Book Review: Allegiant
By Veronica Roth
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.
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Adult Point of View
Veronica Roth jumps right into the action again. Finally it is revealed that the five faction system was not an attempt to save save humanity. As a small group escape from the city and go beyond the fence their reality shifts to realize how small they are compared to the scope of what is beyond. Each character takes this shift in a new way. Tris doesn’t buy into everything she is hearing, she is too jaded from her previous life. Peter, in an odd way, seems comforted to see that the world is larger as if to shrink his acts of cruelty to insignificance. Tobias’ hidden belief that he is damaged, and there is no hope for him is confirmed by the authorities.
Warning again! Spoilers are on the horizon!
I wasn’t thrilled that this series is culminating in another apocalyptic disease-like conclusion, like The Maze Runner series and the Matched series. In this case the “disease” is genetically damaged humans. There is a divide between the genetically pure (GP) and the genetically damaged (GD). The GD’s are suppressed and maligned. Chicago, was an experiment to give a chance to the GD’s to rebuild their gene structure and their progeny would become GP’s to be reintroduced to society at large. There are obvious parallels to Nazi – or any other repressive government – who works creating propaganda and keeping the majority of the population misinformed and uneducated. This could be seen as any government. There are also parallels to racism. We can see how Tobias has a complete lack of confidence in himself when he is told that he is GD.
I don’t have the dates for this, but here is a interesting story I heard about perception and prejudice:In school there was a third grade class and the teacher told the kids that there was a study done and blue-eyed children were smarter than other brown-eyed children. Then the children took a test. The blue-eyed children performed better. The next day the teacher said there had been a mistake in the study and it was actually brown-eyed children who were smarter. A test was administered, and the brown-eyed children scored higher. At the conclusion the children were let in on the secret that there was no study and it was their belief in themselves that changed their score rather than intelligence.
In the previous novel, Insurgence, I had stated there was a steamy scene between Tris and Tobias (Four) that let the readers draw their own conclusions if they had had sex. Well, they didn’t. In this novel they discuss how a person decides when they will have sex and they decide a moderate approach is best. There is one scene which describes some kissing and steaminess, but the details are left to the imagination.
Again, you have been warned of the spoilers coming!
By the end of this novel I was much more vested than I was at the beginning. I couldn’t believe there was a huge government conspiracy as well as the conspiracy within the experiment city of Chicago, nevertheless, I was more interested as the characters developed. I was annoyed with Tris that she was so condescending to Tobias, but I guess we can all be that way sometimes. I was surprised when Caleb, Tris’s brother, had agreed to be the one who would die to release the memory serum which was protected under lock and key and the death serum. Of course, Tris takes his place and is resistant to the death serum. However, she is shot and is dead! That was a shocker! I thought she would miraculously be alive by then end, but she wasn’t she was dead. At least there wasn’t a love triangle!
The teen didn’t read this one. She is done with this series after the last one.
If you enjoyed this series try Cast of Stones, A (The Staff and the Sword) by Patrick W. Carr.