Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 22nd October 2013
Pages: 526
Genres: Young Adult/Dystopian/Fantasy/Romance
Format: Hardback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.


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. 

Allegiant. The finale to a roller coaster ride of a trilogy. The book which seems to have more negative reviews than any of the others. The one where all strings are tied.  In this last instalment the truth and life beyond the fence is finally revealed.

Firstly, the world-building in Allegiant is phenomenal. As we were taken beyond the fence, a whole new world was opened up to us, and I really enjoyed learning about that environment and watching the characters adapt to a place they had never really heard of or seen before. I could sense that Roth had a lot of fun writing and exploring the compound and that really shined through the writing which I think contributed greatly to me loving the book as much as I did.

When I was around one hundred pages away from the end, part of me remained hopeful that the ending in my copy of the book would be different to everyone else's; that the spoilers I had seen from so many people had just been part of an elaborate, long-winded hoax. Of course, my ending was unfortunately the same as everyone else's.

Before I read Insurgent or Allegiant, I had been discussing the ending of Allegiant as I had already seen the major spoiler. Judging before reading (yep. I confess.) I thought Roth had taken the easy way out. I'm conflicted - I do think there was potential for the ending to have been better, but now my thoughts have changed. It was a bittersweet end and, in some ways, beautiful. I think it suited the book's events perfectly so, sorry past-Amber, but you were wrong.

While I liked but didn't necessarily agree with the ending, I respect Roth for taking the risk. I don't think I've ever read a book where the author has killed their main protagonist, and I feel that the next book I read will be dull in comparison to this complex, intelligent and constantly thrilling novel. Honestly, I don't know what else to say, as nothing I write will do this fantastic book justice. Overall, this is the best book in the trilogy, and one of those books which is near impossible to put down.
The comments contain spoilers.

6 comments:

  1. I read Allegiant a while ago and felt that the entire tension that it built up was not followed by the big reveal all the readers were waiting for. I think that the writing was good and can respect Veronica Roth's decision. I personally felt that what happened was not called for.

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  2. Thanks for the review. Kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games.

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  3. It sucks that you were already spoiled before reading the ending! I feel like this one is a MAJOR one...since the main character dies. Unlike everyone who hated the ending I also agreed that Roth took a major risk and applaud her for it.

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  4. YES! I felt exactly the same. It was very brave and it made the story different, and emotional (my heart is breaking all over again RIGHT NOW!), and any other ending would have been a cliche. Tris stayed true to who she was (amity/sacrifice). I was angry as hell and wanted to bounce the book off the wall, and for the last few chapters I was literally repeating this out loud - "HAHA, yea right, Roth, you think you got me? It's a dream sequence, no wait it's a drug and it's a hallucination thingy, ohhhh it's a new fear landscape thingy, ah you're so smart Roth, way to trick me, haha, make it stop now, why isn't it stopping, no... you can't... NOOOOOO!"....................................ahem.......................

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  5. I completely agree! While the ending was sad, I think that it just worked. The trilogy definitely built towards that particular ending, and while I was crushed at the time I read it, it also made me love the trilogy that much more.

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