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By (author) Veronica Roth

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  • Format: Hardback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 41mm | 585g
  • Publication date: 23 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 006202406X
  • ISBN 13: 9780062024060
  • Sales rank: 2,207

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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 explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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By MissPageTurner 27 Nov 2013 5

I expected the day ALLEGIANT was released to be the day that would part the YA readership. Excessively enthusiastic readers on one side, shattered or even enraged readers on the other. And then my first reaction: perplexity. I just didn't know what to make of ALLEGIANT. Well, at least it made me think. A lot. In the days following the end of the DIVERGENT trilogy I caught myself drifting back to the story of Tris and Four and the other ALLEGIANT characters and reassessing its ending more than once. It was shocking but brave. Encouraging but devastating. I'd never been so torn about a book rating

After the cliffhanger we were presented with in INSURGENT, a profound background to Veronica Roth's faction world was demanded. And Veronica Roth did everything to supply her readers with theories, information and answers. But at some point, I had a feeling that anything in the story needed a long explanation, turning the third book more into a social or behavioral study than the adrenaline-rush-inducing rollercoaster ride that was DIVERGENT and INSURGENT.
It was a massive mission to wrap up a story and a world such as the one we were presented with in DIVERGENT, a very complex world.
What is power and who wields it? Where can you find the truth in a world controlled by lies? Is humanity still existent and what do Tris and Four have to do to retrieve it?

ALLEGIANT is written from the alternating perspectives of Tris and Four. SO GOOD, I tell you. Both perspectives were dynamic and insightful, complementing the other just naturally. As Veronica Roth so fitly described them in an interview with BuzzFeed:

"TrisΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’ voice is very stereotypically masculine, very straightforward, very direct, kind of repetitive. TobiasΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β„’ is a little more poetic, a little more descriptive, and he generally shares more. Tris is always withholding, but Tobias shares everything"*

Tris and Four even out their weaknesses and underline their strenghts. They are nowhere near a perfect couple. They have flaws and make mistakes, the important part is, that they are both very aware of them and they openly show and consciously reflect them. The moments they got to show their closeness made me adore Four and them both as a couple even more, but somehow those moments felt bittersweet with all the difficulties that still lay ahead of them.
No matter what, Tobias, you make readers fall in love with you over and over again. In DIVERGENT, INSURGENT, ALLEGIANT and every future re-read.

There was a time in the book when things started to fall back into an old pattern. People gathering and planning an uproar. I'm not saying that a world as the one Tris and Four are living in doesn't need those people. Active and intelligent people who see the needs of those who can't stand up for themselves. But by the end of the DIVERGENT series it seemed like I'd seen so many different groups of variously motivated people that Tris and Four always get involved with, it was too much and often only caused a lot of relationship drama.

I'm not giving less than five stars because the story didn't end the way I wanted it to end. I thought a lot about that ending of ALLEGIANT and what Veronica Roth must have imagined and aimed at while thinking it out and writing it.
I can't exactly say what the last third of Allegiant felt like. It was a mass of emotions, mostly a combination between consternation and awe. Initial thoughts after finishing ALLEGIANT were: Why did I ever pick up this series? and Why do I do this to myself? Obviously, I didn't mean them.
At the end of ALLEGIANT we were left with a solution to the big conflict that had been brewing in DIVERGENT and INSURGENT and inevitably a mass of inconceivably sudden and tragic losses, yet not without a note of hope. And hope is all there has to be in the end. The ending wasn't what I all! But it was the ending that made ALLEGIANT a so much better read in the aftermath.

4,5/5 ****/* ALLEGIANT ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’ΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’Ζ’β€šΓƒΖ’β€šΓƒβ€šΓ‚Β’β‚¬β€œ A revolutionary, brave read, not missing out in the heartbreak department, that slams into you like a train on full speed. Veronica Roth doesn't hold back.

