Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Allegiant Review

526 pages

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.

A lot of this novel was pretty anticlimactic. I feel like so much more could have happened but instead it stays safe although with a surprising and quite heartbreaking ending. While Tris has revealed the lies about her society, nothing prepares her for what the world is actually like outside of it. Tobias finds himself doubting his own mind more and more with everything new he learns about the outside world. Of course these doubts only create problems between Tobias and Tris as they try to reconcile themselves to new truths. Being Divergent turns out to mean something completely different from what the society thought and both Tris and Tobias deal with that revelation in their own way. There are even more revelations and lies wrapped around in the world outside and Tris has no choice but to once again stand up and do what's right to help the people she loves. I didn't enjoy this novel as much at the others and I was left in shock and dismay at the way it ended. However, if you have read Divergent and Insurgent, you should read this just to finish up on the series. 


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