Book Review: Allegiant

Allegiant is the 3rd (and final) book in the Divergent trilogy written by Veronica Roth. Tris and Four find themselves in the middle of a deeper conspiracy than even they could imagine and it changes everything they once thought was right and true.

Without giving too much away, Roth changes the voice of how the Divergent story is told in Allegiant. Prior to this, the story is told through the eyes and perspective of Tris. We hear her voice and process the events with her.

For Allegiant, Roth uses both Tris and Four as the narrators. This takes a bit of getting used to as each chapter, the perspective changes. Can’t tell you how many times I had to reread the beginning few paragraphs of a chapter because it was a bit confusing.

Roth does keep the story moving forward in spite of this. She doesn’t feel the need to replay certain scenes and ‘do it again’ from the other’s perspective. This helps keep the pace of the book moving forward.

MINOR SPOILER ALERT 1
Savvy readers understand that you there is really only one reason to change the voice in a series – that character is going to die. It made for interesting reading anticipating exactly when this was going to happen.

MINOR SPOILER ALERT 2
Another interesting twist in the book is the existence of an outside world that has been monitoring the events of the factions for years and that it is all some grand experiment to help the human race. Divergents it turns out are Genetically Pure (GP) while the others that have a clear faction are Genetically Damaged (GD). Tris and the others realize the same kind of division that has happened inside their old world is also going on in the ‘real’ world. Instead of 5 different factions, there are only two classes (the GP and the GD)

END OF SPOILERS

Two major themes get unpacked in the back. Are people the result of their genetics or the choices they make? Are they inherently good – those that are genetically pure – or inherently damaged? Each character in the story gets their chance to preach their gospel on this.

The other major theme is the idea of redemption. What is real redemption? Is it only achievable with the help of a serum or a drug that will make people forget who they are? Or can something like the love of another be transformative and redemptive?

Roth clearly has some Theistic leanings. This is evidenced in quite a few places. How she unpacks the relationship between Tris and Four is one. The banter between these two gets less awkward and more mature in this book. Particularly when it comes to actually defining love. Tris has quite a few powerful lines about what real love is and what it can do.

The concept that there are merits to all of humanity being damaged in some way but also all of humanity being valuable as well. Love this picture as it is exactly this picture of humanity we get from the Scriptures. We are made in the image of God – so we have His fingerprints on us. We are also fallen, damaged creatures. So we also have the fingerprint of sin. We are capable of great, heroic choices as well as horrendous, damning ones as well.

Alliegiant was a good conclusion to the series. Roth did an excellent job in developing the characters of Four and Tris. I wish she had done more with some of the other ‘side’ characters throughout the trilogy, particularly Cara and Tori.

Really looking forward to the movies!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s