October 28, 2013

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Title: Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publish Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

One choice will define you. 
What if your whole world was a lie?What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? 
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. 
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. 
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

After lots of thinking and plenty of emotional healing, I give you my review of Allegiant. It will be full of spoilers so if you have not read the book, don't read on.

I'm not kidding. Really. Stop reading.

Okay, so for the rest of you, I'm going to paste my reaction to the book about two minutes after I finished it in this post, just to give you an idea of why I could not possibly write a review until at least three days later. Just click the button to show or hide it. (Just a warning - it's practically a run-on sentence. I'm rambling the entire time.)

So I'm back now, slightly less emotional but still quite upset, and ready to write a review. I think.

Just to clear everything up, I honestly enjoyed this book. Because of my reaction and the rating I gave it (3.5 stars, which was not bad but isn't great), you may be under the impression that I didn't enjoy it. I did. That being said, there were a few aspects of the book that bothered me, and things I would have changed if I were Veronica Roth.

The first thing I didn't like was the whole scene when we ventured beyond the fence. I think I was okay with the whole GD/GP thing, but what I didn't like was how anticlimactic the whole chapter was. It seemed like nothing compared to the other main plot points, and I think it shouldn't have been this way - Roth spent a lot of time building up this big mystery of what was outside their small (in comparison to the world) city of Chicago, and then it's like nothing even happened. I have to say, I was a little bit disappointed.

Secondly, I struggled with the whole two POV deal. While I was initially excited about this aspect of the novel, I expected more from the author than what I got. I could never tell the difference between Tris and Tobias until they mentioned something about the other, and this led to me being constantly confused.

While we're on the topic of Tris and Tobias, I want to talk about their relationship. That is to say, I didn't like the way it was portrayed - or rather, it wasn't as special as in the other books, and I think it should have been the opposite, considering Tris's death in the end. They went off and on throughout the entire book, and this irritated me. The last book had all the relationship problems. Couldn't Tris and Tobias have been happy for the few months before Tris died? In addition to this, the arguments they had seemed petty and unrealistic at some points.

On the other hand, there were many things I enjoyed about the book. The writing style was the same smooth, fast-paced writing I have come to love and expect. The romance between Tris and Four was sweet and similar to the previous books (off and on business aside). I loved when they went back to the Ferris wheel. :)

And don't kill me when I say this, but I liked the ending. I think what Veronica Roth did was smart, and though I was sobbing my eyes out, it worked. I understand why she did it, and I think in the end - despite how many people are upset over it - killing Tris was good for the story, and it added to the series as a whole. I think a lot of readers need to step away from their emotional reaction and see the logistics of the whole thing.

Overall, I was satisfied with this final book in the series, despite the problems I encountered while reading. I applaud Veronica Roth for the Divergent trilogy, and I can't wait to see what else she has in store for us.

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