Veronica Roth Well, I tried writing this review without there being any spoilers, but it s rather impossible for me, at least So, readers beware.Veronica can do so much better than this, so so much The second Tobias PoV was introduced I knew Tris was going to pull some heroic sacrificial bullshit and get her ass killed I fucking knew it Not a tear was shed from me not a single fuck was given Yes, dear readers, call me a Satanist slash sadist for all I care I saw no point in this move perhaps Roth wanted to be unique and inspiring with her story nevertheless, it was still unnecessary Apart from that, Allegiant is an entirely different story, entirely different The book was confusing I wasn t pissed whilst reading, I wasn t saddened, hell, I wasn t even bored I was reading this book with a blank expression Constantly I kept forgetting I was reading a book that s a continuance of the Divergent trilogy The terms Divergent and Divergence were a reminder that I was, indeed, reading the final installment I m sorry to say this, but this was the dumbest book I ve read in 2013 Allegiant was a hot ass fucking mess The character development as well as the world building was tragic It was not explained how Tris survived the death serum, we were only given half assed, clouded ideas The romance fell off a cliff and shattered on sharp rocks at the bottom, the relationship between Tris and Tobias failed to impress me The whole BOOK failed to impress me It hurts me to say this because I adore Veronica Roth No one, and I mean no one can change my mind about this book you can write a mile long essay about why you felt this book was perfectly wrapped and poignant, you can say how wrong I am, you can say just about anything and I still wouldn t give a flying Ford Anglia.I remember Roth wrote a blog post about wanting Harry Potter to be killed off because it would have showed the greatest act of sacrifice and love I don t know what her fucking deal is with killing people off because it shows real love No, it doesn t That s not always the route to take there are other ways of showing true love and sacrifice There s always another way The minute the characters went out the fence, the story fell even further into the pit of stupidity Allegiant tried to be preachy The government or should I say the Bureau in here plays or is God We are introduced to superfluous explanations on why we have the factions and the factionless We learn about Genetic Purity and the Genetically Damaged Genetic Purity meaning Divergence Genetically Damaged meaning belonging to one faction with fucked up genes We also find out Tobias is, in fact, not Divergent, but Genetically Damaged which gives Allegiant, yet, ANOTHER twist that s pointless with dramatic arguments Come the fuck ON I am not impressed OH, how can I forget Tris mother was part of this Bureau HOW FUCKING EXCITING OMFG 1 11 sarcasmWhat else do you want to throw in to make this all the amazing and special Honest to God I wish I had something nice to say about Allegiant There s an attempt at a love triangle here between Nita and Tobias, there s an attempt at something unique with this story, but the alternating PoV between Tris and Tobias and everything I ve stated above ruined everything Also, I didn t like Tobias voice here, Roth did not do a good job with portraying a male protagonist I kept hearing a female voice in my head, constantly thinking it was Tris Did Veronica have this all planned out since the first book If it was then it wasn t very good and thorough This book is a flat out FAIL. If in your story the wordgeneticscould have just as easily been replaced with the wordmagicorvoodooorpepperoni , your premise may seriously need some rethinking Why do I care Well, education took me on the path from biology to medicine, and so I don t take f cking 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 recapture 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 removed turned out to be insufficient to fill the resulting 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 spoiler Tris dies and that part was not that unexpected given her semi suicidal inclinations and sudden introduction of Tobias perspective in the story hide spoiler 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 review 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 Kate view spoiler 1 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 poverty.Then, 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 2.0, 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 outside.This 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 readers 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 disbelief.This 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 recognizable 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 question every piece of information thrown at me.There 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 book.2 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 redemption 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 did.There was a rash of seemingly senseless deaths in this book First, Edward dies Butwhy To show that the factionless show as little regard 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 death Butwhy 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 remember, 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 refugees, 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 role 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 mattered.Likeb 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 ruined 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 read 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 remember her