Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

*MAJOR SPOILERS*
US Cover for Allegiant

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: The Divergent Series (Book 3)
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on October 22nd, 2013
Pages: 526
Format: Hardcover First Print
Source: Purchased Book
Avg Rating: 4.26/5
Author's Other Work: Insurgent, Divergent
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Summary Blurb:

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.

REVIEW: (Contains MANY Spoilers)

Allegiant...Allegiant...Allegiant

WOW.

Allegiant sure as hell was a trip. There were a ton of loose ends to wrap up, lots of bitter, sweet, and bittersweet moments, people to kill, battles to fight, places to explore, societies to change etc.

Allegiant picks up right after Insurgent ended and it kept right on going until the end. Now, normally with dystopian novels there seems to be a pattern, especially if it's a trilogy. Book 1 will deal with introducing the life and problems of the dystopian society, Book 2 will evolve into a growing rebellion, Book 3 will escalate to full-fledged war. This is not the way Veronica Roth had it planned, oh no.

Book 1 was the equivalent of the regular Book 1 & 2, Book 2 was the war, Book 3 was...after.
After the battle, after the victory, after people are scarred by loss, it is FAR from over as Roth has proven to us in her breathtaking conclusion to the Divergent trilogy, beloved by readers everywhere.

Allegiant follows Tris, Tobias, and a few others as they exit Chicago, leaving the battle-tense city behind, to further understand the truth of their past, their society, and themselves. They sure as hell find out the truth.

This book should have been titled Genetic. Honestly. It all revolves around genes. The word gene must have been said about a million times. Nonetheless, it was amazing.

SO...to make this easier for all of us, a quick listing of the major things that happened:

Deaths: Edward, Tori, Uriah, Tris

Yes, Tris, the main character died. Don't talk about it, I've already cried so many times. I'll explain the differences and comparisons of this Book and how I felt, don't you worry.

Inside-Chicago Resolution: The city is opened, experiments are ended, people are free to come and go and the people work together to vote and share their voice in the government.

Outside-Chicago Resolution: The Bureau (people behind the experiment of Chicago to make perfect-gene people) is shut down.

NOW how did I feel you ask? Well...I don't exactly have an answer. It was...a lot to take in. It was difficult saying goodbye to the characters, while trying to get into the feel of the story, and deal with the intense moments.

But, I think I can firmly say I am extremely satisfied with this ended. Tris's death was her last act of bravery, her truest form of herself and devotion of love. Tobias will heal as we can see, the world we have grown to love is better.

The book itself however, aside from simply the factual ending, was not the best way I would have ended it. The writing felt different, and I think it's a combination of the setting, the pace of the story, the actual plot, the best attempts at explanation, the specifics of the new world they're in, etc. A lot contributed to the actual "feel" of the story, and it was very different. As Veronica said the story is not action-based, it deals with the society.

Now, here's what I'm annoyed about: THE DAMN FANDOM.
Fans are mad at Veronica, I'm proud. She took a bold leap to tell the story she knew she needed to tell, this was the ending she envisioned and is proud of, people are mad the story isn't exactly what they wanted. Whatever, they're just annoying and irrelevant.

I know this review is extremely jumbled, it's just how my thoughts are. I've come to terms with the deaths and ending, I just haven't exactly fathomed that it happened. If that makes any sense...

The writing was lyrical, quote-worthy, and beautiful as usual. The story was wonderful, the ending was brilliant.

I LOVED THIS BOOK, and I'm so happy that I did. It was so damn different from what I expected, but then again...what did I expect? PLEASE share your thoughts, I will post more on the topic once I've gathered myself up enough to discuss it.

As for the rating:


I give the book a 4.5/5 stars. The speediness of the end of the book, pace, and feel to it made the story feel less important, and disregarded books 1 and 2 so that and a few other TINY things bumped it down half a star. Overall though, a brilliant read.


 

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