Review | Allegiant by @VeronicaRoth

02 November 2013



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Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 526
Summary:

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.

Allegiant is the final installment of the DIvergent trilogy, a world in which society is divided into factions and there is only one chance in your life to change. Over the last two books, we've got to know both Tris and Four, watched their stories in this world unfold and become a life divided by factions into being in the middle of a revolution. 

In this book, the whole concept of their world is turned upside down, when they learn that there is a much, much larger world surrounding them and that they effectively live in a world that is an experiment, to hone genes and make the world a more peaceful place but that has all backfired. There is the revolution on the inside, an outside world who want to keep the experiment going and a rebel group within the compound they now live. Tris, Four and their friends are stuck in the centre of this in Allegiant. 

My favourite thing about Allegiant is we get more of Four, the book is split between Four and Tris' POV's meaning we get to see a much wider and varied version of what's going on. We get to see Four's battle with his parents in his mind and the pain there. As well as Tris' warring emotions over the brother who betrayed her and her battle to decide if he can be forgiven.

And then there's Four himself *le sigh* that boy is a danger to my ovaries. Some of the things he comes out with are just so swoony:

"Well," he says. "Don't fo a second think I'm interested in anyone but you."

 He may be one of my favourite lead male characters in literature. 

So here I am, gushing over the book and the characters and I bet you're wondering why 3.5 stars? Well, there's a major sticking point with this book for me. The ending. I just never saw THAT happening, I'm a big fan of YA books, especially dystopia books and never before has something like this happened. I just couldn't wrap my head around how that could be the end for Tris, Four and their battle. It shocked and saddened me. 

The rest of my review contains spoilers so if you haven't read Allegiant don't read the rest of my review because it will ruin the end. Scroll down to read the rest.

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I have to give Veronica credit where credit's due. She was brave. She killed not just a main character but the CENTRAL character of this series, Tris, the character we had all grown to love and support. She did something a lot of authors wouldn't have done at first it just didn't sit right with me. But I stewed on it and then I read Veronica's blog post about it (you can read it here). After reading that I started to see why she did it. 

And Veronica could not have given Tris a better send off. The epilogue, told from Four's point of view, was beautiful and moving. I cried my way through it and thought they really gave Tris the send off she would have loved. While reading it I could just see Tris looking down, watching them and smiling.




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