'Allegiant,' the third book in the 'Divergent' trilogy by Veronica Roth, pleased some fans but has outraged others.
Industry watchers were already guessing that sales of “Allegiant,” the third and final installment of Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy, would be big.
And it turns out that “Allegiant” gave its publisher, HarperCollins, its biggest first-day sales numbers ever, selling 455,000 copies in all formats all over the world, according to Publishers Weekly.
The novel had impressive pre-sales numbers and anticipation was running high before the book’s release, with some stores planning midnight celebrations.
But now that the book’s been out for a few days, some of its readers are expressing intense displeasure with the way that the story wraps up. You’ll get no spoilers from us, but apparently the ending is rather controversial.
Some fans took to Twitter to express their happiness or displeasure with the book. There were those, like Laura Burris, who seemed quite satisfied with the finale.
“#Allegiant. Completed. Heartbroken. Numb. Amazed. @VeronicaRoth is a goddess,” she wrote.
But for others it was a different story. Twitter user Jirah Catungal tweeting, “I want to cry [because] of Allegiant but I feel numb,” while Izzy Lightwood tweeted that "THE PAIN OF ALLEGIANT FEELS LIKE AN OPEN WOUND SPRINKLED WITH SALT OIL AND ALCOHOL."
In fact, so many angry readers vented their feelings into cyberspace that the site Flavorwire wrote an article titled “Reader Reactions to ‘Allegiant’ Are an Online Fandom Horror Story” (spoilers are included) which examines the book’s negative Amazon reviews.