Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

October 26, 2013 Book Review 17 ★★★½

AllegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Published by HarperCollins on October 22nd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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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.

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.

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I don't always feel the need to write a review for a highly anticipated series finale, but for some reason I feel like if I don't write this it is going to fester and I need some closure.

Was this finale everything I hoped it would be? God, no. But did I hate the book? No. And I'm going to tell you why. I love when a book can pull so many emotions out of me, even anger and utter sadness. That's why I can't bring myself to hate this book even though I hate what happened to my Tris. I was entertained and left on the edge of my seat, maybe not as much as the past two books, but the intrigue was still there. My love for these characters continued, despite the flaws I encountered in this department. And furthermore, it has not changed my love for the series on a whole. When I think back on Divergent I can honestly say this series still is one of my favorites of all time. I am so thankful that was not taken from me.

Despite the obvious dissatisfaction with where the author decided to take the series in the end with Tris and Four, I had other issues too. For one, I felt like too much info was left for us to discover and understand about the world building and it it made this book suffer a little. It jumped around a lot and I felt a bit of a disconnect at times. The amount of loose-ends and explanations about what was happening on the outside and why this world of factions in Chicago was created led to a lot of info-dumping so that I found myself rereading passages so I'd get it at times and other times wishing I could skim through it all. It had to be done but it did leave me a little bored at times.  Too much too quick, perhaps?

Four's POV… I was not a fan. I don't know, I guess I liked more of the mystery behind his thoughts that we had in the previous books. It was so hard to distinguish which POV I was reading since they sounded so similar too. I constantly had to check. And is it just me or did he appear a little… weak? Maybe it was supposed to come off as vulnerable but this was just not the Four I had hoped to hear from. Again, I get why the author chose to add it, obviously we would have missed a lot of what was going on plus what would happen at the end when Tris was gone, but it just didn't work all that great for me.
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Part of this next point ties into the ending with Tris, but I'll get into that further in a minute. I was baffled by the Four and Evelyn resolution at the end, and furthermore the end of her fight. She just decided all of a sudden to drop her revolution? Just like that? I expected so much more from the Factionless and Allegiant fight, the one that really didn't happen. I didn't need a full out war, but the way it was handled so easily made absolutely no sense to me after everything that had led up to it. I wish THIS was where the action had been instead of what had happened to Tris.

And back to the ending. I am so gutted still, you guys. Like I cannot stop thinking about Four and his sadness and how Tris was such an amazingly brave girl that I loved and now she's gone. They cannot be together anymore. Unfortunately this ending was spoiled to me on Twitter so every time she'd mention the future before her demise I would bawl my eyes out. Even thinking about it to write this review is causing major tears. I sit here and think of all these different outcomes that could have been done instead of this that would have left me more satisfied. That evil David not being in the room, Caleb getting his redemption, Tris surviving and the action being in Chicago… but alas, I'm not Veronica Roth and this is her playground, I'm just here for the ride.

I always prefer a good HEA for my characters, especially those I have been with throughout a series, but I don't feel like I am owed it. I can somehow come to terms with this route taken because I feel dystopians have a harder time pulling off a HEA that can feel believable. So I can complain all day about Tris dying but would this finale hold the same punch without it? I'm not so sure. It may have just fallen flat. But I guess we will never know.

I want to thank Veronica Roth for writing this series and introducing me to characters I will take with me forever. I will move on and look to the Divergent future at the movies and what else the author can bring our way.

3.5_stars
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About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

17 Responses to “Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth”

  1. Jen-Jenuine Cupcakes (@cupcakegirly)

    ((hugs)) Great job Sara. I know how you feel! I felt like I would’ve been more “okay” with the ending if a) Tris and Four had spent Allegiant together – like a fully believable relationship. (I don’t mean sex), and b) he had been THERE when the end happened, preferably with his arms around her. He was weak which broke my heart for him. Four is my #1 book boy because of who he was in Divergent. He still is, but…
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    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      Yes to those points too. There was enough discord in Insurgent. And knowing what I knew about the end, I was craving more happy times between the two of them. And I wish they had been together at the time in the end too. I bawled when they parted ways and it became obvious that it wouldn’t happen that way. ((hugs back))

  2. Aman

    I loved Divergent, even though Insurgent didn’t work for me at all, I had high hopes from Allegiant, but after knowing the ending, I don’t even want to read this book. It feels too raw and painful. Plus, like you many other readers are not happy with Four’s pov and his whiny personality. From what I’ve heard, this was not a strong book I was hoping it to be and for that reason alone, I don’t think I would be picking up the finale. Thanks for the review, Sara.
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  3. Lily

    I know we’ve talked a lot about the book Sara and our individual thoughts on the plot of Allegiant as a whole but I still felt the need to read your review. Alas, I agree with you on pretty much everything. Especially Four’s POV. I get why it was done but I felt it was mostly added just for the end after Tris dies and that all the drama surrounding “fealing weak” was than incomportated just to add flair to the story. I did see Four as extremely weak and this book and that was a huge let down. I still liked him and i understands Veronica wanted to make him vulnerable but there is vulnerable and weak and Four just turned out weak– and I couldn’t understand why. Not to mention Tris and Tobias POV were almost identical. I had to go back and check constantly too!
    The more time I give myself to think over the ending the more okay with it I become. I understood why from the start why Veronica ended it like that and honestly I couldn’t agree more with having Tris die. Did it hurt? YES! Is the pain lessning everyday? YES.
    Great review Sara! 🙂
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  4. Pam@YAEscapefromReality

    I had a lot of issues with this book. I was just so disappointed, by so many things. Four’s POV…completely agree with you. Was not a distinctive voice and he was weak, not the same Four he was before. And the choice to wipe everyone’s memories…what? How is that ok? Is that really consistent with who Tris is? Four objects but then is like…ok.

