Saturday, December 7, 2013

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth: Review

Wow, it has been awhile. Here is a review of ALLEGIANT to make up for it!
Author: Veronica Roth
Release date: October 22, 2013
Find it on Goodreads here!
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.
After reading this, I am not sad. At all. When I closed the book, I actually felt relieved.
This next part will be filled with spoilers, so read on if you dare.
The first one hundred pages or so are great. It drew me back into the story, and I was so glad to be around the characters again, and I was so happy.
Then a rebel group in the factionless, called the "Allegiant", are making plans to go outside the fence, against Evelyn's wishes. Tris, Tobias, Christina, Tori, and Uriah all join the group and manage to get outside the fence.
Then Tori dies. And Veronica gives her like a few sentences.
I know, she wasn't the biggest character in the story, but I didn't feel like she had to die. She should've at least seen her brother before she died. But seriously, it didn't add or take anything away from the story, so it wasn't really necessary.
Erich dies too earlier on, but I really didn't care about him. Moving on.
Once outside the fence, they find a group of people living outside the fence called the Bureau. Then we, the reader, find out that everything that happened in first two books doesn't even matter. Chicago with the factions was a freaking experiment done by the government, and that the have done many more with all of the other big cities in the US. Why, you may ask? because normal people are "genetically damaged", and don't function very well. Whereas, the few that have healed genes, the "Divergent", are "genetically pure".
This is where the book starts to get stupid.
A few of the scientists asks Tris and Tobias if the can look at their genes, because Tris' seem so perfect and Tobias seems to be Divergent, but not completely Divergent. So they take some tests, and find that Tris' genes are completely healed, so she is still Divergent, and Tobias is not Divergent. His genes just have a defect in them to make him seem Divergent.
Tobias is so upset that he is "genetically damaged", and Tris tries to reassure him, "Oh, sweetie, you're not damaged, you are exactly the same person I fell in love with, blah blah blah." But Tobias won't have it, no; he joins up a rebel group of the "genetically damaged" and goes on a mission to steal some death serum that the "genetically pure (GP)" are going to use to kill the "genetically damaged (GD)". And a bomb goes of in an attempt to get into the weapons lab, and ends up killing Uriah.
Yes, Uriah, the best character ever, dies. But not at first; he's in a coma for most of the book, but he never wakes up, so they shut off his machines at the end.
Then Tobias finds out that the explosions he set off possibly killed Uriah, and Tris gets all in his face like, “Why didn’t you listen to me? I was right, you were wrong, as usual.” And Tobias is in a pool of guilt for almost the rest of the book.
So many people say that Tobias has to put of with Tris, but I really think its Tris that has to put up with Tobias. I mean, Tris is almost always right. But does Tobias ever listen? You’d think that by the third book he would have learned by now.
Then we find out Amar, Tobias’ mentor or something when he was first an initiate, is gay, and in a relationship with Tori’s brother. I’m sorry, but all of these gay people popping up in YA books out of nowhere is getting annoying. I feel like they’re just putting it in there to put it there. There’s really no meaning behind it.
Now the real plan of the people outside the fence comes about: is erupting in violence, so they plan to use memory serum to erase everyone’s memory so all of the people can start over. Because that will solve all the problems; erase everyone’s memory so they can start over again for a while, then erupt in violence again in a few years, and then use the serum again to help them.
Then Tobias, Tris, and the rest of them formulate a plan to stop them, which I can’t remember all of the details of, but it involves Caleb going into the control room, through the death serum, to press a button that will release the memory serum in the compound, and Tobias and a bunch of other people going inside the fence to get Uriah’s family so they can say goodbye.
Now, I’m a little fuzzy on this next part, so if I get something wrong, I apologize.
Before they do their little plan, Tris and Tobias have sex. I think. But it is so metaphorical, I have no idea what happened. It was just…weird. I didn’t like it.
The people going inside the fence leave and Caleb is prepared to die to die as he goes through the death serum and presses the button to release the memory serum into the compound, but Tris doesn’t let him do it. She thinks because she’s resistant to some other serum, she is also resistant to the death serum and has a greater chance of surviving. So she goes in Caleb’s place. And she survives the death serum! Yay! So she goes into the control room, and is shot by David. Multiple times. And dies after she presses the button to release the memory serum.
Yep, you read that right. Tris dies. And it just pissed me off so much.
It was so unnecessary. Couldn’t she have released the memory serum and survived? Is that too much to ask?
Meanwhile, Tobias formed a plan of his own to erase either his mother’s or father’s memory so he can actually have a parent for once in his life. He chooses his mother, and he doesn’t even have to use the serum on her. She has a complete change of heart, and decides to be with him and negotiate a peace agreement with the city. And Tobias gives the memory serum to Peter, which he takes so he can become a better person, which is probably the best part of the book.
Then Tobias comes back to find that Tris has been shot by David and he falls apart. Tris is gone. While you were out getting your mom back, Tris died. But he gets over it a few years later, and goes down the zip line for the first time and lets her ashes go on the way down. And that’s the end.
I did not like so many things about this book. Tobias was whiny, Tris was stupid, and the ending just pissed me off even more. Why couldn’t they have just gotten their memories reset? They could work with that, and eventually be all happy and normal again. But no. Tris had to die.
All in all, I did not like this book very much at all. You can start the series if you want to, the first two books were very good, but this one was such a letdown. But other people have loved it, so maybe it’s just me. Anyways, it’s your choice.
CONTENT: A very weird sex scene, not really described; other than that, everything is pretty much the same as the other books.
PS: I apologize for the bad grammar and possible run-on sentences. I just don't have it in me to correct it right now. 

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