BOOK REVIEW: Divergent, #3: Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

allegiant

2 stars

 

Synopsis:

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.

-from Goodreads.com

This is so full of spoilers it’s ridiculous. 

I’m just going to be straight up: the #1 reason why this book was so bad was because Tris dies when she decided she didn’t want to, it was like a big “fuck you”, so to say, to her character. Tris is, or should I say was, a strong character; she was always the one character that would persevere. I think it was a dumb choice to kill her. Before reading this book, I was so glad that Veronica said she wouldn’t kill Four, but now I wish she had.

Throughout this whole book Tobias was either getting angry at someone, fucking something up, or just moping about how he’s so lost. Though I don’t blame him for Uriah’s death, the uprising or whatever you’d like to call it was bound to happen because Nita is an idiot. Let’s start from the beginning though, shall we.

So in the first a hundred or so– more or less– pages they escaped from the city. The story progressively started going downhill.

The factions is what gave this book that distinctive factor; if it weren’t for the factions then what the hell are you guys fighting for?

After they left the city and Evelyn’s dictatorship, they found the stupid airport-compound place. It’s like taking characters out of their book setting and moving them into modern day (though it’s the “future” U.S), which is not as interesting as it sounds. So they’ve basically run away from several power-hungry control heads to encounter more of them. Now what’s the point of that?

I feel like Roth tried to come up with an idea to sound “interesting” and “different” out of thin air. I think the thing that really bothered me was how Edith Prior (aka Amanda Ritter) was totally shrugged off after figuring out who she really was. In Insurgent, Edith was such a big deal like “WOW WHO IS EDITH AND SHE PROBABLY IS A BIG PART OF THE NEXT BOOK?!” lol no. The whole transition from Insurgent to Allegiant was Edith Prior and she barely had to do with Allegiant.

I still think Convergent is a better title for “Allegiant”, they only talked about the Allegiant in the beginning and it was brief, they only really mattered until they got out of the city.

So many things are wrong with this book. My expectations were so high and it was just so random and full of plot holes.

Also, what was the reason for killing Uriah? He just happens to be standing there as the bomb went off… so what purpose did it serve?

There wasn’t even tension between Uriah’s family and Tobias to possibly cause friction and conflict in the book. It was just like “ooh yeah let me add this in there to break everyone’s heart” because it was so meaningless and random.

Also, when Tris just “decides” that she wasn’t going to let Caleb die was also really weirdly unexpected. Everything was set up for Caleb and she was talking about how strong he’s gotten and she just chooses to go instead of him.

There was so much potential in this book and it was just so useless.

A gif that sums up my reaction (I only have 2 reactions for this book) :

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