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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!

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Divergent – Veronica Roth

Published October 10, 2013 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

What did I think?:

This book was recommended to me by my sister after she thoroughly enjoyed it. As the film is coming out fairly soon, and I trust my sister with good book recommendations, I thought it was time to give it a go. Okay, now I see what all the fuss is about! In a future dystopian world, Beatrice comes of ages with the choice of five factions in which she must choose one to spend the rest of her adulthood in. She can either choose to stay in her parents faction in which she has been raised, this is Abnegation which prides itself on selfless qualities. In this faction, which is all Beatrice has known so far, they wear drab clothes, shun mirrors and other objects of vanity and perform good deeds. The other factions are Dauntless, which trains its initiates to be brave and fearless, Amity, which encourages peace and goodwill, Erudite which values learning and intelligence, and Candor which favours absolute truth.

At sixteen years old during a special ceremony, Beatrice must choose which faction to spend the rest of her life in after undergoing aptitude tests which produce very surprising results. But life is not easy when Beatrice (or Tris) chooses her faction; she undergoes rigorous physical and difficult psychological tests as an initiate to prove she is worthy of her chosen faction. This is when things begin to get decidedly murky as Tris undercovers something wrong going on between the factions that leads to her falling in love, fighting for her life, and re-evaluating both everything she has learnt, and everyone she loves.

First of all, I have to say wow, what an amazing debut novel. As I was reading this fact kept surprising me over and over again. The truth of the matter is that it definitely does not read like a first novel. The storyline is strong and powerful, the ideas fresh and original (and I flatly refuse to compare it to The Hunger Games!) and the characters well thought out and exciting. Tris is a brilliant lead female character, brave and relatable, and I’m really loving the fact that her “beauty” is not referred to every second page. Yes, this is a fiesty and intelligent, but NORMAL girl, thank goodness! The different factions reminded me of the different houses in Harry Potter, but I mean this as a compliment, as I can imagine every young adult/adult reading this book and wondering as to which faction they would place themselves if they had a choice. Towards the close of the novel, the author fully prepares the reader for the next installment in the series, fraught with tense and frightening moments and difficult decisions for our leading lady. There is so much room for growth and development of this character and the dystopian world she inhabits, and I for one, can’t wait to see what happens next.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

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