Title: Allegient (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Pub Deets: October 2013, Harper Collins
Stand Alone/Series: Series
Source: Purchased on Kindle
Spoiler warning: This is the third book in a series. There will be many spoilers for the first two books. Hell, you know what? I'll be putting spoilers for everything because I figure most people have read this already and because I want to! Sorry not sorry.
In a sentence or so: Four and Tris go beyond the fence to a world that's probably more messed up than the one they left behind and have no idea what to do with their lives.
See my summary in a sentence or so? That's the first 75% of the book. SO MUCH TIME is spent asking Who, What, When, Where, and WHY that action is at an absolute snail's pace.
The last 25% was a mix of predictable and muddy for me. That could be because I was just SO done waiting for it to end that I skimmed, or because the whole "Tobias must choose who forgets" thing went on forever with his two sad ass parents, or possibly because I was so bitter this book wasn't MORE. I wasn't surprised that Tris died, and I can't even say I was all that disappointed in it so maybe that's a good thing? I will say that the way Veronica Roth weaved Tris' mother back in at her death was beautiful and incredibly moving.
I was a touch bummed that life on the other side of the fence was what I predicted it would be. I put that aside, however, in hopes that surely there was more to the big reveal than that. And there kind of was...but not really anything that shock and awed me. Yeah, they made the serums and yeah, some of the Chicagoans were in on it, but so what? SO WHAT! (So What became my refrain whilst reading and it wasn't pleasant, you guys.)
It's fitting that this is my first review of the new year because I'm overcoming a personal challenge to not just rage for 15 paragraphs about this book and summarize my thoughts and feelings coherently. You're welcome, internet.
Three things I liked about this series as a whole: Tris's love for her family and looking at their choices through her own perspective and struggling to see their choices through their own perspectives. Tris + Four's relationship was mature, built on mutual respect, and though lacked any sort of butterflies for me was totally authentic and legit. People with the best intentions can still be totally wrong and unintentionally destructive.
Three things I'd change about this series as a whole: Make Tris less like Bella Swan. YEAH I SAID IT. But I'd love for her to own her Divergence and not be like "Who, me? Are you sure? But why? I don't get it!". Girl can fight like no other but she lacked any self confidence. If book 3 had been set in the fringe and that's how we found out about the social experiments and all the things. How cool would that have been? And finally, take away that 2 years later epilogue. Please. I felt like nothing was added to the overall story by Tobias finally doing the zipline and Chicago kinda back on its feet again.
All that aside, will I still be seeing the movie? Oh hell yes. I adored Divergent and maybe, just maybe, seeing the series on the big screen will increase my love for the books. It happened with The Hunger Games, so I'm not ruling anything out.
This series is for: Those who are new to the dystopian genre, are interested in some light sci-fi elements and pondering the failings of our society as a whole. Mostly, for those who want to think about the connections Veronica Roth makes between the world she writes about and our current society's path.
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