Review

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Genre: Dystopian Age Level: YA Series: Divergent #3
Genre: Dystopian
Age Level: YA
Series: Divergent #3

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.

2/5

Divergent is a brilliant book about breaking the mold, facing your fears and standing up for what you believe in. Insurgent was good, but was not anything special. I was hopeful that it was only a case of middle-book syndrome and that Allegiant would be amazing. Instead I got a book that made absolutely no sense and ruined Divergent for me for good. A lot of people found the ending disappointing but to me it was no worse than the rest of the book. I know not everyone felt this way about the book, so you may enjoy it, but approach with extreme caution.

The rest of the review contains spoilers for the whole series:

SPOILERS

Allegiant has a decent beginning but it all goes downhill from there. Instead of resolving the conflict inside the city, this whole issue is put on the backburner and we have the whole stupid genetics stuff which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

Why would the government/scientists/whoever decide that altering people’s genes is a good idea? There are obviously going to be consequences, but no one bothers to bothers to test it out fisr and they just ‘fix’ pretty much everyone. Then it’s “oh no! What have we done?” Maybe, if you’d have thought things through properly and run tests, you wouldn’t be in this situation?

Then, instead of just reversing the damage, they decide to put all the ‘genetically damaged’ people into cities along with ‘genetically pure’ people to to fix everyone. How would breeding a bunch of genetically damaged people result in someone who is genetically pure? You’d get someone’s whose even more damaged, not less. Wouldn’t the best thing to do be separate the genetically damaged people from those who are pure and breed the pure people? Obviously not.

Then we learn that in most of the cities people couldn’t function because, duh, they’re damaged. They decide to introduce a faction system into some of the cities and they realize that the structure is helpful. How the hell would that work? Unless they removed different genes from different people, but that’s not really what the book says because then the serums would be pointless. So if they removed the same genes from everyone, why would factions help?

They inserted a tracker into people that would activate when the person reaches a level of genetic purity – being able to resist simulations. Yet we learn that sometimes even people who aren’t genetically pure can still do this, which makes sense, but no one stops to consider that maybe the reverse is true. This fits with Divergent, but pretty much nothing else from here on out does.

Ok, so if you’re a GP, you can resist simulations and are now fixed. In Divergent we saw that the people who were Divergent couldn’t fit into one faction because people are more than one thing. Even people who weren’t considered Divergent struggled with fitting into rigid social structures. They never explain how this related to the genetics stuff. How would not having the genes for specific traits make you fit into a rigid structure and having the genes make you not fit? I thought the whole point of Divergent was that people are more that one thing and can’t be defined by one one trait. Guess I was wrong.

And throughout all of this genetics crap no one ever explains why Tris is so special. And if she’s not special then what’s the point of any of this because we clearly know that she could resist the serums even more than the other Divergent.

Allegiant tried to show that the GDs were equal to the GPs and that they’re not damaged etc. But if people were missing certain genes, they would be damaged and they would be acting crazily, which is true is some parts of the book. It had to have been bad enough at the beginning otherwise the whole city structure would have been pointless, unless they were normal just everyone else just thought they were damaged – but again this makes no sense. With Tris’s mom, she says that someone picked her up because they could tell, just by looking at her that she was a GP. So which is it? You can’t have it both ways. Either people are damaged, which they would be, or they’re not.

On the subject of Tris’s mom, they pick her up and rescue her because she’s a GP and then put her in the city because she volunteered? You’re going to risk one of your precious GPs because she, at age sixteen, volunteered? Aren’t there more qualified adults who should go? And while of the subject of risking the GPs, they send Tris’s mom into the city to save the GPs but they’re the ones who gave Jeanine the serum in the first place. Really?

The novel has dual POV’s but for at least half the book I could not tell Tris and Four apart. At all. And when I finally did figure out who was who it was not for the right reasons. Tris is back to her normal brave self, having recovered from the depressed state she was in in Insurgent. She was the ONLY smart character in the book and that was only by comparison. Four. Tobias. Whatever the heck you want to call him. He is a completely different person from the one we left in Insurgent. Completely. Gone is the tough guy who has trust issues and is not controlled by fear. In his place in a meak, wimpy guy who falls apart at the drop of a hat.

