WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for the Divergent trilogy. If you have not read Allegiant or if you don’t want to know what happens at the end, DO NOT READ AHEAD!!!
Author: Veronica Roth
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.”
I decided to write two separate reviews of Allegiant because there are SO many interesting points to discuss that are major spoilers if you are reading other books in the series or if you haven’t started reading them yet. This story changes drastically from the first book to the third, and there’s a lot that I would like to hear others’ opinions about. So, here we go!
Let’s start with the positives. I really enjoyed the way the idea of what being Divergent means changes throughout the series. At first, you’re led to believe that it’s quite simple: someone who is Divergent belongs to several factions at once. But then in Allegiant it all becomes much more complicated. Suddenly Divergent means that you are whole, and anyone who is not Divergent is therefore “damaged.” I understand that the science and logic behind this is flawed. Is the whole thing with the different genes and the experiments is even possible? Probably not, but I’m no scientist. Personally, I believe that science fiction does not have to be entirely true- that’s the entire purpose of the “fiction” aspect of it. However, I think it does need to be written in a way that is persuasive and believable, and this aspect of the book was, at least for me.
I also enjoyed it because it brought up a fascinating social dilemma, similar to the racial inequality that has plagued American society basically since its very beginning. A conflict was created between those who are whole and those who are damaged, and it was very interesting to see how that played out with the different characters. I think it’s very clever of Roth to have Tobias be damaged while Tris was whole. It added depth to their relationship and made it more realistic, because in real life people tension in their relationships as well.
Now, on to the more negative side of things.
If you’ve read the book (which I’m assuming you have, considering you’re reading this review) you probably have an idea where I’m going with this. But I’m just going to come right out and say it.
THERE WAS NO REASON THAT TRIS HAD TO DIE.
Yes, I understand that she wanted to protect her brother, and that she was sacrificing herself for the greater good of the community and blah, blah, blah. But all of this justification can be done after the event itself- there was nothing in the plot that suggested that she needed to die. She very well could have done what she needed to do and escaped alive. Wounded, certainly, but alive. As I was reading I got the feeling that Roth added that in just to make the ending more dramatic, since the series was coming to a close. The rest of the book felt like salt being rubbed into a cut- Tobias grieving, learning to cope with his loss, then going on with his life and hanging out with Christina. It was just too much.
Overall, I did enjoy Allegiant. It had its flaws, for sure, but ultimately it was a decent end to the series.
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys.
Would I recommend it to a friend?: I would definitely recommend the series as a whole. I think it is worth reading, even though there are some things that I disliked about it.
What were your thoughts on this book or the series altogether? Do you disagree or agree with the death of Tris? Let me know in the comments section below!