“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.”
SPOILER ALERT: I will discuss spoilers in this review. If you haven’t read the book and don’t want to know what happens, STOP READING NOW!!!
Whoa, guys…this book. After finishing the novel I had to wait a while before writing my review because there was just so much to absorb. I had high expectations for this final book of the series and after finishing it I am both pleased and disappointed. More on that here in a minute. My initial reaction to the way the series ended is total heartbreak. I absolutely loved these characters and the author managed to kill off just about every one of my favorites through the course of the series. Not that it was gratuitous or unnecessary! These books are about revolution and political dissention after all, and death is a huge part of that world.
But, now on to ALLEGIANT…
Now that I’m a little less emotional (but only just a little), I can discuss my reaction to ALLEGIANT. I have to say that I didn’t care for the dual POV it was written in. The story switches between the point of view of Tris and Four (yes, I’m still calling him Four) in alternating chapters, but I didn’t feel like it worked for most of the novel. After reading the first two books in only Tris’ voice, I was entrenched in her point of view and had a seriously difficult time reading the story from Four’s voice. I felt like those chapters written from his voice were weaker and they took me out of the action a little bit. The only time I felt like the dual POV really worked out was in the end when Tris and Four split up, with Four heading back to Chicago and Tris staying at the compound with her brother. For obvious reasons, the dual POV worked there, but that unfortunately left 300 pages of awkward leading up to that point.
That being said, I’m not at all upset about where the author took the story. Prior to reading I had heard all of the controversy surrounding the end of the series and did my valiant best to not catch any spoilers. All I knew was that readers were emotional and pissed about the way the book ended, and after reading it I can honestly say that I disagree.
I mean, obviously I’m devastated that Tris dies. I LOVED Tris! However, her death sort of suited the story and followed the way she had been acting in the books leading up to that moment. She had this wonderful combination of selflessness and bravery that compelled her to take risks and protect the ones she loved. It was only fitting that she would spare her brother in the final hour and take it upon herself to make things happen. It was a perfectly dramatic, weighty moment in the book that stared the tears for me. I thought it was very well done and don’t feel any anger towards the author for killing off my favorite character in the novel. Is it devastating? Yes. Did it makes sense? Yes.
I absolutely loved the ending as well. Having Four facing his fear once again in zip lining with Tris’ ashes was a beautiful tribute to the girl he loved and showcased his ability to face the things that terrify him once again. I had thought I was done crying, but when I got to that part the tears started all over again. I cried like a baby.
In the end I’m giving ALLEGIANT four stars, but only because I disliked the dual POV it was written in. The story itself was amazing and it will stick with me for a long time.