Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Third and Final book of the Divergent series)

Title: Allegiant
Series: Divergent book 3 (final book)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Teen, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Source: Kindle edition
Pages: 544
Rating: 4 Stars.

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Book Blurb (via Goodreads):

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.

My Review:
I have other books to review that are actually more of a priority... but I just finished reading this book and.. I just had to say something.

Let me start off by telling you, if you are hoping for a happy ending, get that out of your mind right now. I mean the ending has its perks, but it has one major downer that can't and won't be shaken; it completely distracts you from the happish ending provided... that isn't so happy. I know, confusing. Since today is the first day its out, I really don't want to give too many spoilers though. 

On a better note, what did I love about this book? Well, first and foremost, the writing was phenomenal, as per typical Veronica Roth fashion. The plot line was engaging and interesting and always had me at the edge of my proverbial seat. All of the characters stayed true to their characters —and in one particular case a little too much *cries a little*—  while developing in new and better ways. I was really impressed with Tobias' (aka Four) character the most. At one point he is told to keep something a secret from Tris to protect her, and instead of keeping it a secret and the shit hitting the fan when she finds out, he tells her. I thought this was some serious character growth... what happens next, well, lets just say that the shit may or may not still hit the fan. 

I love and hate how the book ended. I love Tris' idea of how to resolve things, because in the Epilogue  it seems like it was a good idea in the long run, but the execution? Bullshit. There was a totally better way to write that ending without (WARNING... I am about to release the biggest spoiler of the entire book. This WILL ruin the book for you if you haven't read it. I repeat. THIS WILL RUIN YOUR OPINION OF THE BOOK IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT... proceed with caution! Or just skip to the last paragraph!) Tris totally did not have to die for the book to end. I actually thought she hadn't actually died until the Epilogue was over and her ashes had been spread... then I cried like a baby. I actually firmly believe that the book would have been better if she HADN'T died. Not cool, although I have to say, Veronica Roth has balls for killing off her main character. She's going to get ALOT of back lash for that, and none of it good. (END OF SPOILER)

Overall, I feel that the end of this series was too much like the Hunger Games. Started off strong but ended extremely political with a lot of unnecessary death. Although to give credit where credit is due, Roth did it better, and worse, all at the same time. I can't even— I have no words. I lied. I still don't know how I feel about the ending of this book... sigh... give me a few days and I'll get back to you.

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