Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent Trilogy (Book 3)
Publication: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (November 7, 2013)

Description: What if your whole world was a lie?

The thrillingly dark conclusion to the No. 1 New York Times bestselling DIVERGENT trilogy.
DIVERGENT – a major motion picture series.

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.

My Thoughts: I thought that this final book in the Divergent trilogy was a great, and logical, conclusion to the series. Tris, Tobias and a number of other refugees have escaped from the city and made their way to the Bureau. There they learn things that change their lives completely.

They learn that their city, with its factions and factionless, was nothing more than a large scale experiment with a goal of perfecting  human genetic material. They believe that war would not happen if human genes were perfected. They have been encouraging the development of Divergents who have the corrected genes.

When Tris arrives at the Bureau, she learns that she has the perfected genes but Tobias, despite having some Divergent characteristics, does not. This causes some conflicts between Tris and Tobias because feeling lesser just feeds into Tobias's already damaged self-esteem. Tobias is having a hard time dealing with the facts that his very estranged parents are leaders of rival groups back in the city. He hates his father for the abuse that filled his childhood. He has very mixed feelings about his mother who was also abused but left him behind when she ran.

Tris and Tobias learn that there is a group of at the Bureau who are second-class citizens because they don't have the corrected genes. He falls into a group that is planning a revolution which isn't successful.

Tris is more interested in making change happen in a less violent way. When she learns that the Bureau has developed the serums that are used by the factions and that they plan to release a memory-reset serum into the city to preserve their experiments, Tris has to act. Her decision is to release the memory reset serum within the Bureau so that things will change. Her decision comes at a terrible cost.

I cried for the last few chapters of this one but couldn't argue with the choices that the author made for how the story had to end. This was an engaging, thought-provoking series filled with action and love.

Favorite Quote:
"I don't know," Uriah says, and he sound serious now. "I'm not sure anywhere will feel like home again. Not even if we went back."

Maybe that's true. Maybe we're strangers no matter where we go, whether it's to the world outside the Bureau, or here in the Bureau, or back to the experiment. Everything had changed, and it won't stop changing anytime soon.

Or maybe we'll make a home somewhere inside ourselves, to carry with us wherever we go -- which is the way I carry my mother now.
I bought this one Oct. 22, 2013. You can buy your copy here.

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