it would all end. I would define it as the weakest of the series, but I will continue to recommend this trilogy to all of my reader friends.
For my take on the ending, read ahead…View Spoiler » Letís talk about that ending. Let me be clear about this: I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH A MAIN CHARACTER DYING. For me, the error was in the way she died. If Iím reading an action filled series and the main character has to die, I want to see it in a badass way. This characterís death just didnít do it for me. The villain was sanctioned to a chair and she couldnít figure out a way to maneuver around him? Seriously? I mean she didnít even try. She made a feeble attempt to talk to him and that was about it. I understand she was weakened from the serum, but this was incredibly disappointing. It left me feeling as if she just gave up without a fight.
Actually, back up a second. I still donít understand why they were going to have Caleb be the one to go through the death serum when they knew Tris was immune to serums from the beginning? Just for revenge? This seemed really out of character from the other books for me.
Okay, back to the ending. I am the type of reader that actually enjoys books that break my heart into a million pieces. Why? If Iím crying at the end of a book, I know that itís because the author made the characters lifelike for me and I actually care about them. For whatever reason, Allegiant didnít really do it for me. I found myself trying to force the tears because I actually did care for the characters. Something about the ending just didnít feel right and I couldnít shake the feeling enough to really process that she is gone. « Hide Spoiler
I think it is important for everyone to read and form their own opinions. My best friend read Allegiant and loved it. To each their own!
Am I misinterpreting the ending? How do you feel about it? I would love to discuss!