Review No.159 – Allegiant

Allegiant (Divergent No.3) – Veronica Roth

HarperCollins, 2013

The truth has been exposed. The city – the only place Tris and Tobias have ever known – and the factions that once governed their society completely are all a construction set up by the outside world. To find out why, they must somehow escape the conflict rising between the fragmented factions and venture beyond the city limits. But as they already know, the truth has a price. And now it’s time to pay.

Allegiant is the conclusion of Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA trilogy, and for the first time includes dual narration. The earlier books were fast-paced and driven; this one was slower, lacking in direction and often bogged down in action that didn’t really advance the plot. The pace was at its strongest towards the end. This trilogy has been solid and intelligent, with characters worth following, and though I didn’t like the ultimate conclusion, it was given the space to play out well. I’ll be keeping an eye out for what Roth writes next.

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