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Review of Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Sometimes I wonder if there is any point in actually writing a review for blockbuster books like this. Has anyone NOT read it? It has more than 11,000 reviews on Amazon already. I’m definitely showing up to the party late. But then again, who cares if I’m late? I read the book. I want to discuss it.

About the Book:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Age Range: 12 and up

Series: Divergent Series (Book 3)

Hardcover: 544 pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition (October 22, 2013)

Genre: Science Fiction

Source: Library

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

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 explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent

 

My Thoughts on Allegiant:

A fitting conclusion to the series. Of course it wasn’t the ending everyone hoped for, but it was more realistic. Plus, it fit with the characters and their personalities. It was refreshing to see an author go for the ending that fits, rather than the one that’s popular.

There were some slow parts in the book, and some parts that felt like filler, but most of it was just as well written and engaging as the first two.  When it was first released, I was surprised to see so many low reviews.  Tons of people were rating it 1 and 2 stars, so I knew something big and bad was going to happen.  I purposely didn’t read any reviews because I didn’t want to spoil anything.  I had a pretty good guess as to what the Big Bad would be, and I was right.

I love the characters in this series.  Tris is such a great protagonist.  She isn’t perfect, but she is the type of girl you can cheer for and feel good about.  Tobias obviously fits into that category as well.  I took my brother to go see the movie and he loved that Tobias was a “man’s man”.  I have to admit, I liked that too.  🙂

My only big complaint about the book was not the Big Bad that shook most people up, but rather had to do with the setting.  Honestly, I didn’t really think about anything beyond the city as I read the first two books.  I liked the city and the issues going on there.  I almost never like it when characters are taken out of their original setting and plunked into a different one.  I wanted the third book to resolve the problems within the city without involving the outside world.

My favorite part of the book had to be at the very end when Tobias goes zip lining.  I was so proud of him and I loved even him more than I had throughout the whole series.

Content: Violence and some profanity, kissing partially dressed.

4 STARS

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    Born Bookish
    May 15, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I'm late to the party too. I just read this last week! Unfortunately, I had seen a spoiler on Pinterest and knew what was coming. While it may not have been the ending everyone wanted I agree that it was really well done and felt true to the story. That last scene with Four zip lining made me cry so hard. It was the perfect!

    Amanda @ Born Bookish

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    Lis K
    May 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I had inadvertently read a review which gave away the ending so I was prepared. I figured as long as it fit in the story, it would be okay…but I didn't think it fit into the story. I was disappointed at how it was handled because (and I hope I'm getting this right because the storyline was getting confusing once they found the compound) even if the people in the compound didn't see a GP vs. GD distinction anymore b/c of the memory serum, doesn't the whole US government still have a prejudice against GD's? It felt like a waste to focus on just the compound when the powers that be still held to their prejudices. So what happened seemed like a waste. I still gave the book 4 stars on Goodreads b/c Ms. Roth has such an amazing way with words, I just hope her plotting gets better.

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      reviewkidsbooks@gmail.com
      May 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Interesting! I actually had the same thought as you did about the rest of the US. Especially since the wall came down and everything (the mindset of the city/compound) got diluted anyway. It seemed like a wasted effort. But I felt like the way things played out fit with the story and the characters' personalities. I couldn't see Tris doing anything other than what she did. Same goes for the other characters.

      It wasn't the ending that I was hoping for, but I think it mostly worked for the series. I honestly wish that they had never left the city. I think it would have been more interesting to see what would happen if they found out about the compound and the experiment while still living in the city and fixed things from there.

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