Sunday, November 24, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent Series #3)

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

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 explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

My thoughts:
I wanted to love this book, but I didn't.  It isn't that I disliked it or didn't enjoy it, but it was too easy to put down and walk away from.  It lacked the sticking power of the first two books where it was hard to break away and do something else.  I was able to put this down for days at a time.  Part of me gets that way when I know a series is almost over, I want to prolong what is left of the storyline, but I think at the same time the last installment of any trilogy is hard and where readers start to get the most critical.

Tris and Tobias are living in Evelyn's post faction world with a new movement afoot, the Allegiant are forming to rebel against the anti-faction order that has been imposed on Chicago.  Meanwhile, many are wondering about the message about the need for the Divergent citizens to leave the city to help heal the world. 

The outside world reminded me of The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games.  There are issues of control and issues of who is more worthy of time and attention.  Is the reason for why we act the way we do all because of our genes, or do we have some control over what we do with what we have?

I don't want give any spoilers, but I am conflicted over the ending, I can see why Roth chose the route she did, but I would have liked to have seen it all go a different way.  I still look forward to seeing what is done with the movie version of Divergent, but this story let me down a bit and took both Tris and Tobias in different directions than I saw them in the other books.  Tris got much more regimented and set in her ways, passing judgments and holding people up to very high standards and expecting others to go along with her way or to be quiet and Tobias, who was always so strong and sure of himself, succumbed to a lot of self-pity and whining.  Almost as if Roth took the normal stereotypes of male and female characters and flipped them.  Not sure it works all that well either way though.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062209276
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Series: Divergent Series , #3
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544

Meet the Author

Veronica Roth
Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Insurgent, the first two books in the Divergent trilogy. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago. You can visit her online at Twitter, Tumblr, her blog, and her website.

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