Monday, December 2, 2013

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3) 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.

My Review:

This book is a great conclusion to the Divergent trilogy.  It has many good moments between the characters that I love, along with some new characters that are introduced in this book.  The plot and the world developed more in this book as well.


This book tells you so much about the world that you did not know before reading it.  While reading the previous books, I sometimes wondered, if this book only takes place in a dystopian Chicago, what is the rest of the United States like?  This book answered that question for me.  The world in Chicago wasn't what it had appeared to be in the first two books.  The city was actually an experiment to try to rid the United States from genetic damage.  There were some people called GDs, who were genetically damaged, and the GPs were genetically pure.  The question is, who decides that one set of DNA is damaged and the other isn't?  Why can't both types of DNA just be different?  Both of those questions are brought up by Tris in this book.

All of the characters are ones that readers have already been through a lot with.  They are characters that readers love.  But their journies are certainly not over yet at the beginning of this story.  They will go through so much more by the end of the book, and find out so much more.  At the end, Veronica Roth leaves them in a place that is not necessarily happy, but you know they will heal and move on, despite how much of a challenge that will be, especially for one particular character.  The ending is a sad one, but I think it is still a good ending.  I don't want to give it away, so I won't say anything else about it now.

Tobias goes through some tough things in this book.  He is told that he is a GD, and therefore damaged, and he believes this immediately.  He lets this change his view of himself, despite the fact that he is the same person from before.  Tris loves him and doesn't understand why he is so willing to believe that he is damaged.  The character relationship between Caleb and Tris is quite interesting in this book as well.  It seems like he wants her to forgive him, but how can she forgive him when he betrayed her so terribly?  She struggles with her feelings about what he did to her.  When she starts finding out more information about her mother's life, she knows she should share it with him, but even when she does share it, they don't talk about it.  Christina goes through a lot in this book as well, as she continues to lose the people that she cares about.  It started with the death of Will at the end of the first book, and more of her loved ones die in this book.  It is heartbreaking to watch her go through the grief of this so many times.

If you are a Divergent series fan, read this book.


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