by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Genre: YA, dystopian, sci-fi, action
Published October 22nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
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.
I just read the first dozen or two novels and then I met Divergent. An innocent reader, in other words. Before, all I knew and want to read are romance and chick-lits. I didn't expect to read and love action. Divergent was my first dystopian-action novel and it is the one that got me to read other dystopian books. Divergent was my first love if we talk about the genre. And I think I'll still love it even if it wasn't my first dystopian.
I've waited patiently for Insugent and my anticipation for the trilogy became higher and higher. I'm in love with the action, the romance, the mystery, the characters--especially the heorine, Tris. She didn't came as whiny, self-pity, love-sick, selfish or insecure. She's strong, even though she never had a chance before to see it, she's caring and loving--not only to Four/Tobias--but also to her family, friends, and even the people who barely knew her. She held guns and fire it but she never held power over people, and even if she looks accustomed to guns, I know she'd do anything to drop it and stop killing people--even the bad ones. She's brave. She really is. This is how Veronica Roth made the Divergent world and her characters. She made them so real, that I feel and know them.
Reading Allegiant scares me. I'm scared of what might happen, on how it will all end. Will there be ever peace? I was scared from Veronica Roth's teaser tweets. I was scared when I accidentally saw a spoiler online. She said--the spoiler--it was a joke, but it didn't stop me from freaking out and cursing that person. I was scared when I learned that Allegiant was told in two perspectives. I was scared to prove the spoiler correct.
It felt like eternity before this book releases. Before my copy arrives and ring the doorbell. As I was holding it in my hands, I am very much excited. As I started reading it, my excitement never dissipates but I found myself not wanting to turn the next page. I was scared of letting it go so quickly. I'm not ready for a big change, or for a big ending. I'm scared of letting this trilogy go.
Allegiant brings its readers on edge as it reveals more secrets and gives heart-stopping action for the last time. It contains decisions that's hard to be done (and hard to read, as a huge fan). Everything about this book, from beginning til the end, results to a one emotional read. Beware--especially to those who are very attached to this trilogy (which, I think, everyone).
If there's something I learned most about/from this trilogy, is be brave. Here's a little snippet from Allegiant, page 509:
"There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known , or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater."
Anyone can be brave on his/her own way. Veronica Roth is brave to start an achingly beautiful trilogy with Divergent, and end it with the same feeling with Allegiant. She's brave to put an ending that I'm sure everyone will not agree to put in the first place. Veronica Roth, you are one brave woman, as brave as Tris Prior (even though I'm one of those people who'd want to shake you and tell you to please undo it). But I am brave as Tobias Eaton right now, that if I have a memory serum on my hands, I wouldn't drink it because I'd prefer to have this bittersweet memory than not have it at all, even if it promises to end pain.
P.S I forgot to include my comment on Goodreads after I finished reading it: After Allegiant, I'd like to read something light, cute, sweet and funny. Anything that would make this feeling go.
There are so many things I'd like to say about this book and the entire trilogy. But if I do, I might spoil you. So for anyone who'd like to talk about it, let's talk somewhere private. Let them find what we found. Haha :)
* Thanks to Megan, Harper Collins and Harper Collins International for a paperback copy for review!
5 bleeding hearts.