Allegiant

AllegiantSummary

Allegiant is the 3rd and final book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. It begins right where Insurgent left off, but it is written from the perspectives of both Tris and Four. Motivated by the old video they found, Tris and her friends decide to see what is going on in the outside world, beyond the fences that surround Chicago.

Review

Like the two books before it, Allegiant is a very quick, easy read in spite of its 526 pages, but it’s my least favorite in the series.

I was initially excited to see the viewpoints of both Tris and Four in Allegiant because I thought it would offer some new insight, but I quickly changed my mind about that. The two characters’ voices sound so similar that they are essentially indistinguishable and I often forgot whose perspective I was reading until context clues reminded me (or I went back to the beginning of the chapter to check). I think it’s obvious why Roth chose to use two perspectives, but I really wish it had been done differently (besides, isn’t it a little spoilery to start using two perspectives in the final book?).

The romantic relationship between Tris and Four continued to feel cheesy and shallow, especially with the eye-roll-worthy jealousy element. “OMG, you were talking to a pretty girl?! You must be cheating on me!”

I was also disappointed by the book’s biological/political explanation for why things are the way they are, which seemed far-fetched. I generally like my dystopia to be more plausible.

Without getting too spoilery, I know a lot of people were disappointed with the ending of the book, but I was actually okay with it. I was mentally prepared for it and I think that character’s actions were in line with who that character was.

Insurgent

InsurgentSummary

Insurgent is the 2nd book in the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. It picks up right where Divergent left off, after the attack against Abnegation. The factions are on the brink of war and Tris and her friends are caught in the middle of it.

Review

Insurgent is very much a continuation of Divergent. It’s a fun, action-packed book that was a quick read in spite of its 500+ pages. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the series (at least so far), but it’s entertaining and enjoyable. I still wish Roth would’ve toned down the romance/melodrama, though, because it detracts from the main story. Also, for someone who has an aptitude for Erudite, Tris sure acts illogically sometimes.

I liked that I got to see more of the other factions and that, by the end of the book, Tris had been to all 5 faction headquarters. The factionless, who were only mentioned in the first book, also played a bigger role in the sequel. While there is still no word on what is going on outside Chicago, the end of the book did at least reveal some information about the founding of their isolated society.