Friday, April 25, 2014

Book Report - Allegiant

Title: Allegiant
Authour: Veronica Roth
Length: 526 pages
How long it took me to read: 3 days
Grade: A

What it's about: 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.

The ending is the most important part: The ending made complete sense to me - I liked it.

Last word: Now I want to re-read this series back to back with no breaks. Where's a cave I can hide in for a week?

Spoilers after the jump (Major, major spoilers)

Veronica Roth caught a lot of flack for this book. People said it was boring, they hated how Four turned out, and (MAJOR SPOILER) that Tris dies.

The only thing that bothered me about Allegiant was the flipping back and forth between Tris and Four. I hate it when points of view change because I can't remember who's speaking and I have to go back and re-read pages and this bugs me. Tris and Four were so different, but were doing a lot of the same things, and Tris was acting a lot like Four, so it got confusing a lot. I wish there had been a different font, or text colour or something so that I could remember. I guess since I own these books, I can highlight the Four chapters or something so that I can keep them separate.

I didn't think the book was boring, but it did seem to come out of nowhere - this new society. It seemed to open up more story, so didn't seem like it was the conclusion. Perhaps Ms. Roth should have ended the series in Insurgent and start a new series with Allegiant.

I wasn't shocked when Tris died. I wasn't surprised at all; it was totally in her nature, and completely made sense. I wasn't feeling her character - I didn't feel sympathetic towards her, and her relationship with Four was weird. I was almost rooting for them to break up and for her to be with Matthew. (sorry) Veronica Roth said that she was using Tris as an agent - all her decisions is what moved the story along.

In the end, I felt like this was Four's story, not Tris', and that's what made this so enjoyable for me because I related to Four so much more than Tris. He was more likable. I'm interested in reading the companion pieces that are written from Four's perspective.

I can't wait to re-read these all in sequence.

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