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 explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in "Divergent" and "Insurgent."
Allegiant (Divergent #3)Featured
One choice will define you.
First off, I was all for this series.
It was interesting and had a strong female lead. Also, Four. (need i say more?)
THEN this book happened and I'm really not sure why it needed to be so long.
I'm usually all for dual POV's. They're one of my favorite YA thingys.
Except when you can't tell the difference between the 2 voices. Which is the case between Tris and Tobias.
I wasn't sure whose chapter I was in, until Tobias would act like a weak child. He was a complete one-eighty from the previous books and I actually hated it.
Unnecessary deaths. Unnecessary plot fillers.
This is one time I am actually hoping the movie is different.
What I Liked: I have been a diehard Four fan from the moment I met him in DIVERGENT, so having his POV was a huge plus for me. We find out what's outside the fence and information is revealed that rattles both Tris and Four to the core. Four questions everything about himself, his life and his relationship with Tris and she's faced with being the strong one, which was an interesting albeit painful role reversal. (If it were me, I would have taken him by his calloused hand, found a quiet corner and kissed away all of his boo-booed feelings.)
The choices these characters make are consistent for the most part and the world building is still as complex and detailed as in the previous books. Roth also holds to the themes of bravery and selflessness she laid down in the beginning of the series which was good.
My favorite part was the note that Four leaves Tris and the way he addresses it. :)
What Left Me Wanting More: I enjoyed the dual POV but the two voices weren't distinct enough. I found myself having to refer back to the chapter title quite often so that I could remember who was supposed to be talking.
There was a huge amount of information dumped in the middle which slowed the pacing slow down considerably and will most likely confuse a few readers.
Tris and Four have been through more than the average teenager and it's easy to forget sometimes that they are in fact, teenagers. Their relationship was a mix of ups and downs and after having walked through the mire of grief that was INSURGENT, I was really looking forward to this being a lighter time for them, but it wasn't.
This ending BROKE MY HEART. I wasn't necessarily expecting a HEA, but I was hoping for a happier resolution. A chance for Tris, Four and a few others to experience life on their own terms. I "get" why Veronica Roth ended it this way, and yes, the story does come full circle, but I still choose to believe it could've had a different outcome while still driving home the ideals of bravery, selflessness and sacrifice.
Final Verdict: Stunning end to the series that's sure to leave readers dangling over a chasm of feelings.
I liked how the plot ran. It went smoothly and I was able to understand everything happening without it being too complicated or unbelieveable. I also thought that the book was fast paced and not at all boring.
Tobias kind of annoyed me in this book. I understand he was overwhelmed with everything but I think he should of taken Tris's opinions into account especially when we meet Nita. I thought it was real man-like (sorry guys) when he wouldn't listen to Tris, who clearly knew what she was talking about. For once I would like to see a man who for once listens to us women when we are obviously right all the time. ?
Tris, I think, should have taken into account how Tobias felt at times throughout the book. I think she was too concerned with her being right then trying to understand why Tobias was doing what he did at the beginning of the middle of the novel. (if you have read the book, you probably know which part I am talking about. If you haven't read the book...read the book!)
First off, I did cry at the ending, like any devoted fan of the Divergent series at the death of a great character. I also liked the ending. Not because it was sad and I didn't really want that to happen because it was unexpected and believeable. Not every character makes it out of the series alive, even ones you don't expect to die. So that is, my rational, book reviewer side, agrees with the way Veronica Roth chose to end this book. My fangirl side would have liked the ending to be sunshine and rainbows, but frankly, that would have been predictable and I was happy the ending wasn't predictable. The book, I think, would not have been as memorable or good with a predictable ending.
I especially liked the 2 years into the future section of the novel. I liked that I was able to see what happened after all the action and everything was kind of settled down. I also liked to see what happened to the characters after everything happened and how they coped/moved on.
There is romance and it is in a different world, a world in the future. This series will be great for someone who enjoyed the Hunger Games. This book continued the previous in the best way it could.
