Book Review: ALLEGIANT (with spoilers!)

 

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 Rothallegiant cover

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.”

– Goodreads.com

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!

Yours,

HOLLY

Advertisements

7 thoughts on “Book Review: ALLEGIANT (with spoilers!)

  1. I really enjoyed the book and I like the twist it took when it meant that going outside of the fence change everything that they knew and believed in. I think it could be possible as a scientific experiment if we were ever in that position in the future… Tris’ death didn’t need to happen! I was so emotionally broken when she died that I didn’t know what to do. I don’t think it helped that I was ill in bed and couldn’t get out of said bed. It was an intense experience! Either way, I felt sorry for Tobias but I am glad he carried on.

    Like

    1. That’s terrible that you were sick while reading it! That must have made it a hundred times worse! I was on the school bus when I finished reading it, so I was kind of just sitting there fuming and freaking out for a while before we actually got to school… I definitely should have planned that one better! Thanks for commenting!

      Like

      1. You can’t really plan something when you don’t know it is coming. I was expecting a happy ending, so I never thought twice not to read it when ill! You should check out the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi, they are fantastic! 🙂 and you’re welcome 🙂

        Like

  2. I think I might be the only person that was okay with Tris dying. For me it was essential for the point I think Roth was attempting to make – that none of us are immune to our humanity. Tris survived SO MUCH, and her fatal flaw ended up being her selflessness which from the start of the series she didn’t believe she had. I much preferred this more realistic ending to the ones we’ve scene in the Hunger Games or Requiem where all our favorite characters live happily ever after. Not only does it stray away from the pack, but it says something about reality. Many times there are no happy endings.

    And I think that Tobias’ journey after Tris’ death was very important for his character. He was so ready to erase her from his life to be able to move one, but Christina showed him how to move on with Tris still in his heart. I don’t know, I felt that was kind of a beautiful moment.

    Anyway, there’s my two cents. 🙂

    Like

    1. I never thought about Tris’ selflessness as being her fatal flaw- that actually makes a lot of sense! I do agree that the ending was much better than that of the Hunger Games trilogy. That one was just too rushed and forced. At least this one had a more gradual ending to the story. Thanks for sharing your opinion! 🙂 I love to hear how others feel about controversial aspects such as this one.

      Like

  3. NEVER MIND TRIS.

    URIAH DIDN’T NEED TO DIE 😦

    At first I didn’t agree with Tris dying. I, too, thought that it was just a little bomb that Veronica Roth wanted to throw in there just for dramatic flair. Then I watched this interview: http://www.mtv.com/videos/movies/971161/allegiant-author-veronica-roth-explains-conclusion-of-divergent-trilogy.jhtml and then I came to terms with it. Her explanation made sense.

    Also, have you seen the movie yet? The zip lining scene is probably the most heart wrenching scene in the movie because of the epilogue in Allegiant!!

    Like

    1. I KNOW THAT WAS SO HORRIBLE WHEN URIAH DIED. I WAS LIKE WHAT WHAT WHAT HOW WHY WHAT.
      I’ve heard several people talking about that interview and how it changed the way they thought about Tris’ death. I’ll definitely have to watch it and see how much it influences my opinion. Coincidently, I saw the Divergent movie the day that I finished reading Allegiant, so the ziplining scene was just so horrible to sit through in the theaters! I kept thinking of how Tobias did it at the end and I wanted to burst into tears.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s