I’ve just finished “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth.
I think I might as well stop saying “I usually don’t do reviews”, because that’s what I’m doing lately.
I’m aware I’m not a professional reviewer, so just take the following as personal opinion about a book.
There will be some spoiler at some stage, so be warned.
The good part is that I don’t read so many books (unfortunately) and I don’t watch so much TV, you won’t be too bothered.
So I said, “Divergent”.
I liked it but I didn’t love it and no, I didn’t cry at end.
At the beginning I was very excited at the idea. It was a new trilogy, set in a dystopian reality and I just felt so lost after finishing “Hunger Games” (…actually for the second time!) that needed something else.
My good friend Shaine, before leaving Ireland for good, and with a good timing indeed, left me the “Divergent” trilogy.
First person narrator.
Wow, it’s great! Exactly what I needed!
And actually it was very good at the beginning.
Strong female character, well portrait side characters; charming and enigmatic male counterpart.
To be honest with you, it could have been a very good standalone book. One of those giving you the impression that they should continue but that, after all, has a good finale.
I honestly cannot remember what happened in the second book but I started feeling annoyed at the characters, in particular Tobias aka Four.
I’ve just finished the third and I felt happy rather than lost. When I finish a good book and I close the last page, I usually feel very “what can I do now?”.
But it didn’t happen this time. Instead I felt almost relieved.
Leaving aside my compulsory problem to peek at the end of the book in order to enjoy better what’s in between, that might lead to a nasty spoiler, I think that in this trilogy there is a big basic error.
Despite the choice of killing one main character is very brave, and worth of respect, it seems like the third book was added at the very end and not exactly for benefit of the whole story.
Even if you don’t read the final pages you notice that something bad is going to happen.
The books are in first person narrator and since the beginning everything was from Tris’ perspective. When you start to read the third you have some chapters from Tobias’ point of view as well.
If she really wanted to be consistent and realistic she should have done it from the very beginning, so then it would have been a surprise. Or she could have continued until Tris’ death only from her point of view and pick Tobias’ narration view later on.
As I said, this is my opinion. I still respect her for doing such brave thing as I find very difficult to kill even secondary characters, when I have to.
Looking forward to do it when they represent someone who hurt me in life, but it’s a different story.
Overall I liked it but I was mistaken when I said it can be on Hunger game level, because the narration seems to be forced, while Suzanne Collins’ flows smoothly till leaving you orphan of a masterpiece.
What do you think?
Let me know in the comments below!