ALLEGIANT (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
531 pages, hardcover
Available now (October 2013)
Review copy purchased
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.
I definitely enjoyed the first two books in this series so I was incredibly curious to see how Roth would tie everything up in the final book. And I liked it. Yeah, just a like. Not a love. Not a hate. A solid three-star story.
In this book, we get the dual perspective of both Tris and Four (yes, I know his name is Tobias but sorry. He’s Four. It suits him so much better than that cumbersome name.). With this, we get to see more of what’s going on around the compound and take a little dip into Four’s mind. Sadly, he’s not the bad-assed warrior we’ve come to know and love. Supposedly, his genes are damaged (as opposed to Tris, who’s perfect, genetically speaking. At least to those in power outside the boundaries of Chicago.) and he’s kind of lost without his faction which, turns out is a larger part of his identity than he thought. Sadly, the dual perspective just didn’t work, since the characters’ voices were too similar.
Tris and Four aren’t living their happily-ever-after-away-from-Chicago. They’re fighting, discombobulated and displaced, and unsure of this new world they’ve found. Tris thinks she’s always right and gets her self-righteousness on when Four makes a wrong decision with disastrous results. Still, there are some seriously excellent kissing scenes. It’s not as if the love’s gone between the two of them; it’s just that they’re in a bad place and getting pulled into some serious shit once again.
As for the ending, well, you may have read all the craziness that hit the interwebz when Allegiant released. Rabid fans overreacting to the ending, threatening the author with bodily harm and all that. Crazypants. However, those rabid fans might not have read the books very closely because the foreshadowing of that ending was all over that story. Tris has never been the type of girl to sit back and let someone else do the dirty work, especially not someone she loves. Sticking to character, she did what she had to do, with those particular end results. I read somewhere that Roth had the whole series planned out from the beginning and just about everything else changed in one way or another except that ending. Interesting…
All in all, a decent ending to a highly enjoyable series.
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