Series: Divergent #3
Published by HarperCollins Australia on October 22, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.
Allegiant, you were the biggest disappointment of the year for me. Here I was looking for an epic battle between the Allegiant and the Erudite but instead, what I got was a complete and utter mess. It’s taken me days to form some coherent thoughts on the book so here goes…
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD
The problems I had with Allegiant
My whole life is a lie
Now I don’t have any problems with going out of the box, and Allegiant was a true mind numbing experience. Instead of giving us the epic, final battle we were looking for, Veronica Roth chose to defer from the whole thing and explain the true reasoning behind the factions. This is how it went…
The Bureau of Genetic Warfare: You were all an experiment, and your whole life and everything you know is a lie.
Tris and co.: …Oh okay then.
Wouldn’t you think that if this happened to you and your friends, there would be denial, breakdowns, refusals and drama? These guys were just stunned, accepting mullets.
What makes you so perfect
The biggest shock to Tris and Co. appear to be some strange form of prejudice, where the Bureau has manufactured the Chicago experiment to box people away into their neat little pigeon holes so they can modify their behaviour based on their genetically damaged (GD) genes. Yes, these are the factions that we know.
The reasoning behind this is to absolve the flawed behaviour of these genetically damaged people after the government has unsuccessfully messed around with people’s genes resulting in The Purity War, which I’ll talk more about below.
I don’t know about you, but calling someone genetically damaged does not sit right with me. Everyone has flaws and you learn to live together and love one another. If you thought the prejudice of the factions were bad, imagine the disdain that would come from someone’s genetic makeup. I can’t ever imagine people giving consent to messing with people’s genes on a mass scale.
..Every faction loses something when it gains a virtue: the Dauntless, brave but cruel; the Erudite, intelligent but vain, the Amity, peaceful but passive; the Candor, honest but inconsiderate; the Abnegation, selfless but stifling.
The Bureau pretty much manufactured the experiments after The Purity War, where those with damaged genes after extensive genetic manipulation had waged a war on the government and those with pure genes. Their primary goal is to ultimately heal people’s genes to become the Divergent, recovering from the ultimate fatal flaws of the GD. If this is the case, why did they not equip the Chicago experiment with this knowledge and filter all of the Divergent out of the city, once identified? Why were the Divergent placed under threat from the faction leaders? It makes no sense.
Let’s just hit reset
Those Bureau guys just won’t learn. It appears that the uprising in Chicago has happened once before in the outer edges of the factionless places. So they administered the memory serum to make everyone forget it ever happened and start over. While it’s happening again, and what’s their solution? The memory serum again. Just so they can watch their sick reality TV show all over again.
Not to mention Tris’s plan to wipe the memories of The Bureau, thereby making everything obsolete and pointless. The experiments, the GD war, the serums, everything. Let’s stop them from wiping away the memories of our loved ones by wiping away their memories, that will teach them! Last I heard, two wrongs don’t make a right.
Goodbye sexy broody Four, hello Mr Whiny
When Allegiant was announced, we were excited to get inside the mind of the mysterious Four and find out what goes on in his head. What it turns out to be is a constant whining, insecurity, mommy and daddy issues, and a whole lot of angsty emotion. Four in Divergent/Insurgent, was a hunky, confident, mysterious instructor. Four in Allegiant is an annoying, whingy puddly mess. Not only that, but in Allegiant he seems to make all the wrong decisions and not trust Tris repeatedly, even though she was right. Roth must have had a vendetta against him, making his decisions result in Uriah’s death, taking away Tris, making him one of the GD.
As the book switched perspectives between Tris and Four, it was difficult to pick out who it was throughout the book. The two just sounded so damn similar and their voice was exactly the same.
Side characters – who were they again?
Christina, Uriah, Caleb, Cara and co. were all in this book but the fact of the matter is – you could have taken them away and come up with exactly the same outcome. The only one that seemed to make any impact was Nita, the new rebel girl who has her own illogical ideas. But the whole flirting with disaster thing with Four? Didn’t sit well with me. And Caleb of course, who was a sniveling mess of a man living in the shadow of what he did to Tris in the past. There’s a man who for his whole early life, urged Tris to be selfless. There’s a man who couldn’t be selfless himself, when it came down to it.
Here’s an idea – let’s communicate!
At the end of the book, there’s 4 different plans that went on to stop the overthrowing of the Chicago experiment, that would result in the death of thousands and dare I say – the genetically pure/Divergent. The Bureau would release a mass memory serum and wipe out the memories of the entire city. One group will go in to inoculate their loved ones from the mass memory wipe. The other group will go in, take the death serum and release the memory serum on The Bureau. And Four decides to go against all of this and administer the memory serum to either Evelyn or Marcus to end this thing once and for all. At any one point, they could have told each other what was going on. But nope, never happened. Which is frustrating, seeing as Four’s plan could have saved them all.
Finally…the death was only for symbolism’s sake
I’m not so cut that Tris died in the first place, after all that is who Tris is, brave and selfless and always putting her loved ones ahead of herself, even if it was for snivelling Caleb who deserves death himself. Tris, in this novel could do no wrong. She was always right, she was selfless, she was genetically pure, she loved and finally sacrificed herself for the good of everyone. That’s great, because we love Tris and her journey over the past 3 books have showed her that she’s her own person.
But my biggest problem was how the author administered the final blow, and then the way she justified it to everyone in her explanatory blog post. Let’s have Tris survive a death serum (how is that even possible), have a false sense of survival and then have someone come in a shoot her! That is just cruel. Tris has survived death so many times and she went in because she knew she had a sliver of a chance in surviving. Roth considered having her survive, but didn’t, just because she deserved it and that was what she chose:
This was the end she had chosen, and I felt she had earned an ending that was as powerful as she was. – Roth
Symbolism’s sake, the ending could have just been powerful in the wake of Tris surviving, but instead it is causing an Erudite/Factionless outrage.
I found Allegiant to be disappointing for a myriad of reasons, it was illogical, rendered a book boyfriend completely useless and ripped away what could have been a satisfying ending to an awesome trilogy into something that completely ruined my affinity for the whole series. Veronica Roth took risks, she’s Dauntless and gave us something that we couldn’t have imagined and that, I do respect. Unfortunately, the end result turned out to be an incoherent mess filled with illogical sequences and a crappy ending.
Now does anyone know where I can get myself some memory serum?
Thank you to HarperCollins Australia for sending me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Series: Divergent #3
Rating: 1 out of 5