Thursday Review: Allegiant

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The Blurb: 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.

My thoughts:

I can’t complain about this book because I didn’t put it down. Do I wish the ending was different, yes. But very few series end exactly how I want them to, and endings were hard. I was happy to get Four’s POV, and while I’ve heard a lot of other reviewers say they couldn’t differentiate between the two voices, I had no trouble. Then again, people have said the same thing about my third book, so maybe it’s not a good sign I didn’t have a problem? :S

I appreciated how much all of the character’s changed from book one. And I enjoyed reading this book. My only complaint is one I’ve said since book one of the series. There was too much story for too little book. The first book should have (in my opinion) ended with Tris’ initiation/winning thing with Dauntless and the nagging feeling something isn’t right. Because that was the end of that story’s arc. The second book should have started with that huge thing that happened at the end of book one, and that entire thing, Tris’ reactions to her mom and dad, all of that, should have taken up a *huge* chunk of book two. I don’t remember much of book two, but I can tell you between all the new characters and reveals in book three, there should have either been more books, or a much longer book to allow me to fully feel the impact of everything that happened. So *much* happened. And the second you learned one thing, it was replaced with another that made the first thing irrelevant. I think with enough build up and slower pacing, the ending would have been perfect.

It’s not a knock on the author that I wanted more of her story. Entire books more even. It just means I got so invested in the world I want to spend more time with it. Who knows, she might have short stories in the works to flesh out. If so, I look forward to reading them.

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