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Book Review: Allegiant

Author: Veronica Roth
Published: October 22, 2013
Reviewer: Lea
Rating: 3 stars

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. 


  This would be the most unplanned, spontaneous book review I've ever made.  Probably that's because it's been long long ago since I've read the last page of that book.  So I guess you can deduce from the text above that unfortunately, I forgot all about Allegiant, thus, this book review won't be so positive.

     Everything I feel, I can say it simply in one sentence: This book didn't make me care for it so much. There.  One sentence.  Why do you say this Lea, you ask.  Well, it's true. Allegiant, to me, is just another book.  

     After finishing this book,  I forced myself to think over it.  That is because, I had to process everything that what was written there and just to know how I really felt about it. Then, I unconsciously forgot about it.  It was that ineffective.  I thought about the book sometimes, but it was barely because it was intellectually or emotionally suggestive, (but I did have some feels, just a little) but it was also because I couldn't believe that something so dull can be written by this author.  

     Yes, the plot has substance.  But to me, emotions were useless in this book. The characters... I barely cared about them.  In fact, I was starting to hate them.  Tris to me, was becoming a huge bomb of emotion, and I came to the conclusion that the stress finally clouded her judgement.  I loved the character development in the first two books.  In this one, the path Tris was going towards, I hated so much.  To me, all she was was angry.  It didn't make her necessarily smart.  At a point, I was even pro-GP.  I'm reeeaaaallly disappointed about Tris.  I hated her in this book.  She was just so filled with anger, it didn't make her lovable anymore.  

     Tobias on the other hand, was no different.  He definitely didn't help ease away the annoyance I feel towards the book. Yes— his story regarding his relationship with his parents is very touching (no sarcasm intended— I am sincere in saying this) but his decisions towards the actual situation did not please me either.

     I guess the only way this book truly affected me was when Uriah died, and when Tori's brother was actually alive.  It's a great plot twist.  But not great enough for the build-up of drama the last book is supposed to have. Well, yes, Tris dying is a huge thing, I admit, I was intrigued by Roth's complete control over the book, that if Tris has to die, she really will.  But like I said, it didn't affect me at all.  So the build-up didn't feel like a build-up.

    I'm greatly upset about the way this book ended.  I'm not the only one really, Lyanna and I share the same thoughts toward this last instalment for the series. But one thing's for sure: I'm still a fan of the Divergent series.  The concept of Divergent is wonderful, but maybe it could've been executed/written better, and maybe she could've tweaked the plot of Allegiant a bit. The first two books were great, but Allegiant— it could've been more amazing. But one thing's for sure—Tobias and Tris' story will never be forgotten in our hearts, the hearts of the fans, and together as a fandom, we mend each other.

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