I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Also by this author: Divergent, Insurgent, Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
Series: Divergent #3
Also in this series: Divergent, Insurgent
Narrator: Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
Length: 11 Hours 55 minutes
Published by Harper Collins on October 22nd 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Values & Virtues
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Now includes an excerpt from the upcoming Four: A Divergent Collection.
What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
Why Did I Listen To This Book?
As I am the reader in my relationship, I could not let my boyfriend finish the Divergent series before me. I mean, that would be a total travesty. And so, because he had finished Insurgent I absolutely knew that I needed to get right on reading Allegiant ASAP. Luckily, I had the audiobook on hand as well as the ebook. Audiobooks fit my life a little bit better, and so, I began listening to Roth’s Allegiant in earnest, ready to learn how things play out for Tris and Tobias and well, all the final SECRETS. In all, I was not as wowed by this closing book as I was by Divergent and Insurgent.
What’s The Story Here?
Allegiant by Veronica Roth is the last of the Divergent series and is told in first person point of view by not only Tris, but also Tobias. It pretty much takes place where Insurgent leaves off. In this book, the factions are essentially no more. Tobias’s mom has taken over and she is pretty awful. I can’t entirely blame her though, given that she was married to Marcus and he was super abusive and that kind of thing can be damaging to your psyche. Anyways, so Tris and Tobias’s mom do not get along. Tris gets the chance to explore beyond Chicago, where the factions are and to answer some of my questions about the outside world. What she discovers is a world built on lies and manipulations and that they are not alone in Chicago. She also learns some pretty interesting secrets about her mother. Plenty of things happen in Allegiant, honestly, but this is not the most memorable, most awesome book of the series.
How Did I Like This Book?
Overall, I thought that Allegiant was the weakest of the series. I did like that my questions about the deal with Tris’s mom were answered. I liked that we finally got to see what was going on outside of Chicago, because that is a question I have had on my mind throughout the series — I mean, if there is a dystopia, usually more than one city survives. I also liked that we got to see things from Four’s perspective. He is an intriguing character and one of my favorites from the series, overall. HOWEVER. However. I am not 100% satisfied with this series resolution.
What ABOUT THE MAJOR SPOILER?
So, I knew about the spoiler ahead of time thanks to Instagram or Oh No They Didn’t. Something along those lines. I knew it was coming. Yet, when it came, it was still a shock. I thought it was a bullshit moment. Let’s just say I was not on board with ending the series in this way. I felt like it was a slap in the face to the time I invested in this series as a reader. I mean, the way it was done was sort of tasteful, but also pointless. I know the series had been hinting at it happening and maybe the reason it happened was to distinguish this book from the other YA dystopian series on the market, but EH. I hated it.
How’s The Narration?
As you know, I love Emma Galvin. She is one of my favorite young adult audiobook narrators. This is one of many books that I have listened to her narrate. She is great as always. As for her co-narrator, Aaron Stanford – he wasn’t bad. It did feel as though there was an interloper in the story and threw me off a little. Yet, he is a good narrator. He’s got a good audiobook voice. Overall though, Allegiant is my least favorite and that also carries over to the audiobooks as well.
Sum It Up With A GIF:
My investment level into the spoiler, pretty much.
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