Series: Divergent #3
Published by HarperCollins on October 22nd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.
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.