Allegiant

by Veronica Roth
First sentence: “I pace our cell in Erudite headquarters, her words echoing in my mind: My name is Edith Prior, and there is much I am happy to forget.
Others in the series: Divergent, Insurgent
Content: There’s violence, some swearing, and a whole lot of kissing. In the first half, anyway. It’s in the Teen (grades 9-12) section of the bookstore, but I wouldn’t have an issue giving it to someone younger.

I’m going to get hate for this.

This is how my opinion on the series has gone (without looking at my reviews): Divergent is a unique dystopian idea, with some cool action scenes. The movie might be good. Insugent I don’t remember a thing about. Not a thing. Except that I don’t remember liking it all that much. And I had no interest in reading Allegiant. I only picked it up because I succumbed to the hype and stuck my name on the hold list at the library.

So, if I gathered right, after the events of Insurgent, Four’s mom has taken over things, deciding that the factions are to be done away with. Except that’s not working. And she’s executing people right and left. So, there’s an underground movement to fight against the Man (still) and to get people out to explore the world outside the fence. Tris and Four are part of that group. And when they get out they discover that 1) their life is an elaborate experiment by a government bureau in order to make people’s genes “normal” again after a gene war (or something like that) and 2) I was so over it.

I was. I didn’t care that Four was angsting about not being a true Divergent. I didn’t care Tris stressing about Who She Was. Their hallway snogging did nothing for me. I found the world to be trite and simplistic. I was over caring about government conspiracies or parental abuse or revolutions.

So I bailed. I admit I’m a little curious to know why the whole fandom was up in arms about the book, but I have so many other books to read, that I honestly don’t care if I don’t finish this one. Ever.

There’s just not enough time to waste it on things that I’m so over.

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3 thoughts on “Allegiant

  1. I find I am like that with a lot of trilogies. I like the first book, but it's almost like the hype gets so big the authors write mediocre books and no one notices… I haven't read this trilogy, though, so I am not sure what I think of it. 🙂

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  2. Interesting. Like you, I remember little about Insurgent, after enjoying the idea of Divergent. I started Allegiant, got a couple of chapters in, didn't remember the characters all that well, and set it aside. I still will likely go back to it at some point (it's on my Kindle), but … perhaps not. I for one appreciate your candor.

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  3. I am like that with most series, unless, I take the time to reread each book multiple times to prepare for a new release. (And how often does one have time for that?!) I liked Allegiant okay, I didn't absolutely hate it the way some fans did in reaction to the horrible-shocking-ending. (I actually thought the ending worked very well).

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