28 March 2016

Review - Allegiant

To celebrate the movie release I'm finally posting my book review.

Allegiant - Divergent #3
by Veronica Roth

What they say: 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 meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to 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. 

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I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review!

What I say: I'm going to start out reiterating that this review is for the book and not the movie. I speed read Allegiant upon release but when given the opportunity to reread and review it properly I jumped at the chance to revisit Tris and Four.

I know I'm extremely late to the party with this review, but even so, I'm going to keep it as spoiler free as possible.

I have huge respect for Veronica Roth and how she decided to conclude the series. While the story didn't take the route I was expecting, I'm finally at the place where I can understand why the events transpire in such a way. I will admit I wasn't so rational about the dramatic conclusion the first time I read it! I do now feel as though the events are in keeping with the tone of the book and Tris's story. Sometimes ugly crying is cathartic, and to be honest, I'm happy with the ending.

I remember being frustrated with Four the first time I read Allegiant. His POV was so different to the strong warrior I'd been more than I little obsessed with. What I'll take away with me after sitting down and reading the book properly without rushing to get to the end to see what transpires, is that he's not a superhero, but just a guy in a bad situation. He may be strong, but is prone to mistakes and misjudgement. This is okay, he's allowed to rely on others without being weak.

The pace really picks up as the book develops.Also because I already knew what was going to happen, I found myself sitting back and enjoying the ride more - I didn't have the constant feeling of dread. Did I still feel the emotion in the story? You betcha! I was just able to focus on the battles a bit more.

Divergent will always be the series that made me think it's okay to not have a neatly tied up HEA.

4 Stars in my Sky

My fav non-spoilers quotes:

  • "Knowledge is power. Power to do evil...or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil."
  • "Can I be forgiven for all I've done to get here? I want to be. I can. I believe it."
  • "I don't need to relive my fears anymore. All I need to do now is try to overcome them."
  • "Being honest doesn't mean you say whatever you want, wherever you want. It means that what you choose to say is true."


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