By: Melanie | October 26, 2013 | (30) Comments

Review: Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent, #3
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Genres: Action, Dystopia, YA
Pages: 526
Source: Received in exchange for review
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One choice will define you.

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?

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.

In a way, I expected this. To be disappointed. It’s happened too many times already with the hyped series; Delirium and The Hunger Games. However, Allegiant disappointed me not because of the ending, but more because of the characters and the romance. My rating still is wavering, I’m sitting on 3 stars for now but that could change anytime in the future.

“You don’t believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they’re true.”

Due to the fact that I am failing at getting my overall thoughts together and rating for that matter, I have broken it down into sections, rating each aspect. Please note that I am not adding up the ratings then finding the average.

The Characters: 

In Allegiant, Veronica Roth does something different and writes in first person narrative for two points of views: Tobias and Tris. This immediately caused a major issue that I was really hoping would not occur. I could not tell the difference between Tobias and Tris, their voices seemed to meld together and were not at all distinguishable from time to time. I found myself getting them confused with one and another. Yup, that’s how similar they were–I couldn’t even apart genders. Male voices and female voices have to be somewhat unique, right? Veronica Roth suggests not. Furthermore, while I loved Tris whose selflessness and courage was unremitting, I turned to hate Tobias. Since when was he whiny, insecure and so damn sad. In the previous novels, I remembered him with a personality as hard as nails, and dauntless. Instead, Tobias pissed me off with his girliness… which is why I got him confused with Tris in the first place. I really want the old Tobias–Four back. 2/5 stars

The Romance:

In Insurgent, I felt the romance begin to grow weaker and weaker. So it was not really a big surprise to feel myself become disgusted with it. Tobias was the main issue. His hot and cold gestures were annoying to no end and how he could just make Tris forgive him after a kiss just made the romance excruciatingly fraudulent. Moreover, I wanted less romance. It would have made the romance more precious and swoon-worthy instead of them making out every few chapters, which just started to get boring and a waste of words. They’re battling for freedom, not on some holiday cruise. 1.5 stars

The Plot, Pace, Writing and World Building:

I put these all into one category because I had no specific complaints. The plot has always been a strong point in Veronica Roth’s series; it’s a wide open plot that cannot really be predicted of what will happen in the end. The pace is ideal. Action is flowing throughout and kept me on the edge of my seat. As for the writing, it’s nothing too atmospheric but the writing has never been the main focus in this series. The world building probably holds the most lovable and hated aspects. The lack of technology advancement bugged me, we are quite a few years into the future but Veronica Roth does not introduce any hi-tech apart from some flimsy serums. Nevertheless I loved that we got to know more about the Divergent world. Most books start to loose world building in the last instalment but Veronica Roth still has much much more to say. 4.5/5 stars

Spoilers Ahead:

Basically, I am here to talk about the ending and Tobias and his mother’s relationship. I loved it and I hated it. We all learn that Divergence is when someone can be in two or more factions. Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton are two examples of Divergence. When Tris dies, she dies with her qualities of Divergence. She dies in act of selflessness, courage and bravery. She dies as a hero and she dies as Divergent. I loved Tris for that. She died, it was sad. I didn’t cry. I didn’t see it coming but in a few ways, I liked this book more because of it. But I also hated it. We fall in love with this character, we watch her grow, we watch her fall in love, we watch her mistakes and how she fixes them, and we watch how she makes bonds with others. So why, did Veronica Roth have to make Tris die? I didn’t really understand it in some ways; we root for this character and then BAM, gone. What’s the point? Readers don’t love happily ever afters but Veronica Roth took it to the extremes a bit. Yet since I can’t change what Veronica Roth has done, I can only be pleased that Tris died a warrior, a selfless, courageous, brave and smart young woman.

As for Tobias and his mother’s relationship, I actually quite liked it. It was a little cheesy but we see humanity in his mother again. We see more themes that aren’t really highlighted in YA dystopias.

Spoilers End

In Allegiant we see courage, selflessness, truths, lies, forgiveness and humanity all clash together as one. While this book is with flaws, the way things wrapped up, in my opinion were quite ideal. These themes aren’t usually seen in YA dystopias, and I guess it’s how they are presented and accentuated in an action-filled world.

~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~

3 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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30 Responses to Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

  1. Yup, I am seeing a lot of people mention the same things. I am so sad this book didn’t work out. Why do authors have to ruing such great series with bad ending books? I am putting off reading this one.
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  2. Johanna Richards says:

    :0 3 stars? You worry me, Mel. Really worry me. It sucks so much that the romance and characters did not go too well for you.

    Fantastic review all the same!

  3. Amelia says:

    I’m currently reading this one and I agree, it’s so hard to tell apart Tobias and Tris’ points of views. It sucks because I was expecting so much more than this.

    Also, I already got spoiled about the big spoiler. UGH. It can’t end like that though 🙁

  4. Christie says:

    The first two books in this series, while they were good, definitely didn’t make it to my favorites list, but I still want to get a copy of this one for my self! I’ve been hearing horrible things about the ending though.

    I’m not sure I want to pick this up anymore, considering you saying that the voices aren’t unique and that the romance sucks (I never actually liked Tobias, TBH). I haven’t heard a lot of good things about the plot, either, but I’m glad you liked that aspect!
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  5. I’m too scared to read any review at the moment, so after the introduction I’ve skipped the review. I’ll return once I’ve read this book, so for now, it’s going in my Pocket (app in my Chrome browser to save articles :p)
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    • Melanie says:

      I was scared of getting spoiled too so I read this the second I got it. So glad because the next day, someone tweeted me with a major spoiler. UGH people these days. I hope you enjoy!

