Part of the Divergent series
What if your whole world was a lie? The thrillingly dark conclusion to the No. 1 New York Times bestselling DIVERGENT trilogy, now available in paperback.
DIVERGENT - a major motion picture series, INSURGENT movie release in 2015!
What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 22/10/2013
- ISBN: 9780007534944
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Review by katie1802
Well, then.<br/>HOLY SHIT.<br/><br/>For all the wrong reasons.<br/><br/>As much as I hoped that Allegiant would be as good as Divergent, I was sorely disappointed. Unfortunately, this was pretty much the same thing as Insurgent. Plot adjacent, self indulgent and preachy without any real discernible message.<br/><br/>First grievance; Around page 331, Peter has a conversation with Tobias WHERE HE EXPRESSES MY THOUGHTS PERFECTLY. That Tris has everyone wrapped around her little finger and that it's actually more than a little creepy how she does it. Thankfully, Tobias doesn't fully disagree so I can happily say he didn't piss me off during that exchange. Immediately before that, Tris was going on <i>again</i> about how Tobias doesn't trust her. Sweetie, not believing every damn thing you say based on a <i>feeling</i> coming from your jacked up intuition or pinky toe or wherever, is not a lack of trust. It's common sense. And of course, Roth validates her by having her be right. See, my problem is not that Tris is right in this given situation, but that Roth openly manipulated it so that Tris could be on top again and be ~superior~ to everyone else. I am so damn sick of it. I am not so much Team Tobias as I am Team-Tobias-Punches-Tris-In-The-Face. Because being 100% honest, I would have been pulled off her in that moment.<br/><br/>Speaking of Peter. Can everyone stop? Just....STOP. We get it, out of all the murderous, vindictive assholes in this book, Peter has somehow managed to become head asshole. Why? Oh yeah, he got on Tris' bad side. Had he messed with anyone else, surely she would have found it in her heart to forgive him because she's just that wonderful and forgiving. *gags*. I feel bad for him that he hated who he was to the point that he wanted to erase his memory. While written off as an act of cowardice, I think he showed the most guilt out of the all of characters for his actions. So I'm generally not inclined to write him off as public enemy #1.<br/>Sorry, <S>Queen Bee</s> Tris.<br/><br/>The world building and science was shoddy and absolutely laughable. I was right that Roth was saving her background for the last novel, but it seriously didn't fit. At this point, Divergent doesn't even seem like its based in the same world as Insurgent and Allegiant. Suddenly, all of the conflict of the first two books with the Erudite and Dauntless is made to look silly and insignificant and it really doesn't work. Not to mention, trying to establish and conclude an entire storyline surrounding the big-baddies, the Bureau, within the space of a single novel would be a challenge for any author, never mind Roths abundant shortcomings as a writer.<br/><br/>The "science" was astonishingly pitiful. Like, yeah, I agree the GD's are as good as GP's. Know why? Because the concept makes absolutely zero sense. None. People within the city have continuously shown capacity for multiple traits. Erudite can't be nice? *Cara and Will wave from the distance* If the only advantage of Tris' divergence is the ability to be both recklessly stupid and selfish as the same time, then I'm not buying the superiority of the GP's. Also, what's going on outside of the United States? Maybe this is a small gripe, but given that I'm not American, I find the narrow world view of most American authors to be very frustrating. It was a problem in THG as well. I mean, is the rest of the world allowing the US to become a giant cesspool or are we in the same boat? That should have been addressed.<br/>And my final comment on the science and background, are we seriously supposed to believe that a government sometime in the foreseeable future would see genetic alteration to get rid of undesirable traits as a good idea? And who in their right mind volunteered? It certainly wouldn't have worked under our current social structure had coercion been involved.<br/><br/><br/>And that <i>ending</i>.<br/>Fuck. That.<br/>I am not a screaming fangirl that needs her happy ending.<br/>Personally, I think that sort of ending should be reserved for authors who know how to inject the right amount of emotion into it. In short, there's a reason why happy endings are the norm, and somewhat cliched, because not everyone is capable of writing an emotionally charged and devastating ending. I read Roth's explanation for Tris' death and I'm calling bullshit. I find it hilarious how Roth can call Tris "powerful". She is seriously overestimating her own writing ability on that one. Tris is not powerful. She's a selfish and manipulative brat.<br/>Given Roth's tendency to get her characters out of jams at the last moment, Tris' sudden defeat felt inconsistent and forced. LOL, so now gunshot wounds are capable of killing her? Amazing timing there. I also believe Tris' supposed growth would have been better concluded had she lived. Self-sacrifice is the not the only way to show selflessness, and in this case, it just didn't work. Of course, I am following this train of thought based on the idea that Tris actually grew as a character. In reality, she had a lot more developing to do and probably could have spent the next fifty years running around with all of her petty vendettas and still have never gotten closer to being in any way selfless.<br/><br/>Also, it was called to my attention that Roth once commented that she thought it would have been way better if Harry had actually died at the end of Harry Potter. Either she didn't actually read the series and has no comprehension as to why that would have been a terrible ending, or, she's way too into shock value. No way to create a genuine and heartfelt ending? Kill everyone and drag sadness out of your reader whether it's deserved emotion or not!<br/><br/>Sorry, not sorry. Whoops.<br/><br/>And before I forget to mention it, the conclusion to the faction conflict.<br/>....<br/>...<br/>..<br/>.<br/>Ugh.<br/>Three books, lots of death, lives utterly destroyed, and all it took was two adults getting the fuck over themselves? Nope, nope, nope, that is terrible storytelling, horrendous. What guaranteed that the followers of both sides would comply? I'm going to pretend Roth didn't try to use that as a legit ending. It might give me an aneurysm.<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>It was a quick enough read but terribly disappointing. Not only in and of itself as a dodgy book, but because Roth totally lost sight of her original book and took it in a nonsensical and ridiculous direction. Disappointing.