Summary from Goodreads: 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. Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
I liked Allegiant. I didn’t devour it like I did Divergent and Insurgent.
Why? Allegiant felt forced, too contrived, too long, too many plot points were resolved far too conveniently. The concept was solid, however it was too 1984 and The Chrysalids and even A Brave New World…it borrowed from many classics…which is alright, I mean can you really reinvent a genre? I also had a tough time buying that a sixteen year old girl could do what Tris does and behave as she does. I bought it in the first two novels, but in this one it seemed a bit far-fetched (mind you, I totally bought what Katniss Everdeen does in The Hunger Games trilogy).
I also found that the characters didn’t grow. I really enjoyed the evolution of major and minor characters in books one and two. In book three all of the characters were stagnant. They were stuck in this perpetual dead-end search for freedom, for a life that was ripped away from them, for peace – both inner and social.
It almost seemed as if Roth had more than one book left inside her and tried to mash it all into Allegiant. The plot didn’t read as tightly as the first two and I think that’s where she lost me.
At first I thought the dual first-person narrative was a great idea. It was a chance to get into Tobias’ head, but after a while he and Tris sounded the same.
I like the creativity of the story and its comment on the effects of the pursuit of perfection (genetic perfection). I like the relationship between Tris and Tobias – she captures the insecurities and passion that drive teen love. The teens act too much like adults though. On one hand it is understandable because they are forced to grow up quickly; on the other, it is not believable that they can be so in control of their feelings all the time.
Overall, if you have started this trilogy it is worth reading Allegiant to give the story a conclusion. The book does provide a conclusion, it will not leave you hanging. I liked the end of the book. I thought it was appropriate given the nature of the characters. I just don’t think it will be the same fast paced, continually changing, fun experience that the first two books in the trilogy offered.
Has the conclusion to a trilogy ever left you feeling less than excited?