Since finishing Divergent and Insurgent I have been waiting on the edge of my seat for the release of Allegiant. I felt a strange draw to Tris, Four, Caleb, Christina and the rest of their crew from the moment I picked up the first book and whilst, true, I wouldn’t go as far as some people in saying it’s the best dystopian-range-thing I’ve read, I was still struggling to walk past a bookshop window from the day it was released without wanting to go in and buy it. Good job most of the time it was 6am and the bookshop was closed…
I only lasted about three days. Then I completely caved, spent half the book tokens college had given me for good results on non-academic books in Waterstones and procrastinated the rest of that afternoon curled up on my bed at uni getting well and truly stuck in to the adventures of Tris Prior and co. Except in the end, I have to admit I was kinda disappointed. I ENJOYED it, sure. I just felt it wasn’t as good as the first two. And the ending. Oh. My. God. Just what. But I’ll get to that later.
From the beginning I found it much harder to get into the book than I expected. At first I thought it was because I hadn’t read the first two for a while and so it was taking me a while to reeducate myself on the ins and outs of plot line and world. But then it didn’t really get all that much better. I did want to know what happens, but I felt I was reading it purely to finish the set – kinda in the way you read the last hunger games to round off the story but by the end your not really sure you want to read it again.
The plot was fairly jumpy- they just make a decision and it happens like, Bam, without any real explanation of what a character is really thinking or why it was even necessary in the first place. It is very pacy, but too pacy, so nothing is ever fully padded out yet by the time you realise something completely new is happening and you can barely even keep up. I didn’t really feel like I got to know the characters any better in this book, and frankly throughout a lot of it, I liked them less than I did before. Four is kinda douche-y and spends too much time obsessing over an internal issue that no one else important even sees as a problem, and Tris is so busy with her holier-than-thou-I-have-to-save-the-world trip that she makes stupid decisions and ignores what were, to me, really obvious options. The only character I really liked by the end was Christina, who is still bad ass and forgiving and sarcastic. She’s great, trust me.
If I’m honest, Christina was basically the only thing I liked about the ending at all. I’ll tell you now that it’s sad. I’ve warned you. But Roth just kinda throws it it in your face, boom, have some feels, and then gives you about 5 pages of wishy washy epilogue to try and deal with it. NICE TRY BUT IT DIDN’T MAKE IT OKAY. I didn’t cry this time – these feels are no How I Live Now. More of an ‘are you fucking kidding me’ moment.
That being said, it wasn’t really that bad a book. I still managed to finish it pretty darn quick on top of a heck of a lot of rowing and a weekly essay. I did find myself ignoring my books on Roman Masculinity to find out what happens. I reckon that maybe my view has been slightly clouded by my hatred of the ending. It’s nowhere near as good as the other books certainly, but if you liked them, then you definitely have to read this one. It was fun, it rounded off the series (sort-of), but I probably won’t be reading it again.
~ Becca x
P.S: Sorry for the massive gap since my last post. Work finally caught up to me…
P.P.S: I just found this article in which Veronica explains her reasons behind the ending if anyone is interested. Still doesn’t make it okay… Oh, and be warned, it’s massively full of spoilers (Duh).
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