Saturday, January 11, 2014

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Release Date: October 22, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 526
Format: Print
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
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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.

Hello, lovelies! Sorry for the delay on this one…and in general. Mainly, sorry to Emily for leaving her hanging for so long. But she knows she’s super awesome. Anyway, to the review! You’ll have to forgive me, it’s been a while since I finished this, and I’m a little fuzzy on the details but remember how I felt about this.

We last left off with Tris and Four exposing the Abnegation video of Edith Prior after the Factionless (and Evelyn) destroy the faction system. Now that the truth about the city is out, Evelyn fights to maintain control and to keep people from venturing beyond the fences. So of course, this is precisely what our young heroine and hero do with the help of some dauntless friends (see what I did there?). Together, Tris and Four (or Tobias, if you prefer) discover the purpose of their society and what it truly means to be Divergent. They uncover political schemes and intrigue (sooo much intrigue) and fight to protect each other and all that they value.

I have to give Veronica Roth props for how she concluded the Divergent series. It was pretty bold. However, I would warn readers not to get too invested in any particular characters. Following the trend from the previous two installments, the Divergent  team continues to suffer significant losses. It’s heartbreaking really. But I suppose that’s the downside of having an action packed series with a lot of explosions. (Spoilers? But not really. C’mon guys, you know what to expect.)

I really did enjoy this book, though. It smashed my emotions, but I loved how this series ended. Tris and Four continue to have massive relationship problems—but, I mean, what teenage couple doesn’t? And it probably doesn’t help that people keep on shooting at them.

That’s really all I can say about the general plot without spoiling it all for you guys (I think we all know how bad I am with spoilers), but I am definitely prepared to discuss the ending. Not in detail, of course!

As my two compadres will attest, I am not a crier. I always have an inappropriate joke prepared for every tender moment in a romantic scene/novel/movie. I’m incorrigible, really. It drives them insane. That said, I definitely had a tear for the end of the book. It moved something even in my calloused heart.  The ending kind of left me empty—in a good cathartic way—and I wanted nothing more than to curl up in bed and eat some ice cream or fried chicken…or just something that would give me a heart attack.

I was shocked. I pride myself on being able to discern how a story is going to end from way in advanced, but I have to be honest, I did not think Roth would pull a stunt like she did. It was ballsy, and I respect it. So Roth, hats off to you, madame! I couldn’t think of a better ending for this series!

Anyway, I would strongly recommend this trilogy to anyone who is reading this blog. It is definitely right up your alley!

So get out there and read, chickadees!

Until next time, loves!

About the Author

Veronica Roth is a twenty-two-year-old debut author and a recent graduate of Northwestern University's creative writing program. While a student, she often chose to work on the story that would become Divergent instead of doing her homework. Now a full-time writer, she lives near Chicago.

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