Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Allegiant by Veronica Roth [REVIEW]

TITLE: Allegiant (Divergent #3)
AUTHOR: Veronica Roth
PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books
PUB DATE: Oct 22 2013
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.

Source: Goodreads


“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.”

That sweet little piece from Allegiant is probably the only thing I found to my liking when I read this book. I’ve been procrastinating about writing a review for this because I thought maybe I’d change my mind about how I feel. Meh! It only made me more disappointed than I already was.

I have been tense throughout reading this. Aside from the constant angry comments and text messages I’ve been receiving from Maria @ Reading is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac (we were buddy reading), there was this gut feeling that all of this was going to end bad.

I like Tris here, she’s the brave girl I once saw in Divergent and not the annoying b*tch she has become in Insurgent. I love the moments with Tobias; his sweetness and selflessness, and all the gushy moments with Tris. Too bad I couldn’t find it in me to savour them. He suddenly turns into someone I don’t even recognize. He used to be a consistent character during the previous books and then I see him with so much negativity. This is not the Four I used to know. Is this a plot to make Tris a more endearing character that would make her sacrifice a lot more dramatic and justified? It didn’t work, just so you know.

It took me quite a while to absorb everything. At first, I felt so detached from the story. I don’t know if maybe I’m looking at Allegiant with fresh eyes or lost ones. I had issues with almost every decision the characters made. I should mention, by the way, that I really had problems with the amount of characters in this book – it’s a struggle to keep up.

In the end, to be honest, I just felt cheated. I read Divergent with such optimism, and when I finished Insurgent, even though I didn’t find it as grand as Divergent, I felt there was something rather deep going on with this trilogy. Allegiant just made me realize that reading Insurgent was a complete waste of time. It felt pointless. And Allegiant itself was shallow and overrated.

It was a truly tragic ending. It was sad and heartbreaking. I expected to be pissed but I’m not as angry as I thought I would be. But it did leave me questioning; was it a necessary kind of sacrifice to make? Tris has proven herself enough as a selfless brave heroine, her fate just turned out to be a travesty other than being an embodiment of virtue and morality. Mostly it felt strained.

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