Monday, January 27, 2014

Top 13 of 2013: (#13) ALLEGIANT (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth


When Allegiant was released in 2013, it literally burst onto the publishing scene and dominated the best seller lists for weeks. It won several of Team Epic Reads's Book Shimmy Awards and a Goodreads Choice award, and deservedly so. So some people may be shocked to find Allegiant is at the bottom of my Top 13 for 2013. But that's actually kind of triumphant given the amount of books I read in 2013. There are a lot of books I read that didn't make the cut. Also, it was just a fantastic year for YA/NA literature and there were a lot of amazing books that just captivated me more. Here's the info about Allegiant and my review ...

AUTHOR: Veronica Roth -- Twitter | Website 
PUBLISHED: October 22, 2013 by Katherine Tegen (Harper Collins)
GENRE: Young Adult, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic 
PAGES: 526
SOURCE: Self purchased
BUY IT: Barnes and Noble | Amazon
Find it on Goodreads

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.

On the morning that Allegiant came out, I had a copy of it on-hold at my local Barnes and Noble, but when I woke up at 5 a.m., I just couldn't wait any longer for it, so I set off on a trek that led me to three stores (Meijer, Walmart, and Target) before I finally found it at Target, hours before B&N would have even opened it. I was 75% of the way through the book by the time I would've been checking out at B&N.

Allegiant made my mind melt. Literally, it just broke me. The ending was so unexpected and I couldn't start or finish any other books for weeks because I was just so hungover. I am now suffering from what I like to call Allegiant-related PTSD which makes me extremely nervous about the final book in any trilogy.

But ... now that it's been months since I finished the book, I can honestly say that it was a fulfilling book and one that took a lot of bold choices. The ending was extremely fitting for Tris and her character.

It broke me in all kinds of way, it emotionally crippled me, and it is still one of those fictional deaths that I think of every day and my heart just sinks. She's a character I miss. Knowing that her fictional soul isn't still out there in the fictional world hurts my heart.

But the book was beautifully written, extremely captivating, well-paced, and left an impression in my mind and footprints in my heart. The ending was brave, just like Tris was, just like Veronica Roth is and encourage her readers to be. I have made my peace with that ending.

I gave it a four hearts rating, due only to the fact that I felt like the epilogue was extremely rushed and that there's still just a bit of me that wishes Tris didn't have to die to achieve the ending. But I devoured the book and I would still recommend the entire Divergent experience to other readers.

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