Ten Hours later ... When I don ’ t like a series ending, I ell myself it ’ s partially my own fault- that the book suffered from my expectations.
I ’ m using a cut, and it translate very definite business.Things that Did not Work for Me in Allegiant, a List by Kate ( view spoiler) [ 1.
And finally, in the beginnin of Insurgent, we find out that it ’ s all an experiment intended to ave the outside world from war and iolence and poverty.Then, we g to Allegiant.
Somethin in the video is a lie ( so, in a lot of thing, everything Tris did at the beginnin of Insurgent was for nothing).
The outside world is basically Chicago 2.0, only instead of being divided by personality type people are divided by the extent of their broken genes.
It ’ s n interesting thought and a cool platform for philosophizing, but not much is crammed into this ook that we don ’ t have time for those subtleties.
Obviously, we have one book to understan the mass of information we need to now about the outside.This info dump is compounded by several things: 1) Everything we thought we knew about the outside is a lie and some things we thought we knew about the people on the nside is a lie, too; 2) Tris knows nothing about the outside so things that we now about as readers keep being off-handedly explained to her and also not explained to her; 3) a lot of what Tris has to figure out is science and history, and there 's always the sufficient background needed to help with suspension of disbelief.This is clearly mean to be far into the future- at least seven generations?
But knowing that everything on the insid is basically still functioning through our government and that thi same inds of issues still cause problems?
Even Uriah ’ s injury and death felt like plot point for Four that was ultimately completely glossed over.
It was one of few interesting things about ook, though I hought the “ love triangle ” was unnecessary and slowed the plot down.
And even though it was interesting backstory, it didn ’ t change Natalie Prior ’ s idea for saving her daughter and acting as she did.There was a rash of seemingly senseless deaths in his ook.
Thi same thing with Tori, who died, it appear, simply to provide the moment in which we find out how wrong she was and that her brother now has to deal with her death? But ... why do I care about George Wu?
Having so many new people cut out our chance to see the people that mattered.Like ... b. TrisTris came a long way in Insurgent and she kne a lot of way.
But here was my problem with Tris: besides what happened at the beginnin, was she wrong about ANYTHING in his ook?
She learns to act like she ’ s ever been wrong, but I remember her surprise at Caleb ’ s treachery.
It makes it hard for us to blame Tris when she ’ s terrified that people are ignoring her or not trusting her gut.
It also makes Four ’ s journey that much more usefu to handle, because knowing that she ’ s definitel right means that he ’ s no wrong.
Though Tris and Four complimented each other o well in the secon two books- made an excellent team of equals- they are also very different personality types.
He is the one that was so mad at Tris in the next book for lying, and he is the one that told her at that he should trust her and not hide things from her.
Four finds out that he ’ s neve really divergent ( um, ok?), and hen he completely breaks down and immediately loses all the growth he ’ d accomplished in the last two books and does something stupid.Part of me knows that the point is that Four isn ’ t perfect; he has four fears, but those four fears are so much smalle and more terrifying than most people ’ s ten or twenty ( or my thousand).
We already watched this struggle with the need to do everythin to make he world better and also the need to protect Tris and be a ba man in the face of incredibly difficult choices.
We spent a book watching him deal with his feelings for his daughte and son, even if we never watched him deal with thes things from this point of view.
Tris is going to be plenty mad about Four being so stupid already; Four is going to feel plenty guilty about acting like a completely naive hayseed without Uriah having to eat it).
It as so paint by numbers and repetitive that it became predictable, in part because Tris is always right and in part because there ’ s no time for nuance thanks to all the random information being thrown about and all the random things that keep happening.
Tris wants those people to say the truth and be free.
In order to mak things going, the Bureau wants to destro the memories of Tris ’ s friends and the families of her friends.
Thus, it ’ s decided Caleb will sacrifice himself by breaking into a vault of memory serum and releasing it into the air before the death serum can claim him ( which everyone completely 100% believes will happen and it occurs to no one that Tris of all people will never ever let him do this) .Four heads into the city to ge the memory serum to only one of his parents because he ’ ll only have time for one but GASP WHICH WILL HE CHOOSE?!
nowing this ( and I don ’ t know how you ould eve, especially in the ontext of Four ’ s weird relationship with his mother versus the fact that basically he wants his dad to be dead) all the tension is gone from Four making this decision because we all know there is no decision.Of course, knowing this, we also now that Four is never going to take his mother the memory serum.
What is completely awfu in the end is that Evelyn- the same Evelyn who has proven herself to hav a dictator and a tyrant, who abandoned Four, who lied to Four, who attempted to ush away the only person who has ever supported Four and believed in him in his ntire life, the same person who has been motivated by nothing but hate of the factions with seemingly little thought to her fathe- is magically made reasonable by love of her daughte.
And, of course, they com out and shake hands with Johanna and Marcus gets his just desserts because everyone knows he is an evil scumbag bent on power and everything magically works out fine despite the fact that people were rioting in the thir chapter and the whol of the factionless are just lookin to forget their anger because they love Tobias ... oh wait.Meanwhile, back in the compound ... 4.
he Message? I new in my gut as soon as I began reading the second instance of Tobias ’ s point of view that Tris would die.
And I wished to be wrong because it doesn ’ t get any sense with Tris 's growth.Every.
Every single book Tris goes off to do some sacrificial act to save the people she love about.
But we all know as readers, from the moment they mention that stupid vault ’ s booby trap, that Tris is going to walk into it.
I don ’ t mind character deaths in books.
I hink about so many other deaths in books, from Rue in Hunger Games to Bridge to Terebethia, and I say that deaths of characters you love can matter and make book beautiful and better and teach you things about yourself and the world and love and all of it.But the death has to matter.
But I needed so much more from Tobias at the beginnin to make his loss of Tris worth that message.I hated, too, the way Tris ’ s death was handled.
I want book wouldn ’ t have been ble to gloss over everything if Tris had lived.
The ook did n't have a hopeful ending because nothing really changed.
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