Sunday, December 29, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Title: Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth 
Publication Date: October 22nd 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Goodreads Blurb:

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 meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

WOW. This book was amazing, and I don't use that term lightly. This is was easily one of the best books, best series I've ever read. 

The Ending. The noble, stupid, perfect, ridiculously sad Ending. It was so right, so heartbreaking, and so unpredictable that I was completely stupefied until I finished the last page. SPOILER. I refused to believe that Tris sacrificed herself- that Ms. Roth would actually let her die, so I kept hoping that she would miraculously pop back alive. And hoping... and hoping... and hoping. I refused to give up until I read through the last page. And then the Acknowledgments. And through all the other stuff at the back of the book that the really bored/desperate readers go through. And when I finally accepted that Tris was actually no longer in the world of Divergent, I broke down. Literally. 

My reasoning is: If Amar AND Tori's brother (George) both somehow survived, then WHY COULDN'T TRIS?

Every time I open this book and start reading, I drown in waves of sorrow (NOT being dramatic). It's been at least a month since I finished this series, and I still can't get over how Tris could just die. 

Now for the less emotional part of the review: 

This book was definitely different from the first two. This book went a little father and delved into morals and character and had an overall more philosophical tone. Each decision was being evaluated and every action had consequences. Roth was constantly trying to develop the characters and make them more real, more perfect.

 In my opinion, she tried to make everything a little too perfect. I appreciate how she wanted to make the last book in this series better/different from the other two and it definitely worked, but I felt that the majority of the book didn't drag me in as much as Diveregent or Insurgent.

One thing I definitely loved was how we got to hear the voices of both Four and Tris. I loved getting the different perspectives.