Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Review | Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Image and video hosting by TinyPicAllegiant by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Published On: October 22, 2013
Published By: Harper Collins
Genre: Dystopian
Pages: 526
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★★

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*WARNING! Synopsis May Contain Spoilers For Previous Books!* (review is spoiler free)

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.

As Allegiant is the third book in the Divergent trilogy, there is little I can give by way of a brief synopsis without spoiling the previous books in the serious. I do, however, have a full review of Divergent, the first book, and mini review of Insurgent, the second book, if you would like to know more.

Despite all of the negative reviews I have seen for this book, I absolutely loved it. I think this was a perfect ending to a great series and, though it may not necessarily be my ideal ending for the trilogy, I absolutely loved what Veronica Roth did with this book.

The main change in this book from the previous books in the series was the introduction of the dual perspectives. I really was not sure about this at first as I couldn’t tell much of a difference between the two and often god confused as to whose perspective I was reading from. However, I can understand why it was done and I think it was in many ways effective.

Having followed their journey throughout the series, I still love these characters. I feel like this final book did a really good job of making the reader understand the actions of some of the characters in the previous books, and certainly left me with a different opinion of many characters. I was not so thrilled about a lot of the new characters introduced though, as I ended up becoming very suspicious of all of them, although rightly so in some cases.

I have struggled with my feelings for the Tris/Four relationship throughout the series but I did enjoy their relationship in this book. I adored this relationship in Divergent but the constant relationship drama in Insurgent changed my feelings somewhat. In this book the relationship felt more real. While they were out of the initial loved up state as seen in Divergent, and dealing with some of their issues, they were much more bearable than in Insurgent. I felt the problems they had within their relationship during Allegiant, and how they were dealt with, meant their relationship was portrayed in a much more realistic way.

While I loved the initial setting within there messed up society, I really enjoyed this new setting. It was exciting to see what was going on beyond the factions and learn more about the history of this society and how it came to be. It was also interesting to get more of an insight into the history of the characters’ families.

And now to the most controversial part of this book: the ending, which I loved. I can completely understand why so many people were upset or angry about this ending but I thought it was so perfectly done. I felt the ending was very appropriate for this series but it did, along with so much of this book, broke my heart. In fact, I sobbed for about the last 100 pages.

Overall, though I feel Insurgent may have slightly ruined this great series, Allegiant was a perfect ending for me. Veronica Roth did a fantastic job of giving us a full understanding of the society and tying up a lot of loose ends before building to, what I thought to be, a fantastic, raw and fitting ending to the series.

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