Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth | Review

Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 526
Publisher: Harper Collins
My rating: 4 stars
Goodreads rating: 3.82 stars
Published: October 22, 2013
Source: Hardcover/Bought


One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

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 got this book a day early from Amazon {yay Amazon Prime!}, and I started reading it that night.  Then it took me a while to really make any kind of dent in it {I've told you all I'm a slow-ish reader, especially compared to other book bloggers out there, and with having a crawling baby to have fun with all day}.  By the time I hit the halfway point, most everyone was finished with this.  And I was honestly terrified to finish it from what some people were saying {"Mockingjay" was tossed around quite a bit, and I really did not like how that book concluded The Hunger Games}.  But I did, and I'm glad I did.

This book was a really great conclusion for the trilogy.  Granted, I wanted my absolute "happily ever after" {that's usually why I read fiction}, but it definitely wasn't awful.  I absolutely ate up Divergent, and I listened to the audiobook of Insurgent... by the end of Insurgent I felt like I had to get my hands on a copy of Allegiant, and was dreading the wait until October to read it.  But time moves on, and I digress...

Allegiant didn't have the fast pace of Divergent or Insurgent, and was more political than action based, but it was still interesting.  There were a few times that Four really frustrated me {he seemed to have some of that "woe is me" disposition of many YA books' heriones}, but Tris... *sigh*... Tris never wavered.  She was strong, she never wavered.  Even in the very end, she did what she knew was right for everyone.  So many books have the hero/ine compromise or just become a weaker, simpering version of themselves.  Doubting.  Self pity.  Selfishness.  And {nod to Mockingjay}, "lethargic acceptance" {as my friend Lisa said}.  Tris is a fighter, a giver, and overall a beautiful character.

There are so many things that Roth could have done to have the happily ever after, but, ultimately, I think they would have diminished what Tris did, possibly making her character less.  And the character Roth brings back in the end?  *Sigh*  I cried ugly tears, both happy and sad at the same time {yes, that's totally possible}.  Yes, I bawled reading the last few chapters.  Tobias almost broke my heart {if you've read it, you assuredly know exactly what I'm talking about}, but Roth took the harder route, and I love her for that.

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