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Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant “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.”

I finished reading this book last week, but I’m was (and still am) in two minds about it. I can certainty see why some people absolutely hated the ending of this series, but on the other hand I think it was an incredibly brave ending, and one that got people talking.

To be honest, the shock ending isn’t why I was in two minds about Allegiant, I think it was because of the such dramatic shift in location – two whole books building up this society and all of it’s quirks and intricacies and then BOOM, the action’s not there anymore.

I also didn’t really like the two separate viewpoints of Tris and Four – at first it was SO exciting to get in Four’s head, but after a while the voice’s became indistinct and I found myself skipping bits. Tris and Four’s relationship was up and down as always, but there didn’t seem to be too much development – they were stuck on the same problems.

So, those where the bits that I didn’t really enjoy about Allegiant. On to the good stuff. As always, Veronica Roth has a gift to make the action scenes unputdownable. I was gripped throughout the book – her writing as always was impeccable. Some of the lines are SO quotable and beautiful and poetic. Individually I loved both Tris’s and Four’s struggles with themselves – the character development was stunning. I loved the fact that the mystery of the first two books slowly began to unravel – I did a lot of ‘Oooh’-ing throughout.

So overall, I like Allegiant. Not my preferred ending to the series, but one that required guts. Yes there were plot issues and sometimes I felt a bit lost with who was bad and who was good but it generally, all came together in the end. This series will still remain one of my favorites, and I am still VERY excited for the movie and I will (one day) re-read all of the books and try not to cry like a little baby.

Laura

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