My review of Veronica Roth’s Allegiant
I am the first to admit that I wasn’t hooked by the first two books in this series. I liked Divergent (less so Insurgent), but that was as far as it went. So when the highly anticipated third book came around, I took my time getting around to reading it (thus the lateness of this review). Turns out I should have read it a little sooner, as I got spoiled shortly before starting.
Nonetheless, I found Allegiant much as I found the first two books: an enjoyable few hours, but not much to shout about. Tris and Tobias are now faced with a factionless society that they aren’t sure is better or worse than what they started out with. Together with the crew from the first two books, they must do what no one has done before: venture outside the fence to see if there is still a wider world to contact.
There were a few specific things about Allegiant that I really liked, enough to make it my favorite of the trilogy. First and foremost, Tris’ development from a crummy Abnegation to a badass Divergent is great, and I love reading from her new perspective of strength, but also still loving and selfless. The selfless bit can get a little irritating however-Tris has the tendency to play the hero and made stupid, House of Stark-like sacrifices (and we all know how well that worked out for the Starks). I also loved how gray every option was. Were factions all bad? Should they stay in a modified version or be dissolved completely? Even Tris and Tobias aren’t sure, and I love that there isn’t a clear cut decision on who is bad and who is good. Tris has a great quote when she is wondering if people need labels like Dauntless or even Divergent: “Can we just be friends or lovers or siblings, defined instead by the choices we make and the love and loyalty that binds us.”
On the negative side, the story is told from the alternating perspective of Tris and Tobias, who are (for the most part) in the same place doing the same things, so do we really need both perspectives? The reason for this becomes clear towards the end of the book, but I still don’t think it was a necessary gimmick. Speaking of, I won’t speak much about the Thing that happens that has divided the fandom except to say that I was underwhelmed. Not disappointed, but not as shocked and shaken as I think I was supposed to be.