Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Narrator: Aaron Stanford, Emma Galvin
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
Date Read: October 2013
Genre: Dystopian, YA
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.
Series: Divergent #3
Also by this author: Divergent, Divergent br> br>
Also in this series: Divergent, Divergent
Read/Listened for Fun (Hardcover/Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.00
Story Rating: 3.25
Character Rating: 2.75
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Allegiant kind of sealed the deal that YA Dystopian trilogies and my expectations hardly ever mesh.
Instead of a review I am going to explain my experience (to this point) with ending books in YA Dystopian trilogies.
Please Note: I don’t read a lot of YA so having the same exact experience with two different series in one sub-genre denotes a pattern to me. Also, I believe the author should write the story they want to tell. This is not a bash against the author for choosing to tell their stories in a way they saw fit. This is my experience as a limited-YA reader.
Why I love Veronica Roth on a whole: “I’m the author, yes, but this book is yours as well as mine now, and our voices are equal in this conversation.” You really should read her article on why she chose to end the series the way that she did. You read it here: http://veronicarothbooks.blogspot.com/2013/10/about-end-of-allegiant-spoilers.html
The 2 Series: The Hunger Games and Divergent
Book 1 (in both series): I liked enough to make me want to read book 2
Book 2 (in both series): Was my absolute favorite! Made me excited for book 3
Book 3 (in both series): Was a total struggle to even finish and by the end I just didn’t care.
What went wrong for me (examples will be given from Allegiant since I wrote a review of Mockingjay)….
The Characters (other than the leads): Through the course of both series I formed strong attachments to certain side characters (good, bad, borderline). They played strong parts in the first or second (or both) books but in the third book either acted out of character or was given a two second wrap-up that totally seemed to diminish their importance. This frustrated me to no end. I would argue that the side characters are what made both of these stories work so darn well in book 2 (the books I loved in both instances). Example: Four’s (Tobias) mom doing what she did at the end of the story. While I “got’ it. The choice (and reaction) were to neat for that storyline.
The Leads: In both series, the final book turned strong confident characters into unrecognizable whiners that had brief moments of the characters that I had grown to love. They made choices that made me go “huh” and went against what I would expect of them. Oddly enough, Tris’ choice at the end is what made me rate Allegiant a 3 instead of a 2. That choice has most people in a uproar but to me it was one of the few times I saw the Tris that I had been rooting for. The reason I loved the beginning of both of these stories was the strong female protagonist. They were examples I thought fitting for strong young woman coming up in the world. The guys were not much better other than I think Peeta. I believe he was the most “in character” with all his decisions and reactions. Example from Allegiant: Four almost through out the whole entire last book where almost anything was concerned. He seemed unsure and angry at everything. He made choices that just had me shaking my head. Tris wasn’t that much better but towards the end she seemed to snap out of it and forge ahead.
The Story: The endings left me wanting but I couldn’t exactly tell you for what. The characters changed so much during the last books that by the end, I either didn’t care or was hoping for something HUGE to bring out the inner fire that I loved in all the characters. That just didn’t happen in Mockingjay and with Allegiant it happened with Tris but not Four. I just felt let down after investing so much into caring about these characters. For Example: In Allegiant after Tris makes her decision, Four’s reaction left me a bit cold. I cried for Tris but Four just made me feel “meh”. I know I should have had a stronger reaction but just couldn’t muster it.
The Shock Value: Both stories had twists (several) that were supposed to make you squeek and go “oh my”. Problem is that by the 3rd or 4th one I just didn’t care. I was more like “oh I bet there will be another one before the end”. At some point there were just too many. Example: By the time we got to Four and his mom (not giving away what happens there), I honestly didn’t care. It was just one more twist that was supposed to have an emotional impact but by then the whole thing had just boiled down to “let’s just get it done” for me.
The Different Ratings: I gave Mockingjay a 2.75 and Allegiant a 3.0–the difference was that I felt Tris in the end was true to her character. I didn’t feel that with Katniss. I ended up rating both end books slightly higher than if they had been stand alone books because I felt like overall the series was a good read (especially book 2 in both).
I am still holding out hope for Horde by Ann Aguirre! Maybe this will break my YA Dystopian curse. If not, I may just forgo the trilogies in the future as they might not be a good fit for me as a reader.
The Audio for Allegiant was excellent! The only problem I had was the dual POV’s overall and that made me read 60% of the story. This was not the fault of the narrators. It was just a story telling device that did not work for me.