REVIEW: Allegiant by Veronica Roth {Divergent #3}

23 November 2013

Series: Divergent #3
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: October 22nd 2013
Book: For Review*
Format: Hardback, Finished Copy
Pages: 526
Genre: Young Adult {YA}, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance, Fantasy.
Blurb: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. - from goodreads
“She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love... That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don't have enough of their own.” 
Oh, where do I start. I've been waiting for such a long time for this book. Such a long time. And now, i've read it. The series is over. There is nothing more to read. I didn't get the book when it was first published, so i had to literally blindfold myself against any spoilers that might come my way. I didn't come across any. Some of my friends did, and it ruined the book for them. But - having not had any insight into what might lay ahead - aside from the warning that the ending was 'awful, terrible, it ruined the book', What did i honestly think of it?
"Since I was young, I have always known this: life damages us, everyone. We can't escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other."
Whenever a series comes to an end it is like having followed a rope leading through unknown terrain, blindly making your way through whatever is thrown at you. And when you finally get to the end there is the moment of exultation, that you have managed it, you've done it; but there is also the bittersweet moment where you think, 'you know, after all that, i think i want to do it again.' Or there are the moments of finality - where all you want to do is curl up in a ball and reflect on what just happened on your journey, and the knowledge you have that although you enjoyed the ride, you need to do other other things now - but you will go back to it later, you definitely will - because, why not? And also, now you've done it once; all the experiences you had the first time will differ from the second time, all the emotions you felt will differ - because you know the way now, it's a part of you: there will never be that novelty again but you will gain different pieces of knowledge from it the second, and third, and fourth time. And that's ok.
“Knowledge is power. Power to do evil...or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil.” 
I enjoyed Allegiant. While it wasn't my favourite book ever, i thought it was ambitious and the dual point of view brought a new flavor to the book, with Four now stepping into the forefront of the action as well as Tris. The characters...well, Tris: she stays the same as ever; gutsy, determined, bold, fearless on the outside and terrified on the inside. Four however, changed in my eyes in this final book. Because he now came center stage every few chapters, we got an inside look at his feelings, his thoughts, the reasons for his actions; and honestly, he lost a bit of his Four-ness for me. In previous books he was the solid guider, comforter, helper; but also a tough many guy who hid his inner feelings. So when reading about his emotions and thoughts, it was strange. I'm not sure whether i liked it or not. I'm still undecided. However, i think the alternate POV worked well for one thing - and that was to emphasize the growing divide between Four and Tris as the book goes on.
"There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life."
I particularly enjoyed the middle part of the book - when we got to learn about the reasons behind the creation of the factions, the creation of the Dauntless, Candor, Amity and Abnegation; the reason why there were Divergents among them and what they were there for - because they solved a purpose. Everything is there for a reason and while no-one knew about the outside world before the end of Insurgent: Divergent were just abnormal people. But in Allegiant we come to know the why's and how's of everything that has happened; and i found it really interesting to read about.
One little thing that annoyed me slightly was the amount of serums involved in the book. Memory serums, Death Serums, Truth Serums....there were practically serums popping out of everyone's ears there were so many different ones!
“I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.” 
I'm trying to make this spoiler free so anyone can read it, and i'm guessing people know there will be deaths in this book - being a final book in a trilogy - but ohhhhhh...Whenever someone died my face would droop slightly - and if anyone had been looking it wouldn't have been pretty obvious that i was raring to punch something at that point. However, they were there for a reason, and the deaths were 'good deaths' in a way, because it worked with the story - and given the situation. If no-one had died it would have been pretty unrealistic. {If you haven't read the book. Stop reading here.}
“Change, like healing, takes time.”
And now we come to the ending. The ending that has sparked rage all over the internet, has produced totally unnecessary death threats aimed at Veronica Roth, and has made people claim that 'they hate the series and it ruined the book' in a moment of rash emotion.
I seem to be in the small minority of readers who liked the ending, thought it was necessary, thought it worked, thought it made the series/book better, and applaud the author for having the guts to do that even though she knew it would cause upset. I'm always the type of person who complains at the ending of series when, after 7 books and countless close-encounters, the main character pulls through and survives, against all the odds. Why? It annoys me no end. And having read Allegiant; i'm wondering why on earth other authors don't do the same thing as Veronica Roth. Sometimes a book needs something, whether the reader likes it or not. And in this case Tris dying was the right thing. If she hadn't died i wouldn't have liked the book's ending at all so *high five* Veronica Roth!
Allegiant is an ambitious, emotional roller-coaster of a ride. Told with two different perspectives, Tobias and Tris's we see their world go from an ordered plan of divided people, to a chaotic rebellion, learning new truths along the way to peace; some that will change their world forever. Not without its flaws, Veronica Roth presents an action-packed story that will force you to face fears you never thought would happen; make decisions, as Tris does, and will cause your heart to pound, your blood to pump around your body at twice its normal rate, and at the same time; to bond with characters that you will never forget.
*Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me this book free of charge. in exchange for an honest review.

