Veronica Roth Finally Brings an End to Her Dystopian Universe
“Allegiant,” Veronica Roth’s final addition to the “Divergent” trilogy is anything but a traditional ending to a series.
Starting with “Divergent,” Roth molds the perfect path leading up to the last book of her series. But in “Allegiant,” she takes one too many risks. Her novel is suspenseful, emotional, but also very controversial.
Following in the footsteps of other successful authors like J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins, Roth quickly demonstrates her own ruthless streak in her last book, sending the message that even the best are at risk in this dystopian world. Hardly six chapters in, she kills off a character that has been present since book one. But the most unexpected moment occurs in the end, when Roth makes a sudden plot twist, completely knocking the reader off guard.
Her suspense and cunning plot schemes is probably what made her book a record breaking seller. According to Publishers Weekly, “Allegiant” sold a total of 455,000 copies globally on its October 22 release date, achieving the largest one day sale for its publishing company HarperCollins.
While “Allegiant” was unpredictable and record-breaking, Roth attempts to pack together everything she leaves unanswered in previous books. Her book, therefore, becomes rushed and begins to lose flavor. It turns into rambling and then a sudden exciting event occurs, continuing on the vicious cycle.
Yet unlike the other books in the series, “Allegiant” has both the perspectives of main character Tris Prior and her boyfriend Tobias Eaton. While their relationship is sappy at times, it is much more realistic than most love stories and conveys a powerful message.
“In this book Tobias admits Tris isn’t pretty, which is good because that teaches girls that looks aren’t everything,” sophomore Simrin Makhijani said.
While their relationship is a solid part of the story, Roth mainly focuses on the problems occurring inside the dystopian world, rather than their love story.
The problems Tris faces in the book causes her to learn more about her life and her ability to love, forgive, and see the best in people despite their mistakes