ダイバージェントシリーズ三部作の第三弾、"Allegiant"(邦題「ダイバージェント 忠誠者」)を読み終えました。
I finished reading Allegiant, the third book of the Diverent trilogy.

前2作のあらすじ  | Plot of the previous books

The world is divided into five factions, Abnegation, Amity, Erudite, Candor and Dauntless, based on your personality and characteristics. Peace is sustained on this faction system, thus everyone has to choose their faction when they reach sixteen years old.

A sixteen year-old girl, Tris, finds out that she is "Divergent" from the aptitude test results, prior to the Choosing Ceremony. 

She chooses Dauntless hiding that she's Divergent because she has been warned that she must not reveal her Divergence unless she wants to put herself in danger. In the Dauntless compound, she meets Tobias (a.k.a. Four) who is also Divergent and later she falls in love with him. 

And she survives through a tough, overly competitive initiation with her remarkable insight and intense curiosity despite that she is one of the smallest initiates. Because of her "Divergence", her life is threatened by the Erudite leader, Jeanine Matthews.

Tris, Tobias and their fellow initiates stand up against Jeanine. There they find out an incredible truth...

There's something even darker behind Jeanine's plot, and the story ends in a scene that implies a deep involvement of Tris's family.

第一作 | The first book: Divergent

第二作 | The second book: Insurgent

書評 | Reputation

According to a friend of mine who recommended this series, this third book was ill-received in the US, and she warned me that "the story ends in a way you may not expect". 

That being said, I thought to myself, "Different people like different things" as the saying goes, and started reading it....only to find out that she was right. I really enjoyed the previous books because they're full of suspense and it was exhilarating to see them taking down the enemies. I also enjoyed the unexpected twists that came throughout these books. But it was all about the explanation as to why they decided to create the faction system in this book. 

That's fine, of course, because that's what readers wanted to know.


感想 | Review

The story unfolded with narrations from Tris and Tobias alternately. They seemed to have changed to different people.

トリスは前作2作ではチビで非力な自分に劣等感を抱く、どこにでもいる普通の16歳という感じでしたが、今作では完全に上から目線。自分がGenetic Pure(GP)であることを鼻にかけてるようにも見える雰囲気。
Tris used to seem like an ordinary 16-year-old girl who hates herself for being short and incompetent, but she suddenly became a patronizing, know-it-all kind of girl. It seemed as if she wanted to show off that she's Genetic Pure. 

Tobias, on the other hand, became a very effeminate, indecisive boy. He used to be so cool and don't forget the fact that he was a Dauntless legend! He must have hit his head somewhere, and that must have changed him. 

 In addition, the way they narrate the story was so much alike that I sometimes had to flick back pages to be sure who was talking (I don't think it is because of my English comprehension because some reviewers on Amazon.com said the same thing). I liked Tobias because he was unperturbed and mysterious that made it hard to believe that he was 18 years old. 

Above all, I don't really understand why so many characters died for nothing. Veronica Roth, the author, is so good at depicting people in sorrow that I suspected that she killed them just because she wanted to write it. 

I wish I could stop here, but I also don't understand the way the final war was avoided. Factionless people led by Evelyn and Allegiant, the rebels that were formed when the five factions were disbanded, sealed a peaceful deal in a way that's so easy. Is everyone convinced that way? Seriously?

And the ending... Am I happy with it? Definitely not. I won't tell how the story ends because I don't want to spoil it. 

In the previous books, Roth depicted that those who didn't fit in any faction become "Factionless", and they were very poor and forced to live like homeless people. They subsist upon hardly enough supplies from other factions. 

さらに今作では遺伝子のつくりによってGenetic Pure(GP) とGenetic Damaged(GD)で分けられる世界。本人の努力とは関係のない所で人としての優劣を決められてしまうというところは、現代社会の格差や差別問題を反映してるのかと思います。それがたくさんの人に読まれる作品になった一因と想像しています。
And in this book, people are discriminated by their genes. It matters if they're Genetic Pure or Genetic Damaged. Genetic traits are something that you can never change no matter how hard you tried. So I think it reflects real societies we actually live in, and that those aspects may have been relatable to many people.  

That made it even regrettable that there's not so much that I can relate to, and I wasn't really into this story.

If I told you that the book was a total bummer, I know it'd only lead you to wanting to read it more, especially when you have already read the previous two books. So let me just warn you, like my friend did for me, that you'll be disappointed if you expect the same kind of thrill and excitement from this book. 

第三作 | The third book: Allegiant


A sneak peek in the book. It's about 1.4 inches thick, but the letters are relatively big as you can see.

glassy 形容詞 うつろな、生気のない
“George’s eyes turn glassy, and Amar pulls him into an embrace with one arm.” (Allegiant by Veronica Roth) ジョージの目から生気が抜け、アマーは片腕で彼を抱きしめた。