Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Title : Allegiant
Author : Veronica Roth
Genre : Dystopian
Published Date : 
October 22nd 2013
Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books
Pages : 526
Source : Bought

From Goodreads :
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.


To be blatantly honest : this book disappoint me. So. So. Much.

From reading Divergent and Insurgent, I was totally in love with this book. So like those avid fans, I was eagerly waiting for this one to be released. I expected an epic ending. I expected a grand finale. A great story. The one that'll left me speechless, full of feel, and seemingly unable to move on with life.
But what did I get? Some utter nonsense, crap, and BS dressed prettily as genetics lesson or something along that line.

"He is a secret that I have kept, and will keep for the rest of my life."

I honestly still can't get over the fact that this book totally spoiled the whole series for me. The pacing was boring and it was cluttered with too much unneeded—and as I said before, nonsensicalexplanation. And even the narration, which is told from dual PoV this time, was not distinguishable, AT ALL. I couldn't even count just how many times I started a chapter and had to go back to see who the heck narrates this. 

The characters weren't better than the pacing, either. They all fell flat and their personality seems to just brushing the surface, even for the admirable Tris and Four. And their romance also got a lot more shallow than before, annoyingly kissing and hugging practically every single time they met. 

And what ruined it the most was the fact that this book seems detached from the rest of the series. It took an obviously-way-too-new direction, and it doesn't have any similarities with the two previous books. 
But who says a new and fresh concept was bad? Nope, in fact it could be great, IF it works. And unfortunately, it doesn't, and I really don't like the new way Allegiant was going. 
I honestly prefer the old way which is Divergent and Insurgent. Simple, unique, and full of impact. Whereas this book was generic, boring, faux-scientific-ish, and WTF-inducing.

And don't even get me started at the ending, which is—again—totally nonsensical to me. The reason are not worth the action, at all. And no matter how much the narration told me that it was right, that it was the best, etc etc, I couldn't even bring myself to be convinced. Much so liking it. I mean, that's completely unnecessary, and I think it's just done to make some kind of—in my opinion, unneeded—statement. And I actually have no idea why it would—should—happen that way.

Overall, this book was a total letdown for me. The series was incredible, but the last book spoiled all the fun. It's one reason why I'm reluctant to pick this up, and it seemed like my instinct was right. With so little thing that I could call good enough, I truly don't recommend this one.

Cheers, x

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  2. Yes to all of this! I'm so glad you feel the same way Neysa! I agree...the pacing was so incredibly off, and the characters needed a lot more development. And Tris and Tobias' POVs sounded exactly the same! :( Sorry you didn't enjoy this as much as you hoped you would, but, as always, BRILLIANT review!

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    1. Thank you Zoe! But really, this book is kinda disappointing -_-

  3. First off, your blog's design is just beautiful! I wish I knew how to do that to mine...

    Secondly, I couldn't agree more with the points you made. Whilst I did enjoy the fact that Tris' and Tobias' relationship got more physical, I think it was done so in all the wrong ways. Truth be told, I found their intimacy quite disturbing most of the time and completely unfitting given their current situation and how they were having all those problems.

    The scientific aspect of Allegiant was a bit fishy. I think it was a great idea and explanation to the world Roth created in Divergent and Insurgent. It's just the execution that was lacking. A lot. The story had a lot of potential. I just think it took a few wrong turns along the way.

    As about the ending, wasn't it the most disappointing thing ever? I honestly didn't mind the ending per se. It just seemed so meaningless, you know? I am not opposed to it. Just make it something important, damn in!


    1. TOTALLY TRUE! It's like, we didn't read three books just to be freakin disappointed at the last page -_- And to be disappointed by a meaningless decision is the worst.


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