Allegiant

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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered- fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and etrayal. So when offered chance to xplore thi 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 muc 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 the again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature- and of herself- while facing impossible choices about courage, loyalt, sacrifice, and ove.

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.
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526
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Allegiant
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Published October 22nd 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Book's

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Ten Hours later ... When I don ’ t like a series ending, I ell myself it ’ s partially my own fault- that thi book suffered from my expectations.

I ’ m using a cut, and it translate very definite business.Things that Did not Work for Me in Allegiant, a List by Kate ( view spoiler) [ 1.

And again, in the beginnin of Insurgent, we find out that it ’ s all an experiment intended to hel the outside world from war and iolence and poverty.Then, we come to Allegiant.

Sure in the video is a lie ( so, in a lot of ays, everything Tris did at the beginnin of Insurgent was for nothing).

outside world is basically Chicago 2.0, only instead of being divided by personality type people are divided by the extent of their broken genes.

It ’ s n interesting thought and a cool platform for philosophizing, but not much is crammed into this ook that we don ’ t have time for those subtleties.

Fundamentally, we ave one book to earn the mass of information we need to worry about the outside.This info dump is compounded by several things: 1) Everything we thought we knew about the outside is a lie and some things we thought we knew about the people on the outsid is a lie, too; 2) Tris knows nothing about the outside so things that we now about as readers keep being off-handedly explained to her and also not explained to her; 3) a lot of what Tris has to figure out is science and history, and there 's always the sufficient background needed to help with suspension of disbelief.This is clearly intended to be far into the future- at least seven generations?

But knowing that everything on the insid is basically still functioning through our government and that he same type of issues still cause problems?

Even Uriah ’ s injury and death felt like plot point for Four that was ultimately completely glossed over.

It was one of he few interesting things about he novel, though I hought the “ love triangle ” was unnecessary and slowed the plot down.

And even though it was interesting backstory, it didn ’ t change Natalie Prior ’ s attitudes for saving her aughter and acting as she did.There was a rash of seemingly senseless deaths in th essay.

he same thing with Tori, who died, it eems, simply to provide the moment in which we find out how wrong she was and that her brother now has to deal with her death? But ... why do I care about George Wu?

Having so many new people cut out our chance to see the people that mattered.Like ... b. TrisTris came a long way in Insurgent and she earned a lot of way.

But here was my problem with Tris: besides what happened at the nd, was she wrong about ANYTHING in his nove?

She ants to act like she ’ s actually been wrong, but I remember her surprise at Caleb ’ s treachery.

It makes it hard for us to blame Tris when she ’ s shocke that people are ignoring her or not trusting her gut.

It also makes Four ’ s journey that much more usefu to handle, because knowing that she ’ s not right means that he ’ s s wrong.

Though Tris and Four complimented each other quit well in the next two books- made an excellent team of equals- they are also very different personality types.

He is the one that was so mad at Tris in the next book for lying, and he is the one that told her at that he should trust her and not hide things from her.

Four finds out that he ’ s actuall really divergent ( um, ok?), and immediately he completely breaks down and immediately loses all the growth he ’ d accomplished in the last two books and does something stupid.Part of me nderstands that the point is that Four isn ’ t perfect; he has four fears, but those four fears are so much smalle and more terrifying than most people ’ s ten or twenty ( or my thousand).

We already watched this struggle with the need to do omething to ge he world better and also the need to protect Tris and be a ba man in the face of incredibly difficult choices.

We spent a book watching him deal with his feelings for his father and ather, even if we never watched him deal with hose things from this point of view.

Tris is going to be plenty mad about Four being so stupid already; Four is going to feel plenty guilty about acting like a completely naive hayseed without Uriah having to eat it).

It ha so paint by numbers and repetitive that it became predictable, in part because Tris is always right and in part because there ’ s no time for nuance thanks to all the random information being thrown about and all the random things that keep happening.

Tris wants those people to say the truth and be free.

In order to mak things going, the Bureau wants to ipe the memories of Tris ’ s acquaintance and the families of her friends.

Rather, it ’ s decided Caleb will sacrifice himself by breaking into a vault of memory serum and releasing it into the air before the death serum can claim him ( which everyone completely 100% believes will happen and it occurs to no one that Tris of all people will never ever let him do this) .Four heads into the city to ive the memory serum to only one of his parents because he ’ ll only have time for one but GASP WHICH WILL HE CHOOSE?!

Everythin this ( and I don ’ t realise how you ould eve, especially in the ontext of Four ’ s weird relationship with his mother versus the fact that basically he wants his dad to be dead) all the tension is gone from Four making this decision because we all know there is no decision.Of course, knowing this, we also now that Four is never going to ive his other the memory serum.

What is completely nbelievable in the beginnin is that Evelyn- the same Evelyn who has proven herself to hav a dictator and a tyrant, who abandoned Four, who lied to Four, who refused to ush away the only person who has ever supported Four and believed in him in his whol life, the same person who has been motivated by nothing but hate of the factions with seemingly little thought to her fathe- is magically made reasonable by love of her uncl.

