Allegiant by Veronica Roth

July 13, 2015 Reviews 20

Allegiant by Veronica RothAllegiant by Veronica Roth
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
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

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.

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.

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.

3 stars Just Okay
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About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)


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20 Responses to “Allegiant by Veronica Roth”

  1. Lola

    I own this book, but still haven’t read it. I liked Tris and Fouyr their relationship in the first book, but didn’t like it very much in Insurgent, so I am not sure what I will think of Allegiant. I don’t know what to expect, but I recently got spoiled about the reason for the dual pov, which still angers me a bit, I hate big spoilers like that. And I am not really in the mood for depressing books, so I haven’t picked this up yet. On the other hand I loved Divergent and sort of feel like I should finish the series. Maybe I ever will, maybe not. Great review Berls!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Lola. That sucks that it got spoiled for you. I’m thinking that those who liked Divergent better than Insurgent seem to like this one better than those who liked Insurgent better. So that may mean it’ll be a good one for you, based on my observations at least 🙂

  2. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    It’s a tough call, I mean, SOME of the book was okay I guess. I gave it two stars, but I was also more generous the 😉 For me, the dual POV thing was annoying for two reasons: One, I was able to predict the ending immediately. As soon as it was announced, I knew what would happen because WHY would you change direction in the last book otherwise? And two, their voices didn’t seem all that distinct! And like you said, it didn’t do Four ANY favors. And reading the short stories made me dislike him even MORE, if that is even possible.

    Also, very glad to hear that Buffy is okay!! 🙂
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    • Berls

      Thanks Shannon (about Buffy lol). I agree the dual pov did the book no favors. I suspected where it was going because of it, you’re SO right on that count! But with the audiobook I didn’t have trouble with their voices being distinct – I guess where the audio did the author a favor. Still didn’t make me like Four though!

    • Berls

      I was so curious, especially since I really like dystopian as a rule. As far as ya dystopian goes, it was disappointing but I really liked the concept and world.

  3. A.E. Albert

    I agree, I thought it was a mediocre ending. But the truth is, I felt it was a mediocre series. I think it’s because I never connected with the characters. I just never found Tris believable. I did like the world the author created, which is why I kept reading the series.

    • Berls

      I agree, I never really felt to attached to any of the characters either. I think that’s why the ending didn’t get to me one way or the other, I just didn’t care about the characters that much.

  4. Terri M., the Director

    I was not a fan of the change in narrators. When I read the book the voices were so similar. I couldn’t tell exactly WHEN I was reading a Four chapter vs. a Tris chapter. Usually a couple paragraphs in the pronouns would change suddenly and I would get all confused and have to go look to see who’s POV I was reading.

    I drew a lot of parallels to historical events that have happened when reading this series and I felt Roth didn’t push the segregation and politics far enough. It also bothered me that in the final book, because time period/frame was not established, I spent a good 100 pages thinking she dumbed everyone down. (How could they NOT know what an airplane was?!)

    It did take me awhile to write my review as well. It was a Feature & Follow Friday prompt that got me to write the review. It’s one of my favorites along with the #FF re-write I proposed.

    Here’s my review:
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    • Berls

      Yes! I definitely agree with you on the dumbing everyone down! I also agree that things could (& should) have been pushed a lot further to really make this series do the work it needed to. Overall disappointing, though there were glimmers of greatness.

  5. Ramona

    Well, if her intention was to end the series with a bang, for shock value and to ensure that NO ONE would forget it, I think she got that. I did cry. I didn’t really get it. I didn’t really love it – not this, nor Insurgent. Divergent was special, a project that shone through with years of hard work. I loved that.
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    • Berls

      That’s for sure, you won’t be forgetting that ending anytime soon. I think she had a great world build in Divergent and I really wish everything had lived up to that potential (in my mind lol) but I’m still glad I read it.

  6. Katherine

    My daughter read all 3 books in this series in a weekend and then came downstairs, sat on the couch and stared at the wall for about 2 hours trying to process this one! I’ve heard some pretty mixed reviews on this one and I can imagine the POV change took some getting used to. I’m thinking about reading Divergent but I probably won’t go farther. Great review!
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    • Berls

      Oh wow, I feel for her! This did take some processing! I needed to know why everyone was so mixed about it, plus I like dystopian as a rule, so it was a no Brainer read for me. I’m glad I read the trilogy, though ultimately it’s disappointing.

  7. Bookworm Brandee

    I wasn’t going to really *read* the review since I’ve yet to read the series but plan to. But, I got sucked into your first paragraph so read I did. 🙂 Sometimes I have to think about a book before I can write a review – which is strange for me since I almost always right the review immediately. I’m glad you took some time to think on Allegiant. I’m sorry that it wasn’t the incredible ending you were hoping for – that’s kinda sad since the series is so touted. But I guess I’m glad that you didn’t hate it either. I do wonder if your feelings would swing more one way or the other if you’d read the book rather than listened to it. At any rate, you finished the series! 🙂 (oh, unless you’re going to read Four…have you read that?)
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    • Berls

      I haven’t read Four, but since it’s about Tobias – the character that I kinda hate – I’m going to skip it lol. It’s rare for me to have to process a book too, but this one really threw me! I wonder if they would too – I know some people said the POVs weren’t distinctive, so in that respect perhaps the narration change gave me a better experience. I think what’s frustrating is that with this world build, it could have been amazing 🙁 Too bad.

  8. Stormi

    Most audios that have two narrators are like this, the only one I have ever seen different was when I listened to Shadowfever..which was why it was so It’s hard to get use to two different voices doing all the characters. I am a bit curious now and think I might try this trilogy just to see what happens..LOL.

    • Berls

      I know, I wish they’d all do it like the fever series, this way is annoying! I was curious too mainly and I’m really curious to see if they stick to this book in the movies.

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