surprise at Caleb s betrayal I remember that it took a bit for her to figure out Evelyn was Four s mother I remember that she didn t see Al s betrayal coming, or even Eric s I remember 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 Allegiantshe s suddenly perfect She is smart and strong and skilled and canny and selfless to a ridiculous 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 right means that he s always wrong And he kind of is c FourI really 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 reacted differently to everything This really slowed down the pacing and bogged this book down in repetitive 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 equals 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 way.I 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 reading his portions of the book was really 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 really 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 stupid.Part 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 grow.This 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 relationship 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 identity.And then, his actions and his part in this plan are ignored There are no consequences 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 ridiculous 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 really see him built back up.3 The PlotThis plot was repetitive In Insurgent, we have to overthrow the tyranny of Jeanine Mathews In Allegiant, we have to overthrow the tyranny of Jeanine Mathews 2.0 3.0 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 root of this problem is bigger than Jeanine Mathews and that the outside and its problems never really stayed outside I did appreciate that aspect The pacing was an issue It was 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 repetitive that it became predictable, in part because Tris is always right and in part because there s no time for nuance thanks to all the random information being thrown about and all the random things that keep happening And yet, even with the repetition 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 went.And 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 prejudice.What We 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 memory Abnegation 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 releasing 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 this.Four 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 remember that he beat her Evelyn will still remember that he beat Tobias Evelyn will still want to prove her strength over him because she rightfully 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 relationship 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 decision.Of 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 reasonable by love of her son what This 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 rioting in the first chapter and the rest of the factionless are just going to forget their anger because they love Tobiasoh wait.Meanwhile, back in the compound4 The Message I knew in my gut as soon as I started reading 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 growth.Every 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 readers, 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 disappointed.I was disappointed in Tris too, because she stole Caleb s redemption Maybe he lives and redeems 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 redeem 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 reader 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 it.But the death has to matter And Tris s didn t In the very rushed 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 right Tobias is young Someday he ll move on and he ll remember Tris, but he ll keep living And it s true moving on is brave That s what life is and what it requires 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 message.I hated, too, the way Tris s death was handled Because what was Tris doing She was running 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 reverts 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 real 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 really 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 really changed 90% of the characters are dead and everyone forgives everyone almost everything because they care about them This is the foundation of rebuilding 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 1.5 StarsBooks are a magical thing They get you invested in people, worlds, scenarios that aren t even real 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 readers invested Like a few other books this past year, it has left a feeling of doubt, anger, and a lot of crying.But 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 1.5 stars and not a glistening five.We 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 rest 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 equally 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 button.Here Comes the Boom Breakdown view spoiler WRITING PLOTWHY THE EVERLOVING FUCK DID THIS TAKE SO LONG.Divergent, 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 inequality There s clearly a war to be had.Now 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 remember 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 TV computer telephone things we shove in our pockets.There 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 failed.Now I m assuming this was seen as ridiculous, 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 Because because purity is made by fucking around with Mendel Punnett