Author: Veronica Roth
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: (I have tried to be as spoiler-free as possible in this review, but, just in case people try to get an attitude with me over what they perceive to be spoilers, I will hide this review.)
There are a lot of things I would like to change about this book, and I would like to begin this review by saying that the ending is not one of those things. I know a lot of people are upset with Veronica Roth about the dramatic ending and have therefore decided to give this book a low rating. But the ending is not the problem.
The problem, for me, was the pacing and revelation of new information that is pertinent to the world Tris lives in. In terms of pacing, it seemed as if this book dragged on and on. The urgency and action from the previous books in the series was gone. In its place was the onslaught of new information about genetic purity and damages. To be fair, I did think that the mentality of genetics being factored into this dystopian society was an interesting and unique topic that I had not encountered in this genre before. With the way that science is progressing I can easily see experimental scenarios such as this being carried out. The problem with the genetics revelation was that it was too much at once. This could have been handled a lot more effectively if some of this information had been introduced in the second book to clear the transition to what Tris and her friends would need to do in the latter portion of Allegiant to save the ones they love. Too much build-up bogged this story down as it forced the forward action to stall.
Another disappointment I had was the characters. What happened? They all seemed so dull and I could not bring myself to care about them anymore, which is probably why the ending does not bug me as much as it has other people. Because the momentum of the story seemed to be so stagnant the characters in turn did not have much to do. It was not until the end when I felt as if they returned to what the readers have known about them; these are people who get things done, and they were not allowed to do much of anything for a very long time.