Number of Pages: 526
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 22, 2013
“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.”
After reading the cliffhanger ending of the previous book in this trilogy, Insurgent, I was highly anticipating this third and final installment. However, I was also slightly worried. Insurgent didn’t quite live up to my expectations- What if Allegiant was no better? Now that I have finished it, I can safely say that it indeed was much better than Insurgent, but it nevertheless left me with some mixed emotions to sort through afterward.
My favorite aspect of this novel is that everything you thought you knew about the society Tris used to live in is turned upside down. Explaining the exact details of this would lead to major spoilers, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one. I especially enjoyed discovering how these new ideas fell into place within the story lines of the previous two books. Everything comes together in this one, which is very exciting. This book really got more into the science fiction components behind the story, and often times I was fascinated by the technological concepts that Veronica Roth had created. She explained them in a way that was easy to understand and to visualize, which benefited the flow of the story overall. There was a balance between interesting scientific ideas, romance, suspense, and action that kept the story from ever becoming boring.
The characters themselves were also a high point of this novel. The whiny Tris of Insurgent was replaced with the much less annoying Tris that starred in Divergent, which I greatly appreciated. She was still introspective, but in a way that was easier to tolerate. Her relationship with Tobias was more realistic than many romances in young adult fiction- they argued, lied to each other, and shared tense moments at times. But they worked through it eventually, which showed how they developed as characters with more dimension as the story progressed. Unlike the first two books in this trilogy, Allegiant is told from the perspectives of both Tris and Tobias. It was really interesting to see how Tobias thought, what he was feeling, and how he viewed events and Tris. My only complaint with this is that there was not a distinct difference between the writing styles of the two perspectives. At times I was confused as to whose perspective I was reading because they were so alike. It would have been nice to see more of their unique personalities shining through the writing.
I really enjoyed this book- that is, up until the very ending. Then everything suddenly took a turn for the worst, and I found myself wanting to scream WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT at the book in my hands. I felt as though the ending was unnecessary, and that Veronica Roth threw the event in there to make the final book in this trilogy more dramatic. Yes, it can sort of be justified after the fact, but in terms of physical plot structure I don’t think it actually needed to happen.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, but the ending kept me from really LOVING it. I might warm up to the ending over time, but for right now I just don’t think it needed to happen. I know that this review was vague, but it’s hard to write about this book without giving too much away. There will be a review posted soon that contains major spoilers, so I’ll be discussing more aspects in detail then.
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys. Like I said, I liked everything about this book except for the ending. Otherwise, I probably would have given it a perfect score.
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Yes!! Does it have flaws? Of course! But it is nevertheless an engaging, exciting read. I would recommend this series as whole to anyone who enjoys science fiction or dystopian novels, regardless of whether or not usually read young adult fiction.
Have you read Allegiant, or any of the other books in this trilogy? What are your thoughts on them? Let me know in the comments section below!