Allegiant (Review)

Book cover for "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth.Title: Allegiant

Author: Veronica Roth

Publication Year: 2013

Pages: 544

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Dystopian

Source: E-book purchased from Kobo Books

From the cover:

What if your whole world was a lie?

What if a single revelation — like a single choice — changed everything?

What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

(This is the third and final book in the Divergent series, after Divergent and Insurgent.)

Coming after the crazy events of Insurgent, it would be hard for this book to compare in terms of straight-out action. It simply cannot. Instead, Allegiant goes a step further in exploring the backstory behind the factions, and even more. Roth explores the mythology behind her dystopia in this book, and Tris and the others struggle to make sense of everything while trying to save the city – and the people – that they love.

I have to say, I had a bit of a hard time with some of the things in this book. For starters, I didn’t love the dual-narrator format. While I understand why the choice was made to share the narration between Tris and Four, I found it a bit disconcerting after having “heard” the story completely from Tris’ point of view up until now.

There’s also a major event that happens partway through the book that completely threw me for the loop. I’m going to assume at this point that if you’re reading this review, you’ve already read the books, so I’m going to go ahead and spoil it: Tris dies. The heroine and main narrator dies! And the book isn’t even over yet! This is unheard of in books like this, and especially in YA stories. I was so shocked when it happened that I kept expecting something to be said, to say it wasn’t so. But it never did. It was a brave choice, and once I got over the shock, I really respected Roth for including it in her book.

Allegiant isn’t quite what I expected, but it’s still a great ending to a fantastic series.


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