What I like so much about Rainbow Rowell's books are that the characters aren't perfect. The heroine isn't exquisitely beautiful, the leading man isn'...moreWhat I like so much about Rainbow Rowell's books are that the characters aren't perfect. The heroine isn't exquisitely beautiful, the leading man isn't inhumanly irresistible, and the secondary characters aren't always likable in the way that we want them to be. But through her superior writing skills the author still provides us with a wonderful story. Readers get the same satisfaction from her imperfect characters (actually, more so) that we do from other books with unrealistic protagonists. Rainbow Rowell's fiction is more real than most, yet we still see a happy ending. Which is much more respectable when it comes from a place of truth. This book has something to love for every type of reader. There isn't anyone I wouldn't recommend it to, although I think girls in their teens and twenties will find it most appealing. And for them, I say it should be required reading. There is little to no chance that you'll regret it! (less)
To put it lightly, Allegiant fell short of my expectations. I can't even put into words how much I enjoyed the first two books in this...moreAllegiant Review
To put it lightly, Allegiant fell short of my expectations. I can't even put into words how much I enjoyed the first two books in this series. Divergent and Insurgent are wonderful books with all the elements that make for a unique and entertaining read. The characters memorable, the themes poignant/thought-provoking, the plot fast-paced and thrilling, like few others can even compare to. That combination left me craving the third and final installment in the Divergent series. That's why I was so disappointed when I found Allegiant to be nothing like it's predecessors.
Perhaps my expectations were too high. Veronica Roth's writing seemed to have lost some of it's appeal for me in Allegiant. Her words lacked their usual magical appeal. There was less depth and thought in the dialogue. I felt the pace dragged at times, losing that page-turning edge Divergent and Insurgent had over all the other books of this genre.
But I believe the biggest reason why I didn't like Allegiant so much was/is because of the ending. I'd grown so fond of Roth's heroine. Tris is unique and brave and rare. The author forced readers to fall in love with her after following Tris through one difficult, dangerous adventure after the other, always having the heroine come out on top after making the hard decisions. So to see the series come to an end like it did was simply too sad for me. There's enough heartache and sorrows in the real world (and plenty previously supplied in this series for the pain to serve it's purpose) and that's where I'd like to leave it. All too often reality doesn't have happy endings and that's why we read. To escape the sad. I would have liked for Tris and Tobias to have had a happy ending. I feel Allegiant robbed me and the main characters of the closure we deserved.
All that being said Allegiant is still a terrific book and it's worth reading, especially for those who are devoted to Divergent. And if Veronica Roth needed to end the series the way she did then I'll just be grateful she wrote these books at all, giving me an adventure I couldn't have experienced or imagined on my own. I recommend Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant to all who love fiction, no matter the age. (less)