Fiction: I like Paranormal, Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy, Romance, Classics. Non-Fiction: I like Historical, Military, Memoirs.
First, the good: Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford are outstanding as narrators. I was already a fan of Emma Galvin, but Aaron Standord particularly impressed me. Well done.
Now, the rest: I pre-ordered Allegiant back in February. I loved the previous two books in the series, and to say that I eagerly awaited the conclusion to the trilogy is an understatement. So, now that I have finally finished listening to Allegiant, I am left feeling dissatisfied.
Veronica Roth showed such promise with Divergent and Insurgent that my expectations for Allegiant were high. She is a good writer but, at times, it seemed like new plot lines introduced in Allegiant weren't fully fleshed out, leaving me frustrated, and some of them seemed wholly unnecessary. I don't see what the Nita subplot added to the story, other than introduce an unlikable character who didn't advance the plot. The more I listened to the book, the more I wondered why Veronica Roth took such care to build her world in Divergent and Insurgent, only to completely change direction in Allegiant in such a rushed fashion. Underdeveloped is the word that kept coming to mind.
It's also really hard to write this review without revealing The Big Spoiler, so I'll just keep referring to it as The Big Spoiler. And it did spoil the book for me. Some of my favourite books end in a similar manner, so it's not the actual event that upset me. What upset me is the way it was delivered. It was rushed. It seemed out of place. It wasn't justified at that point in the story. I saw it coming a few chapters before it happened, but I kept listening, hoping I was wrong or, at the very least, that Veronica Roth would knock it out of the ballpark and redeem its occurrence. But that didn't happen and it was the tipping point for me.
Overall, I think this story would have been better handled spread out over two books. Two books would have given the author the time to develop the new ideas and plots she introduced in Allegiant, and The Big Spoiler wouldn't have seemed so out of place. She could have worked with it and made us understand why it was necessary to the story. As it is, I finished the book, deleted it from my iPod, and I doubt I'll ever listen to it again.
SPOILER!! An author who does a good job by pulling the reader into the characters really well had better not KILL the main character at the end of a trilogy!! What were you thinking?!?! There is no hope, no continuity, no love. That is no way to end a story of this nature!!
Rewrite the ending!!
They were wonderful!! I have never heard these two before but I would recommend them.
Get rid of the characters that need to be and keep the ones that do so that we have a glimmer of hope and the thought of love withstanding anything put in our way!!
Stop with Insurgent if you don't want to ruin the whole story for yourself!!
I loved the first book and thought the second one was pretty good. I looked forward to the movie that was coming out. Then I listened this one. I thought Aaron did well stepping into the voice of Four and I did all right with the perspective jumping back and forth. But then we got to the.... I guess I'll call it the Big Plot Twist. I get that Roth wanted to be different and not follow convention, but I actually had to go back and listen to the Big Plot Twist again because I just couldn't believe that it was what it was. It soured the whole story for me, and I actually tend to like this sort of plot twists in many of my other books, but NOT in a YA fantasy and NOT from a first person narrator. I feel it violates actual writing convention and storytelling and immediately throws your reader out of the story. Honestly, I can only think that the producers of the movie Divergent found out about the Big Plot Twist and said, "Oh crap, there goes the franchise..." I might give Roth another try in the future, but I would certainly be a lot less trusting of her narrators....
The first two books were great. This book did not have the character development the prior books had. This book seemed hurried and unfocused.
I simply don't know were to begin the story was slow pace, repetitive and It had nothing to do with the previous books (witch were great) I kept waiting for the story to pick up but it never did. And although I really wouldn’t have minded the slow pace and the turn the author gave to the story to explain what was outside the city in exchange for a great ending what I got was just so, and I mean, SO disappointing that I can't believe it . WHY? What was the point to end it that way? So to answer the question I would say that in order to give 3 stars to this book (don't think it could reach 4 stars) I would definitely change the last chapters.
IT. IS. NOT. FAIR. I feel betrayed, angry, sad and frustrated.
I’ve heard Emma Galvin in other audio books and I think she’s an exellent performer.
I haven't heard Aaron Stanford before but think he made a good job.
All the characters in the bureau, specially David
I definitely DO NOT recommended this book I just can’t do it.
This is a book that struggles to keep the core concept of earlier books and often seems to re-write them by inserting material that doesn't agree with earlier content and removing characters and ideas. In fact, the book goes so far as to subvert the behavior of groups that completely change for the negative how you would perceive the first two books. The final two chapters are amongst the worst endings of all time. Without spoilers, let me say great authors have worked that trick.. Card, Rowling, etc. but they do it in a way that provides some emotional satisfaction to the audience. This is one of the most unsatisfying endings of all time.
The ending is rubbish.
The first few chapters as we get narrative from Four's perspective.
Not really. The readers are quite good, too bad the material isn't.
This seems as though a better editor or an outsider reader was badly needed, but the rush to get a book on the shelves befoe the movies hit the theaters appeared was on.
I HATED the ending... It was completely disappointing... The book had the potential to be so amazing. The ideas were great but the delivery was horrible.
Well, she could have made the ending a lot better. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but it made me feel like reading this series was a complete waste of my time. I also didn't like how she just randomly added Tobias' perspective in the last book but when I got to the end I realized why she had to do it.
No I haven't but I loved both of their performances, especially Emma Galvin. She was the perfect voice actress for the trilogy.
Just don't waste your time with this series...
I was waiting with considerable anticipation for this third book in the series. I was initially hooked by the circumstances and characters presented in the first two books, but by the third book, the level of poor decision-making skills manifested by the "heros" was just too overpowering.
I won't include any spoilers, but any author needs to take a hard look at the consequences of making such a story choice to end their tale. There was no driving need to take the course that was taken. Maybe the characters we too focussed on their internal struggles to realize that there were several optional courses of action available to them that would have resulted in a much more satisfying outcome for the reader.
The book started off by undermining much of what had been previously presented that made the story so compelling. And while the characters were trying to absorb these changes, they repeatedly took drastic actions based on very little information that ultimately lead to tragic results.
The book began to feel like the author was using the plot to drive the characters to a place she wanted to them to be when it was all over, rather than the characters driving the plot.
On a side note, I noticed this series is being made into a feature film (probably 3), but so much of what happens is the internal struggles of these characters (especially in this book), that it's going to be a challenge to put it on a screen.
The readers' performances were excellent.
If the third book had even a fraction of the same tone as the first two. It was slow and boring, and really just villainised some of the previously great characters. And the ending was complete rubbish.
Where to begin? First off, and most importantly, the death at the end was bunk. Then there was the major personality shift of most of the characters. Also, the whole GD vs. GP thing was really lame, and it came out of nowhere. It was like she was writing the ending to a completely different series.
Aaron Stanford, no. Emma Galvin, yes. I like her voice, she reminds me of Holly Hunter. He was alright, but he tended to be rather soft spoken throughout the whole book, even during the action scenes, which made it hard to hear sometimes.
Honestly, I wish I had never read this book and had just been left with the cliffhanger of Insurgent.
I am a Audible lover! Its my morning coffee, mid day snack and evening dessert.
No. a complete waste of time.
I really enjoyed the first two books of this series only to be disappointed by the third. I don't mind the tragedy that occurs, not everything can end happily ever after. I do think it could have been done with a little more flare and be more meaningful. I have a hard time believing what was done was enough to stop the government from continuing the project.
It just seems from the very beginning of this book, the author has ran out of gas and is scrambling to keep the plane in the air long enough to find a freeway to crash land upon.