Books, Review

My Non-Spoiler Thoughts on ALLEGIANT

December 23, 2013
*While I do not mention any specific plot points, there is a small chance those who haven’t read the book yet may be able to guess what happens. I was able to figure out the ending from very vague tweets, and I’m sure others can pick up on hints, too. So, proceed with caution!*

I meant to post this back in October when the book released, but it got lost in the shuffle. So here it is now! Enjoy!
 
At the time of writing this, it’s only been a handful of minutes since I read the last line on the last page of Allegiant, the third and final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. Since I needed to read Insurgent first, I wasn’t able to read Allegiant right away, which resulted in me being fully aware of other readers’ rather vocal and passionate opinions regarding the ending. It’s safe to say that the book has quickly become one of the most controversial books of the season.
(On a side note, I love the conversations Allegiant has sparked, even if some of those conversations have turned ugly. Books, like any piece of art, are meant to be interpreted in different ways by different people, and it’s truly amazing to see one book ignite so much passion and dedication amongst readers, authors, and everyone in between.)

Luckily, I managed to avoid any specific spoilers, but the uproar amongst fans was enough to clue me into the direction the story takes. Nonetheless, I still found the book—ending and all—to be an incredibly powerful and shockingly beautiful finale. Veronica Roth made a bold decision, one that many readers (in general) have asked authors to make on more than one occasion. And this decision, while not popular with some, felt right for the story and for the characters. At least, that’s how I view it. For me, the story came to a close in the most natural and perfect way possible, and I commend Veronica for delivering such a moving story.
And if you want more of a standard review, here you go (no spoilers):
Veronica Roth’s Allegiant is a bold and shockingly triumphant finale to her sensational Divergent trilogy. While the plot meanders and falters in a few spots, Veronica has delivered an intense and emotional installment, one that takes the characters to new heights and showcases her ability to add even more depth to the story and all its parts. I enjoyed Four’s perspective more than I thought I would and was surprised by how well I could connect to him. Overall, Allegiant is a powerful and moving end that is both heart wrenching and perfect.

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