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. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”Tobias, Allegiant, Page 507
Author: Veronica Roth
This book…..the movies gave me false hope…..Veronica took a knife and just shoved it through my heart….I cried ugly tears for the last 30 pages of the book. UGH.
Here is the goodreads summary of the book while I try to figure out how to put my feelings about this book into a coherant review.
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 meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to 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.
THE MOVIE IS NOT THE SAME AS THE BOOK AND IT GAVE ME FALSE HOPE! There I said it. here is the thing though, the reason I address this at the beginning of the review is because it was not just the ending of the movie that differed from the book. The entire fucking plot of the movie was different than the book. I went into this book expecting one thing and got thrown for a loop, my mind blow, and then a knife jabbed into my heart at the end. So if you watched the movie do not expect this book to be anything like that. Nothing like that at all actually. Also, maybe don’t watch the movie. I love me some Tris and Four action on the big screen, but damn the plot of the book was SO much better than the movie.
That is out of my system, I promise from this point forward we will just be talking about the book. This review is gonna spoil the hell out of this book for you because I really do not know how to talk about this book without spoiling things. I will try to save the major spoilers for an entire spoiler filled wrap up post though. But this is your only spoiler warning. If you continue reading past here I am not responsible for your disappointment.
Let’s talk about the writing style of this book a little bit. It is written from both Tris’ and Four’s point of view. Now, as I said in my review for Five Feet Apart this is a writing style I am not fond of. I also said in the Divergent book that I wished this would have been how it was written. I am torn on if I like it for this book or not. I see why it was needed. There are a lot of times where Four is off doing something without Tris around and unless it was written this way you wouldn’t know about it. This particular writing style is what makes the ending of the book so hard to handle in my opinion. We will talk about the ending at length later. I don’t think that it was done quite as well as it was in Five Feet Apart, but I can say that after I got into the flow of checking the chapter to see whose point of view it was from it became intriguing. I also loved seeing it from Four’s point of view because he is one of my favorite characters.
Speaking of characters let’s talk a little bit about the characters that were involved in the majority of this book. I don’t care that there are a lot of non essential characters in the book, it makes the world feel more real, but I do care about the characters that Tris and Four took with them outside the gates of the city. Logically I see why they took them. They took Caleb because Tris did not want to leave him to die. They took Christina because she is one of Tris’ only friends left and she is Dauntless so she knew how to get out of the city. They took Tori because again she was Dauntless, but even I am a little confused as to why they took her other than for plot convenience later in the story. Peter got to go because he is a dick and always gets what he wants. Cara went because she was one of the Allegiant members and was Erudite so she was smart. I still don’t know why Uriah went. Past the logic of it for them pretty much all of these characters were irrelevant to the story and didn’t do anything for them until the very end. Uriah also never really served a purpose other than being blown up to give Four a reason to have to go back to the city.
The people coming back seemingly from the dead was also a bit of a weird point. It was one of those things that got left out of the movie, probably to save time trying to explain it, so I wasn’t really ready for it when it happened. The one that really got me was George though. He was Tori’s little brother who she thought was killed by Dauntless leadership for being Divergent. Turns out he was not killed, but guess who does die. Tori. Why? To drive the point that one of them is still dead. This also gave me a false sense of security for the rest of the book.
Finally the genetic modifications. The scary thing to me about this is that it is something I could see happening. It isn’t something that I see as distant and not possible like some of these books. Hunger Games for example, great story but that isn’t something I see happening anytime soon. The Purge, hella scary idea, but again not something that I see happening. Genetic modifications though. Yeah. If that isn’t already possible and being tested I would be surprised.
I think that Veronica was trying to drive home the idea of racism, classism, and death with this book. Racism and classism because of the whole Genetically Pure vs Genetically Damaged debate. With Tris being GP and Four and the rest of their friends being GD Veronica was able to show that even just one person not caring about how someone is classified can change things. Tris still loved Four for who he was, even if he didn’t like himself after hearing he was “damaged”. Tris still loved him and wanted him to stay who he was because to her he was perfect. The idea of death is in every book but there was one specific one that made me ball. HUGE END OF BOOK SPOILER HERE. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET.
Tris. I was angry that Tris died. In the movie she lived so I was expecting her to come back to life. To do that to Four, who already had enough hurt in his life was beyond horrible. I know the point she was trying to drive though. War sucks, people die, and no matter how much you love someone you can not save them from war. Surviving during a war is often accidental. Tris chose to die for the people she loved to stop a war from happening that would result in more people she loved dying. I am mad that Four was not there. That he couldn’t say goodbye. He left thinking Caleb was going to sacrifice himself and that Tris would be there when he got back. She wasn’t. Veronica just stabbed my heart with a knife during this. I was holding out hope that somehow she wouldn’t be dead. But we can’t get happy endings to everything.
As much as I hate how this book ended I admire Veronica for not feeling like this trilogy had to have a happy ending just because that is what everyone probably wanted and because that is what other ya books do. She showed that happy endings don’t always happen. You will survive and you will move on. It will just be in different way than you did before.
Read this book. Read this book even though you are going to have a serious meltdown at the end of it. Read it because there are good lessons in it. I would give this book a 10/10 if not for the ending. I may change it at some point, but right now I can’t give it that extra point. No matter how reasonable I think it was. No matter how much I admire that Veronica did it. I just can’t give her that point.
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