11 comments:

  1. I loved Divergent but I haven't read the other two yet and I'm not really sure if I will, as I've been seeing quite a few negative reviews for Allegiant and people saying that the first book was definitely the best. So I've not decided if I'll be continuing with the series, do you think I should? Really enjoyed reading your review :)

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    1. Awwh DO! You may not like it a lot BUT it's still good! And I always hate when i never finish series! Allegiant is a good ''completed'' end of book series, like it makes you feel satisfied. :D

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  2. I'm so conflicted about this book. I posted my review today as well, and I talked a little about the ending (but more vaguely, so as to avoid spoilers, which I avoided like the plague because NO). I agree that Veronica Roth is incredibly brave for doing it even though she knew it wasn't going to make people happy, and I appreciated it in some sense because I knew it was the only way it could have ended - nothing else would have made sense, especially with the direction this series was starting to head in with the whole idea of what real sacrifice really is. But I'm totally allowing my emotions to get the better of me by saying that I still didn't like it because I'm the kind of person who likes happy endings, even if they're not always realistic. I don't know - I guess that's just the optimist in me. But I still really do appreciate what she did, even if it wasn't the way I wanted the series to end.
    Great review!

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    1. yes..I AVOIDED THE SPOILERS. *happy dance* but i kind of guessed what would happen anyway so...Ahaha well we are fangirls, and that's what fangirls do - let their feelings get the better of them..:P
      I'm glad you thought it was good/brave for Veronica Roth to do what she did because i've seen some people bashing the book/her and sending her death threats and stuff. NO. just NO.
      Will drop by your blog and read you review soon and thanks for stopping by! :D

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  3. i loved divergent, insurgent but, i haven't read allegiant yet. and i really don't know what to expect. there are some amazing reviews and some terrible ones! i really need to finish this series soon, i'll probably get it soon, maybe on amazon! anyway, brilliant review as always hawwa!

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    1. Yeah, readers are definitely divided over this books! Enjoy! And thank you. :)

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  4. Completely agree - I liked Allegiant but it wasn't fantastic or anything, not to me. I liked the dual perspective but yeah, Four didn't seem as Four-ish in this one and actually I had trouble dividing the voices - I had to keep checking who was supposed to be talking! And I liked the ending. I'm not sure if she had to die but I can appreciate that it was brave and selfless and all things that Tris is, so yeah.

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    1. I'm so sad about the Four-thing. His lost the personality i always thought he had in this book and i agree, i kept checking back too although it was easier i think because of who they were talking about and the situations they were in were nearly always different so i kind of guessed but i have a REALLY bad memory!

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  5. I haven't actually finished this one yet… I put it down after a few chapters to read We Need New Names (review just up) so I'll probably continue Allegiant soon. I skim read your review incase of spoilers, but great review and I hope to continue this one soon!

    Even if it does mean I get my heart ripped out by the ending… ;)

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  6. I haven't even started Divergent yet! I do own them all and really want to read the series but all these mixed reviews about Allegiant are really scaring me! Sounds like there are a lot of character deaths :(

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  7. I think I'm gonna try and read Divergent before the movie comes out. I feel like I should!

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