ALLEGIANT aka the book that should be named HEARTBREAK wields the power to tear out every reader's heart. A few hours after reading ALLEGIANT my distraught emotions quieted and I could clear my mind enough to calm down and don't be so upset anymore. And then, strangely, I found the ending soothing in some way. I'm mostly trying to appreciate Veronica Roth's achievement as a writer and to cope with the way she ended things, saying Good-bye to the ones we lost in the DIVERGENT trilogy and trying to see the moral and aspiration that's behind it all.

By S.Huston 06 Nov 2013 4

Short Non Spoiler Review:
Fast paced, action filled (towards the end), answer fulfilling book. You will be nervous, you will be mad, you will be devastated. Prepare yourself. Still read it.

Long Spoilerful (I realize this isn't a word) Review:
What to the what just happened. My heart is broken. I am devastated. I feel empty. Why Veronica WHYYY?!?! *Tears and ugly sobbing*

Ok so that was what was going through my mind upon finishing Allegiant. Having been able to think it over for a little while I get why Veronica killed Tris. Well I get what makes sense to me, whether it's what Veronica was going for I don't know. It's a dystopian book, things are dark. It's not a fairytale and although we wish for happily ever after we don't always get it. Veronica kept it real by killing off Tris, she showed us that sometimes in order to get to the good you have to go through the bad. I'm not happy Tris died and I can think of all sorts of ways things could have gone so she wouldn't have had to, but its not my story. Moving on.

Up until the end I was very pleased with how the book was going. It really answered a lot of questions. In fact the book was mostly informational compared to the action packed Divergent and Insurgent books. It was also different from the first two books because the story was being told from both Tris and Tobias' POVs. (That should have served as a warning really) I didn't think I would like it, mostly because I don't go for books told from a male POV, but in my opinion it was nicely done. Others seem to think the POVs were too similar too each other, basically that Tobias seemed a little feminine, maybe that's why I was ok with it.

I was angry with Tris and Tobias pretty much the whole book, ok I was angry mostly at Tobias, for letting their relationship fall apart. I hated Tobias for not trusting Tris and for making dumb decisions. Of course he eventually smartens up and the make up (and more possibly). I think that helps to make me more sad about Tris' death. They had just gotten back to good and were looking forward to planning their lives together then BAM it gets taken away from them.

Overall I don't regret reading this series. Divergent was my first dystopian book and really is what turned me on to the genre. That being said, Allegiant really makes me think twice about reading another dystopian. It really opened my eyes to the fact that authors really hold the power to break your heart and that there is no rule stating they have to make a book end happy. Looking back I wish I would have waited a little longer to read Allegiant, just so it would have prolonged the sadness.

I fell in love with him. But I don't just stay with him by default as if there's no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.
-Excerpt from Allegiant by Veronica Roth

*Tears in my eyes*

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By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 05 Nov 2013 4

It is really hard for me to write reviews for series enders, because it is sad to leave characters that I have grown to love and invested so much time into. So, this will be short, spoiler free.
I was drawn right back into the world of Tobias and Tris in this bittersweet conclusion to the series. Though I did rush through the middle because it slowed down got too weighty in the middle, it picked right back up.
There were lots of surprises, and things I both expected, dreaded and couldn't wait for.
I loved getting into Four's head and getting his perspective. It was an added bonus in this and gave us some valuable insight.
Tris is as strong as ever, even though she has her flaws, that makes her even more relatable, and easy to like and pull for. She has the recklessness, but also the courage and sacrifice that defines her.
There is non-stop action in this one, tying up loose ends and resolving all of the plots.
OMG. The ending. I am one of the people who are torn. I hate it and saw it coming, but at the same time I love it and think it is fitting. It depends on what moment you ask me.

Bottom Line: Fitting and bittersweet trilogy conclusion.

Review quote

`If you like Hunger Games & Twilight, then get stoked for DIVERGENT! Trust us on this--this baby is going to blow up BIG! And if you chose to remain factionless, then you're gonna be one lonely soul.`

Back cover copy

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.