[Review] Allegiant by Veronica RothThursday, November 14, 2013
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Format: Hardcover, 526 pages
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 22, 2013
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One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
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.
I always find it hard to review final books in a beloved series. Maybe that's why I still haven't read Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I hate saying goodbye to characters i have spent years reading about. Most of the time I feel like they are apart of me, or at least a part of who I was at the time i was reading it. That is why I will not be reviewing Allegiant traditionally, because I feel like people have been preoccupied with what happened at the end, what it means and why it happened. So today i want to talk about that subject and why i think it will it was a good decision.
Tris dying is something I honestly did not expect when reading Allegiant because she is the main voice behind the series, and killing off a main character seriously NEVER happens. But i was also surprised because it is a subject that many YA dystopian authors will not touch. Look at The Hunger Games, although the end was not perfect, and many people died, the main character did not. Same with Lauren Oliver's Delerium series. When you think about it dying is a very normal topic in Dystopian worlds, and honestly Veronica Roth has been very vocal about needing to kill off certain characters. It is necessary and makes sense for the story. So what I am trying to understand is why readers are so upset about Tris's death,I know it came as a shock, i was unhappy in the beginning but when I sat down and thought about it, I saw that it was necessary for the story. She was always self sacrificing, we saw that throughout the first two books, especially in Insurgent when she literally volunteers to dies.
If you know Tris' character and how she feels about death and especially the death of people she cares about then you would know that she would never have been able to handle Caleb dying instead of her. She would have not been the same character she was earlier if Caleb dies. So yes, it makes sense that she would take his place and sacrifice herself. So maybe readers need to focus on the story and the histry of the characters instead of uttering threats to an author that had the guts to do something no other YA author has the guts to do, kill off her main character.
No, not everyone will agree with me, but I loved the end of Allegiant. It was not a happy ending but it was a realistic one that made sense for the world. So readers, please stop threatening the author to write an alternate ending because YOU think its best. It will not makes sense for the world SHE created, you did not write it and therefore have no say in its creation. Deal with it and move on. Your world will not end because a character in a book series no longer exists. Knowing Veronica's talent i am sure she will write more books and create more amazing and memorable characters that you will love as much as Tris.