First and foremost, there will be spoilers in this review. I normally try to avoid them, but the main reason I’m even writing a review for this book is completely centered on a spoiler that took the internet by storm because it pissed a lot of readers off.
You have been warned.
I was so excited for this book, but like Mockingjay (Book 3 of The Hunger Games), I thought the conclusion to this trilogy fell flat. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed in a large percent of the character arcs, and definitely the end results.
Let me get more specific: Tris dies in this book, and not at the end. Now, most people I know hate this book for that reason. I disagree. It makes sense for her character. She’s a martyr. Katniss, on the other hand, was not inclined to be (remember, she’s basically blackmailed by Coin into becoming the symbolic “Mockingjay” of the revolution). Interviews with Veronica Roth also justify this decision in my mind.
My issue with the book is the lack of effect it has on the characters afterward, especially Four. He essentially whines for 3 pages, then moves on. And while I get that they didn’t know each other that long, no one wants to leave a YA novel with a romance thinking that the “epic romance” didn’t really matter (even if that is the reality).
My second-biggest issue was Four himself. You may know how much I loved his POV in Free Four, so when I heard he’d finally be telling 1/2 the story in Allegiant, I fliipped out. But rather than the strong voice befitting the mysterious, strong, and stable character I fell in love with in Divergent, he became such a weak whiner that I actually wished it had just been written from Tris’ (slightly) grating woe-is-me spiel.
So, what started out as 5 stars, falls to only 2 stars.