Allegiant by Veronica Roth
US Release Date: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Divergent #3
Hardcover, 526 pages
In a dystopian Chicago, the city is now divided into five factions, each one representing a quality believed to eradicate evil : Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful) and Erudite (the intelligent), each contributing to a different sector of society, but this society is shattered after the shocking revelation at the end of Insurgent: there is a whole world outside the fence. Divided once again between the new government who doesn’t want anything to do with the outside and factions and a new group of people that call themselves the Allegiant who wants to see what is outside and doesn’t believe abolishing factions gave them freedom, Tris and Tobias must find a way to go explore this new world and maybe, start a new life far from all that happened in Chicago. But what they discover is that the outside world is as shattered and imperfect as theirs.
My review should be 3 hearts and a half. In this book, Veronica Roth decided to give a voice to Tobias. We still have the story from Tris’ point of view, but also Tobias’. And I hated it. They sounded exactly the same. I stated at the end of my review of Insurgent that I hoped the Four from Divergent, the one who would never let his fears control him, would be back in the last book and my prayers were not answered. At all. His reactions and the choices he made frustrated me so much, it’s like he never learned from his mistakes. He failed at making rational decisions. Boy you need to start listening to your girlfriend… Or you know, stop hiding things from her and start involving her in your decisions…
Like Divergent and Insurgent, there was a lot of action, twists and revelations. I loved learning about the outside world at the same time as the character, how it works and the problems they face. The suicidal and mopey Tris is a thing of the past, the strong and bad-ass Tris is back. There is also a lot of sexual tension between Tris and Tobias in this one. Lot of make out between them!
Let’s talk about the end. I am from the team that mostly loved it. Yes, we love when a story ends with a happy ending where every character get what they dream, but in a story like this where so many terrible things happens, it is not realistic and I prefer a realistic ending even if it’s sad. I found myself not caring as much for the characters as in the first book so I didn’t cry when some characters died (one in particular) and I was disappointed about it, I wished the author have been able to create something very emotional, but it was not. One character is going through a lot and I had a harder time reading about it though. I loved the epilogue and the new friendship between Tobias and Christina. Christina became one of my favorite characters through the third book.
The conclusion to the Divergent series by Veronica Roth was a great ending to an entertaining, thrilling and action-packed trilogy. The first book is brilliant and while the other ones are not as great, I enjoyed them. I’m a little bit sad that this has to end, but at least there’s the movies. This series is definitely a must-read.
I pace in our cell in Erudite headquarters, her words echoing in my mind: My name will be Edith Prior, and there is much I am happy to forget.”
Sometimes all I want is to be a few inches taller so the world does not look like a dense collection of torsos.”
The Transfer: A Divergent Story (Divergent #0.1) [no review]
The Initiate: A Divergent Story (Divergent #0.2) [no review]
The Son: A Divergent Story (Divergent #0.3) [no review]
The Traitor: A Divergent Story (Divergent #0.4) [no review]
Divergent (Divergent #1) [my review]
Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story (Divergent #1.5) [no review]
Insurgent (Divergent #2) [my review]
Veronica Roth is a twenty-two-year-old debut author and a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s creative writing program. While a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Chicago. From HarperCollins.