I wanted to really like this book since I LOVE Divergent (5 stars), thought Insurgent was pretty good (4 stars), but Allegiant really dragged for me. Some parts felt drawn out and repetitive. Everything finally picked up towards the end and the last 100 pages or so were great. I was satisfied with how the series ended as a whole, but I wish I enjoyed this book more than I did.
Ok now before we even get into this book, I want to say this is going to read more like a rant than a review. With that being said, here we go.
My first gripe about this book would be the alternating points of view. The first two books in the series are told solely from Tris's point of view. I normally love dual point of view books but something about reading events through Four's eyes just frustrated the hell out of me and I have no idea why. I think it is because the voice he was given did not fit the way I would have pictured him thinking. I am sure it is hard for authors to avoid this, but it just felt like the same person all the time, with a different "person" for some chapters.
Four's perspective being set aside, I am unbelievably disappointed with the way Tris's part in the rebellion turned out. My problem was not with what happened, it was with all the CHEESE. Why does everything have to be so cheesy all the time?!? I just do not understand. I wanted to throw the book across the room.
Looking at the broader purpose and overall message of the book, the secret behind Tris's city revealed early on in the book is interesting and creates so much potential. Unfortunately, Roth didn't seem to follow through and do something with all the possibilities she opened up in this final installment of her trilogy. Instead, she chose to take us on a rather boring, frustrating, and highly disappointing journey. I wish we could have seen more of the world outside of Tris's city and learned more about how people live. Stories and heresay are thrown at our little adventurers, and there are some isolated encounters, but I always felt like I needed more more more.
Overall, I was just really very disappointed with this book. I know a lot of people hated on Insurgent, but I felt like it was unbelievably more interesting than this final installment in the series.
After looking at several reviews and comments I simply must add my own comments about this novel. It's dynamic, fascinating and moving. I truly enjoyed the story including the development of the romance between Four (Tobias) and Tris. The tale develops according to the personalities of the characters. True, I was sometimes disappointed in the portrayal of Four's fears and insecurities because I found them so hard to believe after reading the first two novels in the series. However, Tris emerges as a strong, mature character who bolsters him in every way because she loves him. Told from both viewpoints, the two narratives are linked in such a way that I felt the story flowed well. In short, as my reading progressed I found it hard to put the book aside.
Leaving the city, to travel outside and discover the truth takes courage to face the unknown. When the group, led by Tris and Tobias, find another controlled society where the city is viewed as an experiment and the people within it as scientific subjects, they are not certain where to turn. And, because of the decision by the scientists to reset the city - start over - the group cannot bear to see the memories of their friends and families erased. Yet how can a group of newcomers change the outcome? Knowing that the scientists were responsible for so much of the chaos and death in the city they are determined to try to save the city. As the book comes to it climax I found myself running with these young idealistic young people so full of hope for the future.
Yes, I thought this was an excellent well written novel. I'm glad I read it and believe that the author did credit to her story and the characters in the outcome. Rather than give away the ending, I simply suggest that it be read with an open mind and enjoy it for its merits.
I kind of wish I hadn't read this book. It SUCKS as a resolution to any of what happens in the previous two books. Suspension of disbelief isn't enough, you have to suspend a lot of higher brain function for this story to make sense or be any fun to read at all. The whole book is just so unsatisfying. What they find outside the city is not very interesting, doesn't make good story, and so these other stories are then told which also aren't very interesting, not character driven, and do nothing to advance resolution to the overall situation or the Tris/Tobias relationship.
The writing isn't very good, Veronica Roth decides to tell this story with two points of view - Tris and Tobias. Unfortunately the "voice" of each character sounds exactly the same so you get confused who is talking and there's nothing added to the story by switching points of view except to make you lose respect for Tobias. Eventally you read some stuff that was written by Tris's mother and even she sounds exactly the same as Tris and Tobias.
Sort of spoiler follows so if you really want to read Allegiant without any idea what will happen stop reading here. If you're hoping for a happy ending, forget it. My bad review isn't just because of the unhappy ending but because it was sloppy writing and bad storytelling that delivered a crappy ending. I suggest you Finish reading Insurgent and then make up your own ending to resolve what's outside the city, to resolve why everything happened and what happens to all the characters. You will be much more satisfied.
Dystopian Young adult fiction by Veronica Roth, third in the Divergent series. Where to start? At the end of Insurgent, our heroes had uncovered a message from one of the founders of the City. Indicating that there was more to the world, outside the city limits.
Inside the city, there is a war between the Factionless, and those who want to preserve the Faction system.
Tris, Four and some friends decide to leave the city to find out what is out there. What they find is more than they ever imagined. The outside civilization may be bigger, and more advanced, but it too has issues.
Tris and Four, who now goes by his given name, Tobias become embroiled in the politics of this new place, which directly impact their former home.
While I'm glad I read it,I have to say that I did not enjoy this book as much as the first two. I found it to be something of a letdown. Lots of confusing stuff happening. Progress means sacrifices. And progress is made in this world.