Ten Hours later ... When I don ’ t like a series ending, I ell myself it ’ s partially my own fault- that thi 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 again, in the beginnin of Insurgent, we find out that it ’ s all an experiment intended to hel the outside world from war and iolence and poverty.Then, we come to Allegiant.
Sure in the video is a lie ( so, in a lot of ays, everything Tris did at the beginnin of Insurgent was for nothing).
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.
Fundamentally, we ave one book to earn the mass of information we need to worry 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 outsid 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 intended 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 he same type 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 he few interesting things about he novel, 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 attitudes for saving her aughter and acting as she did.There was a rash of seemingly senseless deaths in th essay.
he same thing with Tori, who died, it eems, 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 earned a lot of way.
But here was my problem with Tris: besides what happened at the nd, was she wrong about ANYTHING in his nove?
She ants to act like she ’ s actually been wrong, but I remember her surprise at Caleb ’ s treachery.
It makes it hard for us to blame Tris when she ’ s shocke 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 not right means that he ’ s s wrong.
Though Tris and Four complimented each other quit well in the next 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 actuall really divergent ( um, ok?), and immediately 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 nderstands 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 omething to ge 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 father and ather, even if we never watched him deal with hose 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 ha 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 ipe the memories of Tris ’ s acquaintance and the families of her friends.
Rather, 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 ive the memory serum to only one of his parents because he ’ ll only have time for one but GASP WHICH WILL HE CHOOSE?!
Everythin this ( and I don ’ t realise 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 ive his other the memory serum.
What is completely nbelievable in the beginnin 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 refused to ush away the only person who has ever supported Four and believed in him in his whol 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 uncl.
And, of course, they o 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 fifth chapter and the remainder of the factionless are just oing to forget their anger because they love Tobias ... oh wait.Meanwhile, back in the compound ... 4.
Message? I new in my gut as soon as I continue reading the second instance of Tobias ’ s point of view that Tris would die.
And I liked to be wrong because it doesn ’ t bring 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 now that deaths of characters you love can matter and make thi book beautiful and better and teach you things about yourself and the world and love and ll 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 hink his book wouldn ’ t have been reluctan to gloss over everything if Tris had lived.
Tha ook did n't have a hopeful ending because nothing really changed.
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