Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
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 TAKE:
I put off reading this series because of all the negative buzz I heard about this book.

In Allegiant, the factions are no more, and Evelyn and the factionless are now deciding how things will be in Chicago. However, their tyrannical ways have inspired some, the Allegiant, to attempt to overthrow them. Tris, Tobias and some of their friends decide to head outside the city to see what is there. What they find, though, may be even worse than the world they know.

This book wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be. I had a hunch about the first major plot twist, and I was right. Really, this series, for me, is a big warning about what happens if people try to play God, and how society tends to operate. If people are oppressed enough, they have a tendency to fight back. There are some really terrible things here, but there's good here too.

Tris and Tobias' relationship is as explosive as ever, but it's also more mature than it was. My favorite quote (see below) felt to me like an accurate description of marriage (and relationships) in general.

I've forgotten what most people were angry about, but I think it was the ending. The way the conflict was resolved was peaceful and hopeful, and I felt like it was an acceptable end, unless we extend the series. The ending itself, though, what happened to Tris and Tobias and everyone else, made me feel empty and hollow inside. It was a bittersweet conclusion and made me so sad that I'll be taking a hiatus from dystopia for a while.

THE GOOD:

  1. Tris and Tobias' relationship has matured.
  2. It's pretty spot-on, if not occasionally pessimistic, about society in general.
  3. It's action-packed.


THE BAD:

  1. The ending is bittersweet. 


FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
I fell in love with him. But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.

READ IT IF:

  1. You want to find out what happens to Tris, Tobias and everyone else.
  2. You like books with bittersweet endings.
  3. You are against discrimination. 

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