Veronica Roth: Allegiant



(EBOOK Ó Allegiant) by Veronica Roth – cafe1919.org

Ten Hours laterWhen I don t like a series ending I tell myself it s partially my own fault that the book suffered from my expectations In the case of Allegiant I think it went a little beyond that Hours after finishing and sleeping on my crushing disappointment I have to admit that very little of this book worked for me So I m turning to the device that I always turn to when I m stressed or overwhelmed with something lists As always in a eview of this nature there will be MASSIVE SPOILERS for all three books in this series I m using a cut and it means very definite business Things that Did not Work for Me in Allegiant a List by Kateview spoiler1 The World BuildingWhen you think about both Divergent and Insurgent there was very little actual world building that went on We established the faction system and the way it functions in Divergent We also established the problems inherent with that system In Insurgent we explored those problems by watching the breakdown And then in the end of Insurgent we find out that it s all an experiment intended to save the outside world from war and violence and povertyThen we get to Allegiant Everything in the video is a lie so in a lot of ways everything Tris did at the end of Insurgent was for nothing The outside world is basically Chicago 20 only instead of being divided by personality type people are divided by the extent of their broken genes It s an interesting thought and a cool platform for philosophizing but so much is crammed into this book that we don t have time for those subtleties Basically we have one book to learn the mass of information we need to know about the outsideThis info dump is compounded by several things 1 Everything we thought we knew about the outside is a lie and some things we thought we knew about the people on the inside is a lie too 2 Tris knows nothing about the outside so things that we know about as eaders keep being off handedly explained to her and also not explained to her 3 a lot of what Tris has to figure out is science and history and there s not the sufficient background needed to help with suspension of disbeliefThis is clearly supposed to be far into the future at least seven generations but fundamentally it s still the world we know We knew that because of the fact that Chicago was clearly ecognizable But knowing that everything on the outside is basically still functioning through our government and that the same kinds of issues still cause problems Something about that made me uestion every piece of information thrown at meThere was too much information introduced in this book for it to be the closing of a series and I honestly think this whole series would have benefited from a fourth book2 Character Developmenta The background charactersNone of the background characters went anywhere significant I did not learn anything new about Cara Christina or Uriah I could have eliminated all three of them from this book and everything would have been the same Even Uriah s injury and death felt like a plot point for Four that was ultimately completely glossed over Peter and Caleb showed no growth or change Peter proved that he is still the same coward he has always been and yet somehow he gets exactly what he wants Caleb too proved a coward He was given the chance for edemption and he didn t take it As for Natalie Prior I thought her backstory was interesting It was one of the few interesting things about the book though I thought the love triangle was unnecessary and slowed the plot down I also couldn t wrap my brain around why when she found out Tris was divergent she wouldn t have told her at least some of this information she knew something that would help her daughter and her society And even though it was interesting backstory it didn t change Natalie Prior s motivations for saving her daughter and acting as she didThere was a ash of seemingly senseless deaths in this book First Edward dies Butwhy To show that the factionless show as little egard for human life as the Erudite did For the two page scene in which we don t know if Evelyn is upset by his death The same thing with Tori who died it seems simply to provide the moment in which we find out how wrong she was and that her brother now has to deal with her deathButwhy do I care about George Wu This problem ties back to the world building problem and the need for another book We are introduced to so many new characters Some lady whose name I can t emember Amar George Nita Matthew David all the people from The Fringe The people from the Fringe We barely learn anything besides their names Amar and George are there it seems to provide some familiarity for our efugees but we barely see them and they don t teach us anything new about the inside or the outside Then we get to Nita who plays a major ole and then just seems to disappear Matthew has a nice little speech about the Terrible thing that genetic prejudice caused to happen but who is also basically a clone of Cara And David who is exactly exactly like Jeanine Having so many new people cut out our chance to see the people that matteredLikeb TrisTris came a long way in Insurgent and she learned a lot of things