Thursday, October 23, 2014
Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Author: Veronica Roth
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.
This is a long due review, but if you are one of the few that has not read the Divergent series yet, maybe this will encourage you. If you follow my blog, you'll know I'm a huge fan of the Divergent series and the dystopian genre in general; but that I hate when a series comes to an end.
Allegiant is the last book in the best selling, young-adult dystopian trilogy. Although, I waited to read the book because I was denying that the series must end, Allegiant doesn't leave you feeling like there should be more to tell. It is a wholesome story and ends in the most logical and ethical way, under the circumstances.
A lot of new information is given about the story, which changes how you look upon the world and the characters within it. In other reviews I have seen that some readers do not like the changes within this book but I agree with how Veronica handled the story. She managed to create a world so abstract to the one we live in and make it flawlessly believable.
Although there is less action than the former books, as a reader you are compelled to read on for more information to understand the whole truth of their world. A stronger focus is put onto the relationship between Tris and Tobias, that suffers a lot due to the drastic changes in their world and environment.
Allegiant tackles the disputes between families, overcoming differences and genetic boundaries. This is where young readers can learn a lot from how the characters handle these situations.
The story is laced with betrayal as the characters discover each layer of lies that they have been brought up to live by. We experience this along with the characters and it makes us wonder if we too are being controlled by society or a higher power.
The enemies that were established in book #1 and #2 seem minor compared to the real enemies which are revealed in Allegiant. The world expands and seems scarier and bigger than ever before and the characters begin to crave the isolation they fought against in the beginning.
Tris continues to resemble a strong female character in the series that is selfless, brave and most importantly human. She is a great character for young adults to read, relate to and aspire towards.
Roth resolves the ending by sacrificing a huge part of the series, and I think it works, but others may find this ending heart breaking and wrong. It is a lesson to learn that things must be sacrificed and changed for a better outcome.