Now, THAT’S an ending: ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

Posted 28 October, 2013 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 16 Comments

ALLEGIANT (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
YA Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopia
531 pages, hardcover
Available now (October 2013)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review copy purchased

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.

I definitely enjoyed the first two books in this series so I was incredibly curious to see how Roth would tie everything up in the final book. And I liked it. Yeah, just a like. Not a love. Not a hate. A solid three-star story.

In this book, we get the dual perspective of both Tris and Four (yes, I know his name is Tobias but sorry. He’s Four. It suits him so much better than that cumbersome name.). With this, we get to see more of what’s going on around the compound and take a little dip into Four’s mind. Sadly, he’s not the bad-assed warrior we’ve come to know and love. Supposedly, his genes are damaged (as opposed to Tris, who’s perfect, genetically speaking. At least to those in power outside the boundaries of Chicago.) and he’s kind of lost without his faction which, turns out is a larger part of his identity than he thought. Sadly, the dual perspective just didn’t work, since the characters’ voices were too similar. 

Tris and Four aren’t living their happily-ever-after-away-from-Chicago. They’re fighting, discombobulated and displaced, and unsure of this new world they’ve found. Tris thinks she’s always right and gets her self-righteousness on when Four makes a wrong decision with disastrous results. Still, there are some seriously excellent kissing scenes. It’s not as if the love’s gone between the two of them; it’s just that they’re in a bad place and getting pulled into some serious shit once again. 

As for the ending, well, you may have read all the craziness that hit the interwebz when Allegiant released. Rabid fans overreacting to the ending, threatening the author with bodily harm and all that. Crazypants. However, those rabid fans might not have read the books very closely because the foreshadowing of that ending was all over that story. Tris has never been the type of girl to sit back and let someone else do the dirty work, especially not someone she loves. Sticking to character, she did what she had to do, with those particular end results. I read somewhere that Roth had the whole series planned out from the beginning and just about everything else changed in one way or another except that ending. Interesting…

All in all, a decent ending to a highly enjoyable series. 

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16 Responses to “Now, THAT’S an ending: ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth”

  1. ok now I am intrigued and NEED to know the ending!! I must tweet you right now 🙂

    I loved Divergent. But then I got the audio for Insurgent and I stopped in the middle of it.. It just didn’t grab me just like Divergent did. Now, I do not think I will ever finish the series, but I am curious about its ending!

    Endings are always hard and never please everyone. I, love a happy ending and if I do not get it I’m pissed. Others like more realistic endings so …
    But now.. seriously, I saw how many people were so pissed about Allegiant, and I need to figure out why! lol

  2. I didn’t read your review at all since I haven’t downloaded it yet. I think I may start it tomorrow. It’s hard to wait! Jealous that you’ve already read it.

  3. I really disliked book 2, or to be more precise, I disliked Tris in book 2, so I never even intended to read this, but after all that outrage @ Allegiant, I definitely decided against it. I don’t think Roth is a good enough writer to pull something like that off, not in my eyes at least.
    I’m glad you liked it, though. Lovely review, Mary! 🙂

    • Tris was just so ANNOYING in book 2! I do agree. But I was still into the world and the action. I also agree about the writing level. She tells a good story but this was definitely reaching beyond her capabilities. Still, I want to see what she does next (once she recovers from the blowback and wild book tour they’ve got her on).

  4. The reaction to this book was INSANE! I can’t believe people were actually threatening her life because they were unhappy with what happened, but then again I can’t believe people show up at NFL player’s houses after games they’ve lost to yell and scream at them and threaten their lives, it’s all just mind boggling. I know what happens so therefore won’t be reading the Insurgent or this book because I’m an HEA girl through and through, so this book is simply not a book for me, and that’s okay:) Loved reading your thoughts on it Mary!

  5. No matter how you feel about a book ending, threatening someone over it simply isn’t cool. No, no. We don’t do that. It’s fiction. Pretend. Make-believe.

    That being said … I see why people are saying this is a realistic ending, but I don’t read fiction for realism. As a reader it will take me a long time to read another Veronica Roth book because she broke my trust. I’m so glad you were able to enjoy this book, Mary! For me, the best part of reading is the HEA for me. And I was seriously denied in a big way this time. *sigh*

  6. Huh well I had missed all the threats and fuss about the ending but now I’m freaking curious as all hell !I was planing on waiting until the hype died down to read this one but maybe I’ll sneak it in sooner >.< I’m sad that it wasn’t a mind blowing final novel but it sounds like a pretty decent end to a series.

  7. I think you liked this more than I did though we gave it the same rating 🙂 I gave it a 3 too but I think it was mostly because of the ending. I actually agreed with it. The rest of the book seemed circular to me and hard to get through. Great interview!

  8. Well, endings of series are usually my least fave book. So, I can see me also liking the ending but not loving it. Won’t surprise me though. I still need to read that second book and so now I think I can get caught up and read them all. Hopefully soon… 😀

  9. I’m wondering what happens in the end. It doesn’t sound happy. Uh oh! I didn’t pick up Insurgent because I heard Tris was grating. I’m not sure I want to read the rest of this series even if I did love Divergent. I read books to be happy not pissed off. Dang it, I bought Insurgent just a few days ago. :/

  10. I wasn’t so much upset by the end – more that it was a very generic/bleh sort of book lol I was expecting more WOW considering how action packed and twisty the first two were.

    There was just way too much wandering around and whining on the part of Tris and Four for me lol

  11. I skimmed this because I’ve been putting this off (ugh, all the spoilers have gotten me down and now I’m dragging to read it), but I totally 100% agree with you that Four will never ever be Tobias in my mind. He’s always Four to me. I’ll come back and read the end of your review when I’m done. But I’m glad you were ok with the ending, unlike the hysterical people on tumblr/twitter.