Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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.

 (Picture and Summary from Goodreads)
Short Non Spoiler Review: 
Fast paced, action filled (towards the end), answer fulfilling book.  You will be nervous, you will be mad, you will be devastated.  Prepare yourself. Still read it.
Long Spoilerful (I realize this isn't a word) Review:
What to the what just happened.  My heart is broken.  I am devastated.  I feel empty.  Why Veronica WHYYY?!?! *Tears and ugly sobbing*
Ok so that was what was going through my mind upon finishing Allegiant.  Having been able to think it over for a little while I get why Veronica killed Tris.  Well I get what makes sense to me, whether it's what Veronica was going for I don't know.  It's a dystopian book, things are dark.  It's not a fairytale and although we wish for happily ever after we don't always get it.  Veronica kept it real by killing off Tris, she showed us that sometimes in order to get to the good you have to go through the bad.  I'm not happy Tris died and I can think of all sorts of ways things could have gone so she wouldn't have had to, but its not my story.  Moving on.
Up until the end I was very pleased with how the book was going.  It really answered a lot of questions.  In fact the book was mostly informational compared to the action packed Divergent and Insurgent books. It was also different from the first two books because the story was being told from both Tris and Tobias' POVs.  (That should have served as a warning really)  I didn't think I would like it, mostly because I don't go for books told from a male POV, but in my opinion it was nicely done.  Others seem to think the POVs were too similar too each other, basically that Tobias seemed a little feminine, maybe that's why I was ok with it.
I was angry with Tris and Tobias pretty much the whole book, ok I was angry mostly at Tobias, for letting their relationship fall apart.  I hated Tobias for not trusting Tris and for making dumb decisions.  Of course he eventually smartens up and the make up (and more possibly).  I think that helps to make me more sad about Tris' death.  They had just gotten back to good and were looking forward to planning their lives together then BAM it gets taken away from them.
Overall I don't regret reading this series.  Divergent was my first dystopian book and really is what turned me on to the genre.  That being said, Allegiant really makes me think twice about reading another dystopian.  It really opened my eyes to the fact that authors really hold the power to break your heart and that there is no rule stating they have to make a book end happy.  Looking back I wish I would have waited a little longer to read Allegiant, just so it would have prolonged the sadness. I definitely won't be able to reread it for a little while, I need time to heal. *sniff*
I brand this end to the Divergent Series as Sad but Fitting.

I fell in love with him.  But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me.  I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other.  I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.
-Excerpt from Allegiant by Veronica Roth
*Tears in my eyes*



(Picture and Bio from author's Goodreads Profile)
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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