I realized that I had never reviewed the final book of the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. It’s been a couple of years since I last posted about Tris and the rest of her tribe for Insurgent. To start with, the series has since been adapted into a major motion picture quadrology with the final book (this one) of the series being split into two films as has been the status quo for the film adaptations of other major YA series – Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.
I’m probably still shell-shocked that I managed to predict an essential plot device central to the novel in my review of Insurgent prior to the publication of Allegiant. In any case, the plot revolves around the exposing of the sham that their world of Chicago really is, and the backlash from that revelation. Finding out that their entire lives have been lies built on the backs of some sort of governmental experiment causes several members of the Divergent to “snap” and begin to collaborate to come up with a plan to save their “ruined city” and turn it around. Governmental experimentation has always been a powerful trope, especially when you consider incidents like the infamous Tuskegee experiment conducted between 1932-1972.
Destiny means quite something else in Allegiant. Tris finds herself and the Divergent in the midst of a “destined” matchup between the Divergent and the factions. A video is released that reveals the truth to all, and then the rest of the novel is building up to the epic confrontation that’s going to occur and resolve all of the issues generated in the trilogy. We’re also able to see the events of all of this progressing from both Tris’ and Four’s points of view. All in all, it’s a pretty standard YA novel that mercifully brings an end to the Divergent trilogy in an explosive way. I’m sure that many people threw the book across the room in disgust once they finished it.
In any case, the book itself provides plenty of twists and turns to give some sort of depth to the plot which is extremely thin and predictable otherwise. We’ve got your standard family reunification, professed self-sacrifices, and people rallying behind a common cause. All in all, there’s really not much here that’s unique that I can trumpet. If you’ve read the first two books – you’re already engrossed into this fabricated world with predetermined fates, and then this book unravels all of it at once and doesn’t leave you with a tidy package at the end.
All that being said, I did enjoy the book and the entire trilogy as well. The downside probably is that we aren’t given enough of the world itself within the original trilogy itself. But adding content runs the risk of the story being a bloated mess, much like the Inheritance series became when Paolini decided he couldn’t stuff the conclusion of his epic into three books. And there are plenty of other YA series to move onto to after you’ve finished up with Allegiant.
Overall Grade – B-
Edition: Katherine Tegen Books (October 22, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0062024060 (Amazon)
Binding: Hardcover with dustjacket
Page Count: 544
Paper Quality: Matted Newsprint-like (Fair)
Original Language: English
Other Notes: Book 3 of the Divergent Trilogy