Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth Review

"One choice will define you.

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 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."

There was never a book that made me cry so hard and so loud. I had never cried like this, not even in the time when I first found out about death, when I first found out about sadness, when I first found out about hopelessness.  

Now I feel all of it. I feel so empty, so hopeless, so awestruck by how Allegiant struck me. It's a truly sad and powerful conclusion, one I never saw coming. Why? Why? Why? Why? I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. And it confuses me, making me more lost and heartbroken than ever. I don't if I could ever feel again. Now I just want to close my eyes, go back in time to Divergent. How did we get to here? Why did Veronica Roth do this? I don't know.

Allegiant is a shattering conclusion, one that is completely brilliant and utterly heartbreaking. My heart breaks and stops and cries for all the characters in this book. The lost. The mended. The new. The remade. The dead. The hopeful. The dreams and hopes they shared. I cry for them all; why? It's just a story. But I think we all know that Allegiant is more than a story. It's the last push over the edge of a cliff. (I'll include spoilers to spare you the pain.) 

The writing of Veronica Roth is addicting and weaving as the spider's web. I'm drawn in by the love and new story I read. I love every second of it. I don't want it to end, but I don't want it to be bad. It's not bad, it's a true heartbreaker. It's a knife, that grows sharper and sharper until it's so sharp that it breaks into our hearts, leaving us bleeding on the open floors.

Allegiant is the most meaningful of all three books. It's the most stunning and deadly book of all. 

The ending is a reader's worse nightmare. I don't know if I could ever be normal ever again. It's just shattering. When I say surprise me and destroy me, I don't mean it in this way. The ending destroy all of it me, leaving me crying uselessly and writing this review. Sympathies grow as I think over the ending over and over and over again. Then I think of how truly beautiful and completely amazing this book it. It has the power to break me apart and give me the start to put myself back together. 

-Tris dies, killed and took the bullet that would have saved Caleb. 
-The faction is really an experiment for the "perfect" genes. 
-Tobias and his mother come back together.
-Tobias is brokenhearted like the rest of us.
-We see a new beautiful world in the end.

Rating: Five out of Five

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