I thought overall she was doing well and continuing that trend until the end which uined everything But here was my problem with Tris besides what happened at the end was she wrong about ANYTHING in this book It s like she could perfectly ead every situation and every person and she was kind of a condescending jerk about it She wants to act like she s never been wrong but I emember her surprise at Caleb s betrayal I emember that it took a bit for her to figure out Evelyn was Four s mother I emember that she didn t see Al s betrayal coming or even Eric s I emember that she didn t see through Evelyn s plan until it was already happening Tris isn t infallible and I liked that about her Those mistakes made Tris human But in Allegiant she s suddenly perfect She is smart and strong and skilled and canny and selfless to a idiculous extent It makes it hard for us to blame Tris when she s annoyed that people are ignoring her or not trusting her gut It also makes Four s journey that much difficult to handle because knowing that she s always ight means that he s always wrong And he kind of is c FourI eally wish we had not gotten Four s point of view in this book I d say a big portion of the problems I had stemmed from the dual points of view Fundamentally we had to learn everything new through both characters because obviously they eacted differently to everything This eally slowed down the pacing and bogged this book down in epetitive backstory His sections of the book were indistinguishable in both tone and voice Though Tris and Four complimented each other so well in the first two books made an excellent team of euals they are also very different personality types Sure they have similar characteristics the same kinds of things make them tick but they go about things in a very different wayI ll be honest I didn t find Four likable in this book I got flashes of the Four I loved but he was so mired down in all of his weaknesses that eading his portions of the book was eally hard He is the one that was so mad at Tris in the last book for lying and he is the one that told her at that he should trust her and not hide things from her But what happens Four finds out that he s not eally divergent um ok and then he completely breaks down and immediately loses all the growth he d accomplished in the first two books and does something stupidPart of me understands that the point is that Four isn t perfect he has four fears but those four fears are so much bigger and terrifying than most people s ten or twenty or my thousand He has Major Issues However I knew that about him already We already watched this struggle with the need to do something to make the world better and also the need to protect Tris and be a good man in the face of incredibly difficult choices We spent a book watching him deal with his feelings for his mother and father even if we never watched him deal with those things from this point of view It was wrenching but it made him growThis Four is broken He has lost all of the defining elements that made him Four He is weak and indecisive and insecure and most surprisingly of all irrational His participation in Nita s plan baffles me Since when has Four ever blindly trusted anyone s plan or anyone for that matter let alone a stranger s Since when does he not at least argue with Tris OR ANYONE about the moral complications of what is happening It s one thing for him to go along with Evelyn s plan though even then only at first that elationship and his feelings are complicated Here his decision makes no sense He barely knows Nita Why is he not working with Cara and Christina and Tris Why is he not asking that they be involved It made no sense to me even in context of losing his identityAnd then his actions and his part in this plan are ignored There are no conseuences aside from the fact that Uriah is unconscious and ultimately dies That entire plot point just seemed pointless Tris is going to be plenty mad about Four being so stupid already Four is going to feel plenty guilty about acting like a completely naive hayseed without Uriah having to eat it Then the issue became about Uriah instead of why on earth he made this idiculous decision and what he was feeling After this incredibly boneheaded and uncharacteristic decision I don t even know what the hell to make of what was going on with Four I did not understand his motivations I did not understand the personality he suddenly exhibited It felt like he was simply moving forward the plot instead of being Four Plus he spends all of Allegiant being broken down and we never eally see him built back up3 The PlotThis plot was epetitive In Insurgent we have to overthrow the tyranny of Jeanine Mathews In Allegiant we have to overthrow the tyranny of Jeanine Mathews 2030 It is the same struggle Of course on one level that makes sense Tris is chasing this problem up the chain She s discovering that the oot of this problem is bigger than Jeanine Mathews and that the outside and its problems never eally stayed outside I did appreciate that aspect The pacing was an issue It was. 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 eady Perhaps beyond the fence she and Tobias will find a simple new life together free from complicat.

