Narrator: Aaron Stanford, Emma Galvin
Series: Divergent #3
Published by Harper Audio, Katherine Tegen Books on October 22, 2013
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 544 pages
Length: 11 hours 55 minutes
I’ve been doing really good about writing reviews as soon as I finish a book – but with Allegiant I couldn’t. I didn’t know what I thought. I’m finally wrote this review as I sat awake at 4am waiting to take Buffy to the vet as soon as they open at 7. Because thinking about something complex beyond if my fur baby was in trouble was what I needed (and she was okay, BTW). So for that alone, I guess I owe Allegiant something.
One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Here’s the thing about Allegiant. I went into it knowing that it was this huge polarizing book. People loved it or hated it. I was prepared to feel the same – and I 100% see why people felt both ways. For me, it’s 50/50. Hence, 3 stars.
From the get go I was less than thrilled with Allegiant because “whoa, what was this? Tobias’s POV and two narrators?!” In and of itself, adding in another POV isn’t bad. But what I quickly realized in Allegiant was that I don’t really like Tobias/Four that much. I’ve been back and forth with their relationship – I didn’t feel it in Divergent but I liked it in Insurgent – and throughout Allegiant I came back to that original feeling. All because of Tobias – being inside his head did not make me like him more, it made me like him less.
I don’t think the narration helped me like this change, either. The addition of Aaron Stanford (male narrator) would have been fine if he was playing all the male parts, I think. But instead he was narrating all the chapters from Tobias’s point of view and Emma Galvin was narrating all the chapters from Tris’s point of view. So I’ve got two sets of voices for all the characters to keep track of – 1 set of voices I’ve known for two whole books, the other is brand new. While both narrators did a good job, the change made the addition of Tobias’s POV all the more jarring for me, I think.
I do, however, understand why Veronica Roth made the decision to tell the story from dual perspectives. For where she wanted to go, it made sense. Do I support where she went? *shrugs* I’m abivalent to it. I never cried, though Allegiant took on much more depressing view than expected – repeatedly. But I’m not really upset about any of those depressing moments either.
All in all, not the amazing ending I hoped for, but I didn’t hate it either. I would have liked to be wowed, but at least I’m not angry.