BOOK REVIEW: Allegiant – by Veronica Roth

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Title: Allegiant
(Divergent #3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Fantasy
First published: October 22nd 2013
Finished reading: February 6th 2015
Pages: 526
Rating 3

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. … Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.”

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It took me a very long time to finally pick up my copy of Allegiant, mostly caused by the fact that Insurgent was a complete disappointment for me. I don’t like romance novels in general, and I wasn’t expecting Insurgent to be full of romance instead of action. I’m glad I finally did pick up the third book anyway, because it is definitely better than the second. I did start reading with low expectations and prepared for the ‘bad’ ending a lot of people mentioned, so I was pleasantly surprised Allegiant did have a lot of action and interesting information on the experiments and outside world. The ending is fitting for the trilogy, although I see why a lot of people wouldn’t like it. I guess the exact same thing happens when George R.R. Martin readers become too attached to their characters… Speaking of characters, the chapters are split between the point of view of Tris and Tobias. Luckily, some focus on their relationship is shifted to more important matters and that takes away some of the drama. Good enough to read this last book by Veronica Roth, especially if you already read the first two!

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WARNING: do not read this summary if you haven’t read the books yet! It will most likely contain spoilers, even though I’ve made sure to keep it short.

The society Tris and Tobias once lived in doesn’t exist anymore and the five factions have lost their importance. Their world is now stained with violence and power struggles; one tyrant taking over from the other. Tris wants out, and when the rebellion group called Allegiant offers her and Tobias a way out she grabs the opportunity with both hands. They go past the limits of the city she grew up in, exploring what’s out there beyond the fence. She wants to start over and find a new life without complications, but it’s not that easy… The people on the other side of the fence reveal a lot of very shocking information that will change everything. Their past, their future… Suddenly they don’t know who they are anymore and who is the bad guy in all this mess. Tris, Tobias and the others will have to find out on which side to fight and what to believe… But that doesn’t come without sacrifices.

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Like said above, I’ve kept the summary very short in order not to reveal too much of the story for those who haven’t read Allegiant or the previous books yet. It was so hard to keep it spoiler-free! Veronica Roth reveals a lot of new information about the dystopian world Tris and Tobias were living in that will change everything. Allegiant is a fitting ending to the Divergent trilogy and better than the second book. Worth reading if you haven’t finished the series yet and enjoy reading YA dystopian novels mixed with romance.

WWW Wednesdays #25 – February 4th

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

allegiantI decided to put And The Mountains Echoed on hold for a while and read other books first… It was really good so far but I’m not exactly in the mood for it, so I prefer leaving it be for now. I’m currently reading Allegiant by Veronica Roth, the last in the Divergent series. This one has been on my TBR pile for ages, mostly because I’ve heard a lot of complaints about the ending and I didn’t really enjoy the second book as much as Divergent either. But, since one of my reading goals is to finish various series I’ve started previously, I decided to finally pick up Allegiant. I’m about a third into the book right now and so far it’s ok, although I still wish there would be less romance scenes between Tris and Tobias/Four.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

underdarkskiescharlieandthechocolatefactoryI’ve done a Roald Dahl reread after seeing the Johnny Depp movie version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory last Saturday. Although I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did when I was a kid, I still think Dahl was a genius and his books are perfect reading material for children. Great to read to them with funny voices! Yesterday I was also able to finish Under Dark Skies, an ARC novel by A.J. Scudiere I ended up loving. It’s a forensic mystery/crime novel with a supernatural twist; definitely recommended!

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

thesecretgardencrownofmidnightLike last week, I’m still not sure what to read next. I have book two and three in the Throne Of Glass series lined up and waiting for me, but I should also make a dent into my TBR pile challenge list. A possible title could be The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; the outcome of my latest attempt of using the TBR jar…

Top Ten Tuesday #5 – August 12th: To Read Or Not To Read?

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The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday it’s time to post my Top Ten To Read Or Not To Read! It’s all about those books I thought I would love when I first heard about them, but now I’m not so sure I would like anymore… They are listed below in no particular order and with short descriptions copied from Goodreads:

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  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: “We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel. A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution. An accident. A secret…”
    # There has been quite a hype around this book, and after reading mixed reviews, I’m not so sure anymore if I would enjoy it.
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner: “The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.”
    # Before starting The Maze Runner, I thought I would love the series and got the three books together. Now I’m not sure if I want to continue reading the series after a disappointing first part.
  • The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu: “In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know. But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.”
    # I’ve read mixed reviews about this book, and The Truth About Alice have moved down my TBR list quite a bit…
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman: “Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.”
    # Another hyped book I’m not too sure whether it’s worth reading still.

 

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  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth: “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.”
    # I loved the first book, was disappointed by the sequel, and now I don’t know whether to read the final part of the Divergent trilogy.
  • Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins: “Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test.”
    # When I first got Sweet Evil, I thought I would love it, but now I’m having doubts.
  • Silence by Michelle Sagara: “For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death.  But tonight was different.  Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery.”
    # Same as with Sweet Evil, I’m not too sure about my choice of Silence anymore.

 

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  • Bumped by Megan McCafferty: “When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. A strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood—in a future that is eerily believable.”
    # I mainly wanted to read this because it sounded similar to Brave New World (Which I loved), but I’m not sure if it’s a book I would enjoy anymore.
  • Utopia by Thomas More: “Through the voice of the mysterious traveler Raphael Hythloday, More describes a pagan, communist city-state governed by reason. Addressing such issues as religious pluralism, women’s rights, state-sponsored education, colonialism, and justified warfare, Utopia seems remarkably contemporary nearly five centuries after it was written.”
    # I got this book as part of my classics haul, but I’m not sure if I’m in the mood to read this classic any time soon.
  • Purity Of Blood by Arturo Perez-Reverte: “The fearless Alatriste is hired to infiltrate a convent and rescue a young girl forced to serve as a powerful priest’s concubine. The girl’s father is barred from legal recourse as the priest threatens to reveal that the man’s family is “not of pure blood” and is, in fact, of Jewish descent—which will all but destroy the family name.”
    # I got this book a long time ago since I’ve enjoyed other books of this author before, but somehow I just cannot get into the story. I’ve actually picked up and abandoned Purity Of Blood twice before already… (I’m reading it in Spanish by the way.)