Title: Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Published: October 22, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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I don’t know if I told you guys, but I’m getting married in a couple weeks and my life is kinda jumbled up and crazy.
~runs around arms flailing, Kermit-style~
So I present a review that matches my current state of mind – many thoughts about many different things. No spoilers, though.
First – I went to look at reviews on Goodreads to see what other people thought and with all the upvoted cover reveals and “OMG IT’S COMING” posts it was hard to find anything of substance. This is why the current system needs to be changed, people. Reviews containing nothing more than a GIF, the cover, and squeeing need to be stopped somehow.
Are you figuring out how to do that? Good. I’ll move on.
Second – Allegiant is all plot and will make zero sense if you didn’t read the previous books. I thought I’d be able to catch up in the first few chapters but woah, I forgot how many people died. “Here’s so and so, whose brother died.” “Here’s this other person, who lost all kinds of friends.” “Here’s another guy, who stabbed people back in book one.”
Third – As in book two we alternate PoV between Tris and Four. It wouldn’t be too bad… but they sound exactly the same. And they’re often in the same room. As if I need more brain scrambling!
Fourth – A lot of people don’t like the ending, but it didn’t bother me – everyone acted in character and did what needed to be done. It’s not a plot choice you see taken often, but it works.
Fifth – There’s an epilogue. I hate epilogues. This one was better than most, but seeing the “x years later” still killed me.
Thinking about reading Divergent but not sure if the series is worth it? Here’s my rundown:
Book one is a fun, interesting dystopia that shows a lot of promise. Book two is an angst fest that loses its inventiveness and made me dislike characters I previously loved. The plot will drag you into reading book three… at which point you may have to give up on the characters and slog through just to find out how it ends.
My advice is to either stay away from the series or just read book one… if you can.