Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 526
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Source: Purchased
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. 

*THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.

I've had a few days to process this book so my thoughts aren't clouded by grief and the extreme aggressiveness I had whenever I even attempted to talk about it right after finishing. And now that the haze has worn off, I can say that Allegiant for me was ... well ... meh.

As far as trilogy/series endings come, this was definitely the most disappointing for me. It wasn't a bad book and I did enjoy it. But I didn't feel even a fraction of the love I have for this series when I closed this book.

And I know that a lot of people will automatically assume I feel this way because of the ending and yes, that has a little bit to do with it. Of course it does. Who likes it when their favorite character dies? But my reasons for not totally loving it stem from a few different things.

First - the alternating POVs. I was all for this idea when it was announced. Four seemed like such a complex, thoughtful character and I was all too eager to get inside of his head. However, once I started reading, if there was no dialogue, I found myself having to flip back to beginning of chapters to remind myself whose POV I was in. Four and Tris are supposed to be opposites but their POVs were so similar that I couldn't tell them apart unless somebody was addressing them directly. I don't know, maybe that's just me but I guess I expected a bit more from his character.

Second - It was a bit anticlimactic. This book was a huge step down - action and intensity wise - from Divergent and Insurgent. The action is one of my favorite aspects of this series. The way Veronica writes these gripping, fast-paced scenes with such strong emotions from the characters mixed in is so wonderful. I was left hanging a bit with this book.

Third - Tris' death. Yeah. I've seen so many people preach that it's not okay to be angry about her death because this is Veronica's story and that's the way she told it. And I totally agree with that. But I've invested so much time and emotion into these books and these characters and hell yes I'm going to be angry and devastated when you kill my favorite one. But I could've accepted it and even approved of it if I felt her death was necessary. (Like Girl of Nightmares, for example) I didn't think it was. After everything Caleb did, I felt like his character needed this sacrifice to redeem himself. Why did Tris HAVE to take his place? Yes, I know that she thought she had a chance of resisting the death serum but she also knew there was a larger chance that she was going to die. It was all so pointless and it makes me wonder if the entire thing was just a shock factor. I just ... I can't get behind the way she had to go. I've heard argument after argument but I can't get over it.

But despite my problems with it, I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. I did. The action may not have been on point but the emotion certainly was. I was up until six in the morning reading this book and I sobbed myself to sleep. Seriously. The proof are the hideous bags under my eyes when I got up the next morning -


And even I didn't totally love this book, I'm still a huge fan of this trilogy. It brought out so many emotions and fangirl feels from me over the past few years. I'm so sad to see it go but I look forward to whatever Veronica has for us next!

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    I agree that it was hard to keep the two POV's separate due to the similarity. I'm still a fan as well but it wasn't at all what I was expected in comparison to the other two installments.

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