Monday, January 6, 2014

REVIEW: "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth


Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Summary:
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 Sentence: I pace in our cell in Erudite headquarters, her words echoing in my mind: My name will be Edith Prior, and there is much I am happy to forget.
My Thoughts:
My emotions are just all over the place at the moment, so don't mind me. I knew that Allegiant would be a crazy, beautiful mess but it really did surprise me in some ways. Those last 50 pages really shook me up. I did not foresee any of those events going down. Veronica Roth just KNOWS how to tug on the heart strings of her audience. On another note, Allegiant did an amazing job with introducing a ton of new characters, especially with it being the conclusion of a trilogy, as well as having to go about world building all over again seeing as the setting changes for a good portion of the book. This whole series takes place in Chicago, and as I've been exposed to the city more than a fair share of my choosing, I could easily say I know it well. The way Veronica Roth is able to describe Chicago, even in it's futuristic ruined state, sort of gives me a feeling of deja vu. A reader who isn't familiar with the city could easily get to know it through the author's point of view. It's clear that imagery is one of her strong points.
There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the world of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now. (Hardcover 509)
Allegiant is an amazing conclusion to the Divergent trilogy. It was well laid out, beautifully written, and definitely held your attention through it all. That's saying a lot for me. I can barely sit down through a movie, let alone read 300 pages straight in one sitting, but this book changed me. I don't mean that figuratively, either. No. This book, and this whole series, literally changed my perspective on the world. I learned about true humanity from Veronica Roth. She is not only an amazing author, but a spokeswoman to this generation. What I learned from this series is that you truly can be selfless and brave, smart and kind, and honest. We don't have to just choose one. It may just be impossible to filter out the rest. We are human. We are Divergent.

4 comments:

  1. Great review :) I loved Divergent but I never read book 2. Now that the series is all out I will read it ASAP.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one
    Ruty@Reading...Dreaming

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    1. Thank you! I'm still getting into the hang of writing quality reviews, but I'm seeing some progress. And, yesss! It's a must read. Just a warning, though. You may want to stray away from reading too many reviews on Allegiant. There are alot of people who absolutely hated it, which I don't understand why. I just don't want people to develop biased opinions about a book they haven't read yet, you know?

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  2. I love it when I find positive reviews of Allegiant. So many people were up in arms simply because it wasn't a HEA. Life doesn't always give you a HEA, and I felt she was very true to her characters. Great review!

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    1. This is EXACTLY what I thought, as well! Although I would have LOVED for it to be a HEA, but the way she finished the book through the epilogue was the 'closure' I needed. And yes, she was very true to her characters throughout the series. I'm glad you agree (:

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