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!Read E-pub ⚤ Allegiant ⛅ The Faction Based Society That Tris Prior Once Believed In Is Shattered Fractured By Violence And Power Struggles And Scarred By Loss And Betrayal So When Offered A Chance To Explore The World Past The Limits She S Known, Tris Is Ready Perhaps Beyond The Fence, She And Tobias Will Find A Simple New Life Together, Free From Complicated Lies, Tangled Loyalties, And Painful MemoriesBut Tris S New Reality Is Even Alarming Than The One She Left Behind Old Discoveries Are Quickly Rendered Meaningliess Explosive New Truths Change The Hearts Of Those She Loves And Once Again, Tris Must Battle To Comprehend To Complexities Of Human Nature And Of Herself While Facing Impossible Choices About Courage, Allegiance, Sacrifice, And LoveTold From A Riveting Dual Perspective, ALLEGIANT, ByNew York Times Best Selling Author Veronica Roth, Brings The DIVERGENT Series To A Powerful Conclusion While Revealing The Secrets Of The Dystopian World That Has Captivated Millions Of Readers In DIVERGENT And INSURGENT Veronica Roth Well, I tried writing this review without there being any spoilers, but it s rather impossible for me, at least So, readers beware.Veronica can do so much better than this, so so much The second Tobias PoV was introduced I knew Tris was going to pull some heroic sacrificial bullshit and get her ass killed I fucking knew it Not a tear was shed from me not a single fuck was given Yes, dear readers, call me a Satanist slash sadist for all I care I saw no point in this move perhaps Roth wanted to be unique and inspiring with her story nevertheless, it was still unnecessary Apart from that, Allegiant is an entirely different story, entirely different The book was confusing I wasn t pissed whilst reading, I wasn t saddened, hell, I wasn t even bored I was reading this book with a blank expression Constantly I kept forgetting I was reading a book that s a continuance of the Divergent trilogy The terms Divergent and Divergence were a reminder that I was, indeed, reading the final installment I m sorry to say this, but this was the dumbest book I ve read in 2013 Allegiant was a hot ass fucking mess The character development as well as the world building was tragic It was not explained how Tris survived the death serum, we were only given half assed, clouded ideas The romance fell off a cliff and shattered on sharp rocks at the bottom, the relationship between Tris and Tobias failed to impress me The whole BOOK failed to impress me It hurts me to say this because I adore Veronica Roth No one, and I mean no one can change my mind about this book you can write a mile long essay about why you felt this book was perfectly wrapped and poignant, you can say how wrong I am, you can say just about anything and I still wouldn t give a flying Ford Anglia.I remember Roth wrote a blog post about wanting Harry Potter to be killed off because it would have showed the greatest act of sacrifice and love I don t know what her fucking deal is with killing people off because it shows real love No, it doesn t That s not always the route to take there are other ways of showing true love and sacrifice There s always another way The minute the characters went out the fence, the story fell even further into the pit of stupidity Allegiant tried to be preachy The government or should I say the Bureau in here plays or is God We are introduced to superfluous explanations on why we have the factions and the factionless We learn about Genetic Purity and the Genetically Damaged Genetic Purity meaning Divergence Genetically Damaged meaning belonging to one faction with fucked up genes We also find out Tobias is, in fact, not Divergent, but Genetically Damaged which gives Allegiant, yet, ANOTHER twist that s pointless with dramatic arguments Come the fuck ON I am not impressed OH, how can I forget Tris mother was part of this Bureau HOW FUCKING EXCITING OMFG 1 11 sarcasmWhat else do you want to throw in to make this all theamazing and special Honest to God I wish I had something nice to say about Allegiant There s an attempt at a love triangle here between Nita and Tobias, there s an attempt at something unique with this story, but the alternating PoV between Tris and Tobias and everything I ve stated above ruined everything Also, I didn t like Tobias voice here, Roth did not do a good job with portraying a male protagonist I kept hearing a female voice in my head, constantly thinking it was Tris Did Veronica have this all planned out since the first book If it was then it wasn t very good and thorough This book is a flat out FAIL. The book starts off with this epigraph from the Erudite faction manifestoEvery question that can be answered must be answered or at least engaged Illogical thought processes must be challenged when they arise And then fantastically misses the mark Allegiant was so chock full of plot holes, unrealistic situations, contrived character development , laughable explanations, and a whole load of wtf moments And that s not even including the disastrous ending of this book How this book managed to have an epigraph about being logical is a complete mystery to meINCLUDES MASSIVE SPOILERSview spoiler Right from the get go, the book wastes little time with the petty conflict between the factions and the factionless The narrative spends a few convenient moments agonizing over the factionless vs factions dilemma and then decides to venture outside the fence Which, you know, is totally fine because we all assumed that at some point the narrative would come back to resolve that conflict in a reasonable way later on One dead character and