Ok, so maybe I have a few words I can share. For instance, I can share how my heart has been ripped out and destroyed. I can share how my love of this series is forever tainted. I can even share that I no longer have shelf space reserved for my hardbacks—which are now looking for a new home.
I am distraught.
In complete awe.
Let me explain my dramatics. The ending for this book blew me away. I have waited an entire week to share my thoughts, and I still can’t come to terms with what I feel. I am beyond words.
Veronica Roth took this series to a place I never expected. I admire her brazen decision, but it has left a hole. A deep, everlasting hole. When I read that fateful scene, I could not believe it. I read it, then I reread it because I just knew I was missing something. But then that ‘something’ never came.
The other thing that really got to me this time around was Tobias. I have enjoyed him so much over the years, but this time he just did not sit well with me. He constantly doubted Tris, and he came across whiny. I can say that having these HUGE character flaws did make the characters so much more believable. So that was a plus.
I also didn’t mind the alternating points of view. I was pretty excited to see Tobias’s side of things. However, by the end, I found him to get on my nerves a bit. I now feel that Veronica Roth’s strength is writing strong female leads. I never found myself having a 100% buy in with Tobias.
My final rant is the spin the final book took. We finally got to see the full outcome of this dystopian setting. It made sense, and I guess it worked, but… It didn’t wow me like I thought it would. Oh, let me also go ahead and say how awful the beginning was. It started right where Insurgent ended, but I was so confused! It’s been a year since I read that book. I need some kind of fill in to catch me up on things. Do you know how many books I read in a year?! These plots get muddled, and I do not want to have to reread a book just to make sense of the sequel. I’m thankful she did not info-dump, but I needed some more clues to help me make sense of the very important information being handed to me.
Overall, this was alright. I have loved Divergent and Insurgent. They are some of the only books that I have pre-ordered. I have counted down release days with digital timers and Facebook updates. And now I feel horribly let down. I wish I would have just waited to read Allegiant when it arrived at my library. I do not know if my reaction has more to do with the high expectations I had for the book, or the outcome of the plot. Either way, it left me conflicted.
-Tris’ character journey. I was one of the rare readers who liked Insurgent more than Divergent, but Tris annoyed me in BOTH books. For most of the Divergent trilogy, I have been invested in the story in spite of Tris, not because of her. In Allegiant, I feel she finally stepped her game up and started acting like the character I wanted from the beginning.
-We finally get some answers about the world of this futuristic Chicago. I have mixed feelings about this, actually. I feel like the world-building in Allegiant was stronger than in the first two–after all, since it’s the end of the series, we’re getting some of the answers, and I was quite satisfied with them throughout this book. However, honestly, now that I know the truth, I feel it sort of lowers my opinion of the first two books, which is unfortunate.
-Tris’ and Four’s relationship. So I was all behind their relationship in Divergent, but the way they both treated each other in Insurgent left quite a bit to be desired for two people supposedly so in love. In this book, at one point Tris actually says something to the effect of “You say you respect me, but then you hide information from me like I can’t be trusted.” I think she may have even used the phrase “You treat me like a child.” And my reaction was somewhere along the lines of “YOU GO GIRL!”
-The plot. Again, mixed feelings on this, but overall I’d say my reaction was more positive than negative. I did really like the story at the heart of this book quite a bit, even if I’m not sure it was as quite as strong as the previous book. I was never bored, instead wanting to race and find out more. Even when things weren’t “happening”, I was still interested in the back story and in the characters. I was invested in this series, and Allegiant never really let me down in that way. And overall, I enjoyed this book a LOT.
-The different rebellions and such. There was a LOT going on Allegiant, and as Tris’ world expands, so does the reader’s. I won’t lie–this got confusing at time. There’s two different places that have two different problems, and it’s sort of crazy to keep up with. However, I found it. . . realistic? Which is a weird word to use. But I don’t think everyone on one side would be such an united front, so it made sense. In situations like that in real life, there’s almost always fringe groups who want something else, etc.
-The ending. I have more spoilery thoughts on that, which I'll refrain from talking about, but I'll just say I thought it was quite fitting.
