By now you’ve probably read Allegiant. Or know someone who’s read Allegiant. Or, at the least, you’ve read the reactions online: “OMG THE ENDING,” and other such exclamations. It’s hard to live up to expectations, especially when they’re at the level of Veronica Roth’s. Well, we here at The MindHut decided to take it upon ourselves to read Allegiant and break it down for you. You won’t find any spoilers here, just our honest thoughts.
Our initial thoughts right after closing Allegiant? NOT horrible by any means, but not what we were expecting, either.
Character development was always one of the strongest points of the Divergent trilogy, and that continues in Allegiant. There are no Katniss-votes-for-the-Hunger-Games moments in this book; everyone acts exactly the way their characters realistically would. And if that makes it sound predictable, trust us, it isn’t. What it means is that Roth wrote these characters so well that by this point, the reader knows them inside and out. That’s a hard thing to do, and it makes for a great reading experience.
Tris, specifically, is the best thing about Allegiant. We missed the strong Tris from Divergent. And happily, she’s back in full force.
Then there's the plot. There is a LOT going on in Allegiant. So much that it gets just a tad confusing at times. The first half (or so) of the book rolls along smoothly. It’s definitely interesting. Then come the monkey wrenches. There was so much happening in this book that we felt it could have easily been made into two volumes!
And then there’s Tobias, or Four. He’s been a great character over the trilogy thus far. So when we started the book and realized that he was one of the narrators, this was great news. It seemed exciting to be able to peek into his head and see the story from an alternative point of view.
The only issue was that Tobias's voice is so similar to Tris's that they became difficult to distinguish from each other at times. And because Tris narrated the first two books on her own, it’s easy to forget you’re reading about a different character.
Now, we are not going to tell you what happens in the end, but a lot of people have had issues with it. To be honest, we liked it! The ending showed a maturity and a daring that most authors, YA or otherwise, wouldn’t be willing to demonstrate. And it was both realistic and true to the characters.
With so much packed into this final novel, if you haven’t yet read the series and are on the fence about whether you should, you really should. And we can't wait to see what Roth does next!
What did you think of Allegiant?