squares There is ALWAYS a way to fix personality without fucking with everything else Just look at fruit flies Now they re all able to avoid our serums Thanks, you adorable squares NO.LEARN A BIT OF BIO BEFORE YOU THINK THAT THIS MAKES ANY SORT OF SENSE.The 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 people Anyhow, the writing for this is a lot of telling You get that thing I mentioned in the last book s review 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 AGAIN.Is it really 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 THERE.Another 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 it It s not thought through in the slightest And it doesn t help that Tris and Tobias are told this and barely react to it They react 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 way.CHARACTERSTris, 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 die.The main reason 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 redeem himself His reaction to the situation was great I think Be scared to commi suicide, realize that s how everyone will be saved, then accepts his death HE ACCEPTS IT THEN TRIS TAKES IT AWAY BECAUSE Now 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 right thing and takes the explosives from him It d be reckless, 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 redeem himself.TOBY, 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 Allegiant.Positives for these two consist of their relationship 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 really 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 round, you two.What definitely pisses me off to no end and this was Insurgent as well was the fact that the side minor 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 Peter.BUT WHAT HAPPENS Peter is so ingrained with being a nosy asswipe and a half but get this, he s really good on the inside He doesn t want to remember 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 change.URIAH 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 reasoning attached I feel cheated when characters just DIE The upside to this fiasco was that he unless OTHER dystopias that rhyme with Funger Lames had closure Nicely done closure that I can appreciate.This 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 really goes anyway We learn about her but that s kind 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 quarter way through the book, we knew what everything really 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 romantic subplot related This is like, Writing 101 Come on now children.However, I really enjoyed the wrap up of Tris s death despite it being the route 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 like never happened until just then in that moment.Eh, minor characters aren t allowed such interactions it seems hide spoiler Mid book review cos I m struggling to finish this So far Katy Perry does a good job summing this book upYou change your mindLike a girl changes clothes.Yeah, you, PMSLike a bitchI would knowAnd you over thinkAlways speakCriticallyI should knowThat you re no good for me Chorus Cause you re hot then you re coldYou re yes then you re noYou re in then you re outYou re up then you re downYou re wrong when it s rightIt s black and it s whiteWe fight, we break upWe kiss, we make up you You don t really wanna stay, no you But you don t really wanna go oYou re hot then you re coldYou re yes then you re noYou re in then you re outYou re up then you re down Update May 2013 The cover s actually good, though I have to admit, some of the fan made covers were gorgeous I m not too sure about the water symbol I was hoping they had all 5 symbols and had them crashing together to create a new symbol Y know new world, new symbol Update Apr 2013 Allegiant Really Did they mean Allergen t Y know, the factionless quest to rid themselves of fleas permanently Grab your nets and bugs spray I can t say that I like being wrong but still looking forward to how things end Hmmmall the possible titles Option 1 Emergent view spoiler They finally go through the fence and face the real world hide spoiler Click Here to see the full review After Reading I just don t know how I feel right now Before Reading Edit 3 Here s another awesome cover by a fan 3 brilliant work Edit 2 Ok this is so freaky 600 likes guys awesome Edit 1 They are probably looking for a title other than those above that s why they haven t named it yet who rated this I mean seriously the second part isn t even out yet and people rated a book that is probably not even written yet I think the cover of this book will have Erudite s or Abnegation s symbol on it I am so exited freaking can t wait for it Edit me waiting2Edit I found this fan made cover on google isn t it amazing image error one of the coolest thing I saw at I understand why people are so upset with this book, but I personally thought this book was raw, realistic, and heartbreaking. I may never be happy ever again.The fun and laughter is over I have finally read Allegiant, and I feel empty inside Empty but accepting, and understanding.This book makes Mockingjay feel like Dr Seuss I had a few problems with it mainly that it spelled out a bit too much for the reader, lacked finesse with the handling of themes, and was sometimes pretty predictable but the character development was breathtaking, the plot was heart pounding and since it s a young adult novel, I think Veronica Roth did a pretty damn decent job Most readers are going to love it.You know what Who gives a shit about the technicalities We re all here crying read sobbing our eye sockets dry because of that ending Veronica whispered threats into my