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Allegiant by Veronica Roth • Magan Reviews

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth [twitter • website]
Previously Reviewed Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 526
Target Audience: Young Adult
Keywords: dystopia, trilogy, books to movies
Format Read: Hard cover purchased.

Summary: (borrowed from Goodreads) Dual narration by Tris Prior and her beloved Tobias. Their faction-based dystopian society is broken by violence and power struggles, scarred by loss and betrayal. Beyond the fence is even more alarming. Old discoveries are meaningless. Explosive new truths change those she loves. Again she faces impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

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I’m just gonna say right now this is going to be much less of an ordered, typical review (and it’s completely spoiler-free). I need to get out my feelings so maybe then I can move on. But you know what? Moving on after clinging to a series for SO long really hurts.

Allegiant really was the end of an era for me. Roth really opened the flood gate in this last installment of the Divergent series. Of course I knew something big was happening. (In fact, someone spoiled what was going to happen on Instagram (grrr) so I stayed away. My heart was really struggling with finishing the series because I’m so, so bad at goodbyes. They seem so final and I often don’t have enough closure to move on. And if I didn’t read Allegiant, then everything was fine and peachy, right? Wrong.

That’s probably why I had a major, major book hangover after finishing Allegiant. I can’t say that I was absolutely, 100% pleased as punch with how everything wrapped up, but when you invest THAT much in characters and see them fighting so hard, that final page is never going to be enough. I cried and cried (for probably an hour after closing the book). When my husband came home, I tried shoving the book in his hands and told him I needed him to read it immediately. (He couldn’t — stupid grad school.) I was desperate for someone to talk things through with; I felt so isolated!

And that makes me wonder — without being spoilery at all — how Veronica Roth felt having to make some pretty tough decisions in this book. I’m sure there were parts she didn’t want to write, and remembering back to Allegiant’s release date, there was a lot of uproar and disappointment. Going out on a limb here, I applaud Roth for being bold and writing things that absolutely sucked to read about, but ultimately did feel authentic to the story. It can’t be easy to not give your readers what they’re wanting or expecting.

January was the month I wanted to set aside for finishing all of the series I have abandoned. I’m so thankful I didn’t suffer break-up after break-up after break-up. I don’t think I would have ever climbed out of the cavernous valley of depression from saying repeated goodbyes. But hopefully I’ll get around to more of them throughout the year because sometimes goodbyes are necessary.

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May 5, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Magan - Andi. The hurt. My heart just hurt so badly. It was soooo sad. Thanks for letting me know you were right there with me. Man, so painful. And I think you’re brave for wanting to re-read. I don’t know that I could take it!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - ROSIE! SO FRUSTRATING! I felt like banging my head against a wall. (Not really, but I did feel like I would burst!) I absolutely love your comment. I would love if she talked about it a bit more too. I’d buy the collector’s edition JUST for that. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Annette, your comment perfectly sums up how I felt. Life isn’t always perfect, and I think that’s what Allegiant proved. There’s not always a happily ever after.

May 5, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Hollie! So, so glad you and I were on the same page here. We should’ve known. You’re absolutely right. I applaud Roth for being authentic, but darn if I didn’t cry a lot! 😉

May 5, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Divergent was one of the series I started before blogging, Alexa! I think that’s why it was so sentimental for me too. Though it wasn’t my perfect, happily ever ever…I understand it all. <3

April 23, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - While I honestly didn’t want some of the things that happened in this final novel to happen, I was actually able to accept that they would. I didn’t get spoiled (thankfully!), but I knew that something big must have happened to get everyone in a tizzy. I feel you about it being the end of an era though; Divergent was one of the first YA trilogies I read the year I started blogging and that series will always be special to me for that reason.

April 22, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Hollie - You’ve absolutely summed up my entire feelings on Allegiant. I can’t say I’m happy with how it ended, but I honestly feel that there couldn’t be a more fitting ending. Looking back, and thinking about the first two books in the series, we should’ve known it was never going to be a perfect HEA, and I really love Veronica Roth more for giving us this gut-wrenching ending instead of something completely different that would feel inauthentic to the series.

April 22, 2015 - 11:58 am

Annette - No one really wanted things to turn out that way, but I, too, applaud Roth for making the difficult choices. I love it when authors are gutsy, even though they know it’s going to tick a lot of people off. Great review.

April 22, 2015 - 8:07 am

Rosie - its so frustrating when you have no one to talk to about a book isn’t it? You can talk to me though!

I completely agree with you that Veronica made the right choice to do something shocking. It made sense, and I believe that’s what Tris would have done. I think if she’d avoided that, it wouldn’t have done the series justice.

I think there’s an Allegiant Collector’s Edition coming out in the autumn, so I hope Veronica will talk about having to make hard decisions. It’s always interesting to hear why authors do things.

April 22, 2015 - 8:04 am

Andi - So. Much. Yes.

Magan, I felt what you felt. I hurt how you hurt. I cried like you cried. I mean I was a straight up sobby mess when I was done for like an hour, probably for 2 because I think I cried the last hour of the book. It was just so powerful an ending and it hurt my heart and my soul. I want to reread it again before the movie but I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready.

Excellent review!

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