a relatively easy stroll through the fence later, Tris and company encounter THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE FENCE Behold, the moment we have all been waiting for As it turns out, the world has apparently been so full of assholes that the government decided to eliminate the genes in citizens that caused dishonestly, selfishness, cowardice, stupidity, and aggression Unfortunately, this backfired and just createdassholes that wereasshole y than before So how does a rational government fix this problem Easy Just construct gigantic city sized behavioural experiments all across the country Get volunteers who had their genes screwed with to have their memories wiped and stick them into a city and force them to choose a faction Eventually these people will reproduce enough times until they finally manage to have genetically pure a.k.a Divergent babies that are free from messed up genes I mean, duh That s, like, the most logical thing ever Because its not like bad genes pass down bad genes or anything Silly science In fact, this department is just so full of geniuses that they decided that instead of using the genetic engineering prowess they already had to modify the genes of the genetically damaged offspring, they were just gonna wait around for 8 generations until the problem just miraculously fixed itself Don t worry Their efforts aren t wasted I ve already nominated them for the Nobel Prize in What The Fuckery From then on, the book actually gets worse Instead of trying to resolve the old conflict between the factionless and the factions, the book tries to take on a whole new conflict between the genetically pure and the genetically damaged, making the plot unnecessarily convoluted and leaving little to no room for proper character development Tris and Four s switching POVs only disorient the reader further because as the book continues, the characters voices lose their distinctions and start to soundandlike each other While Tris may have been tougher in this book than in Insurgent which is literally the only redeeming quality I m willing to give this book , Four s character gets a complete top to bottom deconstruction Gone is the tough, strong, badass we got to know in the previous two books Instead, Roth replaces Four with a bumbling emotional man child who fails to make rational decisions and think straight His judgement is often clouded by his own insecurities and growing fears Before we knew Four as being a character who would never let his fears control him In Allegiant, Four s fears have his neck in a leash and tug him in any which direction and he willing goes without even putting up a fight.Which now brings me to the disastrous ending of this book.Suddenly, tensions are rising between the factionless and the Allegiant the group who wants to re establish the faction system and Evelyn decides she s going to use the Erudite death serum to wipe out her opponents But the Department of Genetic Welfare is having none of her shit so they decide that they re just going to wipe out everyone s memory so they don t kill each other Can I also point out here that they used this memory wiping serum before to trick the general population into thinking that the genetically damaged are alone the cause of the world s problems So you know, there wouldn t be massive protests or anything when the government decided to deliberately waste money trying to solve a problem they knew was fucked to begin with A race against the clock ensues where Four goes back to Chicago to try and wipe the memories of his parents to stop them from fighting while Tris stays behind to try and steal this memory serum and use it on the Department themselves The book gets a little preachy right before this part where the characters start talking about how erasing someone s memories is inherently evil unless you have good intentions, of course The Department also has good intentions for using this serum on Chicago and saving the lives of thousands of people, but fuck logic Our heroes would way rather just watch the people they love kill each other And how exactly does the book wrap up the supposedly exciting and suspenseful conflict between the factionless and the Allegiant that has brewing in the background this whole time Easy Just have a nice Eaton family reunion where Evelyn magically just decides that the years she s spent neglecting her son and fighting for her own idea of justice is utterly useless because she s been transformed byThe Power of LoveNo need to rip apart all of Chicago like she s been planning to her whole life All she needs is her son A few supporting characters die in the book, but you don t really care If the author didn t bother spending enough time developing that character, why should readers even flinch when they drop dead Of course, the book makes these deaths a big deal but you re sitting there likeBack in at the Department of Genetic Welfare, Caleb is picked for the suicide mission of breaking into the top security vault to steal the memory wiping serum This is only fitting as Caleb is literally the only character who needs to be redeemed for his betrayal in Insurgent I mean, the tagline of the book isone choice can define youso if Caleb doesn t own up to this moment he s basically going to be a selfish, heartless, coward for the rest of the story.Oh wait This book hasn t sufficiently fucked up already so instead of using a perfectly good opportunity for a back stabbing character to redeem themselves, it s just going to unnecessarily sacrifice the freaking main character because life is cruel and heartless goddammit I could literally write another essay on why this