Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: October 22, 2013
- Failure to communicate. Once again, there were periods in this book where Tris and Tobias had problems based mostly on their failure to communicate. Just when I thought that they were going to really work together and face the world as a team, they would disagree over something and then pretty much not talk to each other – it made me crazy! Tris’ lack of compassion also got to me sometimes (for instance, she doesn’t seem to understand why Tobias might have strong feelings about his father’s sentencing and then, when she does realize it’s bothering him, still doesn’t bother to talk to him about it). Now, to give Roth some credit, there were parts of the story where Roth did have Tris and Tobias hash out their issues (and where they made good relationship choices) – I just wish I hadn’t had to suffer through their lack of communication to get to it. (Although, honestly, the relationship might not have been all that unrealistic – lack of communication is a real issue in lots of relationships!)
- I can’t say this without spoiling somewhat! (I’m not giving away what actually happens, but just knowing about this topic could spoil it for you!)
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- So many questions answered. I LOVED that this book answered all of my questions and made sense of a lot of the holes in logic from the first two books. I mean, I really didn’t get why the Divergent were supposed to go out into the outside world and how they were expected to save humanity. And why was it that people in the factions had such strong tendencies toward specific behaviors? (It was explained – there was an actual reason based on genetic experimentation that was done!!) I was honestly desperately worried that the answers I would be given in Allegiant would make no sense, so I sighed a huge sigh of relief when so many things were explained in ways that made sense to me! Yay!!
- Tobias’ struggles. I loved that we got to see half (or so) of this book from Tobias’ viewpoint!! I was thrilled to see the world through his eyes and to really be able to see and sympathize with his struggles. Whereas, in the first book (and somewhat in the second), we got to see Tris’ vulnerabilities and her struggles with who she was – selfless or brave – in Allegiant we got to see that Tobias, with only four fears, could still be haunted by those fears. In this book, it is Tobias who doubts who he truly is – what makes him who he is. Is it his genes, his upbringing, his choices? He struggles to come to terms with all of that and there are no easy answers. I grew to love Tobias even more in his weaknesses and was that much more behind him when he overcame them!
- The action. The first half of this book didn’t have nearly as much action as Divergent and Insurgent, but I found myself so intrigued by learning about Tris and Tobias’ world, that I actually didn’t mind much. The second half of the book picked up the action quite a bit and there were enough twists and turns to keep me constantly wondering what would happen next.
(I debated back and forth between 4 and 4.5 stars for this book, but when I compare it to other books that I rated 4 stars, I came to the conclusion that, even with its flaws, I enjoyed this book more than most. From the reviews I’ve been reading on other blogs, I actually seem to be in the minority by enjoying this one, but I guess our different opinions are what make the world go round!) 4.5/5 stars.