I waited more than a year for Allegiant, eagerly anticipating the conclusion of an impressive trilogy that had thus far never disappointed me. But this time, it did.
In the beginning of the book, Veronica Roth leaps straight into the plot and emerges with a disappointing bundle of scientific details that she tries to cram into a single novel.
Once her characters anticlimactically leave their city, Roth halfheartedly introduces supporting characters who fall flat. Not only are they fairly one dimensional, but the characters from the previous two novels can be unexpectedly lacking.
Additionally, Roth wrote Allegiant sporadically alternating between the viewpoints of the main protagonists, Tris and Four, but their inner voices were too similar and easily blended together. If Roth wanted to write her book from two different points of view, she should have made their voices more contrasting and given Four more distinctive, defining characteristics so the reader could tell who was who without having to guess.
Don’t get me wrong, despite its flaws Allegiant is still a decent, fairly well written book, but in my opinion it did not hold up to the high standards that Divergent and Insurgent had set.
I understand that Allegiant is a dystopian novel, that their society is deceptive and crumbling, that in the real world, not everything ends in a happily ever after, blah blah blah. I don’t care. I have been sticking with these characters throughout all the betrayals, deaths, and horrible plot twists that led them to the end of Allegiant, and they deserved at least a somewhat happy ending. But no, instead, Veronica Roth rips out my heart and stomps on it.
Overall, I recommend reading this book simply for closure on the trilogy and then disregarding it completely.