Series: Divergent #3
Published by Harper Collins on October 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once belived 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.
Secrets, betrayals and a much wider world than the people of Chicago thought was possible. This final part of the Divergent trilogy promised so much, but sadly, didn’t really deliver.
Please note: This review is for the third book in the Divergent trilogy and so contains spoilers for the first two books, Divergent and Insurgent. You might prefer to read my reviews of those books instead!
Also, keep your eyes open for Leila’s Allegiant review, coming very soon!
As the third and final book in this trilogy, Allegiant gave us so much to look forward to. I loved Insurgent – after all the tragedy and angst plus the big reveal at the end, I was so excited to see what was outside the city. Unfortunately what was there turned out to be kind of disappointing.
Without giving away any of the story, the troubles outside the fence made Chicago feel very small and the city’s struggles almost insignificant. If the drama had been brought back to the personal level, things might have been more interesting, but what was going on inside the city while Tris and her gang were outside was rather glossed over.
Half the chapters in this third book are told from Four’s point of view (I have to agree with Meg from Cuddlebuggery – that thinking of him as Tobias just kept reminding me of Arrested Development!) and I found it quite off-putting. Four himself is such a self-doubting and troubled character, but I felt like we hadn’t had any chance to get to know him. Perhaps he should have been involved in telling the story right from the start, then I would have felt like I cared more about what he was going through.
Tris however, has done a lot of growing through the series. She comes into her own throughout this book, leading charges and generally doing a lot of detective work,
There has been a lot of outcry around the community about the ending, so I’m going to hide my ranting behind a spoiler tag so that you can skip it if you don’t want to be spoiled!View Spoiler »
Okay so firstly, Four heads back into Chicago to wipe one or other of his parent’s memory. I’m still not particularly sure how that was supposed to help save the day, but in any case, Evelyn just gave up at the end. Why? She showed herself to be a totally ruthless killer and generally hard-hearted bitch through most of the series, and then suddenly becomes a lost mum at the end. It didn’t sit well with me.
Speaking of the memory-wipe serum, it was a rather ultra-convenient way to deal with everyone. The entire process of re-educating the base in their mission was really glossed over at the end – was it really that easy? I felt that there were some major parts of the story missing because it was all focused on what happened to Tris.
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Okay, I think I mostly covered the things that bothered me about the book there, phew. To be honest I didn’t mind the way the whole thing ended, it was a satisfactory wrap-up to the bigger picture.
Over all, this series is worth reading. The first two books at least presented an exciting story where the character’s struggles were important. It was just sad that the third book went off on an unexpected tangent that didn’t really meet my expectations. It was an enjoyable read for the most part, honest!
– A good conclusion to the trilogy but a slightly lack-lustre storyline. Read if you were a fan of the first two.
I thought I was done with YA distopias but my wife grabbed the first in this series so I will try it out after her.
Kinda sad to know that even if I love it it appears to have gone down the same arc as Hunger Games with a third book that doesn’t do the original big idea justice.
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