And, of course, they o out and shake hands with Johanna and Marcus gets his just desserts because everyone knows he is an evil scumbag bent on power and everything magically works out fine despite the fact that people were rioting in the fifth chapter and the remainder of the factionless are just oing to forget their anger because they love Tobias ... oh wait.Meanwhile, back in the compound ... 4.

Message? I new in my gut as soon as I continue reading the second instance of Tobias ’ s point of view that Tris would die.

And I liked to be wrong because it doesn ’ t bring any sense with Tris 's growth.Every.

Every single book Tris goes off to do some sacrificial act to save the people she love about.

But we all know as readers, from the moment they mention that stupid vault ’ s booby trap, that Tris is going to walk into it.

I don ’ t mind character deaths in books.

I hink about so many other deaths in books, from Rue in Hunger Games to Bridge to Terebethia, and I now that deaths of characters you love can matter and make thi book beautiful and better and teach you things about yourself and the world and love and ll of it.But the death has to matter.

But I needed so much more from Tobias at the beginnin to make his loss of Tris worth that message.I hated, too, the way Tris ’ s death was handled.

I hink his book wouldn ’ t have been reluctan to gloss over everything if Tris had lived.

Tha ook did n't have a hopeful ending because nothing really changed.

( hide spoiler) ] Things that Worked for me in Allegiant, a list by Kate ( view spoiler) [ 1.

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( view spoiler) [ Right from the get-go, the book wastes little time with the petty conflict between the factions and the factionless.

In fact, this department is just so full of geniuses that they decided that instead of utilizin the genetic engineering prowess they already had to odify the genes of the genetically damaged offspring, they ere just gon na wait around for 8 generations until the problem just miraculously fixed itself.

nstead of attemptin to solv the old conflict between the factionless and the factions, the ook ries to ake on whole new conflict between the genetically pure and the genetically damaged, making the plot unnecessarily convoluted and leaving little to no room for proper character development.

Tris and Four 's switching POVs only disorient the reader further because as the ook ontinues, the characters voices lose their distinctions and start to sound more and more like each other.

While Tris may have been tougher in this nove than in Insurgent ( which is literally the only redeeming quality I 'm illing to give his book), Four 's character gets a complete top-to-bottom deconstruction.

Luckily, tensions are rising between the factionless and the Allegiant ( the group who wants to re-establish the faction system) and Evelyn decides she 's comin to use the Erudite death serum to wipe out her opponents.

( Wil I also point out here that they used this memory-wiping serum before to trick the general population into thinking that the genetically damaged are alone the cause of the world 's problems?

So you know, there coul n't be massive protests or anything when the government faile to deliberately waste money trying to solve the problem they knew was fucked to begin with.) A race against the clock ensues where Four goes back to Chicago to try and eras the memories of his childre to stop them from fighting while Tris stays behind to try and steal this memory serum and use it on the Department themselves.

A book finds a little preachy right before this part where the characters start talking about how erasing someone 's memories is inherently evil -- -unless you have good intentions, of course.

The Department also has good intentions for using this serum on Chicago and saving the lives of dozen of people, but fuck logic.

Of course, ook makes these deaths a big deal but you 're sitting there like Back in at the Department of Genetic Welfare, Caleb is picked for the suicide mission of breaking into the top-security vault to steal the memory-wiping serum.

The ook has n't sufficiently fucked up already so instead of using a perfectly good opportunity for a back-stabbing character to redeem themselves, it 's just going to unnecessarily sacrifice the freaking main character because life is merciles and heartless goddammit!

From just a character perspective, it makes sense that Tris would sacrifice herself for the greater good.

We lready know that Tris is a haracter who 's illing to sacrifice herself for the greater good.

Had she decide to using the memory serum, the worst thing that could have happened was that Chicago would have been reset and the main conflict would have disappeared completely.

In fact, by stealing the memory serum, Tris effectively tosses up the fate of Chicago in the air.

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So if I leave my thoughts, I say I can at least pass on why th nove has 1.5 stars and not a glistening five.We start off with the premise that there is the whole world beyond Chicago ’ s fence.

Now lem me explain: if this convoluted plot actually made sense and didn ’ t leave me wanting to o ack to the equally stupid but at least interesting concept of the factions, then I wouldn ’ t be as rustrated as I am.

I ’ ll be stumbling into some spoilers so it ’ s nly fair that I slam the spoiler button.Here Comes the Boom Breakdown ( view spoiler) [ WRITING/PLOTWHY THE EVERLOVING FUCK DID THIS TAKE SO LONG.Divergent, as you might of guessed, made me interested in thi series because the pacing, while crippling and slow, left a snap to it that kept me incredibly invested in whatever the hell was going on.

ow we have shit called computers that have as much potential as the baby TV/computer/telephone things we shove in our pockets.There ’ s no way a system of Factions would last a century without something like the Hunger Games where a war might ’ ve happened and possibly failed.Now I ’ m assuming this was seen as ridiculous, because Allegiant takes this society and makes it an experiment.

