Series: Divergent, #3
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: October 23, 2013
Genres: Action, Dystopia, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
In a way, I expected this. To be disappointed. It’s happened too many times already with the hyped series; Delirium and The Hunger Games. However, Allegiant disappointed me not because of the ending, but more because of the characters and the romance. My rating still is wavering, I’m sitting on 3 stars for now but that could change anytime in the future.
“You don’t believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they’re true.”
Due to the fact that I am failing at getting my overall thoughts together and rating for that matter, I have broken it down into sections, rating each aspect. Please note that I am not adding up the ratings then finding the average.
In Allegiant, Veronica Roth does something different and writes in first person narrative for two points of views: Tobias and Tris. This immediately caused a major issue that I was really hoping would not occur. I could not tell the difference between Tobias and Tris, their voices seemed to meld together and were not at all distinguishable from time to time. I found myself getting them confused with one and another. Yup, that’s how similar they were–I couldn’t even apart genders. Male voices and female voices have to be somewhat unique, right? Veronica Roth suggests not. Furthermore, while I loved Tris whose selflessness and courage was unremitting, I turned to hate Tobias. Since when was he whiny, insecure and so damn sad. In the previous novels, I remembered him with a personality as hard as nails, and dauntless. Instead, Tobias pissed me off with his girliness… which is why I got him confused with Tris in the first place. I really want the old Tobias–Four back. 2/5 stars
In Insurgent, I felt the romance begin to grow weaker and weaker. So it was not really a big surprise to feel myself become disgusted with it. Tobias was the main issue. His hot and cold gestures were annoying to no end and how he could just make Tris forgive him after a kiss just made the romance excruciatingly fraudulent. Moreover, I wanted less romance. It would have made the romance more precious and swoon-worthy instead of them making out every few chapters, which just started to get boring and a waste of words. They’re battling for freedom, not on some holiday cruise. 1.5 stars
The Plot, Pace, Writing and World Building:
I put these all into one category because I had no specific complaints. The plot has always been a strong point in Veronica Roth’s series; it’s a wide open plot that cannot really be predicted of what will happen in the end. The pace is ideal. Action is flowing throughout and kept me on the edge of my seat. As for the writing, it’s nothing too atmospheric but the writing has never been the main focus in this series. The world building probably holds the most lovable and hated aspects. The lack of technology advancement bugged me, we are quite a few years into the future but Veronica Roth does not introduce any hi-tech apart from some flimsy serums. Nevertheless I loved that we got to know more about the Divergent world. Most books start to loose world building in the last instalment but Veronica Roth still has much much more to say. 4.5/5 stars
Basically, I am here to talk about the ending and Tobias and his mother’s relationship. I loved it and I hated it. We all learn that Divergence is when someone can be in two or more factions. Tris Prior and Tobias Eaton are two examples of Divergence. When Tris dies, she dies with her qualities of Divergence. She dies in act of selflessness, courage and bravery. She dies as a hero and she dies as Divergent. I loved Tris for that. She died, it was sad. I didn’t cry. I didn’t see it coming but in a few ways, I liked this book more because of it. But I also hated it. We fall in love with this character, we watch her grow, we watch her fall in love, we watch her mistakes and how she fixes them, and we watch how she makes bonds with others. So why, did Veronica Roth have to make Tris die? I didn’t really understand it in some ways; we root for this character and then BAM, gone. What’s the point? Readers don’t love happily ever afters but Veronica Roth took it to the extremes a bit. Yet since I can’t change what Veronica Roth has done, I can only be pleased that Tris died a warrior, a selfless, courageous, brave and smart young woman.
As for Tobias and his mother’s relationship, I actually quite liked it. It was a little cheesy but we see humanity in his mother again. We see more themes that aren’t really highlighted in YA dystopias.
In Allegiant we see courage, selflessness, truths, lies, forgiveness and humanity all clash together as one. While this book is with flaws, the way things wrapped up, in my opinion were quite ideal. These themes aren’t usually seen in YA dystopias, and I guess it’s how they are presented and accentuated in an action-filled world.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
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