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.
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.
I was disappointed with the choices made by the author in the ending. I just didn't see it coming.
This is Book 3 of the Divergent trilogy.
As hard as it is to do with this book, I am writing a spoiler-free review.
I can't decide if I hated this book, or merely disliked it. I think I come out somewhere in the middle (but ever so slightly closer to hate).
Compared to all of the action and adventure that was packed into the first two books, this third book felt oddly dull. While the reader is finally given the opportunity to peer behind the curtain to learn about the world outside of Chicago, it isn't really enough to make you feel involved. After so much gritty interaction and conflict, this third book actually felt very sterile and somehow disconnected. Roth had a great opportunity there, and I feel like she squandered it completely.
Also, the format of the book changed. The first two books were told from Tris's perspective. This book alternates between Tris and Four for the entire length of the book. And while I was initially intrigued about the opportunity to spend more time inside Four's head, having him narrate every other chapter made for a rather disjointed reading experience. It was also confusing, because the "voices" for Tris and Four sounded exactly the same. I kept having to go back to the chapter heading to see which character was speaking.
The resolution of this book made me feel similar to the way I felt at the end of Paolini's Inheritance Cycle: disappointed, a little cheated, and haunted with the sense that much of this entire reading experience was a waste. I don't know what I was expecting, but I feel like Roth ruined a decent series by throwing together a slapdash storyline and subjecting her main characters to an unworthy, unsatisfying, and undeserved ending.
Is it a book (or series) worth reading? In all, I'm not sure. Divergent introduces the reader to an interesting (and plausible) dystopian world. Insurgent continues to move the plot forward, although it starts to get bogged down with unending conflicts. Allegiant seems to strike this strange contract where a lot is going on but nothing ever really happens, which isn't what you want in a series finale. The plot just got too heavy, too needlessly complex, and too overly introspective to remain plausible. The end result was that it simply collapsed under its own weight and the reader is left standing among the wreckage. Divergent started things off with so much potential. It is a shame that Allegiant was truly unable to deliver.