Slowed considerably by the excessive amount of info dumping and also the dual points of view It also felt formulaic It was so paint by numbers and epetitive that it became predictable in part because Tris is always ight and in part because there s no time for nuance thanks to all the andom information being thrown about and all the andom things that keep happening And yet even with the epetition and the predictability and the deus ex machina moments this plot was a confused mess and most of it was completely unnecessary to where we wentAnd good lord the ending of no sense The holes in this plot were insane The main conflict seems to be that the Bureau who has controlled Chicago and Tris s life wants the Chicago experiment to keep going Tris wants those people to know the truth and be free Four doesn t seem to know what the hell he wants In order to keep things going the Bureau wants to wipe the memories of Tris s friends and the families of her friends Her grand solution Wipe the memories of the bureau instead Erase their memories of genetic prejudiceWhatWe know there are antidotes to basically every serum from the death serum to the truth serum We also know there s an inoculation to the memoryAbnegation serum So why does it occur to NO ONE that instead of say inoculating Christina s family and Uriah s that they say INNOCULATE EVERYONE If they inoculate the people in Chiacago then David and the Bureau can t wipe their memories At the very least this seemingly obvious solution buys them time to figure out what the hell to do Instead it s decided Caleb will sacrifice himself by breaking into a vault of memory serum and eleasing it into the air before the death serum can claim him which everyone completely 100% believes will happen and it occurs to no one that Tris of all people will never ever let him do thisFour heads into the city to give the memory serum to only one of his parents because he ll only have time for one but GASP WHICH WILL HE CHOOSE Ok Let s think about this The memory serum is intended to allow the two groups in Chicago to come to an agreement How on earth does giving Marcus the serum help that goal Evelyn will still emember that he beat her Evelyn will still emember that he beat Tobias Evelyn will still want to prove her strength over him because she ightfully HATES Marcus So clearly Evelyn is the only logical choice because if she can forget what Marcus did to her what the factions did to her she can come to an agreement because she ll have forgotten all the things that motivated her to fight in the first place Marcus is just a power hungry dickwad that s fundamental to him like knowing how to breathe Knowing this and I don t understand how you could not especially in the context of Four s weird elationship with his mother versus the fact that basically he wants his dad to be dead all the tension is gone from Four making this decision because we all know there is no decisionOf course knowing this we also know that Four is never going to give his mother the memory serum What is completely unbelievable in the end is that Evelyn the same Evelyn who has proven herself to be a dictator and a tyrant who abandoned Four who lied to Four who tried to push away the only person who has ever supported Four and believed in him in his entire life the same person who has been motivated by nothing but hate of the factions with seemingly little thought to her son is magically made easonable by love of her son whatThis makes no sense in the context of what we know about Evelyn based on what we ve seen her do She doesn t even argue with Tobias It s just sobbing hugs and forgetting everything she s done so she can have the PROSPECT of her son one day being in her life I m supposed to believe this because we had a scene with her staring at the blue vase she gave him And of course they go out and shake hands with Johanna and Marcus gets his just desserts because everyone knows he is an evil scumbag bent on power and everything magically works out fine despite the fact that people were ioting in the first chapter and the est of the factionless are just going to forget their anger because they love Tobiasoh waitMeanwhile back in the compound4 The MessageI knew in my gut as soon as I started eading the second instance of Tobias s point of view that Tris would die But still I hoped I was wrong I wanted to be wrong And I wanted to be wrong because it doesn t make any sense with Tris s growthEvery Single Book Every single book Tris goes off to do some sacrificial act to save the people she cares about That is basically all she does in Insurgent And what is her lesson at the end of Insurgent She wants to live She doesn t want to die she wants to fight and save the world But we all know as eaders from the moment they mention that stupid vault s booby trap that Tris is going to walk into it We know she is AndI hated it First of all it completely screwed the little character development we d seen from Caleb Oh so Tris points a gun to your head to make you give you the backpack And you believe her Stupidest Erudite EVER Because why would she shoot you you idiot if she is about to walk into a death serum pressure cooker TO SAVE YOUR LIFE It was believable when Tris said she d shoot David to keep them from getting the password