28 October, 2013

book review

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

My Copy: ePub eBook
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased
Genre: Dystopian | Romance | Young Adult

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.

My Review

I knew it!  I TOTALLY CALLED THE ENDING!!!

Allegiant is told in alternating perspectives, unlike Divergent and Insurgent, which were told in only Tris’s point of view.  This one alternates between Tris and Four.  I liked and didn’t like this.  I didn’t think that Four’s voice was distinct enough and I sometimes had to really think about whose perspective I was reading from.

Okay, so, I was not crazy about this book as a whole.  At least, not nearly as crazy as I was for Divergent and Insurgent!  I took issue with a lot of things and, honestly, I just wasn’t captivated by it.  I didn’t feel a very strong connection to the characters, which was strange considering how much I loved them in the previous books.  And I even re-read the first two books right before Allegiant so that I wouldn’t lose that connection (or in order to refresh my connection).  But, I just wasn’t feelin’ it in this one.

I found Tris and Four’s relationship as being very dysfunctional in this book.  I mean, I suppose it started in Insurgent.  But, it was even worse in Allegiant.  They seemed to think they could solve everything by just making out rather than actually talking about it.  Every time they started to have a meaningful conversation and I thought things were actually going to be resolved, they would just start kissing instead!  No wonder they have so many issues.  These are not the keys to a successful relationship!  They also didn’t seem to have much respect for each other.  If they did, they sure didn’t act like it.

About half-way through the book, I just wanted to get to the end so that it was over with and I could move on.  I really wasn’t into it, which is very unfortunate.  I was so excited for this book, as was everyone.  I also kind of felt like the story was a bit of a mess.  It was a little all over the place and just felt messy.

The last 15% was definitely my favourite part of the whole novel.  It was actually able to keep my attention and had me wanting to keep turning those pages.  Unlike the first 75%, other than to just get the book over and done with.  And I actually really liked the ending, even though I know a lot of people didn’t.  I really hope they don’t change the ending in the movie adaptation.  But I have a feeling they might.  Also, I don’t know why so many people are soooo shocked by the ending.  C’mon people, it was inevitable.

SIK’s Short ‘n’ Sweet Version (Point-form Style)

I Liked:
– The ending, even though it was unexpected and unorthodox.  I like real, even if it’s not perfect — because real is never perfect.

I Didn’t Care For:
– I couldn’t regain that connection with Tris and Four.  I don’t know why and I didn’t enjoy it.
– I was bored throughout the majority of the novel.
– Four’s voice wasn’t unique or distinct enough and I found myself constantly checking who was narrating.

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6 Responses to “Review: Allegiant”

  1. Sorry you didn’t like this one. I still really enjoyed it, although I did agree with you about Tris and Four’s relationship – I was happy that they finally seemed to get it together about three-quarters of the way through the book, but I was pretty unhappy with their relationship up till that point. I wasn’t bored with this book, though – I actually really enjoyed learning about the outside world and about the genetic experiment stuff, but it seems like I’ve read several people saying they were bored, so I guess I was in the minority on this!

    My review of Allegiant went up on my blog today too! You can find it here!

    • Oh wow! I was really looking forward to this one! If I hadn’t already bought it, perhaps I might not have done so. No, that’s untrue – I probably would have bought it anyway since I have the other two (want the whole set). Still, a bit disappointing that it wasn’t as good (in your opinion anyway) as I (we) hoped it would be…

    • Haha, Nicole, that’s funny! We must have been commenting on each other’s at the same time! 🙂

      Wendy – yeah, I know what you mean. I was super looking forward to it! I look forward to seeing what you think!