Reviews, YA Dystopian

Book Review: Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

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Goodreads 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.

My Initial Thoughts:

Oh Dear Lord, I was hesitant. Why? Because I was afraid of what might happen. I was also super excited at the same time because Four. We are having his POV. Made my day really.

Review:

I have no clue how to start this except with a GIF.

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I seriously don’t understand why people are bashing this book. Yes, it is super hard to read. Yes, it has a lot of politics. Yes, it is full of feels. When I read Divergent, or for that matter any dystopian book, I know politics will be involved. Why? Because it is a story about a dystopia, “An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.” (Source: Oxford Dictionary) That to me screams FAILED GOVERNMENT. The government will take precedence a good amount of the time. The Divergent Trilogy isn’t about Tris & Four, it’s about the world they live in, and we are experiencing everything through them. Yes, it is also about them, but in a dystopian novel, the world and the characters both have equal importance.

I think Allegiant was perfectly written. I cannot see another ending that will have the same impact as the ending it has had on us. Roth did a brilliant job bringing us full circle, tying everything neatly with a bow. In Divergent and Insurgent, she set the stage and left us confused as heck. She made a story that was big to begin with, even bigger. That is why we were all gasping for air at the end of Insurgent. We did not see that coming. At least I didn’t.

Allegiant had such a big job to do. It had to not only wrap up the initial world we were given, but also the new one we were pushed into at the end of Insurgent. It had to not only intensify Tris & Four’s relationship, but also every other characters as well. Allegiant had such an enormous task, and I am happy to say it did it all.

I am blown away by this book. I can only consider it Grade A literature. This right here is some good stuff. I personally may not be happy with how some characters were killed off, but the impact it had on me and the message it came with it balanced out my negative feelings.

I know everyone is spoiling Allegiant, and I will be one of the few that won’t. All I can say is, take Allegiant for what it is and what it is accomplishing. Don’t let your ship get in the way of the message and the well-crafted story.

Rating: 5/5

Reviews, YA Dystopian

Review: Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Goodreads:

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

What I liked:

I liked that Insurgent had the same feeling of dread, excitement, and heart pounding adrenaline that Divergent had. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole entire time. The ending was… perfect. Veronica Roth is the only author I approve of using that type of torturous cliffhanger on me.

What I disliked:

I don’t really have anything negative to say about the book except that I kept thinking, “Dear women let me breath!!” At the same time, it is also why I like it. I am a very complicated person when it comes to this series. It also seemed that Insurgent lacked the ‘love’ part of the story. What redeemed the lack of love in the book was the ending, when Four did what he did (if you read this book already, you know what he did) and believed Tris. The understanding and loyalty between these two just gets to me. They may just be one of my favorite pairings at the moment.

Overall:

Insurgent was phenomenal. I loved every second of it and I can only hope Allegiant is going to be as good as the first two books in the trilogy.

Rating: 5/5

Rating System:

1/5: I hated it.

2/5: It had some redeeming qualities but overall, not a good book.

3/5: I liked it (A fun read).

4/5: I really like it, but something was missing.

5/5: I love it! It’s as close to perfection as it can get!

Reviews, YA Dystopian

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent by Veronica Roth

Oh My!

This book exceeded my expectations! It blew them out of the water!

I was hesitant to read this book. I really was. I picked it up a few months ago, read about 3 pages and decided it wasn’t worth my money. Boy, was I a bit judgmental because of the hype! I regret not reading this book sooner. I could have had the hardcover edition of the first book instead of the paperback edition the bookstore only had in stock.

Honestly, this is by far one of the best books I’ve read this year. The amount of action, romance, intrigue, and the writing style, make it into a blockbuster of books! No wonder the hype is as big as it is!

You could say the main characters are Tris (also known as Beatrice) and Four (whose identity I can’t disclose because I want to keep this as spoiler free as I can, Muahahahaha). Tris’ world consists of Five Factions, the Abnegation, the Amity, the Candor, the Dauntless, and the Erudite. Each faction stands for a “value” one could almost say. The Abnegation strive to be selfless, the amity strive to be peaceful, the candor strive to be honest, the dauntless are the brave, and the Erudite strive to gain knowledge. At Tris’ 16th birthday she had to go through a simulation test that decides what faction you’re most compatible with. That’s where things get tricky for Tris because no faction is the correct one for her. She is factionless. Her father is a leader in the Abnegation government and changing faction’s would mean she would betray her family, her government almost.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to fans of any book genre. I’m not a big dystopian fan but this book made me want to read more books in that genre.

Oh and, Divergent takes place in Chicago. That might peak your interest a little more. 😉

Rating: 5/5

Rating System:

1/5: I hated it

2/5: It had some redeeming qualities but overall, not a good book.

3/5: I liked it. A fun read.

4/5: I really like it, but something was missing.

5/5: I love it! It’s as close to perfection as it can get!