Allegiant – Veronica Roth

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Synopsis

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.

Review

Right now, all I feel is an overwhelming sense of catharsis wash over me. I can’t believe the journey is over.

I have to say, Allegiant took a completely different path than I expected. For one, the dual-narrative seemed really out of place since the first two books were solely written in Tris’s perspective. I understood the reasoning by the end though, since so much went on at once! In terms of plot, I felt that discoveries of the world made everything else insignificant and incredibly small. What was the point in reading two whole books about this journey, only for that purpose to diminish into something inconsequential? I suppose that’s true though — people often live in little bubbles that encase their lives, without realizing what’s going on anywhere and EVERYWHERE else. Allegiant makes you question life and meaning and existence.

In Insurgent, I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary deaths. Veronica Roth has no qualms with killing people off, which is realistic in this kind of revolutionary battle. Thankfully, apart from the first death early on, I understood the purpose of the other two (only two!!) deaths, even if they left me bawling my eyes out. Well, the second death felt inevitable, and I was resigned to it, but the third death hit like a pile of bricks. My heart shattered in the aftermath. (view spoiler) The thing is, we hear so much about certain deaths and their significance, yet the lives of “other civilians” are carelessly addressed. As much as I pained to hear about the “important” deaths in this book, every “inconsequential” guard or “rebel” detracted from the story’s message.

The same goes for memory — just because the central characters don’t have ties to certain people doesn’t make their actions any better than their targets. It’s so hypocritical to impose an action onto somebody under the notion that they deserve it because they had plans to impose the same action to other people. But I loved the reconciliation between family members, I loved the threads of redemption, peace, and bravery.

Early on, a friend told me about the selfless act at the end of the book, and I dreaded that it would be… well, the person that it ended up being. But Veronica Roth handled relationships so, so well in this book. In Divergent, a lot of it was happy and sweet. In Insurgent, a lot of it was frustrating and aggravating. And in Allegiant, well… it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Veronica Roth managed to strike a fine balance between the two.

I’ve loved the Divergent trilogy since the very beginning. Now, it’s hard to believe it’s over. The conclusion was definitely satisfying, and perhaps the worst part is that there’s nothing left to experience and savour.

Related Reading

  • Divergent and Insurgent – Veronica Roth (obviously)
  • The Hunger Games series – Suzanne Collins
  • Enders Game – Orson Scott Card
  • Any other dystopian novel about REVOLUTION

Rating: 5/5

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