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Allegiant forms the final part of the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth, now also a series of films. As the final part of the series it’s quite difficult to review this without giving away too much but here goes!
The first thing to mention is that the Divergent Trilogy is very much aimed at the teen/young adult market. This is rarely off putting for me at my ripe old age, I loved the Hunger Games books and I really enjoyed this trilogy for the most part.
The series is set in the future, in, where a dystopian society is divided into five factions. The storyline closely follows the lives of Beatrice Prior (Tris) and Tobias (Four), their friends and their lives as one faction declares war upon the other factions. Allegiant takes places after this violence, when Tris and Tobias hope that by leaving the city and seeing what is out there behind the wall, they may find peace and a new life. Of course, it was never going to be that simple and what lies behind the city walls is not what they could have ever imagined.
The first two books in the series are narrated by Tris, while Allegiant, the final book, is narrated by both Tris and Four and this change works well.
Characters are really well crafted and I personally found all of the books incredibly well written.
I think it’s fair to say Allegiant has had its fair share of flack, a quick scan of Amazon reviews show that many readers were unhappy with this final chapter in the story, and while I can see why many were disappointed, it’s not a feeling I share.
Allegiant took me far longer to read than it should have done, it certainly wasn’t as gripping as Divergent and Insurgent, but I still enjoyed it and at no point did I find myself not wanting to continue reading. The story plods more, it’s not a page turner, but its still a worthy read if this is a genre you’re interested in and of course, if you’ve read the the first two books you’ll probably be compelled to read to the end anyway, even if you are not enjoying it.
I must say that I was surprised by the turn the book took in the last section, and while some were unhappy with the shock turn of events, I felt the surprised, and that’s a good thing. I don’t really like predictable. Let’s just say, its not a happy ending.
You’ll have to read this yourself to make up your own mind, but I’d say do so with an open mind. You might find that like me, you really enjoy it.
I’m giving this one three stars, purely because its not as great as the other two books but its far from terrible 🙂
*Book received free of charge for review purposes via NetGalley