Review: Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth


Allegiant by Veronica Roth

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Received: bought
Publication Date: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genres & Themes: YA, Dystopian, Romance, War-setting, Friendship, Secrets.

BLURB:

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.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

REVIEW:

(Success! I actually managed to write this review without including any spoiler! WOW.)

descriptionWHAT. JUST. HAPPENED? Oh boy. While I was (very straightforwardly) spoiled, a part of me did not want to believe what I had been told. I mean, come on…no way Veronica Roth could have done that. But, you know, before starting this intense read and just after finishing Insurgent, I did not believe that I could ever hate this because of how dear the characters became to me, especially Tris. Lucky me, I did not end this on an ‘I-want-to-throw-you-out-of-the-window-like-We-Were-liars note. Well, of course, so many things internally frustrated me but, overall, I still think that this is a book worth reading if you’re a fan of the series. Although, I do sadly feel like burring myself under Divergent now, a book that was oh so fantastic! and UNPUTDOWNABLE, contrary to this one.

First off, the writing. It was good! But… did the author re-read her book after finishing writing it? Were there editors? Because, sincerely, I cannot believe they let this being published with the SO MANY repetitions. It was ridiculous how often the author re-used word after word after word. I really don’t mean to disrespect her but, sincerely, she could have searched for some synonyms, perhaps? I didn’t act crazy and actually count, but, approximately, the verb ‘to say’ was repeated 1000+ times in this final book. I tried to make abstraction of it, so it didn’t ruin my reading experience (more than the uneven pacing already did) but it was do damn evident the author didn’t pay attention to not overuse words. It did bother me, obviously but, at the same time, I’m now telling myself that maybe she was so ‘into’ the story while she wrote it that words just came to her and she went with the flow. I know I’m contradicting myself, but I like trying to see some positive too and not just focus on the negative parts. Also, she did have beautiful comparisons. She could have used more figures of speech but the ones she did create were satisfying.

Second, I didn’t mind the pacing. Yeah, it was uneven yet mostly slow, but it strongly matched the plot – even though this latter was barely present. The atmosphere was palpable and the story did swallow me whole. Because I LOVE this series. And I needed and wanted and craved to know what was going to happen next. I was disappointed, indeed, but, like I implied, I don’t regret reading this. It’s a shame though that there weren’t more action scenes because Veronica Roth is truly great at those. It’s a shame too that not more interesting and detailed settings were present since she knows how to create those as well. You see, I just think this lacked. It had much much potential, but I feel like what I wanted and what the author wanted were two allergic to one another things.

Next, the characters. Oh, no real problem there. I mean, they were (the main ones) all present in the plot: Tris, Christina, Four, Peter, etc. Which was relieving because I really wanted to read about them all again before the end of the series. And the author did not disappoint there. Where she did disappoint though was in the characterization. Hmm, every character or so experienced some growth or some real sad personality change. As in they lost faith or courage or motivation. That saddened me, but there weren’t a high number of those characters in question so bearable. Four acted quite strangely from time to time though. It’s like one minute he was all serious and the other weirdly joking around when not the right time to or even necessary. Too much stress was what provoked that? Maybe. Am I finding excuses for him? To see.

Sigh, while I was reading, I marked so so many pages so I can put on here some quotes that would support my points, but I don’t feel like transcribing them. It’s really a book that made me feel a lot of emotions and I just wanted to write this review while I was still in the OMG-I-just-finished-Allegiant stupor without any break to go through the quotes selected. Perhaps I will include them another time.

Honestly, ever since I finished book 1, I couldn’t stop thinking about what a beautiful and true relationship and love story Tris and Four have. So imagine my reaction when I saw them fighting so much in this. And when they weren’t arguing, it’s like there was always something that made them doubt the other and just…drift them apart. At least, that’s how I took it all. For you, it may only be a normal thing in this kind of situation, but a part of me kept thinking of book 1 while reading and witnessing Tris and Four’s interactions with one another. And, yes, definitely, Four will always be Four to me. Not Tobias. Never Tobias. It’s a nice name too…but Four is such a more powerful and meaningful one, to me.

Let’s end this on a bright note (because, well… the series does deserve it): New characters! Oh, I loved them! They were interesting! Mostly, they were enemies, but, hey, we need villains too. Can you believe that I actually liked Eric A LOT? Yeah, I do need villains.

What did you think of this one? Did it somewhat disappoint you too? Were there things you ended up enjoying about it anyway, as I did?

