Saturday, October 26, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth | Book Review

Veronica Roth

Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance
Series: Divergent trilogy, #3
Publication Date: 22 October 2013
Number of Pages: 526
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

(There are a couple spoilers from the first 2 books in this review. You have been warned.)

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. (Goodreads)

Well Veronica Roth certainly knows how to go out with a bang. Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy, did not fail to disappoint. It was slower paced than the first two in the series, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t intense at all. At the end of Insurgent, we found out from a video of Tris’s ancestor that Chicago is an experimental city run by someone on the outside. Allegiant picks up right after that and takes everyone out of the city.

Out of anything, I really admire Veronica Roth’s character development. I know I’m fairly alone in this opinion, but in Divergent, I can’t stand Tris. I love the book and in a way I love Tris, but I was always really frustrated with her decisions. I was even more frustrated with her decisions in Insurgent, but in Allegiant, I actually found myself liking Tris. She grew a lot after events of Insurgent and started making a lot smarter decisions. Also Evelyn’s character development was probably the most impressive and coolest thing to read.

I also really enjoyed the mental obstacles and prejudices characters struggled to get over in this book, like the absence of factions. And other things that I will not mention to save you from spoilers. If you want tohear more about that, you should go watch my Book Talk about Allegiant which may or may not even be up yet.

This book also takes place from both Tris and Four’s point of view, which was probably the biggest obstacle for me to get around. Because both points of view were written in first person and Tris and Four’s voices sound fairly similar, it was sometimes hard to keep track of who was narrating at any given time. In the end I did like hearing from Four’s voice and gaining a lot of insight of things from his perspective.

All in all I gave Allegiant a shining 5 out of 5 stars. Let me know in the comments what you thought!

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