I bought Allegiant when it first came out last November, but decided to put it on my TBR pile until I could re-read the first two books in the series. It’s been two years since the last book, so many of the events were kind of spotty. I’m glad I did that. It allowed me to delve back into Veronica Roth’s series more completely than I think I would have done otherwise. It also had the effect of making me remember why these characters interested me in the first place.
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Allegiant picked up where Insurgent left off, which the destruction of the faction system and the revelation that there was a world outside of the fences. Tris, Four, and others make the journey to see what lies on the outside, and discover that the lies they were told were just the tip of the iceberg. The new life Tris and Tobias believed they would be given ends up being even more complex then they’d ever imagined.
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.
In my Insurgent review I gave my theories on what I thought would happen in this book, and it turned out I was right. What I didn’t count on was that would turn out to be a good thing as the plot ended up resetting the story in a way. Now that Tris and Tobias were moved from their small world they grew up in, into a larger one, their relationship was tested in new ways, and the two had to discover who they are. Roth does a great job writing her characters, and Tris and Tobias’ actions were very realistic for the circumstances they were in. Another thing I liked about the book was the dual perspectives between Tris and Tobias. In re-reading the books, I realized how annoying Tris could be sometimes, and it was refreshing to get a break from her. Besides, Four isn’t always very talkative, so it was interesting seeing his point of view on the events happening.
“I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe that’s true of beginnings, but it’s not true of this, now. I fell in love with him. But I don’t just sty with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”
While I feel the characters we’ve gotten to know over the last two books were well-developed, I kind of feel the new ones weren’t. Many people did things that harmed or killed the main characters, and their motives weren’t as clear as I think they could have been. Then again, the book was told from Tris and Tobias’ perspectives, so all we have really are their opinions or what they know about particular events. Even though it’s nice to know what the main characters think and feel, they’re not always reliable witnesses.
I may have predicted what Tris would find on the other side of the fence, but I never saw the end coming. While I was crushed at first by Roth’s decision, I now feel it was fitting with the rest of the series, and explains why she chose this final book to be written as it was. Now that I know how it all ends, I wonder if I were to read it all again, would my point of view change. Allegiant was a fun read, and I wouldn’t be opposed if Roth developed a spin-off series with some of the other characters.