Title: Allegiant (Divergent trilogy #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Source: personal purchase
Summary from Goodreads: **WARNING: contains spoilers from Divergent and Insurgent**
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.
OMG y'all, my first book review since Tater Tot was born! And only 2 weeks after his arrival. Let's all give a mighty HOORAY for the Kindle app for iPhone, which makes for easy one-handed reading during middle-of-the-night breastfeeding.
As for the book: you should probably skip this review if you haven't read Divergent or Insurgent, the first two novels in this trilogy. I would direct you to my reviews of them, except I read them before this blog started, so you'll just have to use these short summaries of my Goodreads reviews as guides:
Divergent: did not love it in the beginning (started too slowly, hated Tris (the main character)), but about midway through the twists and action picked up, and Tris became a badass, so by the end I was hooked.
Insurgent: again, started to slow for me, and Tris was way too angsty (like, Bella Swan angsty...ugh), but the last third was awesome and the cliffhanger ending made me SUPER MAD that I had to wait over a year for the third book to come out.
Great, now that we've recapped the whole series in two run-on sentences, let's talk about Allegiant, the final installment of the trilogy.
In short: DISAPPOINTED, Y'ALL.
Allegiant's first big difference from the other two novels is that it is told from two perspectives: Tris and Four. This is a very obvious change from the other two books (narrated by Tris only), and I determined early on that there could really be only one good reason for it--which kind of spoiled the ending for me. I won't give it away for you, but you don't have to think about it too hard to figure out a reason why they would need two narrators this time around.
That said, the dual narration could have been okay (even if spoilery), except that Roth could not have made Four's voice more flat and uninteresting. Seriously, does this guy have a personality? He bored me to tears. Tris was angsty and annoying (again) but at least she had some spunk. Four's chapters had no real emotion behind them, which again made the dual narration seem like a necessity for the ending vs. a well-developed POV choice.
Also, I am so over Tris and Four's relationship. This may be because I am not a big YA romance person in general (most YA romance makes me gag, to be honest), but if I had to read one more time about how Four smelled like rain or wind or freedom or whatever (is this an Old Spice commercial?) before Tris kissed him, I was legit going to die.
And last but not least, the plot action. It just wasn't there. The ending of Insurgent left me SO SO SO excited to see what was outside the borders of Chicago...and instead of really getting to explore that, we spend most of this novel inside the Bureau of Genetic Welfare, just outside the city limits, waiting around for Tris & co. to figure out their rebellion. Total letdown. Roth had this great world-building opportunity and I felt like she dropped the ball on it, big time.
A lot of people have complained about the ending, because it's not all happy-go-lucky, though honestly I think that's one of the things that bugged me the least. I am okay with a somewhat sad ending, as long as the rest of the book is strong enough to support it. But in this case, the ending was overshadowed by how much I disliked the rest of the novel. A seriously disappointing ending to a trilogy that I so badly wanted to adore.