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Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

The final Divergent book, Allegiant, is going to rock your world. Some are outraged, others accepted it.

What do YOU think of Allegiant, its ending and the series as a whole?

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Title & Author: Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy) by Veronica Roth

Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy, Dystopia

Release Date: October 22, 2013

Series: Divergent #3

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

How I Got the Book: Bought

Description:

“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.”

This is the End

This review contains absolutely NO SPOILERS if you’ve read Divergent and Insurgent.

As some of you already know, Allegiant has generated some seriously STRONG reactions. They war on the five-star and one-star extremes. I don’t provide star ratings because I dislike slating books together in a category when they are so completely different and how I felt about them was so completely different.

In this case, I will make an exception and clarify that this was a 5-star book. I’ll explain it the best I can without spoilers.

For those who have already finished Allegiant and still have questions, Veronica Roth wrote this COMPLETELY SPOILERY End of Allegiant Explanation on her blog.

Ok, let’s get started. Some series enders feel like a rush-to-finish story where all of the loose ends are haphazardly tied together for a “ta-da” moment at the end. Allegiant is not like that at all.

While there are certainly a ton of story lines and relationships that need resolving in this final book, Roth takes her time getting there, weaving and threading the future with the past. Tris, Tobias and their friends risk it all to see what the truth is beyond the fence and what it means for the factions and their lives.

And that’s something Roth does extraordinarily well – explain the toughest parts of life. Love, loss, heartbreak, joy and faith.

Like this: “I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him be 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.”

Allegiant is simply filled with sparkling revelations like that one that make you want to weep with the truth of it.

Standing Allegiant

This novel stayed true to the previous books. Some feel like the end doesn’t make fit in with the story as a whole, but I couldn’t disagree more.

Tris and Tobias develop even more in Allegiant and make decisions that fit in with their growth and maturity. In this book, the story became more than just factions and romance and frienships. It was about society and devastation and rebuilding.

I loved that Allegiant had a more serious tone and stayed true to its core message: people are more than the sum total of their parts.

This was an incredible series and more than getting a cookie-cutter, predictable ending, I got ideas. Ideas about how we live and think and about how people in the world of Divergent coped and loved and progressed. And that to me was more powerful and memorable than everything happening “the way it should.”

OVERALL:

This book will make many of you sad and angry. I saw it as an authentic, harsh, beautiful way to end this amazing series. Allegiant leaves no loose ends and gifts readers with a story they will think about long after the last page is turned.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.