Michelle’s Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth


allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

Published: October 22nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books            
Format/Source: Purchased Hardcover
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Pages: 526

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

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Once I didn’t get the book as soon as it was released, I delayed reading Allegiant. I had spoiled the big ending for myself by clicking on people’s spoilers. Why? I don’t know…I think after Insurgent let me down a little bit I was less invested in the series. I wanted to know immediately what people thought of it versus discovering it for myself. While making that decision might have taken off some of the suspense reading Allegiant for the first time, I don’t think it necessarily detracted fro…moreOnce I didn’t get the book as soon as it was released, I delayed reading Allegiant. I had spoiled the big ending for myself by clicking on people’s spoilers. Why? I don’t know…I think after Insurgent let me down a little bit I was less invested in the series. I wanted to know immediately what people thought of it versus discovering it for myself. While making that decision might have taken off some of the suspense reading Allegiant for the first time, I don’t think it necessarily detracted from my enjoyment of it. I was able to go into it with a certain level of acceptance and was able to appreciate the build-up.

That said, I was not necessarily satisfied with Allegiant. The best part to me was the epilogue. It gave a suitable ending to one of the main characters and it had one of the most touching scenes in the entire series. It was heart-felt, emotionally on-point, and needed.

I was just not thrilled with all the revelations in Allegiant. It began to feel too…’Inception’ like? Where you’re told: this is the reality. And then you’re told: nevermind, they were lying, this is the new reality. Which reality is it? While the reader begins to mimic the main characters’ own confusion of who to trust, it begins to lack impact.

I completely agree with everyone else in saying that it was very confusing having the alternating personalities, where both Tobias and Tris sound similar. It was also weird finally having Tobias’ point of view where both Divergent and Insurgent were purely from Tris’ point of view. I know why it was imperative that Tobias pick up the narrative, but it was almost too obvious why, and yet confusing. Do we really know Tobias? I imagine if I read the companion short stories or novellas about Tobias it’d be easier. But that seems a bit more like a band-aid instead of a cohesive story.

I’d still recommend the Divergent series to people, just with the caveat that the story doesn’t hold up with each successive book.

And long live Four… 😛

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