Book Name: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
My Rating: 1 out of 5
Format: Hard-cover checked out from the local library
Goodreads’ Words: 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.
My Words: Okay, if my reaction after reading Insurgent was confused, then now, after Allegiant I am thinking – ‘What just happened???!!’
Books are a magical thing. If done correctly, they get you invested in people, worlds, scenarios that aren’t even real or plausible and they make you care about them. Allegiant was certainly one of the books that crushed all of the above for me and it has left a feeling of doubt, anger, and a lot of frustration. I was left with a sort of empty feeling after Insurgent. With Allegiant, some of the emptiness was filled by frustration, and for the most part, I don’t understand it.
This book just serves to cement how this series was poorly thought through from the beginning, unsure of its own premise, uncertain of its message, unsure of where it was supposed to be headed, disjointed in its ideas and concepts, and never becoming a coherent whole. It just feels like a whole lot of manuscripts of afterthoughts patched together. As much as I was getting comfortable with the fictional premise of this faction-based encapsulated society, I really did not appreciate sudden treatment of it as little but an unfortunate afterthought, a setting that doesn’t matter much, a place that we abruptly leave, thus making all the buildup of the conflicts of the previous two books absolutely pointless.
Far from trying to resolve any of the old conflicts built up in the previous two books – Divergent and Insurgent, this story decides to just abruptly swing to another completely new story and another issue – ‘genetically pure’ vs. ‘genetically damaged’, carelessly dismissing the dystopian Chicago world as though it had never happened in favor of the new development. This book focuses on the world outside the fence and all the new conflicts, politics associated with it. And it’s not just one world outside the fence, it’s a plethora of worlds that we did not know existed in the first two books! And that they have the power to pull strings that can make the world inside the fence disappear altogether. Talk about being sidelined! Here we were agonizing over Jeanine Mathews and Evelyn Johnson when we have an altogether different and more powerful villian to deal with. I felt like Tris when people treat her as a little girl and keep her out of loop in the name of protecting her. And this was not even for protecting me! In fact I think Veronica Roth just lost her way while writing the premise and just included this part as an afterthought for an ending. Not done!
As for the characters, Tris and Four are just as annoying as in Insurgent. And we have an influx of new characters, that I do not understand the significance of.
Instead of resolving the issues and conflicts with the established characters and developing these characters further, we are introduced to a slew of new characters which are there for reasons unclear. According to me Roth simply got distracted by the new shiny idea of a government that exists outside the fence and forgot all about that already existed in the story only to be added later as a last reminder.
And yes, I am utterly disappointed by the fate of the protagonists. It didn’t make sense at all after dragging them through all that in the story only to disappoint me with their outcome. If this was a tactic to embellish the character and make a messiah out of a common person, enough to gain readers’ sympathy to salvage the series, it was cheap and has monumentally failed!
Overall, this series started ridiculous but fun, quickly deteriorated and finished on a note, sour enough to make me cautious to read anything from Roth after this.
It’s a disappointed 1 out of 5 for this.