But she doesn t want Caleb to die When he lets her have the backpack when he lets Tris walk into that chamber I have never been so disappointedI was disappointed in Tris too because she stole Caleb s edemption Maybe he lives and edeems himself in some other way though considering he was an accessory to the slaughter of an entire faction betrayed his sister and is generally of weak character why would anyone believe that he can edeem himself in any other way So at gunpoint she steps up to make this sacrifice and we all knew she was going to do it all along and how did Tobias not I don t mind character deaths in books I think when handled correctly they are touching scenes that teach the eader something I think about Dumbledore dying and my chest aches I think about so many other deaths in books from Rue in Hunger Games to Bridge to Terebethia and I know that deaths of characters you love can matter and make a book beautiful and better and teach you things about yourself and the world and love and all of itBut the death has to matter And Tris s didn t In the very ushed end we find out that people can depend on each other Can mend each other We find out that Four is still grieving Tris but is maybe starting to move on that he doesn t talk or think about her much because of how much it hurts Is Peter ight Tobias is young Someday he ll move on and he ll emember Tris but he ll keep living And it s true moving on is brave That s what life is and what it euires and we have to be grateful for the moments we spend with the people we love and the impact they have But I needed so much from Tobias at the end to make his loss of Tris worth that messageI hated too the way Tris s death was handled Because what was Tris doing She was unning into her mother s arms and asking if she could be finished Wanting to be done implying a choice even though she JUST told Caleb to tell Tobias that she didn t want to leave him If she d gone down fighting I d have bought this But she seemed to welcome death to want it and that everts her straight back to the things she supposedly learned she DIDN T want in InsurgentI don t understand why Tris s death did anything to make that message eal If anything it makes it less so It s easy to band together in grief to find the people who understand and cling to them and form a stronger bond while you do We saw that already with Christina and Uriah I think this book wouldn t have been able to gloss over everything if Tris had lived Like Uriah s injury and demise a lot of this ending was hurriedly tied up with her death We didn t have to see what eally happened in the aftermath We didn t have to deal with the choices for society Tris s death was sand for the characters to bury their heads in This book didn t have a hopeful ending because nothing eally changed 90% of the characters are dead and everyone forgives everyone almost everything because they care about them This is the foundation of ebuilding and stability upon which these characters and this world can grow I d have given up Tris and Tris and Four if it left Four and the the people she cared about with strength and hope and a better world but I didn t see that it did hide spoiler 15 StarsBooks are a magical thing They get you invested in people worlds scenarios that aren t even eal or plausible and they make you care about them If done correctly I should say Allegiant was certainly the final book of a hype copter of a series that left millions of eaders invested Like a few other books this past year it has left a feeling of doubt anger and a lot of cryingBut for me I was left with a sort of empty feeling Some of the emptiness was filled by frustration and for the most part I don t understand it So if I leave my thoughts I think I can at least pass on why this book has 15 stars and not a glistening fiveWe start off with the idea that there is a whole world beyond Chicago s fence I mean that s fairly easy to catch But I m concerned as to how anyone could manage to understand the est of this series especially when it decides to double onto itself to make THE most convoluted plot I ve ever had the misfortune to decipher in YA Now lemme explain if this convoluted plot actually made sense and didn t leave me wanting to go back to the eually stupid but at least interesting concept of the factions then I wouldn t be as frustrated as I am Not nearly I ll be stumbling into some spoilers so it s only fair that I slam the spoiler buttonHere Comes the Boom Breakdownview spoilerWRITINGPLOTWHY THE EVERLOVING FUCK DID THIS TAKE SO LONGDivergent as you might of guessed made me interested in the series because the pacing while crippling and slow left a snap to it that kept me incredibly invested in whatever the hell was going on The Factions were originally a stupid idea to me because it easily set up an opening for war No one looks at that system and says Wow what a good idea It screams disorganization and ineuality There s clearly a wa. Ed lies tangled loyalties and painful memoriesBut Tris's new eality is even alarming than the one she left behind Old discoveries are uickly endered meaningless Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves And once again Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature and of herself while facing impo.

