Monday, November 18, 2013

Audio Review: Allegiant



Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Pages: 526
Format: Audio

Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: 3 Cows




Goodreads Description:.


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.




I think I should preface this review with two things. 1) This admittedly wasn't my favortive series from the beginning. 2) Despite the book being released for almost a month now I will do my best to avoid spoilers. 

As I said earlier, Divergent wasn't my favorite series but I didn't dislike it or anything. Veronica Roth is a talented writer and I didn't find anything majorly wrong with the first two books. Both recieved 4 stars I think, so definitely not bad, just not my favorite. With a bazillion and one dsytopian novels out there, it's understandale to feel a little burnt out and that's where I was when I read the first two books. 

As for Allegiant, I must say that the only thing that really kept me wanting to read was wanting to know how this ending that had everyone so upset/angry/sad/ect played out. In my opinion, the first two books were much better and the last book was kind of a let down. 

Maybe it's just me but the book just felt off, like it didn't really fit with the other two. I didn't like the corruption within the corruption thing. I know The Hunger Games did something similar but I liked in much better in The Hunger Games for whatever reason. Maybe I felt like I had already seen it, I don't know. 

However, the thing about the book that bothered me the most was Tris and Tobias's relationship. I really disliked it in Allegiant. I really liked their relationship in the first two books but in this one they just couldn't get it together. Tris acted like a know-it-all snob and tried to tell Tobias what to do like she was his mother, which really bothered me. I think part of that was the narrator for Tobias and how he talked during Tris's lines. 

Now, for my thoughts on THE ENDING. Don't worry I'm not going to tell you what happened in case you have by some miracle managed to avoid spoilers for this long. The shocking, jaw dropping ending that everyone was talking about had zero effect on me. Even though I knew it was going to happen, I still was completely unmoved. I thought I would feel something but I just didn't. I have to give kudos to Veronica Roth for ending the series that way but the thing is I think if you are going to end a series that way 1) you have to have a really good reason and I'm not convinced she did and 2) you have to make the reader feels something. Obviously, she was able to do the last one with a lot of readers but she didn't with me. 

Sadly, this book was just alright to me. I think there were a lot of things that could have been done differently to make me like it more. Still, I will likely read more Veronica Roth books in the future. 



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