Sunday, December 15, 2013

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Released: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Series: Divergent, 3
Star Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Bought
Edition: Hardcover
Page Amount: 526
Age Group: Young Adult
This is the third novel in a series. Although I do not purposefully include spoilers in my reviews, I may unintentionally include a spoiler from the previous books. If you have not read Divergent and Insurgent, I suggest you do not read this review.

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.

Just like 99.999% of bookish people around the world, I had been waiting what felt like a million centuries for this novel to come out. I read both Divergent and Insurgent almost immediately after they had come out, so I could not wait to get my hands on Allegiant. I do have to say that while I was beyond excited, I was also slightly sceptical going into this book. The hype had been so high that I had my fingers crossed that it was going to live up to the hype.

Let's just say it did. I am going to warn you now, I may get a little more fangirl-y in this review than in my others.

I'm sure, if you have been around my blog for awhile, you know how I feel about Tris and Four. They are one of my favourite bookish couples so it's always a joy getting to read about them. The Divergent series, I think anyway, have some of the best supporting characters. This is something that I like about the whole dystopian genre in general, they tend to have great background characters. I like how well developed they are and you can tell that Roth took time to not only figure out who the main characters were as people, but the supporting characters also. 

Another thing that the Divergent series is know for is the world that it is set in. In this novel especially, you really get to explore the world that these characters are living in and how corrupted it is. It's scary to think that this may be the direction that society is going, yet it is so interesting to read about because it's not the world that we live in.

Let's not even talk about the ending. I wish it could have ended differently, but it was something that now, looking back on the series after reading them all, needed to happen and I don't see how the book could have ended any other way.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I could not put it down, yet I didn't want it to end because then the reality that the story of these characters that I have grown to love would be over. I guess that's something that comes with being a reader, we grow to love characters and follow them on this journey but at some point the journey has to end. Some journeys are gruelling and not enjoyable, and then there are some like Divergent. The kind that always keep you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see what was going to happen next. I would like to thank Veronica Roth for taking me on this journey, because without it, I don't think I would be the same reader that I am today.

About the Author

Veronica Roth is from a Chicago suburb. She studied creative writing at Northwestern University, and wrote DIVERGENT (Katherine Tegen Books, May 2011) and INSURGENT (May 2012). The third and final book in The Divergent Trilogy, ALLEGIANT, will come out on October 22, 2013. In the meantime she will spend endless hours browsing Wikipedia in her pajamas as she eats corn flakes. (Or some other kind of bland breakfast cereal.)

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