particular ending sucked balls, but before some anon messages me saying omgg it s veronica s book and her ending was so tragic but so byootiful don t you know you re not allowed to hate it 111 let me explain myself I have no problem with happy endings, bittersweet endings, sad endings, or even unresolved endings AS LONG AS THE ENDING MAKES SENSE WITH THE BODY OF THE WORK This is literally all I ask of any author of any novel From just a character perspective, it makes sense that Tris would sacrifice herself for the greater good That s just what she, as a selflessly reckless person, would do But considering that there was a perfectly good person involved in this ending that needed to be redeemed cough Caleb cough who didn t offer to sacrifice himself to save his sister, I m questioning the true motive for why this ending was picked We already know that Tris is a character who s willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good Did we learn any new information about her character when she decided to make this sacrifice Wouldn t we have gained a better perspective of Caleb if he had made this choice instead And most importantly, wouldn t sparing Tris s life allow the final conclusion of this trilogy to besound, less rushed, and less overshadowed by the her death Tris s sacrifice comes off as being meaningless because she doesn t save anyone from dying Had she failed to using the memory serum, the worst thing that would have happened was that Chicago would have been reset and the main conflict would have disappeared completely And that doesn t even matter in the end because all the major characters that we are supposed to care about were already inoculated against the memory serum anyway In fact, by stealing the memory serum, Tris effectively tosses up the fate of Chicago in the air If Four hadn t magically convinced his mother to stop fighting then the city would have been in shreds andpeople would have died The careless way her death is written and revealed makes the ending look like it was purely written simply for a cheap shock value Cue the forced emotional and dramatic ending where readers drown in a puddle of their feels as we re forced to read Four s tragic reaction to her death The last few chapters, including the epilogue, are incredibly rushed Literally every single issue in the growing mountain of problems that accumulated over the course of this book are immediately solved without any further complications or commentary because deus ex machina EDIT 7 11 13 The ending is far from being the worst thing about this book, but I did read the author s blog post about what she was aiming for Keeping her intentions in mind, I still think this ending failed in it s execution Primarily, the inorganic way that the events are revealed crushes the effect this ending was trying to achieve EDIT 9 11 13 Another blatant plot hole I m baffled over Tris discovers that her mother was brought in from the outside to rescue Divergents who were being killed by Jeanine s predecessor Then later on, it is revealed that the Bureau supplied Jeanine with the attack simulation serum she used to massacre the Abnegation So the Bureau is apparently so cautious and protective of every Divergent life that they are willing to send in one of their own to save as many of them as possible, but helping Jeanine massacre an entire faction that contains Divergents is totally ok with them Why is this link between the Bureau and Jeanine established but never explained at length Did it show us anything other than the fact that this book is riddled withplot holes hide spoiler I may never be happy ever again.The fun and laughter is over I have finally read Allegiant, and I feel empty inside Empty but accepting, and understanding.This book makes Mockingjay feel like Dr Seuss I had a few problems with it mainly that it spelled out a bit too much for the reader, lacked finesse with the handling of themes, and was sometimes pretty predictable but the character development was breathtaking, the plot was heart pounding and since it s a young adult novel, I think Veronica Roth did a pretty damn decent job Most readers are going to love it.You know what Who gives a shit about the technicalities We re all here crying read sobbing our eye sockets dry because of that ending Veronica whispered threats into my ear, aimed a gun at my head, looked away for a moment to lull me into a false sense of security before SHOOTING MY PUPPY IN THE FACEthis is basically me throughout the last half of the book Don t misunderstand, this book was great READ IT NOW But it s like half of me wants to worship this majestic object and the other half wants to fling the beast into the faces of my enemies. Just like the characters in the book, the grief wipes away any deep philosophical mulling I might have about what happened in the plot All that matters is the grief and the death in the end Veronica makes that point pretty damn clear War is never romantic Period.Hell, the lesson I ve learnt from 1984, V for Vendetta, Hunger Games and Divergent Romance and anarchy do NOT MIX, 0 10, WOULD NOT RECOMMEND Going against your government STEEL YOUR HEART AND VAGINA GIRL, TOO DAMN BAD Because the subsequent grief man I m still crying.To all those currently reading the book, see you in hell, comrades And to those crying and limp on their beds now, welcome my friends This part is for those who have read the book I disagree with a hell lot of complaints made about this book, and this is why view spoiler Okay, straight up, I know most of us are upset read brutally slaughtered by the character death at the end However, I don t think that just because we hate the