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Allegiant (Divergent #3) – Veronica Roth

Published May 20, 2014 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

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.

What did I think?:

Allegiant is the final book in Veronica Roth’s series that began with Divergent and followed up with Insurgent. This review will be as spoiler-free as I can possibly make it as I know some people will not have read or finished the series yet and I don’t want to ruin anything! So, a quick re-cap of the story so far… we are in the future, in a dystopian world which is divided into factions – Abnegation (the selfless), Amity(the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). On a certain day of the year, young people who have turned sixteen must choose the faction where they are to spend the remainder of their days – note, it does not have to be the faction you grew up with. Our protagonist Tris shocks her family by choosing Dauntless and then undergoes a rigid initiation process to ensure that she fits the bill of a Dauntless member and does not end up faction-less, a frightening prospect for the individual involved. One of the instructors putting Tris through her paces is Four, a man of many secrets who she ends up falling in love with. Tris also has a secret however, she is Divergent, a rare anomaly which means that she shares a few characteristics of factions other than her own and makes her a dangerous and intriguing prospect.

It is not long before warring breaks out between the factions, especially when it is discovered that Erudite are playing games with mind control, creating an army of zombie-like soldiers with a serum that Tris and Four happen to be resistant to. There are also plots to cleanse the world of any Divergents which leaves our hero and heroine in a very precarious situation. By the end of Insurgent, Tris and Four have learned a lot about who they are as individuals and as a couple and many dark secrets are unearthed that may threaten their future together.

In the third book, the author puts a new slant on things by writing the story as a very effective dual narrative which lets the reader delve a bit deeper into the mind of the mysterious and enigmatic Four. As for plot-line, we’ve still got the warring between the factions, secrets divulged about family and friends and an explosive reveal about why certain individuals are Divergent. (Ooh, it’s juicy!) Tris and Four are also given the opportunity to explore a world outside the segregation of individuals into specific little boxes, but is it a world she can imagine herself living in? In fact, there is a lot going on at points in this novel, with the introduction of some new characters and so many sneaky little twists and turns that it could be seen as difficult to keep up with. At times I have to admit it did seem a little over-complicated and mind-bending trying to fix in my head who was fighting whom and the reasons behind this.

As for the ending….. well, I actually liked it! I can understand why some Divergent fans were slightly upset but I’m not quite sure why there was such a backlash. Thinking back over it now it has actually made the series stand out from the crowd and remain more memorable than others where I have had to struggle to actually remember what the ending was! So hats off to Veronica Roth from me for having the bravery to go with her gut and write what she feels – after all, it’s just a story – right?

Would I recommend it?:

Probably!

Star rating (out of 5):

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Insurgent (Divergent #2) – Veronica Roth

Published January 13, 2014 by bibliobeth

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

What’s it all about?:

Fighting for survival in a shattered world… the truth is her only hope.

The thrillingly dark sequel to No. 1 New York Times bestseller, DIVERGENT.

I have done bad things. I can’t take them back, and they are part of who I am.

Tris has survived a brutal attack on her former home and family. But she has paid a terrible price. Wracked by grief and guilt, she becomes ever more reckless as she struggles to accept her new future.

Yet if Tris wants to uncover the truth about her world, she must be stronger than ever… because more shocking choices and sacrifices lie ahead.

What did I think?:

There has been a lot of hype over Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, and like other bloggers who loved the first novel, I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into the second offering, Insurgent. It’s quite hard to talk about without giving spoilers, but I’ll do my best. Divergent leaves our protagonist Tris in a dangerous situation, her family are threatened, her former ideas of home destroyed, and the future is considerably uncertain, as revolution looms and looks to rock the Factions from their previously peaceful existence. The author does not provide much of a refresher as to what went on in the previous novel, which is either good or bad depending on the way you look at it and the length of time between reading the first and second instalment. It is definitely action-packed, with new characters and new twists galore entering the Divergent soup, and it didn’t take long for me to realise what was going on and where the story was headed.

Tris is definitely a strong, kick-ass female lead, much like Katniss in The Hunger Games, and being Divergent in three Factions (Divergent, Erudite and Abnegation) gives her the different qualities of fearlessness, intelligence and humility to become both a fascinating character, and a brilliant leader when her world is turned upside down. In this second novel, Erudite are being a slightly naughty Faction who enlist Divergent traitors in their plans for world dominance and mind control. There is also the issue of the Faction-less, who are gathering in great numbers – but which side will they choose to fight on? Finally, the relationship between Tris and Four (aka Tobias) is also explored in more depth, as the reader is given more information about his murky past and his troubled relationship with his father, Marcus. If Tris and Four want to stay together, they must learn how to get past layer upon layer of secrets, and come out the other side stronger and with complete trust in each other. But how can this happen in a world where spies are rampant, violence is inevitable, and you don’t know who you can trust?

I found Insurgent to be a great follow up to a fantastic series (although Divergent does have the edge), and I can’t wait to read the final book where hopefully my curiousity will be satisfied and all my questions will be answered! Veronica Roth is a fantastic writer that keeps you turning the pages, and I’m very eager to see what she has in store for us next.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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