Saturday, November 2, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth [Joint Review!]

3 out of 5 Robots!
Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent, #3
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia 
Release: October 22, 2013
Hardcover: 526 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia & Shannon
Buy this Book: Amazon

Book Summary: 
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.

Julia & Shannon's Thoughts: 

1. Describe your thoughts on Allegiant in one sentence.
Shannon: I spent the first two-thirds trying not to fall asleep and then the last one-third trying not to throw the book across the room.

Julia: Allegiant is not the conclusion I was looking for- it is monotone, boring and disappointing. 

2. Was Allegiant worth the wait? Why or Why not?
Shannon: Oh, boy.  If I am being TOTALLY honest, no.  It KILLS me to say this because I am very Divergent loyal.  I even loved Insurgent.  But Allegiant just left me apathetic about the whole thing.  First of all the first half is boring.  Blah blah genetics blah blah.  There is none of the tension from the first two books. I really didn't like where that whole storyline went.  I was hoping getting out of Chicago would be exciting, but that failed to deliver too.  Turns out things are more the same other places as well.  I am also disappointed with the alternating narration.  It is hard to tell Tris and Four's voices apart.  Four loses some of his appeal by being incredibly whiny and insecure.  I had a lot of trouble feeling the love between them.  And lastly, the ending didn't pay off for me.
I have to wonder if my expectations were just too high?  Would I feel differently about this book if I didn't have high expectations?  But ultimately, I think it is ok to have high expectations.  Divergent is a great book.  This book felt far off from Divergent.  And that's what bothers me the most about it. It lost all the things that made Divergent great.

Julia: No, it isn't worth the wait. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I read it and it gave the series some closure. The ending is what it is, but I didn't like its delivery. None of the characters had the chemistry or draw that they had in previous books. Their personalities are suddenly not appealing because they've so drastically changed. Four is mysterious, wise and level headed... and suddenly he is this whiny twerp. Where is my glorious courageous Four? Oh well, I am just sad because the entire book lacked action or much of a focused plot line. And all of the characters that we loved in the previous books just fizzled. Was this book rushed? It felt rushed. The genetics thing seemed silly. And what was with the 39485 serums!?

3. Which character do you like the most and the least? Why?
Shannon: Overall, I love Four.  Yum.  But I was really over his insecurities and whining in this book.  I was so excited when I learned that Four would be narrating, but now I'm thinking maybe less is more.  So I guess Four was my favorite and least favorite character this go around.

Julia: Though I didn't like the turn his character took in Allegiant, I do love Four. I loved how he grieves and I love his ending. I just wish she would have kept the Four we all knew and loved in Divergent. And honestly, I didn't like Tris. She has this martyr syndrome. She always thinks she needs to just sacrifice herself instead of coming up with a better idea.... and why did she suddenly get this elitist "I'm always right" attitude in Allegiant

4. The controversial conclusion. Throw your thoughts at me.
Shannon: Ok, here's the thing.  I don't necessarily hate the conclusion.  But I hate the way it is done.  I know Veronica Roth has explained it...but it still doesn't sit right with me.  I'm not mad about it though.  More like...underwhelmed.  Like, that's it?  That's how it goes down?  Meh.

Julia: Yup. The "tragedy" that has everyone hating on Allegiant, I'm not sure why everyone is going nuts about it. But then I disliked that character a good deal and by then I was pretty apathetic towards the whole event. I was like, oh really? So... that's it? Mmhm.... I don't know, I'm with Shannon, I was just so underwhelmed with the whole thing that I almost didn't care. I just wish it had been delivered more, I wanted to feel emotion about it. But I was more or less just confused about it because it didn't make sense. Let's fight the factions, then revert to acting exactly like the factions wanted us to from the beginning. I just couldn't see what Veronica Roth wanted me to see.   
5. Would you recommend this series, considering how you felt about the conclusion? 
Shannon: Yes I would.  I think Divergent is in my top ten books.  I also really liked Insurgent, even though I hated how Tris and Four never told each other anything.  Allegiant is a bit of a let down for me, only because I couldn't stand Four being so whiny and I didn't like the ending.  But others may feel different.  I would be hesitant to recommend Allegiant on its own, but on the whole I think I would recommend this series.  

Julia: Yes, I would. Divergent is such an amazing, brilliantly written book. Things start going down hill with Insurgent, but I still think that just about everyone would love Divergent and then they should make their own decision about how Insurgent and Allegiant makes them feel.


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