Friday, January 17, 2014


******This post will contain plot SPOILERS for Veronica Roth's book Allegiant*****************

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Allegiant is the third, and final, installment of Veronica Roth's Divergent series.  Divergent kicked off as a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel starring Tris and the dreamy Four.  It was awesome and I loved it.  I loved the second book, Insurgent, a little bit less.  I was still riveted by the story, but there were some plot holes.  For example, "we had to turn in all the guns" and then in the next paragraph, "I pulled a gun on him."  Annoying, but I was able to forgive Roth because the story was amazing and I was ready to panty drop for my main man Four.

Then Allegiant came out.  The main departure was that this book was told in the point of view of Tris and Four instead of just Tris, which I would have been fine with if either of them had a distinctive voice.  They didn't.  They were both equally whiny and annoying.  They talk about people the same way and they think the same way.  I had to keep scrolling back to the beginning of the chapter to see who was talking.  When J.R.R Martin does this in A Song of Ice and Fire, I know who's talking without even having to look.  I can hear Arya Stark's voice or Cersai's.  That doesn't translate in Roth's writing.

Then there's the completely and needless death of the protagonist, Tris.  I kept waiting for some serum to bring her back (there are lots of serums in Allegiant...lots).  But nope.  She sacrificed herself for her douche bag brother Caleb who everybody hated.  This was Caleb's one shot at redemption, one shot for us to forget that he tried to execute his own sister.  Her death was needless, pointless and lacked any sort of meaning.

I don't know if Roth had this death planned out from the start or if she just kind of lost her way and needed to find a way to end the novel, but it was just stupid.  Really, really stupid.

Then there's the convoluted plot with rebellion after rebellion and serum after serum and I couldn't even keep track of who was fighting who or who I wanted to win.  I was rooting for no one and the book left me cold.

I don't know what's next for Roth, but it's safe to say she just killed her cash cow.


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Martha Woods said...

I hated Allegiant...I was so excited for Divergent, "meh" about Insurgent, hated this one to bits. Your review describes my feelings for each book to a tee!!

Delaney Sanders said...

Thanks for the heads up! I'm looking for a good book to unwind with... I have just been reading tech nerd stuff, and of course blogger books.... I know to lass on this one!

misssrobin said...

I didn't read your post, just saw that it had spoilers and skipped to commenting. I've been hearing a lot about this series. My daughter is reading it. And I love dystopias! Guess it's time I went for it. I'm assuming that since you're reviewing the third book you've liked the series.

I think I good dystopia might help my mood. Off I go to get the book. Thanks.

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