ear, aimed a gun at my head, looked away for a moment to lull me into a false sense of security before SHOOTING MY PUPPY IN THE FACEthis is basically me throughout the last half of the book Don t misunderstand, this book was great READ IT NOW But it s like half of me wants to worship this majestic object and the other half wants to fling the beast into the faces of my enemies. Just like the characters in the book, the grief wipes away any deep philosophical mulling I might have about what happened in the plot All that matters is the grief and the death in the end Veronica makes that point pretty damn clear War is never romantic Period.Hell, the lesson I ve learnt from 1984, V for Vendetta, Hunger Games and Divergent Romance and anarchy do NOT MIX, 0 10, WOULD NOT RECOMMEND Going against your government STEEL YOUR HEART AND VAGINA GIRL, TOO DAMN BAD Because the subsequent grief man I m still crying.To all those currently reading the book, see you in hell, comrades And to those crying and limp on their beds now, welcome my friends This part is for those who have read the book I disagree with a hell lot of complaints made about this book, and this is why view spoiler Okay, straight up, I know most of us are upset read brutally slaughtered by the character death at the end However, I don t think that just because we hate the death doesn t mean that this book totally sucks Veronica Roth, unfortunately, does not owe us a HEA I m perfectly fine crying on my bed yelling you HORRIBLE HORRIBLE WOMAN YOU RIPPED MY HEART OUT HOW COULD YOU while sobbing into my pillow, but inside, I m able to distance myself from my personal bias and see what this book is trying to say Because of this, I just want to put my thoughts out there about what some people are saying.The genetic project that created the genetically damaged people is legitimateA dystopia is the complete opposite of a utopia, which is a perfect society More fundamentally, dystopias form as a result of utopian societies gone wrong.Looking at our world right now, it s easy to see the flaws in people We look at the government and see selfishness We look at people around us and see pride In fact, everywhere we look, we see the flaws in humanity And most of us are not at peace with it During the American government shut down of 2013, the approval ratings for the republicans was an astoundingly bad 12% We as a society see that selfishness, that irrationality and pride and it makes us angry 47% of people said that congress would be better off if nearly every member was replaced This is our real life response.It is not difficult to see a society dedicated to getting rid of these traits In fact, it s shockingly, astounding easy to That s Veronica s point That s her utopia going bad The failure of the genetic experiment is her commentary on human beings non acceptance of human nature We do not accept selfishness, stupidity, pride, as part of us We want to get rid of it We vilify it And when faced with the chance to be rid of it, we would probably take it.And by essentially playing God, in our rejection of the darkness in each and every one of us, we created bigger monsters.The forming of the factions were a perfectly valid solution to the problem caused by the genetically damaged.This is absolutely crucial to understand This doesn t solve the problem at all Doesn t it just breed MORE genetically damaged individuals It doesn t make any sense This train of thought is exactly Veronica s intention Put yourself in the shoes of one of those who were not genetically damaged Who were still perfectly imperfect The government is going to close off those twisted human beings and basically breed them in large labs, letting them multiply Why not just kill them all After all, they aren t actually human They aren t God s intention They are unnatural Inhuman Man made.Or are they As a result of human s tampering, human beings have have created unnatural versions of themselves The reason why the genetically damaged are prejudiced against and disadvantaged in this society is because they are regarded as less human All those people in those factions, in the eyes of everyone else who knows of their unnatural state, are considered nothing than experiments gone wrong to so many.The Civil Wars were to eradicate the experiments.However, human beings have a conscience Most of us know, deep down, that the genetically altered deserve a chance to make their own choices Society had made a mistake in playing god once, and suffered horribly for it.Society would not make the same mistake again The American Government in Allegiant would not make two wrongs in hopes of getting a right And eradicating an entire generation of living breathing beings is most certainly playing god, and most certainly on par as wrong.And if they could not kill the genetically damaged, they sure as hell would try and find a way where the genetically damaged could survive, thrive and find their own humanity These subsequent projects involving factions were society s grappling apology They are trying to fix what they have done You do not get to erase the past Correlating with this thread, society would NOT try and correct these genes again Firstly, you cannot CREATE genes when they have been removed Secondly, to alter the genes AGAIN would be playing god, would be being foolish Why would a society which has already suffered the repercussions of playing god repeat the exact same thing againAnd if they could not fix them, and they could not kill them, what other choice did they have This entire book revolves around the question on whether the gentically damaged were less human, and it left YOU to decide for yourself.How