The final installment of the bestselling Divergent trilogy concludes with the highly anticipated Allegiant. With the chance to leave behind the world she once knew, which is now in disarray, Tris along with Tobias and a group of others venture out into the unknown. Only they soon realize that the evil you don’t know isn’t always better than the evil you know. Told in alternativing views between Tris and Tobias, the story can be seen unfolding from both characters’ eyes.
In all honesty, I had enjoyed Insurgent, the second book, but couldn’t remember a thing about it when I picked up Allegiant. Even after reading my own review of it, and the Wikipedia page to refresh my memory I could still only vaguely recall those events happening. Figuring there was no other way to get back into that mindset, I dove into this last novel with the hope that once I kept reading, I’ll start remembering. Unfortunately, that barely happened.
I hate spoilers and I purposely stayed away from hearing anything about it but I knew there were some strong emotions (good and bad) tied with this book. Obviously without giving anything away, I had a feeling that something along those lines would play out the way it did. I don’t remember the first two books being so complicated and, I suppose, in essence it really wasn’t as complex as it would be now when chaos is erupting everywhere and the factions that we all once knew is on the brink of extinction. That being said, I felt that a good chunk of the book had a LOT going on. I felt it challenging to keep track of what everyone’s agenda was, and what group the leaders were all trying to lead.
Roth does succeed in building tension – both among the different groups as well as between the main characters. She infuses some dire moments that make Tris & Tobias question their relationship that are quite interestingly played out. Full acknowledging that it’s really tough to end a series, especially with so much pressure from a large fan base. Like with TV show finales and other book series finales, you won’t be able to appease everyone. One of my favourite shows, Lost, completely polarized their fans with its final episode. That being said, I enjoyed Allegiant but, for me, it lacked focus and everything going on was too distracting to really give it a strong proper sendoff.