When You Really Want to Love a Book…but Can’t

The conclusion to the Divergent Trilogy released a couple months ago and like most other readers out there I was so excited for it. It took me a few days to get through the book and sadly, even though I really want to say that I loved it and that it was a fulfilling conclusions….it wasn’t.

Why I didn’t like it:

It is my belief that the final book in a series should be used to wrap up the series. Give us the action that we’ve been building up to, let us see how it all comes to a climax, and then give us a satisfying end. I don’t think there should be tons of new information. Allegiant was not a book that did that. It was a long book (over 500 pages) and included way too much new information for my liking. There was also a lot of science talk and trying to give us specific reasons as to why things are. I was not a fan of the reason for the factions or how their entire city, Chicago, came to be how it was portrayed in the book. As readers we knew at the end of the second book that something big was coming in the third. We knew that something NEW was coming too, so I don’t know why I was so surprised when we were suddenly being shot at with tons of new information. Maybe it was because I felt like the book was one big info dump.

The two points of views in the book were interesting and I loved getting to see what Tobias was thinking, however the tone and the narration of the two were the exact same. Several times while reading the book I had to go back and see whose chapter I was in because I could not tell who was talking. There should have been some sort of shift between their narrations. They are two different people who have different thoughts and different tones. There was no reason why I should have been so confused on who was narrating at any given moment. The tones alone should have told me who it was.

The conclusion to the war between the Allegiant and those loyal to Evelyn and the factionless seemed unrealistic to me. All this fighting and leading up to this conflict, all the changes that had been made in Chicago I felt like it was all for nothing.

What I did like:
The ending to Tris’s narration. This plot point was actually ruined for me before I started reading the book and so I will never know if this was something I actually liked or whether or not I just had hundreds of pages to get myself ready for the inevitable conclusion. As someone whose favorite film is Gladiator because of it’s ending, it’s safe to say that I may have been biased in my like for this ending.

Allegiant is one of those books that I want to love so badly. When I read Divergent It was one of the best books that I had ever read. Insurgent didn’t quite live up to the very book, but it was still enjoyable. I just really wish she would have taken more time with this one and not info dumped as much, and that she would have given Tobias a separate identity and narration tone instead of sounding just like Tris.