Series: Divergent Trilogy #3
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date Published: October 22, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Aaron Stanford, Emma Galvin
Description: 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.
Allegiant is definitely stirring up feelings and strong reactions among Divergent series fans. I tried to avoid reading reviews until I read the book but even just scrolling through my social media feeds, I could see something severe was going to happen. I had an idea of what it might be, and while I was on the right track, I didn’t quite guess it. This is going to be a spoiler-free review.
I really liked the explanations in the beginning of Allegiant after the group went outside Chicago’s city limits. The truth about the factions in Chicago and the existence of the Divergent made so much sense to me. That part got scientific and I enjoyed that. I liked that this was a smart book. I always wondered why the scenario with the factions was going on only inside Chicago. While reading the first book I wondered whether the rest of the country still existed in this world, or if it was all a wasteland with Chicago being the last with a civilization. So I found the additional world building in Allegiant to be very satisfying.
However, the remainder of the book, leading up to the epic ending, was very political and a bit dull with all the strategy and discussions. I get that it was necessary, but it dragged for me. I also had a lot of anxiety since I knew something awful was going to happen, but I didn’t know what or when. I had even more anxiety when I realized what was going to happen, and that it was going to happen soon.
The relationship between Tris and Tobias went through some tests in this book but the two of them are so strong together that I believed that they could work through anything. I did like how Tobias was less than perfect in this book. In the past he always seemed to be the best at everything, to me at least, so I liked to see him being more vulnerable. Though, the ending was more than anyone should have to endure.
So, that ending. On one hand it makes perfect sense. I wouldn’t have expected anything less from this character (no spoilers here). But on the other hand… OMG!! Yes, it was an epic way to end the trilogy, but was it truly necessary? The end goal would have been accomplished with or without that something awful, even if the author says it was in the plan all along (you can read about it on her blog, but DO NOT read it if you haven’t read the book yet unless you want the ending spoiled). I do agree that this character’ journey throughout this series was leading up to this decision, and this choice really did define this character. BUT, making that choice was the defining moment in this character’s development. The actual outcome could have been different and wouldn’t have changed the strength of that choice. Yes, that epic ending was powerful and so so painful. And yes, that makes this ending so dramatic. But I don’t agree that it was absolutely necessary. I’m just going to leave it at that.