by Veronica Roth
Apparently, my rush to finish Gone Girl has led to a reading frenzy to finish other books that I’d abandoned. Tonight, I finally finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Just as with Divergent and Insurgent, once I got going, I didn’t want to put the book down. This is how I found myself forgetting to eat dinner, and leaving all of my household chores for tomorrow.
During the past few months, I’ve read a lot about how much the finale to the trilogy sucked, and, no doubt, that made it easier and easier to delay finishing it. I was careful not to read too much , because I didn’t want to know what made people think it was so terrible. I’m glad I didn’t read further, because I may not have ever finished it. This doesn’t mean I agree with them, in fact, the opposite is true. This was a great ending to the trilogy. The resolution is there, the story wrapped up in a satisfying, truthful, if idealistic, way. Most of the time when something ends it hurts a bit, and expecting a series like this to go out without a bang and a little pain would have just been wishful thinking.
The characters, for the most part, stay true to their development in the first two novels, but they do slip from time to time. Occasionally, they make choices that definitely move the plot in the right direction, but don’t feel authentic to the individuals we’ve gotten to know. There’s nothing overt about it, just slightly…easy. It is almost as if you can see the characters clamoring to have their way, and Roth forcing them to comply with the story arc to keep everything on track. Without a couple of those less than perfect scenes, we could have ended up with an entirely different book. One that leaves room for a fourth and fifth and sixth.
Although, I would be happy to revisit this world and see events unfold from Evelyn’s viewpoint or Christina’s or even Peter’s, a continuation would be a bit of a stretch, and I’m okay with that. Sometimes you need to finish a series, and know that it isn’t going any further.
Would I say that I’m “happy” with the ending, well, no. However, I can’t fault her choices there. Tris’s decision was true to character, and it was a resolution of its own. Any other action on her part would have been another character forced into an inauthentic action, all plot and no substance. That kind of ending would have been disappointing. Instead, Tris and Tobias both get what they needed…in a round about kind of way, but they still get what they needed.
First Lines: “I pace in our cell in Erudite headquarters, her words echoing in my mind: My name will be Edith Prior, and there is much I am happy to forget.”
Now, there’s been a lot of talk about how much people like the Divergent movie, but I haven’t talked to anyone who has both read the whole book and seen the film. I think I really want to go see it before it leaves theaters, but I’m a bit hesitant after my disappointment in the Mortal Instruments:City of Bones movie. Anybody out there who has both read the book and seen them movie? Hit the comments below to tell me what you think. Also, if you just want to talk about the stinking book, and the emotional aftermath, do that too. (One day, I’m going to get someone who actually reads these books around the same time I do. This waiting business sucks!)
’Til next time,