Book Review: Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth


AllegiantTitle: Allegiant

Author: Veronica Roth

Summary: 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.

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. -Goodreads

Review:

**WARNING: I got no spoilers when I read Allegiant!  BUT, this review is mega spoilery!  So GO AWAY if you haven’t read the book.  Shoo!  Go on!  Byeas!!!!!**

Okay… *breathes in and out*  It’s just us now, right?  No peeps waiting to be spoilered?  Good.

OMG–WE’RE HERE!  WE’VE COME SO FAR!  IT’S ALLEGIANT TIME, DAWGS!!!

Allegiant is the very first book I’ve gotten on its release date!  I was sooo happy!

As y’all know, I always have a story.  Well, this is the story associated with my Allegiant purchase.

Because I knew I wouldn’t get to the bookstore until the end of the day on the Allegiant release date, I preordered the book about a week and a half before the release, in case it was sold out by the time I got there.

So I got to the bookstore on October 22 to pick up this beautiful, wonderful book and ask one of the employees to give me my order.

She looked and looked and looked for it but… she couldn’t find it.

Wha…?

Wha…?

WHAT?!?

The only reason I’m a chill cucumber is because right when I walked into the store, I saw a mountainous display of Allegiants!  So I got one of those instead!  I just thought picking up the order would make it easier for them.

THEN!  On the way home, I get a call from the book store and they told me that my copy of Allegiant had arrived.

Yeah.  Thanks.  I told them that I’d already picked up a copy because the other employee didn’t know where my order was placed.  But I’m still glad they called!

Anyway, here’s a picture of my copy of the book!

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Ain’t it bee-yoo-ti-ful?

I had completely forgotten that Allegiant would be in both Tris and Tobias’ POVs, so I was super excited.  At times, I would forget whose POV I was in when I would open my book to read some more, but I was glad to hear from both of them.

As I started Allegiant, I wished I owned Insurgent because I had forgotten quite a few things.  Kind of like when I read the Mark of Athena (Rick Riordan).

When I read Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins), I was so depressed.  The book itself was so depressing.

Allegiant was, like, a million times worse.  I’m going to take a picture of my notes so you can see the feels…

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My favorite line was this one, in Tobias’ POV:

I was a man, afraid of the threat he posed to my character, to my future, to my identity.

If you’re still reading, even though you haven’t read the book, I suggest you turn back, m’friends, ’cause it’s about to get spoilery in the house…

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Let’s talk a little about Tori’s death.  It was SO FREAKIN’ SUDDEN!  And blunt!  So blunt, that I had to reread the page.  I was all, “Did that seriously just happen?”  And… God… Her brother was still alive… OMG, I was so sad!  Tori died thinking her brother was dead and he… he wasn’t!  Gahhhh!

I really loved seeing the characters’ reactions to planes and how they didn’t know about all the stuff that’s perfectly normal to us, like Coca-Cola and airports and the United States, even.

In the beginning, I thought I liked Zoe, but I didn’t…

Tobias made me so incredibly sad when he found out that he wasn’t Divergent and he was all, “I’m not like Tris.”  OMG I almost broke down, right there.

AND WHAT THE HECK WAS GOING ON BETWEEN TOBIAS AND NITA?!  KEEP YA PAWS OFF HIM!!!

AND CHRISTINA AND URIAH?!?  I loved reading about the two of them together because I thought it was just so sweet!

Um… Speaking of Uriah… Let’s talk about him a bit.

So Nita got Tobias to join her in her stupid plans to try to steal the death serum, right?  Well, someone blew up a wall… and Uriah was standing right next to it… and… and… he went into a coma… and… He was on life support… and… and… TOBIAS PROMISED ZEKE HE WOULD LOOK AFTER URIAH AND HE BROKE THE PROMISE!  *kicks a table*  In the end… they… they… They pulled the plug.  Uriah’s… gone.

I loved how we got to learn a bit about Tris’ mom, Natalie Prior, nee Wright.  It’s like she grows closer to her mom when she’s learning about her past, despite the fact that she’s dead.

Veronica Roth,

You have done the one thing that I have never seen in any, any other book I have read.  I’ve searched for this and questioned why this didn’t happen more often in books.  But you did it.  You… You killed of your main character.  You killed Tris.  

I seriously have never read a book where the main character has died.  And yes, I have wondered why this never happens in books.

Tris’ death… Wow.  My reaction was crazy… I think I would’ve cried when it happened, but I didn’t.  I actually hadn’t really come to grips with Tris’ death until Cara told everyone.  I was in a reread frenzy.  I went back to read Tris’ death and then went back to where I was, to reread the part where Cara told everyone.  Christina’s reaction was… It was heartbreaking.  I’m rereading Tris’ death right now and it’s painful, man.  It’s so sad:

“Hello, Beatrice,” she says, and she smiles.

“Am I done yet?” I say, and I’m not sure if I actually say it or if I just think it and she hears it.

“Yes,” she says, her eyes bright with tears.  “My dear child, you’ve done so well.”

“What about the others?”  I choke on a sob as the image of Tobias comes into my mind, of how dark and how still his eyes were, how strong and warm his hand was, when we first stood face-to-face.  “Tobias, Caleb, my friends?”

“They’ll care for each other,” she says.  “That’s what people do.”

I smile and close my eyes.

I feel a thread tugging me again, but this time I know that it isn’t some sinister force dragging me toward death.

This time I know it’s my mother’s hand, drawing me into her arms.

And I go gladly into her embrace.  (pp. 475-476)

Just typing this is making me sad.  I truly feel like I’ve lost someone.  I’m in denial.  I keep thinking to myself, “It can’t be true.”  I was expecting her to pull a Harry Potter.  I wanted her to so badly.

All of the deaths were so excruciatingly devastating.  I just… I was just… I can’t even… *sobs*  I don’t know if I’ve noticed this in Divergent and Insurgent, but Veronica Roth has a very blunt and not-so-sugarcoated way of killing people off.  And I was always stunned!  I think it took a lot of guts to kill off these characters, because they were so important to the books.  Tori was the very first person to talk to Tris about what she was, and the dangers of it.  Uriah showed Tris kindness during the Dauntless initiation thingy when others were so competitive.  And Tris… I can’t even think of anything to say.  This book had an even bigger impact on me than I could have ever imagined.  Now I feel like I need to reread the series to remember everything, but I think I may have to wait a while.

A lot of people think Tris’ death was unnecessary.  I think that killing Tris was such a bold move.  Veronica Roth actually blogged about this.  You can find her article HERE.

THERE WAS AN EPILOGUE!!!  I don’t know if y’all know just how much I love epilogues.  A lot.

I finally broke down during the epilogue.  It was so sad and it hit me then that the series was over.  Tris is gone.  Uriah is gone.  What has my world come to?

The scattering of the ashes was so beautiful.  I think I reread that a few times.

When I walked into this book, I had no idea what to expect.  All I know is that it exceeded my expectations, 200%.  I would totally recommend this series to everyone.  I loved Allegiant so much.

Here’s my copy of the book after I finished it:

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5/5 stars!  I don’t know if I’ll be able to read Four: A Divergent Story Collection any time soon, because Allegiant was so heartbreaking, but I definitely will read them.  I can’t wait to see what else Veronica Roth has in store for us.

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