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R to be hadNow Insurgent gave us a smidge of what was to be expected and while nothing continued to happen we get dumped on with the idea that this entire society was only a FEW GENERATIONS OLD If I emember correctly it wasn t even that many generations like three That could be any stretch of time that could amount to a century Do you know HOW MUCH CHANGE can come through a century You go 100 years ago and you have the start of WWI where helicopters didn t exist and the Titanic sunk two years before that Now we have shit called computers that have as much potential as the baby TVcomputertelephone things we shove in our pocketsThere s no way a system of Factions would last a century without something like the Hunger Games where a war might ve happened and possibly failedNow I m assuming this was seen as idiculous because Allegiant takes this society and makes it an experiment An experiment to bring forth the Divergent which is actually defined at last It s not just serum avoiding magic but genetic purity Becausebecause purity is made by fucking around with Mendel Punnett suares There is ALWAYS a way to fix personality without fucking with everything else Just look at fruit flies Now they e all able to avoid our serums Thanks you adorable suaresNOLEARN A BIT OF BIO BEFORE YOU THINK THAT THIS MAKES ANY SORT OF SENSEThe Factions were formed as a means of living and value why the fuck does genetic material and serums even matter to VALUES and LIVING SITUATIONS Because those who switch their faction are clearly genetically pure than those damaged You know NORMAL peopleAnyhow the writing for this is a lot of telling You get that thing I mentioned in the last book s eview where the characters are telling me how they act so I can trust them I loved Caleb but I didn t want to forgive him because I m not a forgiving type I WANT TO KNOW YOUR TRAITS THROUGH SHOW The fact that I still got this was a way of saying dunno if you know that my character fucking loves the color chartreuse but I HAVE TO TELL YOU SO HERE It grates on me so hard and it s even worse because I got DOUBLE the telling thanks to the dual POV of Tris and Tobias You d think that because you have two different people talking you d get some difference between the characters AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAA are you fucking serious since when have you had that in YA NEVER YOU FUCKERS YOU CAN NEVER HAVE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS EVER AGAINIs it eally hard to change the voice of characters That should be the easiest thing in the world but apparently it s just so hard But yeah the whole government was all about making city societies to forge these genetically pure people that do nothing but avoid the serums that they themselves produce because whatever There actually is no point to the serums except maybe give the heads in the cities some control THERE IS NO POINT TO THE SERUMS EXCEPT TO BE THEREAnother thing I also wouldn t mind the whole government creation of genetically pure breeding camps if it didn t completely nullify the idea of the fucking Factions The Factions purposefully threw people apart and the ONLY time they intermingled was during Choosing Ceremonies and switching over Like why establish separation to that extreme and expect pure little genetic babies out of itIt s not thought through in the slightest And it doesn t help that Tris and Tobias are told this and barely eact to it They eact with a cheesy camera zoom in gasp and then it s gone and they just accept it because it s outside the fence URRGHH NO I think the worst thing to happen was the characters so I m gonna go over that wayCHARACTERSTris first and foremost is a LOT better than she was in Insurgent Because I finally figured out what the hell she was doing with her life and her own decisions She showed her change into the bravery that she originally wanted to have way back in Divergent But what I didn t like was that she had to dieThe main eason this irks me is because Tris above anything else had shown nothing in her arc to suggest that she had to go and kill herself when clearly Caleb had to edeem himself His eaction to the situation was great I think Be scared to commi suicide ealize that s how everyone will be saved then accepts his death HE ACCEPTS IT THEN TRIS TAKES IT AWAY BECAUSENow here s how I would kind of understand Tris actions a little If she were actually still very caring towards her brother DESPITE his asshole nature and she fought with him to handle the bomb into the Weapons Lab that d be something I d understand that she is so desperate to save her last family member that she does what she considers the ight thing and takes the explosives from him It d be eckless but I see it as brave because she channels the sacrifice like her mother channeled the sacrifice Because she didn t care about Caleb at all while also totally understandable I m left with this conclusion of Uhhh for why Tris took Caleb s position when he clearly chose to edeem himselfTOBY however got infinitely worse in this book He melted into a pansy And he was the one to use similes as often as he could as he told other people about his character traits He started to become Cassandra Clare prose basically and that is NOT what I needed in AllegiantPositives for these two consist of