Donna Reads: Allegiant (Divergent #3)

allegiantGoodreads Review – 2 out of 5 stars


**SPOILERS BELOW** Allegiant by Veronica Roth is a monumental disappointment. I feel cheated,and I feel let down. I feel like I wasted three years following this series and getting involved with the characters. It all seems so pointless now.

I loved the first book in the series – Divergent. I found it very hard to put down. In her debut novel, the author created a dystopian society that was at times terrifying but was very believable. I was hooked on this series, and I waited impatiently for the second book – Insurgent to come out. Insurgent was good but not as good as Divergent was. It felt like the author had gone off on a tangent, and she struggled to match what she’d written in Divergent.

The final book in the series, Allegiant, is awful. The main characters go beyond the fence, and I expected them to spend several chapters exploring and wandering, but no, they are picked up also immediately by people in a truck. They end up in what-used-to-be O’Hare Airport and the story kind-of went nowhere from there. New characters were introduced who didn’t add anything to the plot. Then we manage to lose the main character before it’s all said and done.


What purpose did this serve?

Killing off the lead character doesn’t make the book edgy. It doesn’t make the book “cool”. It’s understandable that faithful readers are upset and angry with how it all turned out. This series started out with so much promise. The author’s voice was fresh, and the characters were believable. We wanted to see how they grew as the series went on. We cared what happened to them.

I am left feeling sucker-punched, and I’m pretty sure I won’t read anything else by this author. I definitely will not bother seeing any of the movies.

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