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Allegiant by Veronica Roth
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it was ok
bookshelves: let-downs

Oh, so much disappointment ... I can't even ...

Having absolutely loved Divergent and Insurgent, I find it hard to believe that Allegiant was written by the same author (clumsy title aside, I can barely believe it's from the same trilogy). Where to start? What happened to the well-written characters of Divergent and Insurgent? What happened to the tight, if slightly contrived, plotting? Just ... what happened?!

I've read lots of complaints about the ending, which I won't spoil, but suffice to say I think it was a brave choice from the author and makes sense given what we've learned about characters and their motivations in the previous two books. I though it was actually quite a fitting conclusion. Other than that though, the book was a tedious chore to get through. Not an awful lot happens for great stretches, then random action is crammed into a few pages. Characters change on a whim and the dual pov from Tris and Four is utterly pointless (until the ending where is becomes apparent why this was done) because there's no new information to be had, no difference at all in their tone or narration. I'd often forget whose chapter I was reading until one started shouting at the other. Four has gone from a brooding badass to a whiney crybaby. Tris has gone from a strong, resilient character to a complete idiot and chapter upon chapter is given to their tedious and repetitive arguments. New characters and plot threads are introduced with no set up and no pay off, almost relegating Tris to a supporting character in her own story at times. I did give this book an extra star for the ending. Hats off to Roth for not taking the easy way out and wrapping everything up with a nice neat bow as so many YA novels tend to do.

There's no tight storyline here as there was in the first two books, it almost feels like Veronica Roth didn't have enough story to make her word count, and so wrote round in circles until the final chapter, then abruptly tacked on an ending which has clearly been written well in advance and called it a day. Honestly, the single most disappointing climax to a series I have ever read.
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Reading Progress

March 3, 2013 – Started Reading
March 8, 2013 – Finished Reading
July 24, 2015 – Shelved
July 24, 2015 – Shelved as: let-downs

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