Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
Publication Date: October 22nd 2013
Synopsis: 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 Timesbest-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. (source: Goodreads)
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. …Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.”
A rough start again for the third book in the Divergent series. It falls into a lot of the tropes that dystopian YA novels have a tendency too and for a while I was stuck trying to get through it. It was saved by the final third of the book which was powerful. Roth makes a few very brave choices that I wasn’t expecting her to. It nearly brought me to tears.
It’s not a book I loved. The dual narrating was particularly upsetting because I often forgot who was narrating at any point because unless Tobias or Tris were thinking specifically about themselves they had very similar thoughts and nothing sets their narration apart.
It also didn’t seem to commit to it’s themes. It’s back and forth about sacrifice and love. It says that everyone is a little evil and there’s no black and white but then a particularly disappointing moment occurred when a character who’d been developing and changing was tossed off as “just plain evil because that’s how they were”. It’s views on memories are interesting, but the view that they are all that forms a person is a little simplistic to me.
Overall the end of this book made it, and as a trilogy it was enjoyable. I will say that the final few chapters are the best bit of writing in the series.