Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth
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.
What a magnificent ending to this trilogy.
I wasn’t sure after Insurgent the direction this was going to take and if I was going to enjoy it but this was perfectly paced with the kind of ending I love from a dystopian novel. I have seen a lot of criticism of the ending but for a dystopian novel and what they stand for, the pictures they are trying to paint I think it was excellent with so many hidden and obvious messages.
Veronica Roth definitely saved her best writing for this novel in the trilogy, she saved the best of Tris, who at times in the trilogy has frustrated me, mostly due to her young age and immature reactions and thoughts! I know, I know this is a book about a teenager!
My only criticism of this novel was that the voices of Tris and Tobias throughout the book weren’t easily distinguishable. When a book is told in dual voices you want to be able to tell really easily whilst reading whose voice you are reading from the way the chapter is written, the style of the writing, the way the sentences are formed in that person’s chapter, but they both sound and felt the same and I would often have to flick back several times to remind myself who I was reading. Had there been a more distinct voice for each character I wouldn’t have had to do this.
However, the story flowed easily, as the characters moved beyond the city to see what was outside and as they discovered that their world was so much bigger than they had ever imagined. The new characters we are introduced to in this book are interesting, and quickly integrate into the story.
I’ve really enjoyed reading these novels and am glad I finally sat down to give them the attention they deserved. If you enjoy Dystopian novels with some good twists, moral dilemmas, and questions around humanity then give these a go.
A huge thanks to Veronica Roth and Harper Collins Children’s for the ARC via NetGalley to provide an honest review of this novel.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Publication Date: 22 October 2013
Review Format: eBook
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