Review: Allegiant

◆ Allegiant by Veronica Roth
◆ Read November 2013
◆ English Edition

❝ 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.❞
For me, this series has been slowly losing his quality ever since the start of the second book. I therefore anticipated that I wouldn't be very thrilled with the final instalment: Allegiant. However, as much as it has been a dissapointment, there were also some things I really liked.

Most of the reviews I've read show dissapointment because of the ending (which I will not spoil), saying that it ruined the series for them. Surprisingly, the ending was one of the things that I actually really did like in the book. I thought it was a good way to finish the story and round things up. Furthermore, it was in-character for Tris and frankly the only way that she could be redeemed in the eyes of me as a reader. Because I disliked her behaviour for most of the book.

It wasn't just Tris though, but Tobias too. As the story progressed I found myself becoming more and more irritated by their characters seperately, and as a couple. There was no character development whatsoever, it was exactly the opposite. Their entire story arcs in Allegiant were defined by the most unlogical (stupid) of decisions and a series of new flaws without the development that usually comes with that. Tobias decision to join the revolution with Nita shows how blind he is to the truth, or his unwillingness to see it. Tris' decision to wipe the memories of the scientists who want to wipe the memories of the people in Chicago is the most hypocritcal thing I have ever heard. Both were rude and judgemental to each other and when they weren't fighting, they were making out. Such a good way to deal with your problems don't you think? It really did not enhance the plot nor was it a lot of fun to read.

Allegiant is the first book in the series that describes events from two perspectives: not just Tris's, but also Tobias' point of view. At first this excited me because I've loved Tobias since the first book (unfortunately that was quickly undone this book). It did make a lot of sense to suddenly change to a multi-perspective plot-wise, but it was poorly executed. Half of the time I could not tell Tris and Tobias' voices apart because they're so very similar. Constantly checking whose point of view it is at the beginning of each chapter does become rather tiresome. It's such a shame that this did not work out for Roth because it had the opportunity to be great.

One thing that I can say though is that these books are real pageturners and Allegiant is no different. This has perhaps to do with the fact that an aweful lot happens. Especially in this book there were a lot of subplots - factions versus factionless, GD versus GP, a lot of new characters - which makes it so much harder to understand everything. Furthermore, there were many action scenes that did not add to the plot because they served purely as that - action. However, this does mean that you will never get bored while reading.

One last thing that I also really liked is that this book clarifies things I did not understand at all in the previous books. The obvious thing I'm talking about is  the factions system which I was already complaining about in my review of the first book. Imagine my relieve when the book actually explained it and  that the reasoning for desinging the system even made sense! The last book in a series is always meant to tie up loose ends, and Allegiant does that so in that aspect is great.

In conclusion, I liked the book because it tied up loose ends and the ending was the only one I ever could have imagined. I disliked it because the main characters were badly-written, the different perspectives did not work and because many events seemed randomly added for more action. Roth still has a really enjoyable writing style nonetheless. I do recommend this book to anyone who has read Divergent and Insurgent though. You might not enjoy the ending - many haven't -  but not reading the book at all will leave you so many questions that you might regret not reading it. 

3 stars because:
✓ Loose ends tied up
✓ Ending made a good conclusion
✓ Real pageturner
✗Main characters underwent the opposite of development
✗The relationship of Tris/Four was ruined and did not add to the plot
✗Multiple POV'S did not work out
✗Too much (random) action scenes


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