death doesn t mean that this book totally sucks Veronica Roth, unfortunately, does not owe us a HEA I m perfectly fine crying on my bed yelling you HORRIBLE HORRIBLE WOMAN YOU RIPPED MY HEART OUT HOW COULD YOU while sobbing into my pillow, but inside, I m able to distance myself from my personal bias and see what this book is trying to say Because of this, I just want to put my thoughts out there about what some people are saying.The genetic project that created the genetically damaged people is legitimateA dystopia is the complete opposite of a utopia, which is a perfect society More fundamentally, dystopias form as a result of utopian societies gone wrong.Looking at our world right now, it s easy to see the flaws in people We look at the government and see selfishness We look at people around us and see pride In fact, everywhere we look, we see the flaws in humanity And most of us are not at peace with it During the American government shut down of 2013, the approval ratings for the republicans was an astoundingly bad 12% We as a society see that selfishness, that irrationality and pride and it makes us angry 47% of people said that congress would be better off if nearly every member was replaced This is our real life response.It is not difficult to see a society dedicated to getting rid of these traits In fact, it s shockingly, astounding easy to That s Veronica s point That s her utopia going bad The failure of the genetic experiment is her commentary on human beings non acceptance of human nature We do not accept selfishness, stupidity, pride, as part of us We want to get rid of it We vilify it And when faced with the chance to be rid of it, we would probably take it.And by essentially playing God, in our rejection of the darkness in each and every one of us, we created bigger monsters.The forming of the factions were a perfectly valid solution to the problem caused by the genetically damaged.This is absolutely crucial to understand This doesn t solve the problem at all Doesn t it just breed MORE genetically damaged individuals It doesn t make any sense This train of thought is exactly Veronica s intention Put yourself in the shoes of one of those who were not genetically damaged Who were still perfectly imperfect The government is going to close off those twisted human beings and basically breed them in large labs, letting them multiply Why not just kill them all After all, they aren t actually human They aren t God s intention They are unnatural Inhuman Man made.Or are they As a result of human s tampering, human beings have have created unnatural versions of themselves The reason why the genetically damaged are prejudiced against and disadvantaged in this society is because they are regarded as less human All those people in those factions, in the eyes of everyone else who knows of their unnatural state, are considered nothingthan experiments gone wrong to so many.The Civil Wars were to eradicate the experiments.However, human beings have a conscience Most of us know, deep down, that the genetically altered deserve a chance to make their own choices Society had made a mistake in playing god once, and suffered horribly for it.Society would not make the same mistake again The American Government in Allegiant would not make two wrongs in hopes of getting a right And eradicating an entire generation of living breathing beings is most certainly playing god, and most certainly on par as wrong.And if they could not kill the genetically damaged, they sure as hell would try and find a way where the genetically damaged could survive, thrive and find their own humanity These subsequent projects involving factions were society s grappling apology They are trying to fix what they have done You do not get to erase the past Correlating with this thread, society would NOT try and correct these genes again Firstly, you cannot CREATE genes when they have been removed Secondly, to alter the genes AGAIN would be playing god, would be being foolish Why would a society which has already suffered the repercussions of playing god repeat the exact same thing againAnd if they could not fix them, and they could not kill them, what other choice did they have This entire book revolves around the question on whether the gentically damaged were less human, and it left YOU to decide for yourself.How could they expect the genetically damaged to just fix themselves by creating random divergents This concept isdifficult to grasp because it requires knowledge in biology Populations can fix themselves as a result of natural selection and selective pressure.Basically, the genetically damaged are less likely to survive, while the divergent arelikely too As a result, the divergents would belikely to survive into adulthood, reproduce and eventually there will be a larger proportion of divergents as compared to the others The Divergent themselves crop up as a result of genetic mutation or genetic healing Your genes can change The world didn t start with one basic template for every trait that ever existed The different hair colors, different physical traits todaylikely began as mutations and then thrived under natural selection and selective pressure.This should have been explained better in the book, absolutely.The whole shebang with the memory serum raises a hell lot of important questions and are not supposed to be a pretty solution wrapped in a silk bow.The conflict Tris faced with the morality of the memory serum is real Is it right to remove one s memory Removing one s memory brings with it dozens of ethical issues Does it remove Free Will Are the memory altered the same people as they were before then Can you