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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth Review (HUGE SPOILERS)

1/5 Stars
Details of the Book:
Hardcover, 526 pages
Published by Katherine Tegen Books, 
an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Date: October 22, 2013

Synopsis: 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.

It's taken me a long time to even want to write my thoughts about this book. In fact, even now a year later I'm still upset about how this book went. Am I a fan of Tris' death? No. Is that the only reason I didn't like this book? Absolutely not. I felt that this book wiped away all of the greatness from Divergent and Insurgent.  Honestly, the only way for me to think of this trilogy in a positive light is to pretend that this book didn't happen.

The only redeeming quality I can say about this book is that the split point-of-views between Tris and Four was very well written. I was actually concerned about this because upon reading Free Four: Tobias tells the Knife-Throwing Scene, I was actually pretty concerned. I didn't like the way it was written and it made me question my initial impression of the character, but I found that I didn't have this problem in this book whatsoever.

If you were to ask me what my main problem with this book it would be that I feel like Tris and Tobias's relationship was destroyed. It was like I was reading about a new dysfunctional couple. There was no trust, Tobias made decisions that completely went against Tris. It's like I was rereading Insurgent except everything took a turn for the worse. It didn't feel like they were themselves. It was very difficult for me to read. On top of the fact that Tris dies with their relationship still recovering from it's problems created in this book, it just makes everything so terrible. I can't handle the idea of Tobias being miserable the rest of his life. It's not what either character deserved and it was just...horrible. 

Now about the main reason people are torn over this book: Tris' death. At first, I was okay with it. I didn't even understand everyone's outrage at first. But the more I thought about it, the more I became upset with it. There were so many signs leading up to her death that this was going to happen. For example, when Tris first told Caleb that she would never lead him to his funeral, and when Tris and Four finally get it on, it felt more like a goodbye. Also, I felt that the way she died was a disgrace to the character. She has been through so much, did so much, lived past the death serum stuff but is killed by a gun shot wound. 

I also had a huge problem with Uriah's death. Uriah is one of my favorite characters and his death, (I predicted it before I even started Allegiant), to me was an insult to the character. The reason I say this is because he was such a bright, strong, funny, and vibrant character that he deserved a more of a tragic death. It was already terrible that he died, but to be in a coma and only towards the end of the book to pull the then I was over his death, and I think it deserved more of an impact. 

Basically, I feel like this book ruined the other two. When I think of this trilogy, all I have is disappointment and depression. In one book, Roth was able to destroy the characters that she built up in one fell swoop and it's horrible. I cringe every time that I look at it. I'm sorry that this review is not in my normal format. I hate that this is goodbye and that this is the type of goodbye that I'm giving to this trilogy.

Be sure to check out my reviews of Divergent and Insurgent. As well as my Moronic Monday post on Tris and Book Boyfriend post on Four.