Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

AllegiantSource: Gifted
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Divergent #3
Edition: Hardcover, 526
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
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Rating: 3/5

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.

Allegiant was one of my most desired books this year for a few reasons: 1-It’s the ending to a series, and I desperately need to finish at least one. 2-The ending Insurgent kind of made me confused and I needed to know what was going to happen. 3-Tris and Four are kind of badasses and I usually enjoy seeing them do bad ass things. However as you can see my rating on fell on 3 Stars, and that last one was very grudgingly rewarded.

The plot of Allegiant is very slow and there is a lot of information to take in, though honestly with the amount of talking and thinking I sat through there didn’t seem to be enough of anything to make the length interesting. We do get a few action-y scenes but they are few and far between, so it’s mostly just talking. Or in Tris and Four’s case fighting and making up in a sappy fashion…on repeat…I honestly wanted to shake these two until they got their act together. THe good thing is that I wasn’t expecting the reason and explanation we were given, but the bad thing is that it was kind of a stupid reason. It works and seems realistic, but overall after everything we’ve been through it was a tame reason. Allegiant really seemed to lack something that Divergent had in abundance. I didn’t really find it fun or thrilling.

The characters from the previous books are pretty much the same if a bit shell shocked. The new characters…well I honestly don’t really remember the differences between them, except for maybe two. It made it hard to really connect with anyone or care about the new conflict brewing, it was like watching a random episode of some government thriller show you’ve never seen before.

The ending deserves it’s own little section in this review because so many people have flipped out over it, and I totally get why. However this is the whole reason this book didn’t fall in the 2 star category for me. I loved the ending and thought it fit perfectly. It is a polarizing piece of the story though so you’ll either think it works or you won’t.

Allegiant was kind of a let down overall and while there are some parts I will remember fondly I can honestly see myself forgetting most of this book. I think if you’ve reading the first two books then you should definitely read the end, but I can only recommend borrowing it unless you just want to own it. At 526 pages it’s very lengthy and I felt most it, but I am glad to see how the series ends.

3 star

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11 Responses to Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

  1. bhwrn1 says:

    I truly enjoyed this book. There was so much controversy over it when it was released. People went bonkers. I loved the ending, however heartbreaking, too. I think it was the perfect ending to the story!

  2. I thought it wasn’t as good as rest of the series, and I was back and forth on the flipping out scale for the ending

  3. Thanks for your objective review Michelle! I agree, while I was reading it, I was wondering when we were going to get to the good part but it never really came…it was a really WTF read for me. But I guess you already know my thoughts on it…at least this one scraped by 3 stars for you. Happy New year btw!

  4. This definitely a disappointment! The 500+ pages was not worth it. But I did like the ending. Or maybe I was just happy that she died because I was getting really annoyed by it all. Lol

  5. I just read another review that said the ending wasn’t as bad as everyone has been saying. I will be picking this one up soon, as I am going to finish all the series ending books this year. I am a little more excited for this one now. 🙂 Great review!

  6. I also gave this book a 3 star rating because I was feeling generous. It was almost Christmas at that time so I figured of giving Roth an early present. Like you, my biggest issue with this one was the plot. Some of the things that happened was nonsensical.

    There’s a brewing rebellion inside the Chicago section and then there’s another rebellion that was being cooked outside. Gods, it was really getting old. And the way Tobias resolved the Chicago rebellion was just so easy. I think Roth just rushed so she can focus more on the outside issues.

    Glad to know that you’re one of the few people who didn’t a grudge about Tris’ death. As for me, I didn’t hate it but the way she died was really lame. Roth could have done better.

    Great review. ❤

  7. Pamela D says:

    I still need to read this book (I just read the last paragraph of your review). I didn’t love the first two books, so I am just reading Allegiant for completion’s sake.

  8. Yeah I felt like Allegiant dragged too. But I did like the ending like you did.

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