    Also, why didn’t they come up with a different plan, other than releasing the death serum? I don’t know, maybe attack when it was being transported or something? Get the memory serum that way? And the outside was such a let-down, I agree that the action should have just stayed inside the city or the outside should have been something else.

    And then killing off Tris. Part of me understands. She never thought she was good enough to be Abnegation, but then she proves that she is truly selfless. But the way it happened was just so dumb. What was the point of having her survive the death serum (which was a little dumb, why would having different genes allow her to survive some sort of poison) and then die because she forgets to bring in the gun? Really? That’s the way to kill her off? Now if she died jumping in front of a bullet to save Four, I would be more ok with that. I just thought it was unnecessary because she could have shown her truly selfless nature and still survived. So it seemed a bit unnecessary to me and was just so depressing, especially seeing Four later.

    I could go on ranting, but I’ll stop. I still love Divergent and Insurgent, but there were so many things that weren’t that great in this book, and then to have it end that way…definitely a let down.

    What other YA main character has died? I can’t think of one (except if the book is about them having some disease). Part of me thinks it was for shock value, although I did hear Veronica Roth planned this from the very beginning of book one.

    Thanks for the honest review!
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    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      I can’t think of another where the main character died, and I mean the main character who’s POV we have had. The first 2 books were all her. If VR planned to go this route, maybe we should have gotten the other books from Four’s POV too? I don’t know. Still surprised she went this way.

  5. Lisa (Lost in Literature)

    Ok, after seeing your spoiler alert I decided not to read your review since I’ve only read Divergent so far, but your rating seems to be the same as most of the others I’ve seen. Sorry you didn’t love it as much, but you’re not alone. I still want to catch up on this series eventually. Glad you enjoyed it though! 🙂
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  6. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one who actually sort of liked this! I was disappointed but I still found myself liking how everything wrapped up in the end. The only thing I didn’t like was that Tris had to die, it was sad and was a punch in the gut.

    Lovely review, Sara! <33
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  7. Wendy Darling

    I haven’t read this yet but deliberately spoiled myself last week to see what the craziness was over. (I guessed correctly.) I need to read it sooner than I expected just so I can have an opinion–it sounds like there were some issues other than just the choice to end it the way she did, though.
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  8. Sunny

    I haven’t caught up yet (not even at Insurgent), but I’ve heard about the spoiler so I went ahead and read your review. Unfortunately, I think I’ll feel the same as you and the rest of the world. Four’s POV will probably not be the thing I like the best and I think I’ll cry every time she mentions the future too because WE know but SHE doesn’t and it’s just so sad.
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  9. Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books

    I agree with all the complaints you have about this series. It caused me to ultimately rate this book a little lower, unfortunately. As a whole, I think this book brought down the series a bit. But I still enjoyed Divergent and don’t have any problem admitting that. My biggest problem was that I think Veronica Roth was overly ambitious in her aims for this book. Simply too much needed to happen in too short a span of time, which made some of the revelations and actions seem unrealistic. Also, I kind of feel like Tris’ death was partially done for shock value. But really, my complaints were bigger than that. *sigh* Roth doesn’t deserve the amount of vitriol she’s received, but I don’t think this is the best ending that the series could have had, either.
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  10. Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. “I felt like too much info was left for us to discover and understand about the world building and it it made this book suffer a little. It jumped around a lot and I felt a bit of a disconnect at times. The amount of loose-ends and explanations about what was happening on the outside and why this world of factions in Chicago was created led to a lot of info-dumping so that I found myself rereading passages so I’d get it at times and other times wishing I could skim through it all. It had to be done but it did leave me a little bored at times.”
    Yes.

    2. “Four’s POV… I was not a fan. I don’t know, I guess I liked more of the mystery behind his thoughts that we had in the previous books. It was so hard to distinguish which POV I was reading since they sounded so similar too. I constantly had to check. And is it just me or did he appear a little… weak? Maybe it was supposed to come off as vulnerable but this was just not the Four I had hoped to hear from…”
    Yes!

    Completely agree. I actually thought the ending was the most successful part of the book from a storytelling point of view because it brought everything full circle. However, I also felt that there were many problems with the book: dual POV didn’t work, too many story lines were either hastily ended or just left dangling, too much new information (GD/GP stuff) was introduced, and the characters seemed to just shrink into lesser versions of themselves.
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  11. starryeyedjen

    Oh, you conveyed exactly how this book made me feel so well! It wasn’t the ending that left me bereft…it’s the path to get there. This book just didn’t pack the punch for me until the very end, and then I was gutted, though I did anticipate that ending based on other reader reactions, even if I did choose not to spoil myself. I wish it had only been from Tris’ POV, too, though. I liked reading his little short stories, but this should have been Tris’ book. She started this, and she should have ended it. 🙁
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