Before you read this review, please understand that there will be spoilers if you have not read Divergent or Insurgent, the first two books in this trilogy. I know I should have reviewed them first, but it would turn out really terrible since I read both a year ago and have no recollection of what I was thinking or feeling. To simply put it, READ DIVERGENT. The movie is coming out early 2014 anyway so do yourself a favor and just read it!
You have been warned!
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Book 3 in the Divergent trilogy
Young Adult // Genre(s): Dystopian, Romance
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Format: Hardcover // 544 pages
Rating: 3 stars
Purchase: Amazon • Goodreads
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.I didn't have a hard time getting through this book, especially because I was eager to read about how it all ends.
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.
Roth wrote Allegiant with two different narrators; one being Tris, the main narrator in the first two books, and the other being Tobias. Although I did not particularly enjoy the switching of perspectives for each chapter, I thought it was necessary for the storyline to progress and, eventually, bring closure. Surprisingly, I ended up liking Tobias' point-of-view a lot.
One of the parts I really enjoyed was when we were given a look outside the city. (In the first two books, we are not given any details on what goes on outside their main living area.) Tris and her group of friends finally travel outside of their city, where most of Allegiant takes place. Sadly, they rarely leave the inside of a building (my attempt at being discreet) so we don't get to be around the outside people much.
However, the character development of those we already know was noteworthy and remarkable — my opinions of certain characters, one in particular, changed dramatically as the story continued. I was able to sympathize for him (hint hint) near the end of the book and couldn't believe my change of heart. I think it's crucial for a book to have characters who make you feel strong emotions, and Veronica Roth did that very well.
Contrary to what a lot of people have been saying about the ending, I thought it was done well and I respect how Veronica Roth ended the trilogy. Although I am not happy with what happened, I think it was the right thing to do. Overall, I did enjoy Allegiant and thought it was a good last book.
Let me know if you want to read a discussion post about what I thought throughout the entire book. I wanted to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but I would love to talk about what happened!