The first thing I thought when I started reading this book was that I was so over the whole vampire and werewolf storyline. It’s just been done to death. Once I got into the story, though, I realized that it would be different than the others.
Of all the vampire books I’ve read, this is the only one I’ve seen so far that’s written by a Canadian. (I’m not counting Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series, because vampires only feature peripherally.) It was nice to read a story set in my own city, with landmarks and places that I recognized.
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 liked this book just as much as the first, but for different reasons. Now that the characters and the world-building have been established, Insurgent is able to have more going on than before. There’s more action, and definitely more intrigue.
I put off reading this book for a long time because it was so popular. I know, that’s weird, right? But I have this thing against reading series when they’re new and saturating the discussion. It just feels like they’re getting more than enough attention already, so why should I buy into the hype?