Saturday, March 8, 2014

Tasha's Review: Allegiant

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 526


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.

It has taken me a long time to write this. The reason why is I just didn't know how to feel about it. I'm still not completely clear on how I feel other than disappointed. But at least I pretty much pin-pointed the two main reasons why: the plot and the world building.

I think the biggest problem was taking the story but of the city. By taking the story out of the city, it made it feel like the problems in the city weren't that important. And this wasn't helped by the plot. Most problems and issues from the first two books were either forgotten or became side stories. And it was proven that almost everything we thought was true in the first two books turned out to be a lie.

And now to the plot. I'm not sure were it was supposed to go. It felt like it was trying to tell a different story but still making it a sequel to Divergent and Insurgent. I think the author was trying  to ramp up the story but just made it feel crowded and kind of boring. I actually had a hard time getting through it.

And then there was the ending. I'm not talking about Tris. I liked what they did with Tris. It felt like something that the character would do. No, I'm talking about the way that the characters decided to deal with the rebellion in the city and the whole genetically pure v.s the genetically damaged. First off, I'm pretty sure that neither of Tobias's plans would've actually worked. I know it did but the plans were stupid and really sucked. And to have all that build up and with that really disappointed me more than anything else. And Tris plan to do exactly what the Bureau was going to do to the city to the Bureau ( sorry if that's confusing) also made no sense. How is it that when the Bureau was going to do it that, it was evil, but when Tris plans on doing it, it is completely okay? And these are just some problems I had with the plot.

The characters were fine. Tris was pretty much Tris. Though it annoyed me that she never seemed to be wrong. I actually didn't really care for Tobias. Having Tris and him alternating chapters hurt his character, at least in me opinion. And on a side note, I really couldn't tell their points of view apart most of the time. The side characters were side characters. And there really wasn't much character development for any character.

All in all, I don't hate the book but I didn't like either. I had major problems with it, but I'm still giving it 2.5 out of 5. I know it's a very polarizing book, so if you are someone who liked, I'm glad. And that is why I say that if you read the first two books you might as well finish off the trilogy.



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