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Once Upon A Bookshelf

Where Fiction and Reality Meet


Author: Veronica Roth
Published: 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books, an imprint of HarperCollins
Source: Purchased

The Story

AllegiantFrom the Chapters website:

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.

The Response

Okay, wow. Where does one even start with this…

It is unusual for me to pick up a consecutive book in a trilogy or series so soon after finish the preceding one. But with Allegiant, I really couldn’t hold off. Insurgent left us off on such a cliffhanger, and I had grown to really love the characters in the trilogy. I needed to know whether they were safe or not. Obviously not very safe… What kind of story would it be if everything was all awesome through the whole last book?

One of the things that I liked best about this book was the pacing. Insurgent had been slow to get into, but this one didn’t have that problem. In fact, it often felt like there was some sort of countdown to get things accomplished – a ‘we have two hours left to save our world’ type of thing, so we had better move FAST.

Unlike the other two books, this one tells the story from both Tris and Four’s point of views… I can understand why the author did this, but it was jarring to have a new style of narrative brought into the story at so late a time. Even though we knew Four from Tris’s perspective, when we first saw things from Four, it was like meeting a brand new character. All of a sudden we were seeing the story from someone who sounded completely undeveloped… It did get better as the story progressed, as Roth gave us more insight into Four’s brain, but it makes me wonder how much of this trilogy Roth had planned out from the beginning, and if she could have introduced this type of narrative much earlier.

I really like how some of our main cast of characters, the ‘good guys’ that we were rooting for weren’t just characters we loved from earlier in this series. I love that there was that dynamic going on between Tris and some characters that she hates, but that they all have to work together for the greater good.

I really like how Roth expanded the world we knew in this book. Everything we thought was true was completely blown out of the water and it was AMAZING. The explanation of why Chicago was what it was ended up being both so intriguing and so chilling… And not so unbelievable and realistic to think that maybe one day it could happen. I don’t even know how else to talk about it without revealing all kinds of spoilers.

I will say this though, because it is used in all of the books… The serums that the different factions used? They completely reminded me of the drugs used in Huxley’s Brave New World, and I really liked that…

My suspicions on how this would turn out at the end of Insurgent were unfortunately and heartbreakingly right. And normally I would be raging at how it turned out but I really don’t think there is another way that Roth could have ended the story and still have done it the justice it deserved. I cried and raged, but it was the right ending for the trilogy.

So, now that this is done, I am not sure what my next bit YA dystopian thing is going to be. Any suggestions?

The Bottom Line

I seriously loved this and highly recommend the trilogy. Looking forward to what Roth has in store for us next.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:12 am April 21, 2014.
Category: Young Adult
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  • Christella

    This sounds good! I really need to start reading more books. Stupid job. Stupid kids! :P

  • Jenn vanOosten

    Oooh, thanks for writing this! I’ve just read Divergent & Insurgent, haven’t started in on Allegiant yet – have been reluctant to because everyone says that the style is just so poorly done – but you’ve intrigued me.

  • Courtney Wilson

    The style is a little bit hard to get into in this last book because of the fact that Four narrates half of it… but once you get used to that, it’s pretty good. Plus, the last book reveals EVERYTHING and what you thought you knew actually only turns out to be a sliver of what is really happening. Definitely worth it!

  • Courtney Wilson

    It was really good. Definitely one of the better trilogies I’ve read lately! And I don’t know how you find time to do half of what you do – job, kids, Main St Creative, Yummy Mummy Club, my goodness! You must never sleep!