Monday, October 21, 2013

An Ode to Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Spoiler-Free)



This review may have spoilers for both Divergent and Insurgent but not for Allegiant. It is safe for all to continue reading.

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 have to admit that I hate saying goodbye. I hate endings. Closure. Et cetera. So when it came time for the Divergent series to come to an end, you can bet I had a hard time dealing as well.

As an avid reader and fan of dystopia, I have countless times been blown away by a book or series going all the way back to The Hunger Games. But never has a series been so baffling and jaw dropping to me more than the Divergent series. Ever since I first received an advanced copy of Divergent back in early 2011, before the world knew who Tris was or what temperature of hotness Four was. But after reading the first few chapters, I knew it was going to be huge.

The story picks up right where Insurgent drops off, a major cliffhanger. After Jeanine, former leader, is killed during a raid, the factions become fractured. Tris and Tobias must decide what to do to save their society as they are immediately placed under a new kind of tyranny by embarking on a mission that could end in the ultimate sacrifice.

One of my favorite things about Allegiant was that it was told from both Tris and Tobias' point of view so we get to see not only more action, but also their emotions from both sides. I ached with each of them as they struggled to find truth through all the lies all while learning to trust each other completely. All leading up to the explosive ending . . . God, those last fifty pages were literally non-stop.

As we come to a close on this brilliant series, I can barely put into words the thoughts and feelings my body felt after turning those last few pages. Veronica is one of the most talented writers of our generation and I am so glad to have been a part of it. I am thrilled beyond words that we get to continue the journey of Divergent with the movie next year and hope to see this as the next big franchise opportunity!

All I can say is bravo, Veronica. Bravo.

3 comments:

  1. I can't wait to start on Allegiant tonight though unfortunately I've accidentally seen a major spoiler and now I'm a little torn, if I don't read it, it won't happen. Right?

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  2. Oh, I love that it's told from Tris & Tobias POV, I didn't know that :D

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  3. I have no words for a review yet, and I read this a week ago. It is one of the most memorable series in the genre, and Tris Prior is for sure one of the most memorable YA characters ever! Job well done, Roth!

    I agree with you; I always knew this one would be huge and the turns it takes are mind-blowing.

    Good job reviewing this so fast!

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