could they expect the genetically damaged to just fix themselves by creating random divergents This concept is difficult to grasp because it requires knowledge in biology Populations can fix themselves as a result of natural selection and selective pressure.Basically, the genetically damaged are less likely to survive, while the divergent are likely too As a result, the divergents would be likely to survive into adulthood, reproduce and eventually there will be a larger proportion of divergents as compared to the others The Divergent themselves crop up as a result of genetic mutation or genetic healing Your genes can change The world didn t start with one basic template for every trait that ever existed The different hair colors, different physical traits today likely began as mutations and then thrived under natural selection and selective pressure.This should have been explained better in the book, absolutely.The whole shebang with the memory serum raises a hell lot of important questions and are not supposed to be a pretty solution wrapped in a silk bow.The conflict Tris faced with the morality of the memory serum is real Is it right to remove one s memory Removing one s memory brings with it dozens of ethical issues Does it remove Free Will Are the memory altered the same people as they were before then Can you convict a person who has done a crime even if they don t remember what they have done Who has the right to alter someone s memory Is it playing God Has technology gone to far today, and should society limit what it could do Do the ends justify the means And does the Greater Good even exist, or are things either just right or wrong These questions are for all of us to think about It s not just a problem solution thing here guys We cannot look at it simply, or we ll be missing the point completely It s not about leaving them to kill themselves It s about giving them a choice to make their own mistakes and staying true to who they are Personally I don t feel like Veronica Roth handled these themes with as much finesse as I would like, but for a YA novel I ll let it go.Evelyn s decision to choose her son over everything she s worked for was monumental.Again, if you look at it simply, you will not see what is trying to be said For me, I think Veronica is trying to show you the power of maternal love a very strong theme in Harry Potter as well , the complexity of humanity, the ability to change your decisions and actions, the effect of abuse and how the abusee can turn into the abuser, and finally the sharp contrast between Evelyn and Marcus.Both Evelyn and Marcus are genetically damaged people, aka deemed less human or inhuman altogether For Marcus, he is the perfect example of how the genetic alteration experiment has created monsters Marcus is twisted and rid of humanity He, we can easily deem as inhuman But one man s twisted character does not determine those of his kind Evelyn is just as genetically altered, and yet she overcame her genetic deficiencies She made herself Her genes did not determine her actions despite the fact that she was designed and made that way. Her decision to choose her son was not simply a cheesy act of love It was an epic bitchslap to her genetic makeup Evelyn defied her supposed destiny and carved out another on her ownActually, I was pointed out in the comments that Marcus was Divergent, something I completely forgot That just draws an even sharper contrast between Evelyn and Marcus which better questions just how much control our genetic makeup has over our actions Evelyn, despite being inherently inhuman, was indefinitely human than Marcus, who was altogether healed This just shows us how evil can exist in any of us, just as good can This raises one big question Is Caleb s betrayal justified because he was genetically altered Are any of the actions of the genetically altered justified Or were they just as much their choices instead of simply their genetic code More questions.And finally, Tris death Hell on roller skates, mop my tears for a sec.To be honest, I don t want to ponder too much about her death because its purpose feels highly subjective to everyone s personal interpretation to me However, I feel like it was right that she died as who she was and not a shadow of herself Tris ultimate sacrifice for love and the greater good was who she is If we were to have our Happily Ever After, we would have with us a false caricature of Tris This is who she is, and we cannot deny our loved ones their own choices and their very nature.I felt that her seeing her mother at the very end was absolutely beautiful, and negates any argument that says that she died meaninglessly She died still swinging and living life true to who she is, and she reunited with her loved ones Hell, this means she probably reunited with Uriah too in the end, and that makes me cry all the harder.Well these are my thoughts, feel free to comment below on your own This is a support group my friends, we re all in this highly traumatized, post Allegiant state together hide spoiler 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 MemoriesBut Tris S New Reality Is Even Alarming Than The One She Left Behind Old Discoveries Are Quickly Rendered Meaningliess 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 Impossible Choices About Courage, Allegiance, Sacrifice, And LoveTold From A Riveting Dual Perspective, ALLEGIANT, By New York Times Best Selling Author Veronica Roth, Brings The DIVERGENT Series To A Powerful Conclusion While Revealing The Secrets Of The Dystopian World That Has Captivated Millions Of Readers In DIVERGENT And INSURGENT
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