convict a person who has done a crime even if they don t remember what they have done Who has the right to alter someone s memory Is it playing God Has technology gone to far today, and should society limit what it could do Do the ends justify the means And does the Greater Good even exist, or are things either just right or wrong These questions are for all of us to think about It s not just a problem solution thing here guys We cannot look at it simply, or we ll be missing the point completely It s not about leaving them to kill themselves It s about giving them a choice to make their own mistakes and staying true to who they are Personally I don t feel like Veronica Roth handled these themes with as much finesse as I would like, but for a YA novel I ll let it go.Evelyn s decision to choose her son over everything she s worked for was monumental.Again, if you look at it simply, you will not see what is trying to be said For me, I think Veronica is trying to show you the power of maternal love a very strong theme in Harry Potter as well , the complexity of humanity, the ability to change your decisions and actions, the effect of abuse and how the abusee can turn into the abuser, and finally the sharp contrast between Evelyn and Marcus.Both Evelyn and Marcus are genetically damaged people, aka deemed less human or inhuman altogether For Marcus, he is the perfect example of how the genetic alteration experiment has created monsters Marcus is twisted and rid of humanity He, we can easily deem as inhuman But one man s twisted character does not determine those of his kind Evelyn is just as genetically altered, and yet she overcame her genetic deficiencies She made herself Her genes did not determine her actions despite the fact that she was designed and made that way. Her decision to choose her son was not simply a cheesy act of love It was an epic bitchslap to her genetic makeup Evelyn defied her supposed destiny and carved out another on her ownActually, I was pointed out in the comments that Marcus was Divergent, something I completely forgot That just draws an even sharper contrast between Evelyn and Marcus which better questions just how much control our genetic makeup has over our actions Evelyn, despite being inherently inhuman, was indefinitelyhuman than Marcus, who was altogether healed This just shows us how evil can exist in any of us, just as good can This raises onebig question Is Caleb s betrayal justified because he was genetically altered Are any of the actions of the genetically altered justified Or were they just as much their choices instead of simply their genetic code More questions.And finally, Tris death Hell on roller skates, mop my tears for a sec.To be honest, I don t want to ponder too much about her death because its purpose feels highly subjective to everyone s personal interpretation to me However, I feel like it was right that she died as who she was and not a shadow of herself Tris ultimate sacrifice for love and the greater good was who she is If we were to have our Happily Ever After, we would have with us a false caricature of Tris This is who she is, and we cannot deny our loved ones their own choices and their very nature.I felt that her seeing her mother at the very end was absolutely beautiful, and negates any argument that says that she died meaninglessly She died still swinging and living life true to who she is, and she reunited with her loved ones Hell, this means she probably reunited with Uriah too in the end, and that makes me cry all theharder.Well these are my thoughts, feel free to comment below on your own This is a support group my friends, we re all in this highly traumatized, post Allegiant state together hide spoiler Ten Hours laterWhen I don t like a series ending, I tell myself it s partially my own fault that the book suffered from my expectations In the case of Allegiant, I think it went a little beyond that Hours after finishing and sleeping on my crushing disappointment, I have to admit that very little of this book worked for me So I m turning to the device that I always turn to when I m stressed or overwhelmed with something lists As always in a review of this nature, there will be MASSIVE SPOILERS for all three books in this series I m using a cut, and it means very definite business Things that Did not Work for Me in Allegiant, a List by Kate view spoiler 1 The World BuildingWhen you think about both Divergent and Insurgent, there was very little actual world building that went on We established the faction system and the way it functions in Divergent We also established the problems inherent with that system In Insurgent, we explored those problemsby watching the breakdown And then, in the end of Insurgent, we find out that it s all an experiment intended to save the outside world from war and violence and poverty.Then, we get to Allegiant Everything in the video is a lie so, in a lot of ways, everything Tris did at the end of Insurgent was for nothing The outside world is basically Chicago 2.0, only instead of being divided by personality type people are divided by the extent of their broken genes It s an interesting thought and a cool platform for philosophizing, but so much is crammed into this book that we don t have time for those subtleties Basically, we have one book to learn the mass of information we need to know about the outside.This info dump is compounded by several things 1 Everything we thought we knew about the outside is a lie and some things we thought we knew about the people on the inside is a lie, too 2 Tris knows nothing about the outside so things that we know about as readers keep being off handedly