Author: Veronica Roth
Book #: 3
Reading Level: YA
Goodreads Rating: 3.87
Published: Oct. 22nd, 2013
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.
After reading Mockingjay, Breaking Dawn, Requiem, Deathly Hallows, and many other endings to massively popular YA series I have come to one conclusion and one conclusion only... You cannot please everybody. This is a reality, a fact. Some people will come to understand and enjoy the ending, some people will rage. In the past I have been part of both groups (enjoyed Mockingjay, raged against Delirium) so I understand how they both feel. In this instance I join the group that understands and enjoys Allegiant for everything that it is, because given the limitations and realities of THIS world the ending was fitting, the words flowed, and my feels were utterly hurt. But like Mockingjay the ending was just right for the series, bittersweet as it was.
Would I have changed some things? You bet your ass I would have. A lot of characters wouldn't have died in my book, and everybody would have gotten a semblance of a happy ending. Then again I am a happy ending for everyone kind of girl. But the conflicts within the story were well handled and every other plot line was resolved. Allegiant introduces even more conflict that might hit too close to home when it ventures into the outside world, where people are prejudiced against based on if they are genetically damaged or not. It answers the sole purpose of the factions system, how it came to be, etc. Allegiant answered all my questions when it came to it's government and it's social system so it left me satisfied in that respect.
Not, my hurt feels. You will probably need a strong drink to handle Allegiant. A lot of people die, and if you are as involved with the characters as I am then you might feel like I did. Completely devastated.
I liked the two POVs, though to be honest at times it was hard to tell who the hell was talking until a certain point in the book, then it became easier. At first Tris and Four sound too much alike, but soon enough you start to tell when each is in control (and not just because of the chapter telling you who exactly is speaking). In this book you get to see another side of Four, a more broken side. He gets to deal with all of his issues, and makes some pretty crappy mistakes along his way. Tris is as strong as ever, though a little hard headed. Her and Four have real honest to god problems that aren't petty or an excuse to drive them apart, they are just things that they need to deal with regarding each other, real things. I liked that Veronica Roth didn't just put stupid obstacles in their path to give us a little drama. I love them together, they complete each other.
"I was so afraid that we would keep colliding over and over again if we stayed together, and that eventually the impact would break me. But now I know I am like the blade and he is like the whetstone—I am too strong to break so easily, and I become better, sharper, every time I touch him."We also get to see a lot of old faces in this title, like Cristina, Zeke, Cara, Peter, Uriah... They all get their own page time and endings, some more fitting than others. I came to like Cara in this book, with her quiet yet determined way to be. I already liked Cristina, Uriah, and Zeke but it was still good to see where they all end up. Even Peter.
I loved Allegiant, finally an ending that doesn't leave me feeling like I was bamboozled! The ending, though devastating, is a realistic ending and for that I have to give the author props. She made some very hard choices. Not everybody will approve or love it, but this fan over here does if that counts for anything. I still feel like I should be reimbursed for my wet shirt however since it is damped with tears.
Now to add a little cheerfulness, does anybody else think of this when Tobias' name comes up?
Ugh, there's a reason he shall always be Four to me >.<
*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Quotes subject to change.