First, as promised, I have a GIVEAWAY WINNER to announce!! Congratulations to Julie (juliemcl), who is the winner of IKWYSR’s first book giveaway! Julie wins Revolutionary Road, a book that everyone should read (Excellent choice, Julie!). Thank you to all of you who entered the giveaway!
And now on to the book review . . .
I am flummoxed. Flabbergasted. Baffled. Dumbfounded. Perplexed. Befuddled. Confused.
How are all three books in the Divergent Trilogy among Amazon’s top 20 bestsellers? How is Veronica Roth Amazon’s #1 overall bestselling author? How was Allegiant named one of Amazon’s Best Books of the month for October 2013 and one of Amazon Editors’ Top 20 Picks for the Best Books of 2013?
How, how, HOOOOWWWWW? None of this makes any sense. In fact, it actually makes me a little angry that Veronica Roth has been so successful with this book, considering how absolutely awful it is.
I can’t say anything good about the book. Not one thing.
You want the final book in a series to resolve existing conflicts, wrap up loose ends, and finish with a big, climactic, exciting ending. This book delivers exactly none of those things.
Instead, the storyline got even more ridiculous and convoluted (and far-removed from the original concept), the Tris/Four relationship continued to go nowhere, and the action (what little there was) was (just like the second book) boring and repetitive.
And, to make matters worse, the book is HORRIBLY written. It is laden with inane quotations like the following:
“They released some kind of manifesto this morning. They call themselves the Allegiant.” When she sees my confused look, she adds, “Because they’re allied with the original purpose of our city, see?”
It also hops back and forth between Tris’s perspective and Four’s perspective. This is problematic for three reasons:
- Divergent and Insurgent were very Tris-centric. They are both written entirely in first person from Tris’s point-of-view. They are about Tris’s choices and Tris’s actions and Tris’s relationships. The first two books are about Tris. To make the last book equally about Four is totally incongruent;
- Roth failed to make Tris’s voice and Four’s voice particularly unique from each other. The result: while reading, I often forgot who was “talking”; and
- Using two first-person narrators is just a stupid trick, the only purpose of which is to make part of the book’s conclusion painfully obvious (and easier for Roth to execute).
Normally, you like characters more as you get to know them better. Not so in this series. The characters become more annoying, less decisive, and more unreliable.
Rating: 1/5 😖
This book was terrible. It took me WEEKS to finish. I didn’t care at all about what was happening (primarily because nothing of consequence actually happened).
I am not alone in my disdain for this book. As I write this, there are currently nearly 1,600 1-star reviews on Amazon. Normally, 1-star reviews on Amazon are extreme, silly, and, often, just plain funny (Surely you’ve seen the hilarious 1-star reviews for Haribo Sugarless Gummy Bears. If not, do yourself a favor and check them out here). But the 1-star reviews for this book are lengthy, often well-written and well-supported, and appropriately scathing (but FULL of spoilers, so beware). If you need more reasons not to read this book, have a heyday.
Who should read it: NO ONE. If you haven’t begun reading the Divergent Trilogy, PLEASE save yourself a lot of time and energy, and read something better. Like The Hunger Games. Or Beautiful Creatures. Or one of Maggie Stiefvater‘s series. Whatever you do, DON’T allow yourself to get sucked in by the decent first book. If you’ve read the first and second books in this series, STOP THERE. Any ending you can imagine will be better than the actual third book.
One final (unrelated) note: Happy birthday to my best pal in the whole wide world!