When Tobias finds out that he is not Divergent, he falls apart. “I’m damaged. I’ve always been damaged. I’ll continue to be damaged. I’m a failure. There’s something wrong with me.” (Not an actual quote). You get the idea. Tris, being the only one with brains, tells him that he’s the same person he was the day before and that he’s just different the same as everybody. It’s like having a different eye colour. Well, no, not exactly. Being genetically damaged is not anything like eye colour, but I’ll go along with it. Then this girl asks him to go along with her plan and no matter how many times Tris tells him not to and that it’s a bad idea and something’s up, he just trusts the girl immediately and of course it leads to disastrous results and he falls apart again.

Plus this whole part of the book was boring and repetitive and I continually asked myself why I was reading this. Then comes the ending which, despite being a complete disaster, I kind of liked it because we finally  get some action and I can stop reading this crap.

Ok, so I’m going to break the ending into two parts. The conclusion of events in the city and outside the city.

In the city. All of the problems in the city are because of Evelyn and Marcus – not because its hard for people to adjust to a factionless system, and not because the factionless don’t want factions, no it’s because Evelyn and Marcus need to stop fighting. By stopping one of them there will be no problem, because the people would never continue to fight without a leader. And then if one side stops, the other side will obviously stop as well. *eye roll*

Tobias, Marcus and Evelyn revert to toddlers. Tobias, memory serum in hand, approaches his mother, who has already proved that she cared more about her power and status than her son, and tells her that she can chose to rule the city or have him. And she chooses him! It’s like a little kid saying to their friend “you can either be friends with me, or with them,” and the friend saying “I choose you!” Then they go over to Johanna and Marcus and ask them to stop. Johanna agrees (remembers she’s the only adult here) and Marcus gets upset because he lost all his power. Johanna basically punishes Marcus and he throws a temper tantrum.

Out of the city. Tris decides that its best to wipe the minds of The Department to prevent them from resetting everyone in the city. Did I mention that I hate hypocrites? Memory serum is what caused all the problems so wouldn’t a better solution be to destroy it? Let’s not forget to mention that the city was about the break out in a civil war and that the memory serum would save them, but no, lets wipe the minds of The Department instead, and hope that Four can get his parents to stop fighting with no way of knowing if he accomplished it or not. Okaaay.

Caleb decides that he will brave the death serum and sacrifice himself for the good of all. All of a sudden Tris becomes concerned for the brother she wants to disown, and worried about his true motive, decides that she will sacrifice herself instead, which is what she would do. Then there’s a touching brother-sister scene that was super unrealistic. Then, surviving the death serum, Tris is about the push the button to set off the memory serum only to get shot down by David, who believes that genetic purity is the most important thing. Why would he shoot her, one of his precious GPs, just to prevent her from deploying the serum??

I don’t mind it when authors kill off main characters. I appreciate it because it’s realistic – in dangerous situations people die and the main characters shouldn’t be exempt. But please, kill them off properly. Nope. She’s shot down by David and – bye bye Tris. Then Four becomes suicidal because he’s lost without Tris. I almost hoped he had because I was so not impressed with him.

From then on, everything else gets neatly tied off. The Department starts advocating for genetic equality, and Chicago becomes the new center of equality. Tobias’s parents both leave the city (so after choosing her son she just leaves him without a word?) and everyone is happily skipping off into the sunset.

The epilogue really bugged me. First, Tobias is becoming a politician because he suddenly thinks politics are awesome after avoiding leadership his whole life. Then he goes zip-lining because it’s what Tris would have wanted. She wouldn’t have wanted him to do something he’s petrified of so this makes zero sense. And the end – I never want to see this book again.

Other books in the series: 

Divergent – Book 1

Insurgent – Book 2

Have you read this book? Where you as disappointed as I was? If not, why? I’d love to hear from you!

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