Title: Allegiant (Divergent series #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: Oct 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
My Rating: 3.5/5
Allegiant is the final of the Divergent trilogy and Tris and Tobias are confronted with more violence and truth, shattering their world once again.
I know I’m in the minority, but I didn’t love the Divergent series. To me, it was just okay – obviously okay enough to read all three books, but nothing stood out to me about this series. Unfortunately this book lowered my expectations of any future releases by Veronica Roth, and if it wasn’t for the ending I would be rating this book 2/5.
Allegiant is written in both Tris and Tobias’ voices (first person point of view), at least, that’s the intention. Personally it could have all be in the voice of one of them and be more or less the same and I often had to flick back to the beginning of the chapter to check who it was I was reading – this is definitely something you don’t want in a book, as if you are going to write in multiple points of view, each character has to have a distinct voice. Because they didn’t, it made the characters feel flat and unreal which is a shame as in the previous books didn’t have this problem.
Roth does expand on the character’s histories a lot more in Allegiant. For the most part this was more interesting to read than the current action. It did occasionally get a little confusing as memories and thoughts and action all reads as the same thing, not to mention thinking I was reading one point of view to suddenly find I had mistaken it, but the past worked as a way for the reader to understand the character’s decisions. Thankfully Roth managed to include these snippets of the past without straying into information we don’t need, which kept the book succinct and meant we weren’t taken out of the action too much.
I have now read the entire Divergent trilogy, however it has been quite a long time since I read Insurgent (#2) and couldn’t remember much of what happened. I was hoping that Roth would leave a few reminders at the beginning of Allegiant, but no such luck, and so it took me a while to get into the story as I was left struggling to remember what had just happened that had caused the big opening.
Despite the sloppy writing, I found that the book was a page-turner, and quite a quick read which is what I was looking for (as I needed to get back into reading more), even though a lot of it felt quite generic for a YA dystopia. The only thing about this book that stood out to me was the ending. Obviously I can’t write about that without massive spoilers, but it improved my overall experience of reading this book.
The Divergent series will probably appeal to you if you enjoy YA Dystopia, though I believe there are much better examples of that out there. The series is great if you are looking for a quick read, or perhaps if you are trying to get a teenager into reading (I would advise you read the books before giving them to a young child to read). If you have read the first two books, I would recommend reading Allegiant simply for the ending.