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18 thoughts on “Review: Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth

  1. I am more than half way through Allegiant, i’ve had so many expectations after Insurgent and couldn’t wait to get started on the final instalment. Although I am 3/4 way through the book I have noticed the unusual characteristics that ‘Tobias’ has suddenly developed, I agree I am unsure if I even like the way he is forming as such a strong character when he is ‘Four’, it’s as if he has two separate personalities. I really liked your review, without sharing spoilers (very difficult indeed!).

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  2. This is exactly why I never made it past Divergent. I didn’t want the other books to ruin my experience I had with the first. Although seeing the movie trailer for the second book really does make me want to pick it up but…I think for now anyways, I will resist.

    Good job on making this spoiler free! I am sure that wasn’t easy, especially since I am sure you want to rant about who died in the ending. 😉

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  3. I read Allegiant the day it came out and had to push myself to finish it. Like you, I loved Divergent and liked Insurgent, but there were a lot of problems. The first-person narrative was ridiculously confusing going back and forth between Tris and Four, especially because it seemed as though they were the same “voice.” The plot was barely there until the end. The ending itself (trying not to spoil it) was frustrating, because the author had already achieved the purpose of what the character did before she went a step further. While I admire the author and her editorial freedom, it just didn’t work for me, or for a number of other people. Ultimately, by the time the end came, I barely cared anymore.

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  4. Agree with you. First book was awesome but second and third totally disappointed me, so much so that I didn’t even want to watch the movie.

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  5. I’m just about to the start the book and I don’t have very high expectations, but I agree the best part of the whole series is Tris and Four’s relationship. Also, it really bugs me too that the chapters say “Tobias” instead of “Four”.

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  6. I was very disappointed by this one – but it’s good to see a balanced review here, it seems like a lot of people were angry and flaily about the ending, but I was so unhappy with the pacing, the plot and the repetition too! It’s really too bad because I did enjoy Divergent. But like one commenter said, this book made me not want to watch the movie.

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  7. I never got past chapter 2 of Insurgent. I hate secrets. I especially hate them when they’re used as unnecessary plot devices. I hated being inside Tris’ head. So yeah. As much as I adored Divergent, this series was a dud.

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  8. As I said so many times this conclusion was a huge disappointment. I couldn’t really believe it. How a trilogy with such a promising first book can go so horribly wrong? The “huge shock” was not really a shock and even though it saddened me I thought Roth did it so many reader wouldn’t remember the plot holes this book had. I hate inconsistencies and Allegiant had a few. Not only that, but the characters seemed very different from previous books. I really disliked the dual POV. Four has always been a strong character, a leader and in Allegiant he was just a whiny kid. Are you kidding? That was not character development. That was like going backwards. The same thing happened with Tris. So yeah, SO DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS ONE!

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  9. Yeah I know that people were disappointed in this one… I’m sorry it was the same for you. I haven’t read the books but I have book 1 and I saw the movie. One day I’ll surely try.

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  10. Congrats on no spoilers! I already spoiled it for myself, because when I went to buy it it only had 3 stars on Amazon and I HAD to know why. My guess was right unfortunately. I wonder why the writing went down hill. Maybe they wanted to publish it quickly? Slow with few action scenes or new settings, so sad. I initially had such high hopes. 😦 I hate when the love interests just bicker through a whole book. Banter is GREAT, bickering not okay. I love a good villain.

    I still haven’t read it, I keep putting it off. I might just pretend it didn’t happen.

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  11. I actually loved this one, Lola, maybe because I wasn’t spoiled? I was completely surprised by the ending, and while it made me very sad, I also thought it made sense in many ways…
    I read all three books very close together, and I was so immersed in the story I didn’t notice the repetitions you mentioned. I’m sure I would have been peeved if I had 🙂
    I hope you’ll enjoy your next reads much more!
    Happy Holidays.

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  12. I was someone who was very much a fan of the series, but even I couldn’t love the last book as much as I wanted to. I thought it was slow paced, but that wasn’t the main problem. I just felt like it took a long time for things to happen and I felt bored in places. I didn’t mind who died actually dying (admiration to author for that!) but how it ended once they were gone….

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  13. First of all, great blog design, Lola! I haven’t visited for a long time so there… I love it!

    This book sucked. I loved Divergent, didn’t care so much about Insurgent, and I HATED ALLEGIANT. I couldn’t understand why this book ended the way it ended, it made no sense to me. I was really sad because I looked forward to Tris and Four’s happy ending. Ok, I would have settled for some good, proper talk where they make sense of what was happening with their relationship. But I didn’t get that either. Which is why I’m now wary of series.

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