Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Title: Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 2013
Pages: 526
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
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.

My Review:

You don’t believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they’re true.

After the events of Insurgent, Tris needs some answers about the truth behind the faction-based society. Together with Four and others, Tris finds her way behind the fence to see if there is any genuine truth to the revelations about the life she’s always known. What she finds leaves many more questions and some dire decisions to be made.

I’d been anticipating Allegiant since the day I finished reading Insurgent. This trilogy has had its ups and downs with brilliant characters and a plot that I never could have predicted. Tris is a character that I admire greatly – she’s grown up so much since the first book and she is willing to take the hard road if it is for the greater good. The supporting cast is brilliant because they behave like real people each with their own agendas – as a reader we may never know just what they are up to but it’s clear that they have lives of their own and are not just in the story to interact with Tris.

This is a dual point-of-view novel with the narration switching between Tris and Four each chapter. With the first two books being solely being told by Tris this was an interesting decision to switch things up and whilst it did bring a new dynamic to the book I wasn’t the biggest fan. I liked getting to see events from Four’s perspective and find out things that Tris wasn’t privy to however I thought the voices were too similar and there were times when I was not quite sure which character I was reading about.

I enjoyed the action in this book. I am not sure what I was expecting but I know that the events of Allegiant are better than what I was anticipating. There’s a lot of action and a lot of twists and turns. There is more to people who meets the eye and Roth is not afraid to break a few hearts along the way. I’m impressed with how Roth decided to treat her characters and I think it was brave as an author to take the characters where she did.

Allegiant was a satisfying conclusion to a dramatic and exciting dystopian trilogy. If you have read and enjoyed the first two books I think you will be pleased with this instalment. I will definitely be checking out future books by Veronica Roth.

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May New Releases!

There are a number of books being released this month that I cannot wait to be released so I can read them!


– I’m so glad that I came late to the party for the first book. I only read it last week but I fell in love with the story and the characters and even waiting a week has seemed to be too long! Luckily this book is out today and I pre-ordered it the other day so hopefully I won’t have to wait too long!

– I really enjoy werewolf stories. They are my favourite sub section  of the paranormal genre and from the summary of this book it looks like it’s something new and fresh. I really like the look of it and the cover is beautiful. This should be a good one.

– I’m still a bit of a newbie to the steam punk genre but the books that I have read have fascinated me. I love the blend of old and bizarre. This book has gotten some great reviews and those, combined with the steam punk aspect, have cemented The Particulars’  place on my to-read list.

– I haven’t heard too much about this book (in fact I only added it to my to-read list this afternoon) but the cover is beautiful and angels are quickly becoming one of my most read supernatural beings. They must be very ‘in’ at the moment. I can’t seem to go anywhere without hearing about another new angel book. And there’s a reason for that. Handsome guys with pretty wings = a winner. Or at least I think that’s the attraction. This book appeals to me because of the idea that a simple kiss can change your entire life.

 

There are a few other books I’m looking forward too but they are a little more steamy and not really young adult (like the next Sookie Stackhouse book or the third Lords of the Deliverance novel). And they’re all paranormal … I’m sensing a trend here 😛

 

If anyone could suggest some young adult new releases that ARE NOT paranormal, I’d love it if you could leave me a comment.

Thanks 🙂