Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Posted November 22, 2013 by Stormy in Books / 12 Comments

Allegiant

 by Veronica Roth

Allegiant

 Expected Publishing Date: October 23, 2013
Length: 288 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins

Obtained Via: Bought
Format Read In: Kindle Book
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Summary

 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 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.

My-Review

Oh man, I was really conflicted about reviewing this or not. In the end, though I decided to write my review for myself. I have to sort my feelings out! So just know that no matter when this gets posted, I’m actually writing this two days after reading Allegiant, which is why this review might feel a bit more raw than it would later. Also, I have HIDDEN all spoilers, so if you haven’t read yet, you will not be spoiled by my review!

Instead of doing a formal review, I thought I’d tackle this one much more casually, and do it in a What I liked/What I didn’t like format.

What I Liked:

-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 put at the end of this review and write in white text, so you can highlight it if you wish to see), but I will say here I thought it was quite fitting and perfect.

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.

The Ending:

NOTE: Obviously, this part will contain spoilers. However, FEAR NOT! I have written everything in white text that you can highlight if you wish to read. If you’re reading this in a feed reader, that might not work, so if so, you can skip to the final impression part of this review.

I LOVED the ending. LOVED it. Strangely enough, the day before Allegiant came out, I was on twitter participating in Reader Blogger Wish-List, and I said one of those things on my wishlist was having a book where a first person POV main character dies at the end. So thank you, Veronica Roth! I never want to feel like the main characters were safe just because the book was written in first person. So hooray for that. Now, the end itself. . .

I thought it worked really well, especially with the clues that were scattered throughout the book, like when Tris says at beginning that dodging a bullet is often just luck. Not to mention, the Divergent trilogy is all about choices and sacrifice, and making choices for sacrifice. Honestly, I don’t believe Tris’ reasoning for walking into that lab. While she wanted to sacrifice herself for Caleb, she was also adding something else for him to feel guilty about, which isn’t exactly selfless. But it’s perfect for Tris, because she’s sacrificing for Caleb, partially selflessly and partially selfishly. Part of me wonders if it wasn’t a pride thing, too. Because she thinks she’ll be able to complete the task and has doubts about him, which would definitely fit in where her half Dauntless/half Abnegation self.

Furthermore, I just thought it was brilliant that Tris, who’s genes are basically super-powered about serums, dies by a gun. Because no matter her genes, a gun can kill her just like anyone else. And that’s not exactly a happy thought, but I thought it was perfect for this book. Sometimes the people are important in events die, and I like when books reflect that. So yes, personally, HUGE fan of that ending. But I’m a weird reader.

Final Impression: I liked Allegiant more than I disliked it, which is a win in my book. Even though the things I disliked were pretty major things, I enjoyed this last installment of the Divergent trilogy, and I’d probably shelve it as better than Divergent, not as good as Insurgent. I hated the dual POV, but loved the ending, so my mixed feelings lean more positive. 4 cupcakes.

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4 Stars

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12 responses to “Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

  1. I liked Insurgent more than Divergent, too. Tris and Four totally did sound the same. I was constantly looking back so I could tell who was talking. Yes! I couldn’t keep the minor characters apart either. After a while I stopped looking them up. I liked the ending for the most part. I don’t see a lot of books that do that. And man this gave me a major book hangover. I had to talk to my husband about if for a while before I could move on to something else 🙂 Great review!

  2. It’s always interesting to read positive reviews of books you didn’t like! I hated Allegiant but I’m glad to see that it worked for you. I understand what you mean about Tris fitting between Dauntless and Abnegation in her taking Caleb’s place; I just wish it had been executed better (for me) in the text itself! I’m glad you liked it better than I did, though. Even though I didn’t expect much from it (I wasn’t a huge fan of the series in the first place), it was disappointing for me. 🙁

    • stormydawnc

      I don’t think I would have liked Allegiant if I hadn’t liked the first two books in the series. I just really loved the ending, being the weird reader that I am, even though I did find parts of it disappointing. I HATED the dual POV with a passion.

  3. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS
    I completely agree about the ending! It was definitely a fitting end, and suited Tris’ personality perfectly. I have to say I really wasn’t expecting it to happen though. I feel like I was just waiting for Caleb to burst in and save her, or Four (even though that’s kinda impossible, totally worked in my mind…) or something! But nope, it was the end.

    And OH GOD THE POVs. They were HORRIFYINGLY IDENTICAL. I remember at one point I was really confused because I thought I was reading Tris’ POV, but then the narrator referred to “Tris” and it was like, what the?! Sigh.

    • stormydawnc

      Yes, that’s how I felt too. When *that thing* happened, I kept expecting a twist that would sort of negate it all. The POV split was definitely the most disappointing part, in my opinion. I kept having to turn back to see who was speaking, and it was such a pain because I was reading an ebook.

  4. I am reading Divergent right now, so I didn’t read your Allegiant review. I did see that you gave it 4 cupcakes, so that makes me happy. I am glad to hear that you didn’t hate it. There isn’t too much love for it on YouTube.

    • stormydawnc

      Ah, yeah, I’ve seen a lot of the disappointed reactions. And I definitely understand. It’s an unconventional book. I really liked it though, so I hope you enjoy the series!

  5. I really enjoyed your review! Probably because I agree with you on just about everything, especially the dual point of views making me want to bang my head on the table! I really loved how Tris and Tobias took responsibility for how bad they treated each other in Insurgent and their relationship seemed so much more sincere this time around. I felt the story seemed aimless at times (which I’ll attribute a lot to the dual POVs), but I LOVED the ending as well! I also really enjoyed how you put spoilers in white text – SUCH a great idea!! 🙂

    • stormydawnc

      Argh, I hated the dual POV! I just don’t think Roth was quite up to writing that. They sounded exactly the same. I did really like their relational responsibility though. I agree, their relationship was more sincere–they were together because they wanted to be, not just because they had been. I loved Insurgent, but I very much felt like they were going through the motions in that one.

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