I'm using Grammarly's proof-reading tool because my dad is on holiday, and sometimes when I'm tired my lightning fingers don't know the difference between words like exotic and erotic. The difference is great; try misplacing that pesky second letter when referencing a foreign restaurant in your review -- you'll have people expecting quite different fare as patrons. On to the review...
Third book. Best-selling series. Fun first two -- oh, how I wanted it to be good.
I was looking forward to it.
And just lack.
Things Allegiant sadly lacked:
- Distinctive voices for the two first-person narrators.* Tris and Four return as protagonists, and take telling their tale in turn. Problem is: I always forget who's doing the telling because they sound exactly the same. I'm rudely awakened to mistaking one voice for another when the person I think I'm inside the head of suddenly walks up; "Wait a minute, I thought I was you right now." Hate. This then leads to me scanning previous paragraphs/pages to reabsorb the information as happening to the other character. Unfun. Especially since the pages weren't that fun the first time. Which brings me to it also lacking...
- An absorbing narrative. Although things happen, I didn't feel riveted by them. In fact, I felt very aware of how much talking was going on, and then suddenly I felt thrust into some action...but I wasn't excited by the leap. I remember half-way through I found myself disappointed that there was still so much to go. Never a good sign.
- Complex characters. I felt next to no connection for these people.
- Beautiful writing. I don't find there is anything particularly pretty about Roth's words. I chomped through Divergent because her ideas served for an excellent dystopian read. Book 3? I get the dystopia, I've processed these ideas, and so now I'm relying on some really good writing to keep me there. Nope, not much to be found.
- I liked the ending. See how I can comment on it without commenting about it? Spoiler-free, always. But once you've read it, we must discuss this. About 4/5ths of the way into the book, I was relieved with the turn the book took. Delighted, even.
- Sensuality is kept warm not hot. Phew. I'm not a fan of a play-by-play on teenage frisky business. That said, if you like things to be cooool, you'll find allusions are a-plenty and Tris is rather...interested. There's a little foreplay too.
*It certainly didn't help Roth that I paused mid-Allegiant to read a book that executed the very same devices with such finesse.