Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant

Allegiant
by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Published: 22 October 2013
Katherine Tegen Books, Hardcover, 526 pages
Source: Purchased

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WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST 2 BOOKS.

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.

Rating: ★★½

Right now I’m just completely flabbergasted. My mind is taking some time to wrap around the events or well, an event, in Allegiant, the last installment in the Divergent trilogy. I honestly won’t be doing much analysis on the book, this is going to be more of my feelings about Allegiant.

Firstly, I do not think this was the best ending for this spectacular trilogy. There was so much potential in such a highly anticipated finale but it unfortunately fell short. I feel this way not even because of the controversial ending! The truth of Tris’s society wasn’t as original as I had hoped it would be but it would explain why so many readers feel that they would be Divergent had they been in that fictional world.

The conflicts raised in Allegiant were somewhat reasonable but each one was poorly linked to the next. The whole book was pretty anti-climatic, hence making it seem as if the crazy ending was only there to make the whole book more ‘exciting’. Honestly, I expected so much more from Veronica Roth as the ending felt extremely unnecessary to me.

I did actually come across some of Veronica Roth’s interview about why she concluded the trilogy the way she did but personally, it seemed like there were so many other directions she could’ve gone with the end that would do the whole story more justice. However, I do not dislike Allegiant as much as I did Mockingjay (one of the worst endings ever) since Tris and Tobias were still the amazing characters they’ve always been.

Although told in duo POV, Allegiant seemed more of Tobias’s story as we get to understand a lot more about Tris’s mysterious counterpart. I do think it showed more of Tobias’s flaws and imperfections but brought much depth to his personality.

Allegiant was not downright bad but if you’re looking for an action packed and substantially emotional ending, you might want to skip this and just imagine your very own. Despite my repellence to the mysterious ending I keep mentioning, I’m quite positive I would be bawling my eyes out when the Allegiant movie is released.

In conclusion, I’m just going to go back to the daze I was in because I have no idea how to conclude this. There’s an insane emotional storm inside me right now and I do know many fans have experienced or will experience it after reading Allegiant too. Whether negative or positive, you definitely won’t be left with nothing to say about this finale.

Adelena

Teaser Tuesdays (#3)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My current read:

Allegiant
My teaser:

“So,” I say, “why aren’t you reading it?”

“I don’t know.” She puts it down, and the screen turns off automatically. “I think I’m afraid of it.”

~ p. 159, Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Ironically, that quote describes exactly how I feel about Allegiant. What are you reading this week? Feel free to share!

Adelena

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on Adel’s Fall 2013 TBR List

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we feature top ten books or book related stuff according to each week’s topic.

This week’s topic, the top 10 books on my fall 2013 TBR list. Fall is actually my favorite season of the year, which is why it’s such a pity I don’t get to experience it much here in tropical Singapore. However, to cheer me up, a whole lot of books I’ve been looking forward to this whole year would be released soon!

This list is made up of my top ten most anticipated fall 2013 releases.

Top 10 Books on Adel’s Fall TBR List:

Allegiant

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The final installment of the much-loved Divergent trilogy. I’m so stoked that I’m re-reading the earlier two books in preparation!

Champion

2. Champion by Marie Lu

Yet another conclusion to one of my favorite trilogies ever. Feels and tears, I’m prepared to face you!

Revelations

3. Revelations by J.A. Souders

Renegade was so flipping awesome & gory I simply cannot wait for this sequel!

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4. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

The first book made me sob so much I just fell in love with it. And I’m a sucker for classic retellings.

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5. The Shadowhunters’ Codex by Cassandra Clare

Fine, this isn’t a story book. But it’s Shadowhunters!

Sentinel

6. Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I might not have read Apollyon yet (my local library’s taking forever to get it) but that doesn’t stop me from getting excited over this final installment!

These Broken Stars

7. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

They got me at the sci-fi & Titanic in space part.

Endless Knight

8. Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

I’m not a fan of the cover, but I simply adore Kresley Cole’s books!

All Our Yesterdays

9. All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

TIME TRAVELLING! *SQUEALS*

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10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

There’s been so much hype over this book and I think any avid reader can relate to being a fangirl.

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So that’s it for me! 3/10 of the above books are final installments, guess I should prepare for a sob-tastic fall ahead! What are your top 10 books on your fall TBR list? Feel free to comment below!