Book review: 'Allegiant' wraps up Divergent trilogy

By Shelby Scoffield

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Nov. 2 2013 2:00 p.m. MDT

"ALLEGIANT," by Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $19.99, 544 pages (f) (14 and up)

Veronica Roth's “Allegiant,” the last book in the Divergent series, jumps right into the faction-less world that Tris Prior and her friends are a part of. Her world is scarred by violence and power struggles, and Tris wants no part of it.

Soon enough, Tris and her small party of friends are given the opportunity to search the world beyond their gates. Tris eagerly accepts — though she has no idea what is waiting for her.

Tris leaves one community only to be trapped in another. She quickly learns the truth about her home and why she is divergent. She learns about her history and where her mother came from. She also learns that those she loves are genetically flawed and prone to certain behaviors.

“Allegiant” is told from the perspectives of Tobias and Tris. It can be difficult to adapt to the constantly changing narrations.

One of the book's flaws is how philosophical the main plot became. Roth goes deep into the world of the “experiments” and the “genetically disabled” and creates a complex explanation for their existence. It is too much information crammed into one book. It is also a disappointing way to answer all the cliffhangers at the end of "Insurgent," the second book.

The love story between Tris and Tobias is also forced. There are multiple scenes where the two passionately kiss for no other reason but to relieve stress. Their relationship is not explored and developed.

Despite this, “Allegiant” is fast-paced and entertaining. Tris is a likable character because she is not a helpless woman. The story is really about Tris finding herself — and that is exactly what the book is about.

The biggest surprise is the controversial ending. Despite it being a complete shock, it is a satisfying conclusion to the end of the series.

There are scenes of a sexual nature in the book and though sex is never mentioned, it is implied between the two main characters.

“Allegiant” should be read by those who need closure to the series. Though not as explosive as it could have been, it is still a fun read.

Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and a master's in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is currently working on her teaching credentials so she can teach high school English.

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