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Anti-climatic and Lacking in suspense,
This review is from: Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3) (Hardcover)
Note, contains spoilers.
Having thoroughly enjoyed Divergent and Insurgent, I was so looking forward to Allegiant. However, I did not find the novel an enjoyable read. I did not like the chapters alternating between Tobias and Tris, though I guess it was understandable considering the ending. One reason was that I could barely tell the difference in the tone between the two, and I also felt that the first two novel's flowed better because it was Tris alone narrating. I felt that 'Under the Never Sky' did the perspective shift chapters much more successfully.
And compared to the first two novels, I found Allegiant to be anti-climatic and almost completely lacking in suspense. For example, the Death Serum scene was about a single page. The scenes with serums in the first two novels were long and suspenseful. And the scene which so many readers hate so much, regarding the demise of a central character, was rushed and vague. I also felt that too much information was dumped through conversations held in the first half of the book that seemed to have little other purpose.
I understand that the first novel is being turned into a movie, for which it is well suited. I cannot see how Allegiant could be turned into a movie unless it was changed significantly, for there is no substance to it. Repetitive talks about being 'genetically damaged,' spending most of the book milling about in the Bureau without achieving anything, and nothing being done with the divergents who emerged.
One of the most frustrating aspects of the novel was that the previous book made it look like the divergents would save the world from endless strife, perhaps emerging as leaders of a post apocalyptic, fallen world. Yet when they did come out, nothing special was done with them at all. Not even with Tris who could resist all simulations. It cheapened the first two novels, making me wonder, what was the point of it all?
One good point about the novel was stressing that 'genetically damaged' people are still just as whole as 'genetically pure,' and that we cannot justify people's bad behaviour by saying that being 'genetically damaged' was the reason.
A good theme running through the book was that although people damage each other, this is not a reason to despair, for people can help to heal each other of those damages as well.
The reason for the reconciliation between Caleb and Tris was one of the highlights of the novel, I felt.