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.

Purchase the novel from:

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2013 To-Be Read (TBR) List

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

The topic for this week is:  Top Ten Books On My Fall Sping 2013 TBR List 

This can be books I plan to read in the next three months or new releases for Spring.

5 books that are already released that I’m planning on reading:

  

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Deadly Hemlock (Hemlock #1) by Kathleen Peacock

Zac & Mia by A.J. Betts

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee

The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) by Julie Kagawa

Spring (September – November) New Releases I want to read!

Fangirl Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles, #2) Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2) Allegiant (Divergent, #3) Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2) Altered (Crewel World, #2)

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (Released September 10)

Once We Were (The Hybrid Chronicles #2) by Kat Zhang (Released September 17)

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles #2) by Gena Showalter (Released September 24)

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth (Released October 22)

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chonicles #2) by Kresley Cole (Released October 1)

Altered (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin (Released October 29)

 

 

And that’s a top ten…. plus one. I can’t wait for the new releases and the other books that I plan on reading… well I hope I get around to reading those too! Hope you guys have a lot of books you’re excited for in the next few months! Please let me know what books you can’t wait to read.

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Movie Talk: Divergent

I have to admit that I’ve been excited about this movie since the first time I heard it was announced. I LOVED the book and Insurgent was fantastic too. So what are my thoughts based on the trailer?

If you’re unfamiliar with the story, you can check out my review for Divergent here.

I’m thrilled. I wasn’t hugely supportive of Shailene Woodley as Tris but based on this short glimpse – I’m confident she can play the part fantastically.

And Kate Winslet is gorgeous. There looks to be plenty of action but this little snippet of the film doesn’t give away too much of the plot.

Based on this trailer I’m even more excited for the third book and this upcoming movie.

The comments I’ve seen have people thinking that it’s just another – and not as good – version of the Hunger Games. So not true. Being dystopian in nature there are similarities but Divergent stands alone in its brilliant ideas and great plot.

Are you fans of the book? New to the world of Divergent? I’d love to know what you thought.

Book Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Post Apocalypse
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 2012
Pages: 525
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

My Review:

“No matter how long you train someone to be brave, you never know if they are or not until something real happens.” 

This book picks up immediately after the action packed ending of Divergent. I loved where it stated – right in the thick of things. And to keep those who read the first in the series a year ago when it was first released, Veronica Roth was kind enough to put a fantastic summary on her website. Tris is suffering from an incredible amount of guilt – both from her actions and over her parents. After arriving at the Amity compound with Four, Caleb, Marcus and Peter, she needs to make a decision. What to do next? The whole faction system is in tatters and with the Eurdite leader hunting down the Divergents, Tris has to do all that she can to survive at the risk of her relationships and her life.

I get so nervous reading the second in a series when I adored the first installment. They often seem to suffer from something I like to call “Sucky Second Syndrome”. But this is not the case with Insurgent. This book is just as intense and brilliant as the first. The characters have grown throughout the series so far. Tris has come a long way from the Abnegation community she was born into. She’s Dauntless by choice but during this novel you can see that she’s so much more than that. She embraces her Divergent nature to try to survive the war as best she can.

For me, one of the highlights of this novel is the relationship between Tris and Tobias. They are the perfect example of a couple who don’t need big romantic gestures to show that they love  each other. I also loved how the author showed their relationship in terms of trust – how essential it is to have on both sides. Some of the best dialogue in the novel was interchanges between these two.

“We’re all right, you know,’ he says quietly. ‘You and me. Okay?’ My chest aches, and I nod. ‘Nothing else is all right.’ His whisper tickles my cheek. ‘But we are.” 

See? Despite the world crumbling down around them they still manage to be all romantic and sweet but at the same time being entirely appropriate for the circumstances.

As far as action goes – this book has plenty. We get to see all the other factions that we missed in the first book as well as some of the side characters that only got brief mentions. I thought everything was so well thought out. There’s nothing from the first novel that’s forgotten or skipped over – people who died are remembered and those who survived aren’t without their own issues.

There are a lot of scenes concerning gunfire, running from enemies and trying to work out just who is the enemy and who is on the side of right. Some scenes did drag a little in terms of the fighting and I was tempted to gloss over a few of them. But they all added to the atmosphere of war and a world in tatters.

I loved this book. I loved the world that Veronica has created and the characters that she lets inhabit it. There are a few surprises in this one and some revelations that may be a little hard to fully grasp. I needed to give the ending a few reads and I’m still not entirely sure what’s happening – I think that’s half the enjoyment right there. I can now spend the next year speculating and coming up with my own theories – all of which will be proved to be entirely incorrect. 😛

The third book in the Divergent series is as of yet still untitled although  do love the name of Detergent that I saw Ms. Roth using on her blog. This series has been a pleasure to read so far. I can not recommend it highly enough. I bought copies of the first two novels for both my brother and my sister for their birthdays next month. The sibling seal of approval is as high as it gets for me.

Purchase the novel from: 

Amazon / Book Depository 


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 🙂

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent #1)

Format: paperback

Published: 3rd May, 2012

Genre:  Dystopia, Young Adult

Synopsis (from Goodreads)In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Review: 

I have a term for books that I am so into I stop for nothing. Not food, nor sleep, nor anything else. These books are my cereal-for-dinner books – the ones where I don’t even want to take a break for a decent meal but rather I just pour a bowl of whatever I have on hand and some milk and keep on reading. Last night was a weet-bix kind of night.

At the age of 16, everyone must undergo an aptitude test to determine which faction of society they are best fitted to and then choose where they will spend the rest of their lives. Faction before Family. 

When Beatrice Prior undergoes the test which decides which faction she is best suited to, there is an anomaly with her results. She is “divergent” – not a perfect fit into any one of the five factions but rather equally suited to three; Dauntless – the dare devils who protect everyone from the horrors outside the city limits, Erudite – the book smart people who think the answer to everything is knowledge AND Abnegation – the people Beatrice grew up with who are selfless above all else.

Beatrice has more to think about than most when deciding which faction to dedicate her life to. Does she go with the Abnegations – and live the life she’s been brought up with but never truly feeling like she belongs? Or does she take a chance and abandon her family?

There are a lot of plot twists and turns in this novel. There are so many things that I wasn’t expecting (and a few that I was) but overall I think what I enjoyed most about this book was that it was different. It’s set in a post-apocolyptic dystopian world and for many people, they will see many similarities with The Hunger Games. But I found there to be enough differences to be throughly entertained.

Beatrice (aka. Tris) is a fantastic heroine. She’s more than what she seems. Her transformation from an Abnegation child to a Dauntless inductee was fascinating to read about. I did have a few problems with her (I can’t believe some of the things she does or more disturbingly, the way she feels about some things) but I think I’m hard to please and had she been less hard and a little softer I’d have been disappointed too. Four is my favourite character. He’s fascinating. I had an inkling about who he was and what his former faction was a long time before it was revealed but still enjoyed the journey. I liked how his relationship with Tris progressed.

It’s a good think that there’s only a few weeks till the sequel comes out. I’m impatient to find out what happens next. This book was fantastic. I recommend it to anyone who likes teen fiction that’s not romance centric, likes dystopia stories and isn’t scared off by a bit of violence.

Rating:

5 out of 5

Purchase book at:

Book Depository / Amazon