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Warning: Allegiant may ruin your love for the first two books!,
This review is from: Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
Allegiant broke me. This book took all my love for Divergent and Insurgent and mocked me with it. If I'm being brutally honest, Roth could have saved herself a lot of time if the only words in Allegiant were "It was all a dream". You would still be left feeling cheated and completely miserable. Apparently it's not obvious that if the concluding book in a series negates the first two books it's never going to be received well.
"I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me - they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could." - Tris in Allegiant
Allegiant is mostly about identity. I don't want to go into the plot too much because it will ruin the book - it's better if it surprises you as much as it does the characters - but it's safe to say, the characters go outside the gates and they learn an earth-shattering truth that left me devastated. What ensues is a story about identity - what defines you as a person? Are some people born superior to others? Interesting premise but what exactly does it have to do with the Divergent series? The whole premise of the book actually makes the first two books irrelevant and should come with a warning that it has the potential to destroy your love for the first two books.
I hate to say it, but Allegiant was a massive disappointment. It felt boring and pointless, and it didn't succeed in making me feel anything until the end, which was definitely written to shock and left me feeling numb. And what happened to character development? Already-existing characters barely change, while the long list of new characters introduced were flat and lifeless. I couldn't even find myself hating any of the supposed villains - even one that succeeds in killing a character I loved, nothing like the way I hated Peter or Jeanine.
To give you an idea of how this book will make you feel, cast your mind back to your childhood. Back when you thought the tooth fairy left money underneath your pillow, when you slept soundly the night of 24th December every year because you KNEW that if you woke Father Christmas wouldn't leave you any presents, and when you believed with all your heart that anything could happen. Then try to remember how you felt when you realised none of those things is true, that moment when you realised the truth about Father Christmas... That's the feeling you'll get when you read Allegiant. The back cover really says it all: "What if your whole world was a lie?" It CRUSHED me.
So what it comes down to is this: should you read it? Well I think that depends on how badly you need closure. If you're desperate to find out what happens, read it but be warned: not only is the book irrelevant and pointless but more main characters will die. If, unlike me, you can live your life and never know what happened to Tris and Four then don't bother. You're not missing anything and you're better off pretending it all ended with Insurgent. BUT if I could go back a couple of years and tell my past self not to read Divergent, would I? Definitely not. I'm so happy I met Tris and Four and Divergent remains one of my favourite books. Allegiant may spoil the trilogy - far worse than Mockingjay spoiled the Hunger Games trilogy - but it can't spoil my love for the first two books, not for me. Divergent will always be my favourite: that first time jumping off a train, jumping off a building, climbing a ferris wheel, falling in love with Four... Insurgent was, for me, a little slower - a lot of war and a lot of angst that made it harder to love than Divergent, but I loved it all the same. I would never go back and choose not to read either of those.