explained to her and also not explained to her 3 a lot of what Tris has to figure out is science and history, and there s not the sufficient background needed to help with suspension of disbelief.This is clearly supposed to be far into the future at least seven generations but fundamentally it s still the world we know We knew that because of the fact that Chicago was clearly recognizable But knowing that everything on the outside is basically still functioning through our government and that the same kinds of issues still cause problems Something about that made me question every piece of information thrown at me.There was too much information introduced in this book for it to be the closing of a series and I honestly think this whole series would have benefited from a fourth book.2 Character Developmenta The background charactersNone of the background characters went anywhere significant I did not learn anything new about Cara, Christina, or Uriah I could have eliminated all three of them from this book and everything would have been the same Even Uriah s injury and death felt like a plot point for Four that was ultimately completely glossed over Peter and Caleb showed no growth or change Peter proved that he is still the same coward he has always been and yet somehow he gets exactly what he wants Caleb, too, proved a coward He was given the chance for redemption and he didn t take it As for Natalie Prior, I thought her backstory was interesting It was one of the few interesting things about the book, though I thought the love triangle was unnecessary and slowed the plot down I also couldn t wrap my brain around why, when she found out Tris was divergent, she wouldn t have told her at least some of this information she knew, something that would help her daughter and her society And even though it was interesting backstory, it didn t change Natalie Prior s motivations for saving her daughter and acting as she did.There was a rash of seemingly senseless deaths in this book First, Edward dies Butwhy To show that the factionless show as little regard for human life as the Erudite did For the two page scene in which we don t know if Evelyn is upset by his death The same thing with Tori, who died, it seems, simply to provide the moment in which we find out how wrong she was and that her brother now has to deal with her death Butwhy do I care about George Wu This problem ties back to the world building problem and the need for another book We are introduced to so many new characters Some lady whose name I can t remember, Amar, George, Nita, Matthew, David, all the people from The Fringe The people from the Fringe We barely learn anything besides their names Amar and George are there, it seems, to provide some familiarity for our refugees, but we barely see them and they don t teach us anything new about the inside or the outside Then we get to Nita, who plays a major role and then just seems to disappear Matthew has a nice little speech about the Terrible thing that genetic prejudice caused to happen, but who is also basically a clone of Cara And David, who is exactly, exactly like Jeanine Having so many new people cut out our chance to see the people that mattered.Likeb TrisTris came a long way in Insurgent and she learned a lot of things I thought, overall, she was doing well and continuing that trend until the end, which ruined everything But here was my problem with Tris besides what happened at the end, was she wrong about ANYTHING in this book It s like she could perfectly read every situation and every person, and she was kind of a condescending jerk about it She wants to act like she s never been wrong, but I remember her surprise at Caleb s betrayal I remember that it took a bit for her to figure out Evelyn was Four s mother I remember that she didn t see Al s betrayal coming, or even Eric s I remember that she didn t see through Evelyn s plan until it was already happening Tris isn t infallible, and I liked that about her Those mistakes made Tris human But in Allegiantshe s suddenly perfect She is smart and strong and skilled and canny and selfless to a ridiculous extent It makes it hard for us to blame Tris when she s annoyed that people are ignoring her or not trusting her gut It also makes Four s journey that muchdifficult to handle, because knowing that she s always right means that he s always wrong And he kind of is c FourI really wish we had not gotten Four s point of view in this book I d say a big portion of the problems I had stemmed from the dual points of view Fundamentally, we had to learn everything new through both characters because obviously they reacted differently to everything This really slowed down the pacing and bogged this book down in repetitive backstory His sections of the book were indistinguishable in both tone and voice Though Tris and Four complimented each other so well in the first two books made an excellent team of equals they are also very different personality types Sure, they have similar characteristics the same kinds of things make them tick but they go about things in a very different way.I ll be honest I didn t find Four likable in this book I got flashes of the Four I loved, but he was so mired down in all of his weaknesses that reading his portions of the book was really hard He is the one that was so mad at Tris in the last book for lying, and he is the one that told her at that he should trust her and not hide things from her But, what happens Four finds out that he s not really divergent um, ok , and then he completely breaks down and immediately loses all the growth he d accomplished in the first two books and does something