their elationship It is awesome and magical in the sense that they have the struggles of telling the truth and lying to protect each other and they SIT DOWN and DISCUSS these problems A fucking plus because seriously everything is like No I must protect you now sit your ass down and lemme do it blah blah blah Tris actually sits and ponders if she eally wants to deal with Toby if he keeps acting the way he does and Toby while a bit sad about that decision making understands and doesn t infringe upon it You win this ound you twoWhat definitely pisses me off to no end and this was Insurgent as well was the fact that the sideminor characters are fucking nothing THEY ARE NOTHING They have no arcs or situations and the three people who came close to having such a thing were Christina Uriah and PeterBUT WHAT HAPPENS Peter is so ingrained with being a nosy asswipe and a half but get this he s eally good on the inside He doesn t want to emember what an asshat he was I would be okay with this if this was fucking present in the series at all He hurt and assaulted people in the first book somewhat gets betterby helping Tris because it benefited him then WHOOSH he doesn t want to deal with the effects of any of that It comes out of the sky 80% of the way through the book and blows up what his entire character was about I m pissed about this because I enjoyed asshole Peter and the idea that he was beginning a change for the better Erasing your memories is not a good changeURIAH was good up until he just you know got blown up If it felt necessary again I would be okay with this I feel like deaths for characters should have some sort of easoning attached I feel cheated when characters just DIE The upside to this fiasco was that he unless OTHER dystopias that hyme with Funger Lames had closure Nicely done closure that I can appreciateThis also goes along with Christina She had great building in Insurgent or at least at the start of it She gets detail with her family but it s not like it eally goes anyway We learn about her but that skind of it She gets her screen tie and then she s done I m not seeing the love for the characters and that breaks my heart a little STRUCTUREThis was a lot like Divergent where there s a ton of decent writing but not much plot movement This started with a decent jump to outside the fence and before we were a uarter way through the book we knew what everything eally was That was nice But then it just did a plateau and nothing happened until a little over halfway through the book There should be moments that keep you interested that aren t all omantic subplot elated This is like Writing 101 Come on now childrenHowever I eally enjoyed the wrap up of Tris s death despite it being the oute that shouldn t have been The closure for Tris was in my opinion the best part of the book and interestingly enough not because it was finally over and done with Uriah had a great close Christina was a little better and there was actual friend bonding with her and Toby which likenever happened until just then in that momentEh minor characters aren t allowed such interactions it seems hide spoiler If in your story the word genetics could have just as easily been eplaced with the word magic or voodoo or pepperoni your premise may seriously need some ethinking Why do I care Well education took me on the path from biology to medicine and so I don t take fcking with genetics lightly Well now against all odds and against my self preservation sense I finished this series And it was not very good Really it wasn t It could have been somewhat salvageable if only the author was able to ecapture the unabashed mindless fun entertainment that Divergent was able to pull off But alas it lost the fun aspect completely and what was left when entertainment was emoved turned out to be insufficient to fill the esulting void Instead this book just serves to cement how this series was poorly thought through from the beginning unsure of its own premise uncertain of its message unsure of where it was supposed to be headed disjointed in its ideas and concepts and never becoming a coherent whole Just to clarify my disappointment has nothing to do with the widely publicized controversial ending or at least not with the part of the ending a certain character s fate view spoilerTris dies and that part was not that unexpected given her semi suicidal inclinations and sudden introduction of Tobias perspective in the story hide spoiler Click Here to see the full eview After Reading I just don t know how I feel ight now Before Reading Edit 3 Here s another awesome cover by a fan 3 brilliant work Edit 2Ok this is so freaky 600 likes guys awesome Edit 1They are probably looking for a title other than those above that s why they haven t named it yetwho ated one of the coolest thing I saw at tumblr haha Anything else you want to add about the trilogyVERONICA ROTH The third book will be called Detergent and the tagline will be One Choice Can Disinfect You Okay that s a lieLOL. Ssible choices about courage allegiance sacrifice and loveTold from a iveting dual perspective ALLEGIANT by #1 New York Times best selling author Veronica Roth brings the DIVERGENT series to a powerful conclusion while evealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of eaders in DIVERGENT and INSURGENT.

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