What I Didn’t Like:
-The Dual POV. Out of everything, this was the thing that really made me want to bang my head against my desk. Tris and Four sound exactly the same, and it bugged me to no end. It made it even more difficult because I read this on my Kindle, and frequently I would have to turn back to figure out whose head I was supposedly in. Dual POV is one of the things I tend to be extremely critical about, because not many authors do it well, and unfortunately, Roth was no exception. If you’re going to do the dual POV, they should not sound exactly the same.
-The minor characters. They were SO good in previous books but fell so flat in this one. I looked them all up at the start to remember who they were, and yet I was still able to forget from chapter to chapter. They didn’t feel like fully developed characters anymore, so much of the focus was on Tris and Four. And obviously, as the main characters, that SHOULD be the focus of the book, but the minor characters were just used whenever they were convenient for the plot’s sake.
Here we are. We’ve reached the end. The end of a series is always a somber occasion, but more so when it’s a series like Divergent. I didn’t know what to expect going into Allegiant. I was excited, nervous, and scared to find out all the secrets we’ve been wanting to know since the first book. Also, the feedback from other readers was making me a little wary to know how it was going to end. But I did it. I read it all. And, oh my, where do I start…
I feel like Allegiant was much more political than Divergent and Insurgent. We get to see what is outside the city and we are faced with a whole new set of problems. I kind of missed them being in the city, but we all want to know what was outside the walls, right? So that kind of evened itself out. The situation they get themselves into, as I said, starts to delve into politics, and morals and ethics. Every character seems to be going through some type of existential crisis through it all. We get to know more of Tobias, with the new POV for half of the chapters. I really liked getting into his head and learning all his thoughts. He very closed off and that leads Tris and Tobias to run into some trouble, relationship wise, which I always like. It makes the relationship and the romance real. I feel that sometimes, especially in YA, the romantic leads have the “perfect” relationship, with outside events trying to tear them apart, and not interpersonal problems.
One thing I love about this trilogy is that it’s not just another dystopian story of survival. We get that aspect of it, but it’s all about the people and how they grow and change. Each faction, and their characters, teach us something. Erudite teaches us about how knowledge and it’s containment can be one of the most powerful weapons. Candor teaches us about honesty and admittance of our crimes. Amity teaches us about how to bring about peace, and that sometimes peace does not mean passivity. Dauntless teaches us the true meaning of bravery, as well as Abnegation. Selflessness and bravery are at the heart of this series and Allegiant in particular. It takes a lot of bravery to be truly selfless.
When it comes to the ending of Allegiant, I have mixed feelings. Upon finishing the novel, I locked myself in the car and cried for about ten minutes. But the more I thought about it, the ending really portrays all the themes that have interwoven in each novel, and I understand why Veronica Roth made the decision to write what she did. I’m okay with it. I’ve made my peace with it. And I guess the fact that I reacted how I did is a testament to the writing and the character creation. I don’t want to let go, but I have to. We all have to move on in the end.
I was drawn right back into the world of Tobias and Tris in this bittersweet conclusion to the series. Though I did rush through the middle because it slowed down got too weighty in the middle, it picked right back up.
There were lots of surprises, and things I both expected, dreaded and couldn't wait for.
I loved getting into Four's head and getting his perspective. It was an added bonus in this and gave us some valuable insight.
Tris is as strong as ever, even though she has her flaws, that makes her even more relatable, and easy to like and pull for. She has the recklessness, but also the courage and sacrifice that defines her. Her journey to really understanding what sacrifice is was really cyclic and I enjoyed reading about it. She really began to understand it was about love, and all of the things her parents tried to teach her.
Tobias has a journey of healing, of forgiveness, of reconciliation and of acceptance of himself of who he is. Not what society makes him out to be or in black and white.
There is non-stop action in this one, tying up loose ends and resolving all of the plots.
OMG. The ending. I am one of the people who are torn. I hate it and saw it coming, but at the same time I love it and think it is fitting. It depends on what moment you ask me.
Bottom Line: Fitting and bittersweet trilogy conclusion.