Allegiant by Veronica Roth {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 7 April, 2014 by Amanda / 18 Comments

Allegiant by Veronica Roth {Amanda’s Review}Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Values & Virtues, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

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.

Sad about the “meh” trilogy end.

Thoughts on Allegiant

Note: To avoid spoilers, I shall only refer to the BIG THING that happens in this book as the BIG THING. If you feel talking about the BIG THING might be too spoilery, don’t continue reading this review. I also have no control over comments on this review, so read them at your own risk.

I loved Divergent. It was the first dystopian book I read that sold me on the idea that yeah, maybe I do like dystopian worlds. But I had mixed feelings with Insurgent, and Allegiant only got worse. I finished Allegiant because I’d been on the waiting list at the library forever and it seemed wrong to waste all that wait time by returning the book unread.

Don’t get me wrong. Allegiant is easy to fall into. But I’d also known that a BIG THING (at the time, I’d guessed what it might be, but I hadn’t been totally spoiled) was coming and waiting for the BIG THING to happen made the story drag. I read Allegiant in a day because I knew if I put it down, I wouldn’t finish it.

Tris and Four’s relationship in Insurgent kinda bothered me, and that only continued in Allegiant. It felt too typical angsty YA for me. And for actual young adults, their relationship might be accurate for teens. But I’m an adult (boo) and I didn’t like it. At the best, it was the old push and pull of anger and miscommunication. Pass.

At times, I lost track of who was narrating. I usually have little trouble with dual POVs and it could have been my general disinterest in the story itself, but Tris and Four’s narration didn’t seem that different unless they were talking about situations specific to the character.

And… the world. Guys, we get ANSWERS about Tris’s Chicago and why it’s there and it TOTALLY makes sense given how Veronica Roth has set up the world. But… then… the world/plot kind of derailed for me and got too big and complicated and my brain lost interest.

Let’s not forget the BIG THING. The BIG THING pissed off a lot of people and I totally understand why. I’ve seen the BIG THING happen in another series, and it dampened my enjoyment for the book (and series). This was no different.

But I also want to say that the BIG THING is in line with the character. I see that. The more I reflect on it, though, the more I wonder if it was really necessary. Maybe it was. I’m certainly not the author. But as a reader, it felt wrong and made me want to stop reading then and there.

As much as I loved the beginning of this trilogy, the ending left me unsatisfied. And that makes me sad.


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18 Responses to “Allegiant by Veronica Roth {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I haven’t read this series, but now I’m kinda curious about the BIG THING that happens, even though you were disappointed by this last installment. That point aside, there’s nothing worse than a disappointing ending. :( Hopefully your next read will be better.

  2. Totally agree about the BIG THING. It IS in line with the character and personality but…the more I think about it, the less I believe it was a necessity. Other character was getting things done and didn’t need this sacrifice to do it. *sigh* Meh is right.

    • Yeah. I think everything could have been wrapped up without the BIG THING happening. Part of me wonders how they’re going to treat the BIG THING in the movie.

  3. I was so dissapointed in this book. I literally threw it across the room (while crying) when I finished. The BIG THING, at least to me, was so totally unneccesary. Meh is right!

  4. This is the very first series that I deliberately chose not to finish. I really liked book 1 and 2, but for whatever reason, I didn’t immediately read this one, and the longer I waited . . . eventually (as in last weekend) my 14 y.o. sister (who I got all the books for) let the BIG THING slip, and I was just like, “nah.” Never done it before, and I don’t plan to make a habit of it, but . . . yeah, no.

    • I don’t think you’re missing out on anything, especially if you already know the BIG THING. Sometimes you just gotta save yourself from disappointment. And when there are all those OTHER books to read…

  5. I *still* have Divergent sitting on my bookshelf unread. I got scared after all the crazy when this book came out and haven’t picked it up yet. Plus, that book is like a BRICK. Seriously, it might weigh more than my cat.

    The point I’m trying to make is… I don’t know. *points to distract you* LOOK! A NAKED WEREWOLF!
    *runs off when you’re not looking*

    • I think if you read Divergent as a stand alone, you’ll probably be fine. It was a GREAT book. It’s the rest of the series that falls a little flat.

  6. I learned of the BIG THING as soon as this book came out and knew this wouldn’t be the book for me unfortunately. I get that it fits with her character so it didn’t come out of left field per se, but still. Not a fan of the BIG THING Amanda. Not a fan at all:( I stopped with Divergent and I’m glad I did. In my head everything works out differently for them in the end ;-)

  7. I don’t think I saw a real positive review about this one, it’s sad. I’m sorry you were disappointed. I confess I’m so behind for this series, I have book 1 but I haven’t read it yet, I should do it soon!

  8. The dual PoV was just awful – and the more I think about it, it’s obvious it was only done because of the BIG THING.

    I hated the answers we were given about Chicago – it made everything from the first two books feel…pointless? Insignificant? Like all of their trials and their losses were meaningless, because of what Chicago ultimately was. And then the science bits just didn’t seem to add up straight.

    I can’t believe they’re making this in to two movies – the one book was hard enough to finish!

    • Exactly. Which makes it easy to guess what the BIG THING was. If the BIG THING was really supposed to always happen, why not have a dual POV from the very beginning? (Not that I’m advocating for that, because I think this dual POV fell flat and the other books would have likely suffered from it as well.)

      If the world outside Chicago was really as big and complex as it was, I feel like it could have made sense to see some of it in book 2 (or alternatively, book 4, but we all know why that can’t happen). I don’t know. It was too much given what happened in the first couple books.

      I haven’t seen the movie yet (and honestly don’t know if I will) but I kinda wonder, given the anger over the ending, if the movies will have an alternative ending.

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