Author: Veronica Roth
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 22nd October 2013
Genres: Young Adult/Dystopian/Fantasy/Romance
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Allegiant. The finale to a roller coaster ride of a trilogy. The book which seems to have more negative reviews than any of the others. The one where all strings are tied. In this last instalment the truth and life beyond the fence is finally revealed.
Firstly, the world-building in Allegiant is phenomenal. As we were taken beyond the fence, a whole new world was opened up to us, and I really enjoyed learning about that environment and watching the characters adapt to a place they had never really heard of or seen before. I could sense that Roth had a lot of fun writing and exploring the compound and that really shined through the writing which I think contributed greatly to me loving the book as much as I did.
When I was around one hundred pages away from the end, part of me remained hopeful that the ending in my copy of the book would be different to everyone else's; that the spoilers I had seen from so many people had just been part of an elaborate, long-winded hoax. Of course, my ending was unfortunately the same as everyone else's.
Before I read Insurgent or Allegiant, I had been discussing the ending of Allegiant as I had already seen the major spoiler. Judging before reading (yep. I confess.) I thought Roth had taken the easy way out. I'm conflicted - I do think there was potential for the ending to have been better, but now my thoughts have changed. It was a bittersweet end and, in some ways, beautiful. I think it suited the book's events perfectly so, sorry past-Amber, but you were wrong.
While I liked but didn't necessarily agree with the ending, I respect Roth for taking the risk. I don't think I've ever read a book where the author has killed their main protagonist, and I feel that the next book I read will be dull in comparison to this complex, intelligent and constantly thrilling novel. Honestly, I don't know what else to say, as nothing I write will do this fantastic book justice. Overall, this is the best book in the trilogy, and one of those books which is near impossible to put down.
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