Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction/ Dystopian, Pages: 526, Reading Level: Easy
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.
Wow! Again, that’s how to end a series. Just as with the Sookie Stackhouse series, I will not pretend to be completely satisfied with how the story ends, but unlike Sookie, Allegiant was phenomenal- a worthy ending to a great series.
There are some really good shocks in Allegiant and I was pleasantly surprised at how warped the world, or United States, really is in the Divergent future.
I didn’t do this with Divergent and Insurgent. In retrospect, I really should have. I will have to go back and re-read those books. I don’t know if Roth’s writing and story got better over time, or if I was just not as observant when I read the first two books in the series, but based on Allegiant alone, the story really does provide so many opportunities for intelligent discussion.
By now, we all know what the factions are and what attribute each one embraces. Allegiant takes the faction system to its logical conclusion:
“Take away someone’s fear, or low intelligence, or dishonesty… and you take away their compassion. Take away someone’s aggression and you take away their motivation, or their ability to assert themselves. Take away their selfishness and you take away their sense of self-preservation.” p122
…And he’s right to say that every faction loses something when it gains a virtue: the Dauntless, brave but cruel; the Erudite intelligent but vain; the Amity, peaceful but passive; the Candor, honest but inconsiderate; the Abnegation, selfless but stifling. p123
And do I sense a debate in here about the existence of God?
You don’t believe things because they make your life better, you believe them because they’re true. p257
What if my parents’ God, their whole belief system, is just something concocted by a bunch of scientists to keep us under control? And not just their beliefs about God and whatever else is out there, but about right and wrong, about selflessness? Do all those things have to change because we know how our world was made? p137
I won’t get started on this one because I could absolutely go on and on and on…
And while all these quotes and issues in Divergent can be traced back to and indeed seen in our current time, this one pops up every single day. Can anyone say politics?
…when you control information, or manipulate it, you don’t need force to keep people under your thumb. They stay there willingly. p346
The following is my second favorite quote in the book:
And as I stare out at the land, I think that this, if nothing else, is compelling evidence for my parents’ God, that our world is so massive that it is completely out of our control, that we cannot possibly be as large as we feel.
So small as to be negligible.
It’s strange, but there’s something in that thought that makes me feel almost… free. p187
It reminds me of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, specifically the Total Perspective Vortex, which is a torture device. Basically, it is a ‘You are Here’ map of the universe, showing how insignificant you are, which makes you go crazy. It’s interesting because when I think about it, I always thought I would concentrate less on the ‘You are Here’ part and just marvel at and absorb the expanse of the universe. Rather than intimidating me, the thought gives me a strange sense of comfort.
Finally, I will not reveal my favorite quote. You’ll have to read Allegiant for yourself. The quote will be easy to find. It is the last in the book.
Reviewed by Christina
December 3, 2013