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Monday 13 January 2014

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 526 Pages, Hardcover
Date Published: October 22nd, 2013
Find it on Goodreads: Allegiant
Source: Purchased

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'll be honest, I put off reading this one for a while because of the huge uproar that came with it. From what I could tell, something crazy went down and no one seemed to like it, but the thing is, I LOVED how this book ended. That may sound dark and odd to some, but I just thought it was so brave of Roth to go with that ending. I don't think this series could have gone any other way, in all honesty.

With that being said, let's talk about the beginning. This is why I gave the book only three stars. I found the first half of the book to be painfully slow, to the point where I almost gave up on it quite a few times. I just didn't care about it, even though I had loved Insurgent last year. It just wasn't clicking for me. But then we got to the last 150-200 pages and it picked up and no matter how morbid some may think I am for saying this, I really liked the ending. Sure it was sad, but how could it have ended in another way without summing up everything Roth was trying to say with this story? I so appreciate the courage it must have taken for Roth to pull something like that.

I don't think I can say anymore other than that, without spoiling the biggest spoiler of it all. So here I'll just put my little three stars and recommend that if you haven't started Allegiant yet, do it, try and pull through the first half and then have some tissues at the end ready if you're an easy cryer. 

Happy reading!


  1. I loved the ending as well! I think it was a brave move for Roth to do it and she knew what risks she was taking. The slowness at the beginning did get to me as well and stopped me from completing it quickly. I'll be honest it put me to sleep a few times.Great review! I totally agree

  2. Yeah so much of the rest of the book was hard to get through at times. I didn't love the ending but I can respect it in certain ways. If the rest of the book was amazing it would have been easier for me to accept, I think. But still, a good book. Glad you still liked it.

  3. I couldn't get into the first bit either:( The switching perspectives confused me so much. And now I understand the ending, but I so wasn't cool with it originally :S

  4. This is the next book series I want to read, especially since the movie is coming out.

  5. I wish I felt the same as you. I hated the ending. The only word that has popped to mind every single time I think of it is "lame" :(


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