stupid.Part of me understands that the point is that Four isn t perfect he has four fears, but those four fears are so much bigger andterrifying than most people s ten or twenty or my thousand He has Major Issues However, I knew that about him already We already watched this struggle with the need to do something to make the world better and also the need to protect Tris and be a good man in the face of incredibly difficult choices We spent a book watching him deal with his feelings for his mother and father, even if we never watched him deal with those things from this point of view It was wrenching, but it made him grow.This Four is broken He has lost all of the defining elements that made him Four He is weak and indecisive and insecure and, most surprisingly of all, irrational His participation in Nita s plan baffles me Since when has Four ever blindly trusted anyone s plan or anyone, for that matter , let alone a stranger s Since when does he not at least argue with Tris OR ANYONE about the moral complications of what is happening It s one thing for him to go along with Evelyn s plan though even then only at first that relationship and his feelings are complicated Here, his decision makes no sense He barely knows Nita Why is he not working with Cara and Christina and Tris Why is he not asking that they be involved It made no sense to me, even in context of losing his identity.And then, his actions and his part in this plan are ignored There are no consequences aside from the fact that Uriah is unconscious and ultimately dies That entire plot point just seemed pointless Tris is going to be plenty mad about Four being so stupid already Four is going to feel plenty guilty about acting like a completely naive hayseed without Uriah having to eat it Then the issue became about Uriah instead of why on earth he made this ridiculous decision and what he was feeling After this incredibly boneheaded and uncharacteristic decision I don t even know what the hell to make of what was going on with Four I did not understand his motivations I did not understand the personality he suddenly exhibited It felt like he was simply moving forward the plot instead of being Four Plus, he spends all of Allegiant being broken down and we never really see him built back up.3 The PlotThis plot was repetitive In Insurgent, we have to overthrow the tyranny of Jeanine Mathews In Allegiant, we have to overthrow the tyranny of Jeanine Mathews 2.0 3.0 It is the same struggle Of course, on one level that makes sense Tris is chasing this problem up the chain She s discovering that the root of this problem is bigger than Jeanine Mathews and that the outside and its problems never really stayed outside I did appreciate that aspect The pacing was an issue It was slowed considerably by the excessive amount of info dumping and also the dual points of view It also felt formulaic It was so paint by numbers and repetitive that it became predictable, in part because Tris is always right and in part because there s no time for nuance thanks to all the random information being thrown about and all the random things that keep happening And yet, even with the repetition and the predictability and the deus ex machina moments, this plot was a confused mess and most of it was completely unnecessary to where we went.And good lord the ending of no sense The holes in this plot were insane The main conflict seems to be that the Bureau, who has controlled Chicago and Tris s life, wants the Chicago experiment to keep going Tris wants those people to know the truth and be free Four doesn t seem to know what the hell he wants In order to keep things going, the Bureau wants to wipe the memories of Tris s friends and the families of her friends Her grand solution Wipe the memories of the bureau instead Erase their memories of genetic prejudice.What We know there are antidotes to basically every serum, from the death serum to the truth serum We also know there s an inoculation to the memory Abnegation serum So why does it occur to NO ONE that instead of say, inoculating Christina s family and Uriah s, that they, say, INNOCULATE EVERYONE If they inoculate the people in Chiacago, then David and the Bureau can t wipe their memories At the very least, this seemingly obvious solution buys them time to figure out what the hell to do Instead, it s decided Caleb will sacrifice himself by breaking into a vault of memory serum and releasing it into the air before the death serum can claim him which everyone completely 100% believes will happen and it occurs to no one that Tris of all people will never ever let him do this.Four heads into the city to give the memory serum to only one of his parents because he ll only have time for one but GASP WHICH WILL HE CHOOSE Ok Let s think about this The memory serum is intended to allow the two groups in Chicago to come to an agreement How on earth does giving Marcus the serum help that goal Evelyn will still remember that he beat her Evelyn will still remember that he beat Tobias Evelyn will still want to prove her strength over him because she rightfully HATES Marcus So clearly Evelyn is the only logical choice because if she can forget what Marcus did to her, what the factions did to her, she can come to an agreement because she ll have forgotten all the things that motivated her to fight in the first place Marcus is just a power hungry dickwad, that s fundamental to him like knowing how to breathe Knowing this and I don t understand how you could not, especially in the context of Four s weird relationship with his mother versus the fact that basically he wants his dad to be dead all the tension is gone from Four