  6. I decided against reading the book when I found out about Tris’ death because I was just really mad. I know it might be a little silly to have hoped for a HEA, but I just strongly dislike books that end on a sad note, which is why I always read the last page of a book before I start a book. I just couldn’t bear the idea of Tris dying. To be honest, I don’t think I would have been this much affected had Divergent been a stand-alone and Tris had died in that one. It just hurts because the author made us grow attached to this character for 2 books only to kill her.
    Anyways, when the reviews started to come in, I was actually glad that I had taken the decision of not reading since it sounds like the book wasn’t as good as the previous two. A lot of people have mentioned the dual POVs being confusing because they sounded the same. Not every author can nail the dual POV and it seems Roth is one who can’t. I also heard about Four turning into this sad depressing guy too, which I don’t think I would like. It’s such a shame though to have a good series end with a book so many flaws.
    Lovely honest review, Melanie! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      I liked how it ended but I didn’t like that Tris had to die. I mean, we fell in love with this character and then she just disappears from the face of the earth. So damn annoying. Thanks, Nick! <3

  7. I only read your first paragraph since I have yet to read this..you have me nervous.
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  8. Shelly says:

    I am so sad to hear about the characterization. When I first read that paragraph, I was like “YAY TOBIAS” and now I’m regretting that thought. I don’t understand how two characters can be so similar especially if they were so distinguished in the past, sigh this is just sad. I still haven’t read Allegiant but I want to see if everything people are saying is true. Thanks for labeling the spoilers by the way, I didn’t want to read them. Awesome review! <33
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  9. I read Divergent and loved it, but just haven’t continued on with the series yet. I do want to though. Sorry you didn’t love this one. Great honest review! 🙂
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  10. Nara says:

    I definitely agree that the narrative voices of the two characters sounded EXACTLY the same. I remember I was reading a particular chapter, and I got all confused because the narrator referred to “Tris” when I thought it was Tris narrating. Le sigh.

    I actually think the ending was fitting. I mean, maybe it was heartbreaking considering we watched her develop and have been following her for three books, but if you consider her character, I feel like it wasn’t completely unexpected. But at the same time, I was kind of shocked by it, because I didn’t expect Veronica to actually kill her off (if that makes sense…)
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  11. I loved the Divergent so much, but then felt that many of the things I loved had disappeared in Insurgent. I had high hopes that Allegiant would draw me back in, but many of the issues that you and others have mentioned (POVs that I couldn’t tell apart, draggy plot, gratuitous killing off of characters) just left me with a blah feeling overall. I LOVE sad books and don’t even mind depressing ones (weird, I know) but this book just didn’t tug at my emotions much at all.
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  12. Stephanie B says:

    Oh my gosh, Melanie, I was trying not to cry from the moment Tobias got back from Chicago. I mean for the REST OF THE BOOK. I liked that Tobias and his mother mended or began to mend things. Actually, when she finally chose him over power I was sitting there going FINALLY, something good happens in his family. The plot was solid too. As for everything else….you shall see. Haha.
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  13. Tannis says:

    SO SO SO disappointed. Of course, I would have preferred Tris didn’t die at all and that her and Tobias could have lived happily ever after; it’s just the way she died. Every word afterword I was just waiting for when she would appear again, not dead at all. It didn’t seem real enough to be, well, real. I wish I could go back in time and never read this book. Just come straight home from the bookstore and throw it right into the fireplace where it belongs and watch it burn.
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  14. Emily says:

    Hey Mels! 😀
    Fantastic review, I pretty much feel the same > O_O
    Yep, that has made it on her list to bash then, sadly ><
    Haha, but great review as always, Mel! <3
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    • Emily says:

      *ZAP* 3/4s of my comment was zapped away!! ><
      But anyway, I was saying that Miss Roth was really brave to pull off that ending. Authors really don't have to choose to please readers with happily ever afters. Because in the end, she showcased Tris' bravery. Things went downhill for me even during Insurgent, and I actually don't know what to feel about Allegiant, except now my admiration for Veronica Roth has increased!! But there's something that really bothered me in Allegiant, and I think Cat's commentary while reading it pretty sums it up! xD "Oooh… Look! They're arguing! Wait, what. They're snogging?" And her face became something like this … O_O And that's another one that she'll probably add on her never ending list of stuff to bash LOL! And great review as always Mel! 😀
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  15. I’m really impressed you managed to gather your thoughts coherently here Mel. I just finished the book myself and I’m speechless. Still in shock I guess. I thought the pacing was a bit slow, and yes totally agreed that Four was whiny and annoying. The ending was totally shocking and unnecessary. Great review hun!
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  16. Elena says:

    What a shame. This could have been a good book. Roth completely massacred this last installment in her Divergent series. She wanted her books to stand out but in the process sacrificing the integrity of her story to do it.

  17. Shamara Catama says:

    I’ve read Divergent and Insurgent but am kind of scared of reading Allegiant since I heard so many negative things about it and I don’t want it to spoil the series for me

  18. Pauline says:

    I’ve read Allegiant as well, and yup I was a little depressed of the ending, tho Veronica said that that was the time when Tris finally learned what is the real meaning of sacrificing herself for other people. ✌

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