Friday, October 25, 2013

Spoiler-free Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent, #3
Katherine Tegen Books (October 2013)
Source: Purchased copy
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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.

First of all I want to say that I liked this book. I really did. I'll go into more detail about why I wasn't so sure of how I felt about it for a couple days in my SPOILER-FILLED review later. For now this is my attempt at a non-spoiler review. I apologize ahead of time if I keep jumping from one thing to another. It's just the way this book left me and I'm still recovering :)

Allegiant is the highly anticipated ending to the Divergent series. I thought the first two books were fantastic so I automatically expected an epic ending. A series as amazing as this should have one, right? Yeah. Well, the ending was definitely unexpecting and shocking. There was so much that I didn't see coming.

When I first read that the POV in Allegiant would switch between Tris and Tobias, I wasn't too sure how I'd like that. I'm so used to seeing this world through Tris' eyes and I didn't want that to change. The big problem for me was that the voices weren't all that different so it's very easy to mix them up. It was nice seeing through Tobias' eyes in certain situations but I seriously missed reading from just Tris' POV. In the end the dual perspectives was necessary and worked out ok... -_-
The big reveal of what's beyond the fence wasn't as shocking as I was expecting. Instead of getting a "WHOA!" outta me, I kinda just went, "WAIT, WHAT?!" We do get the whole story about why the factions were established and how everything started, but it wasn't as big as I thought it'd be. And there were countless lies being uncovered about who, what, why, and how everything about the world Tris knows is the way it is. I found it all very interesting and I think most of my questions from both books were answered in this final installment. I'm pretty happy about that.

In Divergent there seemed to be action scenes on every other page and I loved it! In Insurgent it was a bit less, but still enough to keep me turning those pages. In Allegiant, not so much. Yes there were some great action scenes, but not that many. This book seemed to move a bit slower than the other two and didn't have as many heart-pounding moments. It was still very engaging and, like i said, we learn a lot about everything that's beyond the city walls, but I missed seeing Tris in action!

Now, since I'm reviewing this from a Christian perspective, I do want to mention some things my fellow Christian readers might want to know. There's some cussing in this one. Not a lot, though! Sh** was said a couple times along with another one I think? I'm sorry, I wasn't really keeping track :/ But just know, there's some cussing. If there was any cussing in Divergent or Insurgent, I honestly didn't notice. And like the other two books, there are some heated kissing scenes between Tris and Tobias. One chapter also implies that the two sleep together, but it doesn't go into detail. Also, like the others, there's violence, blood, and death.

I honestly don't know what else to say without spoiling something! To say this was an emotional read is an understatement. It really is. By the end I felt a mixture of relief, sadness, and anger. Even though I don't like the way certain things happened AT ALL, I have to remember that it was Veronica's story to tell. Not ours. This is the way she pictured everything happening and I just need to accept it. I still think she's an amazing author and I'm a big fan of hers. This definitely wasn't my favorite of the three, but it was still a great book that is worth reading!

About Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University,
and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

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