making this decision because we all know there is no decision.Of course, knowing this, we also know that Four is never going to give his mother the memory serum What is completely unbelievable in the end is that Evelyn the same Evelyn who has proven herself to be a dictator and a tyrant, who abandoned Four, who lied to Four, who tried to push away the only person who has ever supported Four and believed in him in his entire life, the same person who has been motivated by nothing but hate of the factions with seemingly little thought to her son is magically made reasonable by love of her son what This makes no sense in the context of what we know about Evelyn based on what we ve seen her do She doesn t even argue with Tobias It s just sobbing hugs and forgetting everything she s done so she can have the PROSPECT of her son one day being in her life I m supposed to believe this because we had a scene with her staring at the blue vase she gave him And, of course, they go out and shake hands with Johanna and Marcus gets his just desserts because everyone knows he is an evil scumbag bent on power and everything magically works out fine despite the fact that people were rioting in the first chapter and the rest of the factionless are just going to forget their anger because they love Tobiasoh wait.Meanwhile, back in the compound4 The Message I knew in my gut as soon as I started reading the second instance of Tobias s point of view that Tris would die But still, I hoped I was wrong I wanted to be wrong And I wanted to be wrong because it doesn t make any sense with Tris s growth.Every Single Book Every single book Tris goes off to do some sacrificial act to save the people she cares about That is basically all she does in Insurgent And what is her lesson at the end of Insurgent She wants to live She doesn t want to die she wants to fight and save the world But we all know as readers, from the moment they mention that stupid vault s booby trap, that Tris is going to walk into it We know she is AndI hated it First of all, it completely screwed the little character development we d seen from Caleb Oh, so Tris points a gun to your head to make you give you the backpack And you believe her Stupidest Erudite EVER Because why would she shoot you, you idiot, if she is about to walk into a death serum pressure cooker TO SAVE YOUR LIFE It was believable when Tris said she d shoot David to keep them from getting the password But she doesn t want Caleb to die When he lets her have the backpack when he lets Tris walk into that chamber I have never been so disappointed.I was disappointed in Tris too, because she stole Caleb s redemption Maybe he lives and redeems himself in some other way, though considering he was an accessory to the slaughter of an entire faction, betrayed his sister, and is generally of weak character, why would anyone believe that he can redeem himself in any other way So at gunpoint, she steps up to make this sacrifice and we all knew she was going to do it all along and how did Tobias not I don t mind character deaths in books I think, when handled correctly, they are touching scenes that teach the reader something I think about Dumbledore dying and my chest aches I think about so many other deaths in books, from Rue in Hunger Games to Bridge to Terebethia, and I know that deaths of characters you love can matter and make a book beautiful and better and teach you things about yourself and the world and love and all of it.But the death has to matter And Tris s didn t In the very rushed end, we find out that people can depend on each other Can mend each other We find out that Four is still grieving Tris but is maybe starting to move on, that he doesn t talk or think about her much because of how much it hurts Is Peter right Tobias is young Someday he ll move on and he ll remember Tris, but he ll keep living And it s true moving on is brave That s what life is and what it requires and we have to be grateful for the moments we spend with the people we love and the impact they have But I needed so muchfrom Tobias at the end to make his loss of Tris worth that message.I hated, too, the way Tris s death was handled Because what was Tris doing She was running into her mother s arms and asking if she could be finished Wanting to be done, implying a choice, even though she JUST told Caleb to tell Tobias that she didn t want to leave him If she d gone down fighting, I d have bought thisBut she seemed to welcome death to want it and that reverts her straight back to the things she supposedly learned she DIDN T want in InsurgentI don t understand why Tris s death did anything to make that messagereal If anything it makes it less so It s easy to band together in grief to find the people who understand and cling to them and form a stronger bond while you do We saw that already with Christina and Uriah I think this book wouldn t have been able to gloss over everything if Tris had lived Like Uriah s injury and demise, a lot of this ending was hurriedly tied up with her death We didn t have to see what really happened in the aftermath We didn t have to deal with the choices for society Tris s death was sand for the characters to bury their heads in This book didn t have a hopeful ending because nothing really changed 90% of the characters are dead and everyone forgives everyone almost everything because they care about them This is the foundation of rebuilding and stability upon which these characters and this world can grow I d have given up Tris and Tris and Four if it left Four and the the people she cared about with strength and hope and a better world, but I didn t see that it did hide spoiler