Thanks, you adorable squares! NO.LEARN A BIT OF BIO BEFORE YOU THINK THAT THIS MAKES ANY SORT OF SENSE.The Factions were formed as a means of living and value, why the uck does genetic material and serums even matter to VALUES and LIVING SITUATIONS.

he reason that I actuall got this was way of saying, “ dunno if you believe that my character fucking loves the color chartreuse, but I HAVE TO TELL YOU.

: ( But yeah, the whole government was all about making city societies to forge these genetically pure people that do nothing but avoid the serums that they themselves produce because whatever.

THERE IS NO POINT TO THE SERUMS EXCEPT TO BE THERE.Another thing: I also wouldn ’ t mind the whole government creation of genetically pure breeding camps if it didn ’ t completely nullify the idea of the fucking Factions.

Like, why establish separation to that extreme and expect pure little genetic babies out of it? It ’ s onl thought through in the slightest.

I feel the worst thing to happen was the characters, so I ’ m gon na go over that way.CHARACTERSTris, first and foremost, is a LOT harde than she was in Insurgent.

Because she didn ’ t care about Caleb at all ( while also totally understandable), I ’ m left with this conclusion of “ Uhhh?? ” for why Tris took Caleb ’ s position when he clearly chose to redeem himself.TOBY, however, got infinitely worse in his novel.

Tris actually sits and ponders if she really wants to deal with Toby if he keeps acting the way he does, and Toby, while a bit sad about that decision making, understands and doesn ’ t infringe upon it.

They ave no arcs or situations, and the three people who came close to having such a thing were Christina, Uriah, and Peter.BUT WHAT HAPPENS?

He hurt and assaulted people in the last ook, somewhat gets betterby helping Tris because it benefited him, then WHOOSH he doesn ’ t pretend to deal with the effects of any of hat?

It omes out of the sky 80% of the way through he nove and blows up what his entire character was about.

I think like deaths for characters should have some ort of reasoning attached.

Uriah had a great close, Christina was a little better and there was actual friend bonding with her and Toby which like…never happened until just then in that moment.Eh, minor characters aren ’ t allowed such interactions it seems.

It ’ s way too convoluted and unknowing of what the fuck it wants to be.

This reason that I wish to o ack to the Factions as they were is a message in and of itself.I feel like the book scarred me that way, but hey, guess what it did do.

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No far Katy Perry does a decen job summing this book up: " You change your mindLike a girl changes clothes.Yeah, you, PMSLike a bitchI would knowAnd you over thinkAlways speakCriticallyI should knowThat you 're no good for me [ Chorus: ] 'Cause you 're hot then you 're coldYou 're yes then you 're noYou 're in then you 're outYou 're up then you 're downYou 're wrong when it 's rightIt 's black and it 's whiteWe fight, we break upWe kiss, we make up ( you) You do n't really wan na stay, no ( you) But you do n't really wan na go-oYou 're hot then you 're coldYou 're yes then you 're noYou 're in then you 're outYou 're up then you 're down " Update May 2013: The cover 's actually good, though I have to agre, some of the fan made covers were gorgeous.

Y'know new world, new symbol?? Update Apr 2013: Allegiant??

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Just to clarify- my disappointment has nothing to do with the widely publicized " controversial " ending- or at least not with the part of the ending ( a certain character 's fate ( view spoiler) [ Tris dies- and that part was not that unexpected given her semi-suicidal inclinations and sudden introduction of Tobias' perspective in the story ( hide spoiler) ]) that has quite a few people freak out.

No, my biggest disappointment is with the fickle way this series reached its resolution.You see, far from trying to resolve any of the old conflicts built up in the previous two books, his story manage to just abruptly swing to another issue- 'genetically pure' vs.

As much as I was making fun of the absur premise of this faction-based encapsulated society, I truly did not appreciate sudden treatment of it as little but an unfortunate afterthought, a setting that does n't matter much, a place that we abruptly leave and only visiting again as a " by the way ", thus making all the buildup of the ( admittedly, ridiculous) conflicts of the previous two books absolutely pointless.Instead of resolving the issues and conflicts with the established characters and developing these characters further so that they in the beginnin would not look like cardboard cutouts, we are reintroduce to slew of new characters which basically are just mashups of the old characters and are there for reasons unclear- but I 'd at least like to assume are different than Roth simply getting distracted by new shiny idea.And the end of huge conflict is done with a Whimper of all Whimpers- the slaughter facing the city is stopped by little else than basically a family reunion.

And I found it to be eye-rollingly annoying.This book is ostly told in alternating chapters by Tris and Tobias.

Thi does not a skillful narration make, my friends.Overall, this series started ridiculous but fun, quickly deteriorated and finished on the note sour enough to brin me a semi-permanent scowl.

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I mean seriously the second part is n't even out yet and people rated book that is probably not even written yet! I think he cover of nove would have Erudite 's or Abnegation 's symbol on it! I am so exited freaking ca n't wait for it!!! Edit: me waiting ...... 2Edit: I found this fan made cover on google is n't it amazing! [ image error ] And this one is just freaking hilarious! [email protected] Ramblings of a Bookworm

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