I wasn’t actually sure that I would be able to write this review today because I fully expected to be arrested by now after tracking down Veronica Roth and smacking her with a copy of her own book. I’m pretty sure they don’t allow book blogging in prison. Luckily the severe weather we’ve been having lately has thwarted any travel plans so she’s safe for now and book shopping today has calmed my rage enough to write my review of Allegiant for all you lovely people.
For those of you who haven’t read it yet first I have to say, lucky you, and second, here’s a brief synopsis. In the last book of the Divergent trilogy, our characters are dealing with the aftermath of the shocking video which revealed the truth behind the city’s origins and it’s factions. Those revelations added fuel to the already unstable situation after the factionless assumed control following the uprising in Insurgent. Tris, Tobias and Co have to decide whether they want to stay in the city or leave and try to track down those responsible for its creation. And if they find them, will they actually be any better than the likes of those responsible for so much pain and suffering in the city? What was the real reason for the birth of the factions?
Now, although I went into this reading experience with low expectations from reading all the bad reviews, I was still trying to keep an open mind and hope for the best. And I was actually enjoying the book for the most part. No, it’s not nearly as good as the other two books in the trilogy and the pace of the story is much slower than what we’ve come to expect but I thought all the focus on genetics, behaviour and essentially nature vs nurture was not only interesting but made sense. When we’re talking about a society where people are divided into different factions based on the importance they place on certain types of values and behaviours, discussions like these are bound to come up when you’re exploring the reasons for why this system was created. I also enjoyed spending time with Tris again and seeing how she’s progressed from where she was in Insurgent.
There were certain elements I wasn’t enjoying while I worked my way through the story like the dual POVs from Tris and Tobias. Tobias’ POV was weak and underdeveloped, and to be honest, didn’t really feel like the character I’d gotten to know in the previous books. His mind blowingly stupid decision to, yet again, ignore Tris’ instinct (which he supposedly values!) about a certain character and course of action, also made me want to reach into the book and smack him one. But I was able to put these things aside and focus on what I was enjoying about the story.
Then I got to the end…actually I got to a certain point near the end where I started to have very dark suspicions about what was going to happen. I tried to ignore the voice in my head and think that maybe I was wrong. I wasn’t and when I turned the last page, I was so filled with rage that I think I may have texted everyone I know ranting about my plans for Veronica Roth which I’ve already mentioned at the start of this post. I’m pretty sure with the amount of times I used words like ‘smack’ and ‘beating’ in these texts, I’ll probably be appearing on a lot of Government watch lists now. I am in complete and utter shock at how this series ended and I think it’ll be a long time before I’ll even be able to read the first two books again now that I know what happens. Why did you do this to us, Veronica Roth?? Whhhhhyyyyyyy?!!!!
What about you? Do you share my rage at the end of Allegiant or did you enjoy the book?
Any other endings to series that filled you with rage or disappointment?