Series: Divergent # 3
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 22, 2013
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.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
Do you ever read books, not because you necessarily want to, but because you feel it’s your duty as a blogger? This is what Allegiant did to me. I liked Divergent and Insurgent well enough, but I did not feel any particular passion for them. And since I read them before I started blogging, it was a choice, but not an obligation. I would have been perfectly fine throwing in the towel after Insurgent, but all of the hype surrounding Allegiant made it impossible for me to do that. I was worried I’d feel left out of all the blogger conversations about the book. And TEATIME!!! What on earth would I do when Margot and Aubry did their Allegiant-themed Tea Time??? So, I decided I had to read this book. (If you need more evidence about how easily I can be swayed by peer pressure, check out my Veronica Mars Kickstarter post.)
There was a problem, though. I barely remembered the first two books. I didn’t have an interest in re-reading them, so I caught up by way of online synopses. I picked up Allegiant on release day at my library, and I read about ten pages the first week. Then maybe twenty more pages the second week. And then the due date was creeping up on me, and I still had nearly 500 pages to go. I forged ahead, even as I became increasingly disinterested. If I could describe Allegiant’s plot in one word, it would be: SERUM. So many damn serums! Death serums, truth serums; it was serum on top of serum. What? Were you expecting me to describe the book with a word like rebellion, freedom, factions, or even simply, Tris?
In another month or so, I won’t remember much about Allegiant. What I WILL remember, however, will be the ending. You know, the ending that resulted in hundreds of one star reviews on Amazon and death threats to Veronica Roth. Shall we discuss it a bit more? It’s time for your:
I somehow managed to avoid the online spoilers, even though I was on Twitter during the height of the death threat insanity. But it was obvious: someone was going to die. I figured it had to be Four, and not once did it occur to me that Roth would kill off Tris. I appreciated the element of surprise, even though, in hindsight, it should have been obvious that Tris was a goner when Roth announced that the story would be narrated by both Tris and Four. And it seems so obvious now that OF COURSE Tris would sacrifice herself – even (or maybe especially) to save her brother. It was a fitting and appropriate end to Tris’s life.
I do wonder how the absurd rage directed towards Roth will affect other authors. Any publicity is good publicity, as they say, and Roth sold a shitload of books, but I wonder if she anticipated the intensity of the reaction, and I wonder how many authors would be willing to accept the rage in exchange for massive book sales. (Many of them? All of them?) What seems inevitable, though, is that it will be a while before another author will attempt the dual POV technique to handle an MC death, now that we know to be alert for it.
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I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you ever read books out of peer pressure? And how did you feel about Allegiant – both in general, and about the ending, in particular. (If you do comment on the ending, please be sure to note “Spoiler” at the beginning of your comment.)