Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Novel: Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth | Goodreads
Release Date: October 22nd, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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.
I still can’t decide if I’m happy that I finished this series. I put off reading this book for so long for a reason – Insurgent and Divergent killed me. I was in this comatose state for a day or two, just trying to figure out my emotions. And I wasn’t quite ready to leave those characters or that world behind. Also, I had heard spoilers of the ending and didn’t know if I could read about that.
But, I gave in. I decided it was time, and I admit, this was definitely not my favorite of the series. From a fangirl standpoint, it was torturous. From a literary standpoint, it’s incredible. Veronica Roth did these characters justice. She stayed true to them and what they would do, and didn’t change them to make it easier on the reader, which is something I admire. But it also made it so hard to read sometimes. Mainly because I wanted to shake every character by their shoulders (except for Christina, because let’s face it, I adore Christina) and knock some sense into them.
Tris and Tobias were both insufferable and inspirational in this book. They’re both such headstrong characters that sometimes they are so hard to read about because they seem so one track minded. But that’s why they work together. That’s why they’re TobiasandTris. And in Allegiant, their relationship is tested to a new extreme as everything they both believe is torn apart and they question everything they’ve known, and what it means to be Divergent.
Much of this book centers around family, which I adored. Tobias’s mother is leading the city now, with the Factionless in charge, and many people begin to realize she’s no better than Jeannine ever was. Marcus is a psycho maniac as ever, and Tobias hates them both. When Tris and Tobias venture into the fringe with their friends, Tris uncovers details about her mother and father she never knew. Both Tobias and Tris have to learn to love people in spite of what they’ve done, which I think is the best character arc of the entire series. These two characters begin to understand forgiveness and sacrifice in a new way.
As for the ending, I’m in the middle about it. It tore me apart as a reader, but when I think about what Roth did, it makes complete sense. If this were all real life, what would have happened would’ve happened. And so, in that sense, props to Roth. It was just heart breaking to read.
I enjoyed Allegiant, and think it was a great way to end the series, despite some of my issues with it. I think Veronica Roth has built one heck of a series, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.