Review: Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth

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allegiantTitle: Allegiant
Series: Divergent, #3
Author:
Veronica Roth
Genre: YA Dystopian
Source: Purchased (Hardcover)

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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.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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As I’m about to write this review, I’m reminding myself that the slot meant for this review is MONTHS away, like the later part of 2014. Currently, it’s mid-November 2013 and I decided to pick up Allegiant to read because I am expecting my first child to come ANY MINUTE and I wanted to make sure I finished this series before that happened. It’s a big book — I had to get it done. Hard to balance baby and a big book at the same time (thank goodness for ereaders, amirite?).

Anyway, I was extremely — EXTREMELY — worried about reading this book. I mean, a love a good trilogy, but I felt that some authors were just taking the safe way out, or just writing nonsense, or just not ending their series how I wanted them to. In fact, I didn’t even want to read Allegiant because it seemed like the day it came out, everyone and their dog was reading it and getting all spoilery and linking to spoilery articles and talking about HUGE THINGS that happened in the book. With my track record when it comes to the ends of series, I thought, “Nah. I’m not going to read this one. I think I’ll just end with Insurgent.”

And a lot of that was based on the fact that while I thought the second book in this series was good, it didn’t totally knock my socks off. In fact, I had to push myself to get through the last quarter of it.

Luckily, this book was COMPLETELY different from that one, which was awesome. OK, I still wasn’t a huge Tris fan (I feel like she totally changed from the Divergent days) and I still felt like whenever her and Four were together, they’d get all kissy and it just started to feel totally repetitive, BUT this book completely held my attention from page one and I had to make sure I finished it while dinner slowly burned a slow death on the stove.

(OK, not really, but ALMOST.)

Actually, I was quite impressed by being able to go into this one without really remembering a lot of what happened in Insurgent, but still being able to follow and really get into the story. Yes, lots of crazy things happen, but I think they all NEEDED to happen. Every single bit of action, I was totally for. It had me on the edge of my seat. I’m TELLING you.

One of the things I really wasn’t impressed with (and I don’t think I’m the only one) was the dual narrative. Now, I’m all for a dual narrative, but I thought this one was confusing. Considering I do a lot of my reading before bed, it’s kind of a pain in the butt to get halfway through a chapter in a big ol’ hardcover (seriously, this thing is over 500 pages!) only to realize that I have no idea who’s speaking. I’m not sure if it’s just me not being able to really hear the difference between Tris and Four, or maybe they just really did sound the same throughout the book. I mean, obviously, there were times where they’d mention something and I’d clue in, but it took a good 3/4 of the way through until I didn’t have to flip back and check anymore.

That being said, I thought this was an excellent end to the series. No, I didn’t do any book throwing, but instead I finished it feeling completely satisfied, knowing that I could now put the book on my shelf without having any grumbles afterwards. I can only hope now that they do the movies justice because based on the material Veronica Roth has given the moviemakers, it could be a really good series of films! And, of course, I’m also extremely eager to see what Veronica comes up with next — I’m hoping it’s just as good, if not better.

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