Published: October 22nd 2013 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 526 pages
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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.
As you may know, June is a very busy month for me! I have annual progress reports to do, and then present my research so far. Needless to say, I haven’t been reading much. In fact, it’s been over a week since I last finished a book.
But, I have lots of books I’ve read over the last year and haven’t reviewed, so I thought I’d do some mini reviews! We’re kicking it off with Allegiant!
Date originally read: I started it in October 2013 when it came out. I got angry with it about half way through, and left it alone. I went back December and finished it off.
Reason for not reviewing: The hype. Everyone seemed so opinionated about what had happened, and most were disappointed in how the series ended. I didn’t have the energy for a review at the time.
Reason for reviewing now: It’s been long enough since Allegiant came out, I think I can talk about it without getting angry or upset. Also, I think I can now talk about it without nasty comments being left here about my review (this happened in November actually, with another review, which is another reason I didn’t want to review this one).
I liked Allegiant in the end! I liked going outside Chicago and seeing the rest of the world, meeting some awesome characters, uncovering secrets. All the usual stuff.
I started disliking the book when Matthew and Nita were introduced – I thought that after the way Tris and Four’s relationship was in Insurgent, them keeping more secrets from each other was unacceptable. I got angry at the situation.
Tris and Four’s relationship wasn’t healthy at this point. One can’t really blame them: both have lost friends and family over the last two books, and they’re finally given time to grieve. They have issues they have to work out, and sustaining their relationship, which was never all that open and honest, becomes difficult.
A thing I did love is being inside Tobias’ head. It was really good to see other characters in a new light and to experience things from his point of view. Especially since Tris started to get annoying mid-way through and it was great to just leave her for a few pages. I was surprised at how much he second-guesses himself, and I really liked getting to know Tobias, rather than the tough-guy persona of Four.
One thing I passionately disliked, however, was how Tris behaved with Four. She tried to boss him around and act like his mother, and was always disappointed and angry when he didn’t fall into line. There’s also this thing about their genetics, which I can’t say much about, but Tris was always right, always had the best plans and instincts, and it really infuriated me because it felt like the author was backing up the GD vs GP thing even as she tried to prove it was a lie.
Cat continues to be an awesome friend. She and Uriah have always been my favourites, and they’re so great in this book. Cat, especially in the last few chapters, is unbelievably amazing.View Spoiler »So, I guessed the truth about the city of Chicago a handful of chapters into book one. It felt too clinical and screamed Scientific Experiment to me. « Hide Spoiler
I wasn’t surprised about THE THING in Insurgent, but I had hoped that I was wrong because the premise seemed clichéd and over-done to me. And when we met the other people I was disappointed because they also seemed to have really obvious, unimaginative motives. I guess, however, the point of this story is that people are the same everywhere.
And the ending, we have to talk about that. I liked it. One of my favourite things about the book is that the characters stayed true to themselves. All their decisions and reactions were in line with what I knew about them, and even when I didn’t like what they were doing, I could understand where they were coming from. So yeah, those were totally Tris and Four and Caleb and Cat things to do. Bad things happen when you’re constantly part of one revolution or another, especially when there are guns and serum involved.
I think Allegiant is a good conclusion to the Divergent series. Although my enjoyment of the series has declined with each book, it’s been a pretty amazing journey. Allegiant lacks the magic of the first book, mostly because the characters and the world have matured and evolved beyond who and what they were in Divergent.