Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Book Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (and my quick thoughts on book spoilers)

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Description from Good Reads
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.

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.

My Review
Before I begin my review, I want to say this review will be spoiler free for this book, however, there will be spoilers for the first two books. I don't believe you can review the last book in a series without having some spoilers. Or a second book without some spoilers for the first. But as this book was spoiled for me the day it came out, I want to be sensitive to those that have not read it yet. 
I will be as vague as possible, while trying to review this book, so as not to spoil it for anyone that is still very interested in reading it.

I just finished this about 10 minutes ago- the amount of time it took me to gain my composure, turn on my computer, and open up this page.
I'm telling you this so you understand my urgency in getting my feelings out as soon as possible.

This book pretty much begins where Insurgent leaves off- with Tris as Evelyn's prisoner.  Tobias is "working" for Evelyn, but only as a way to keep Tris and the rest of the gang safe. The factions are now faction-less under Evelyn's rule, which is confusing for some that mentally fully invested. 

Eventually, Tris and the other's are released, and come up with a plan. They are going to escape to the fringe. While escaping, there is a death of a loved character, and it passes so quickly, you barely realize it happened. I, for one, had to go back and read the page several times to mourn the loss.

They escape to a compound where they meet David, the leader, who tells them all about where they were before, and how it came to be. Tris also gets to read a journal of her mothers, which affected me way more than I think the author intended.
In the compound, there are about three or four different twists to the plot- you're going one way, and then yanked in another, and right when you get comfortable with that direction, you're again taken away to a whole new place. In a way it was distracting, and I feel like instead of having all those different twists, she could have just stuck to the end conclusion- that this is what this place is, and that this is what they believe, and this is how it affects the factions.

I also thought a part in the book was a little weird- she tells this guy David to call her Tris, but within just a few paragraphs, she's screaming at him to not use her name. I laughed, which I don't think I was supposed to. It was almost out of character for Tris.

Tris and Tobias (Four) continue their relationship. There is more death, but more love on their end. Their moments together are so precious, especially with all the chaos that is happening around them in the compound, and the fact that they really don't have much interaction with each other in this story. I love that there was never another person involved in their relationship- that it was just the two of them. I feel like so many YA authors rely on that love triangle, and it was just so nice to not have to deal with that.
I think part of this is due to how they are in the story- they are being pulled in separate directions, and they both have their own missions to accomplish.

I will admit, from this point the review is difficult to write because anything I say is going to spoil the entire ending. From about the half way point on, anything I say can lead you to the conclusion. All I can say from here on is...

Get your tissues ready, ladies and gentlemen. You just might need them.
(And, no, I don't think that's a spoiler. That's just fair warning.)

I gave this book four solid stars on Good Reads. You may not like the ending, but I did. It makes sense for the story, if you really think about it. Even if it does hurt.
And although there were many twists when really one would suffice, and everything was overly explained, I felt that, overall, this was a good ending to a pretty great series. So, four stars.

Allegiant is available now in Hardcover and for Kindle.

FTC: I borrowed this book from my local library. 
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