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Allegiant: Book 3 (Divergent) Hardcover – 22 October 2013
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Praise for DIVERGENT:
“The next big thing.” (Rolling Stone )
“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.” (PerezHilton.com )
About the Author
Veronica Roth is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, and Four: A Divergent Collection. Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago.
You can visit her online at www.veronicarothbooks.com
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- Publisher : HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (22 October 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007524277
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007524273
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Item Weight : 680 g
- Dimensions : 14.1 x 4.6 x 22.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #77,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The entire series we are shown the struggle humanity has with themselves. How the stay true to their ideals in front of the challenges presented to them and Tris was such an excellent character to view this from. That being said, I did, however find it lovely that Roth even included Tobias’ POV for this book – especially given the ending of the book. As we came to know in the last book, everyone finds out they are part of a giant experiment to know whether human virtues can save humanity in the end and the extraordinary people Divergent were supposed to be the big help to the people on the outside.
In Allegiant, everything we know from the last two books has been totally turned around – I mean, nothing could have prepared anyone for the reveal in Allegiant. The reason for the experiments, why the factions exist, why the Divergent are important. The problems in Chicago are also on the outside, just in a different context, and here is where Tris and Tobias are challenged. Their world has been expanded to such limits as to make them feel inconsequential and yet they manage to leave such a mark in this book. The problems in the outside world are much worse than what they had in their closetted little city and the stakes are much higher. They have to make tougher decisions and find out what lengths they are ready to go to save the ones closest to them. The entire series has been a glorious study in human nature and what is based on what we know to be true and what we are. If you are told something for as long as you remember, it becomes truth for you – whether or not it is real. I think Roth particularly wants to say that we are limited by our own selves and not by what we are brought up on. We can endeavour to be what we want to be.
The writing is as usual, spectacular – I was hooked for all the 8 hours that I spent reading it and it still doesn’t feel enough. I want more but oddly I am satisfied too. She gave the book such a real ending, not great, but real and I know not everyone is happy with it (I gathered this much despite avoiding all mentions, reviews and spoilers online) but I am content with it. I wouldn’t say happy because it wasn’t the way I would have wanted it to end but then it is her story and I like to be surprised too. That was what made me feel so good about this book – Roth did something we never expected her to do but even so you can’t begrudge her the powerful way she did it. Full points for the most explosive final book ever.
i agree with Tobias ~selflessness and bravery are same thing. well some people thinks that why there has to b a death when we can just make it the way we want it to end like happily forever but this is not real, in real life people die and those left behind will always remember them as hero or a brave hero. i think thats the beauty of the ending u make sacrifices when u knw its worth ur life..
so yeah it was heartbreaking but at the same time heartwarming must read book.. all thumbs up..
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Split POV was rubbish and I kept forgetting whose narrative I was reading, mostly becuase they were basically the same style.
The ending is bizarre (spoiler alert). It seems that what our main character Tris has been learning the whole time goes out the window when she decides its worth killing herself to perform the very act of horror on one group of people that she decided must be stopped happening to another. How can the characters decide that to right the wrongs of the Bureau they must eradiciate their memories, everyones memories, innocent people and leaders! Thus, letting them off the hook whilst the main 'baddies' get away scot free and remember everything.
Meanwhile, poor pathetic Four/Tobias (former bad-ass turned wet blanket) is left bereft and alone.
Depressing and hollow. What a shame Tris didn't realise it would be best to destroy the serums altogether, thus preventing any further use, and negotiate the same peace deal achieved between the main bad guys anyway. Then she and Four could run off in to the sunset.
I would get half way through paragraphs, only so realise that it was now Four, not Tris who was the narrator, or the other way round. They both sound/read the same. Other authors have done it, and pulled it off, but they made the narrative style of the two protagonists so different that it was easy to tell who's view point we were seeing the action from.
Tolkien managed multiple plot lines in the Lord of the Rings with little or no confusion.
Ian M Banks did it brilliantly in "Feersum Endginn" (Fearsome Engine) by using conventional spelling for one charaters narrative, and the other haf ov it foneticaly speld. U noo hoo waz torking, it was obviuz.
Some of my expectations were met - I had already realised that the city (Chicago) was some form of experiment part way through book 1 - the gates were locked to keep people in, not out. A bit of a let down.
TO be fair, Stephen King can not write the last few pages of most of his multi-million selling books either. 600 pages of excellence, followed by the ending "So I hit it on the head with a rock & killed IT."
There are shades of Huxley’s Island in this book with the factions as some kind of experiment in a better way of living, as well as Big Brother and 1984. We also learn more about why the faction system was established and there is an even greater sense of manipulation and control. For Tobias the polarisation is taken even further with both parents being on opposite sides with Tris following Marcus at one point.
The concept of a memory serum is fascinating and a more subtle form of control than the simulation in the previous books. Here memory can be wiped and a new version of history taught. Peter tries to take this a step further and banish his more aggressive and negative traits, but the suggestion is that they begin to creep back. This is the basis for the old argument of nature verses nurture in relation o the formation of personality.
Having both Tris and Tobias’s perspectives enables a deeper understanding of their relationship. It also highlights the difficulties and sources of conflict in most relationships – friends, family, forgiveness, jealousy and makes some very profound comments about the nature of forgiveness. “If we stay together, I’ll have to forgive you over and over again, and if you’re still in this, you’ll have to forgive me over and over again too,’ I say. ‘So forgiveness isn’t the point. What I really should have been tryi9ng to figure out is whether we were still good for each other.”
I thoroughly enjoyed the Divergence series and felt the ending was more satisfying and credible than the Hunger Games. I found the series more complex and relevant to modern day issues of relationship, personality, control and the role of the State. For this reason I would rate it above the Hunger Games and now look forward to seeing the film and reading Four!
But, I found myself disappointed with this final installment.
This book is written differently from the first two in that it is written from the point of view of both Tobias and Tris. The chapters throughout the books are all imaginatively called either 'Tobias' or 'Tris'.
In the first two books, Tobias comes across as strong and forceful, but in this one, he is weak and apathetic - Maybe he has been eating too much Amity bread!
I found myself constantly flicking back to the beginning of the chapters because I had forgotten who's point of view it was written from, as there was no appreciable difference in the way in which the characters were written.
The book seemed to slowly meander onward in a leisurely fashion, without the page turning excitement of the first two books. In places, it was so dull that my mind started to wander - never a good sign.
And the ending! Why? I was left feeling cheated that I had got to know these characters, bonded with them, and then...............
I wish now that I had stopped reading at the end of the second book.
There are so many fabulous and fantastic ways that this trilogy could have panned out, but this final installment certainly did not echo those possibilities, it just fizzled out into mediocrity.