Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Published: October 22nd 2013
Source: Purchased
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
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Caution: May contain spoilers
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.

My Thoughts:

Okay, you guys, here goes nothing. *deep breath* After devouring Insurgent when it was released, I couldn't wait to see how it was all going to end. I was super stoked, like SUPER stoked, because I loved how the Divergent series was. It's the one that had me the most captivated of all the series I've gotten into. When the final book came out, I had to get it. Even though so many people were giving mixed reviews (mostly negative), I crossed my fingers that I wouldn't want to throw the book out the window.

Unfortunately, crossing my fingers didn't prevent this.

*heavy sigh* Anyone who has read the book will know all the reasons why it fell short of being amazing. I won't get all spoiler-y, because I don't like to when I'm able to. The bottom line, for me, is that the story just wasn't well-developed, it was sloppy, and nothing seemed to lead to anywhere definitive. The world was a hot mess, and the relationship between Tris and Tobias was a downhill battle with very few positive plateaus. It was nice to read from both of their POVs, but I would start reading a new chapter and sometimes have to check to see whether it was Tris or Tobias. And the very end? Yep. Book. Out. Window.

I gave Allegiant two stars (on Goodreads) because it didn't suck entirely. If it didn't end the way it did, I may have given it three, but even THAT is iffy. I get why Veronica Roth ended it the way she did, I really do; it fits personality profiles and whatnot, but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. It would have just been nice to have a decent ending to a trilogy and not have it end poorly for once.

My Rating:

4 comments:

  1. That's how I felt about it too. It just didn't live up to what it could have been. I've been having that problem lately with series that I'm reading. I love the first one, but then the others just aren't as good. I hope that changes with the ones I want to finish in the future!

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    1. I hope so too because there are a few I would like to finish and be able to give them at least a four star rating. Sometimes it's easy for authors to go overboard with dystopias, having insane things happen, when you don't need to go too far. Just cross a few lines, not all of them! Lol.

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  2. I've seen the average rating for this one on Amazon and was curious about why so I read a few reviews. I totally understand where Roth was going, it was just a shame it didn't translate into a great story. Sorry you didn't enjoy it as much as you thought :(

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    1. I just looked at the ratings on other sites myself and holy cow! I didn't expect to see so many people upset. I understand too, and it is too bad that she couldn't make it work better. It happens though!

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