by Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 10/22/13 by HarperCollins
3.5 out of 5 stars
came into this book with fairly low expectations. I can't even imagine
the kind of pressure Veronica Roth was under to conclude her wildly
popular trilogy in a satisfactory way. I've read enough of these types
of trilogies to understand that writing a perfect conclusion is
extremely rare and difficult. I knew that the book would probably not
be exactly what I wanted, but I was hoping to be able to walk away from
the series feeling satisfied with the story and the characters.
finishing Allegiant tonight, I can say that I am satisfied. I didn't
think this was a perfect book. I think it is my least favorite in the
trilogy. Though not for the same reason as everyone else! It appears,
based on the reviews I've been reading, that MANY people are unsatisfied
and upset with the ending. I disagree. I thought the ending was a
good and natural fit to where this story had been leading. I don't think
Veronica Roth just took the easy way out. I don't think she wrote this
to simply to create that big twist at the end. I believe the ending
was purposeful and authentic to the characters; it fit well with the
themes and purpose of the story.
My biggest complaint with the
book is the way that the story is written from both Tris and Tobias'
points of views. As the story progressed, I get that there were times
when it was helpful and maybe necessary to have Tobias' point of view.
But, I didn't find much distinction at all between their two voices.
Sometimes I would read a whole chapter thinking that I was reading Tris'
POV (I always forgot to look at the title at the beginning of the
chapters!), only to figure out at the end that it was really Tobias.
Then I felt the need to go back and re-read the chapter so I could read
it from the correct perspective. It was annoying. If Roth felt it was
necessary to include both voices, there needed to be something more
distinguishable between their voices. Or maybe they didn't need to
switch quite so frequently.
Also, I felt like this book was
fairly slow paced, especially at the beginning. There was a lot of
explaining that needed to be done, but that also made it kind of boring
at times. I felt like "boring" was a word that could not be used to
describe the first two books, so I was a little sad that this book
didn't quite have the same intensity.
There are other things that
I liked about the book: the realistic portrayal of a committed
relationship with Tris and Tobias, gaining another (although not
completely original) view on the dangers of prejudice and racism, and
just being able to see where all the characters in this series end up
when all is said and done.
I think it is a fair and mostly satisfying end to the trilogy, though I can't say that I loved it as much as the first two books.
(Edited to add: After thinking about this for a few months, I am liking it less and less. I'm giving it a generous 3.5 stars.)