Series: Divergent #3
Published by HarperCollins on October 22nd 2013
One choice will define you.
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 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
Can I just say that when I think back to that ending, I start bawling my eyes out again. I honestly ended up sobbing like a baby, and when I got out of that slump I was left a little dazed. Somehow I had ended up with this false sense of security when I started reading this book, with the emphasis on false. I feel like my heart got crushed and stamped upon by a horde of elephants. This was so not what I was expecting (and don’t ask me what I was, because I don’t know, but I do know it wasn’t this…)
I think I am still a bit dazed by that ending actually, but on the other hand, even though it made me oh so sad, I do understand it and try to accept it. Because this was such a good book! That ending was raw and real and everything I wanted when I picked up Allegiant. I wanted it to be real, and a happily ever after just wouldn’t have cut it. You can’t have a happily ever after in a story like this. It’s not real.
Oh what the hell! *Curls into a ball and starts crying again*
The next part is for the people that have read Allegiant:View Spoiler » My feelings are such a big mess because of that character death at the end. Scratch that, two character deaths at the end. No honestly! My two favourite characters got killed in the process! How is that fair?! I am torn between wanting to yell at Veronica Roth that she is a horrible woman to put me through this, or worshipping her for writing such a damned good series.
When I am so affected by a book (Read: wanting to lay in my bed all day and sob my eyes out) I rely on everything that blogging has taught me. Because if there is one thing that blogging has thought me it would be the ability to distance yourself from your feelings and just look at the story and message of a book.
War isn’t pretty and it will never come without loss
I can’t help but think that in a lot of YA books, the main characters always come out unscratched, and that just isn’t realistic. The way the Genetically Damaged are treated isn’t right. They made the choice to fight the way they treated and by beginning a war, it would be expected that there would be consequences. War is horrible and goes paired with death. When a war is at its end, it is dominated by destruction and grief, and we are no stranger to this, because we get confronted with this in every book in the trilogy.
There is a fair share of Romance in the Divergent trilogy, but in the first book we also get confronted that romance doesn’t always stand when there’s violence involved when Christina loses Will. In the second book we once again get confronted when Uriah loses Marlene (and Lynn). I think we all agree that they had way to few time together, but is there ever? During Insurgent and Allegiant Tris and Tobias are thrown in the deep, and there were quite a few moment that I thought their relationship wouldn’t survive through all the destruction that war brought with them. It was so beautiful to read how Tris figured out that love isn’t just love. When people fall in love you don’t just stay with that person because you love them. It isn’t that black and white. You stay with a person because you choose to do so.
“I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe that’s true beginnings, but its not true of this, now.
I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”
Tris and Tobias found something worth living in a world full of pain and destruction, but that doesn’t mean it will stand. War comes with a cost, and sometimes it takes sacrifices.
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have every known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes is doesn’t.
Sometimes its nothing more that gritting your teeth together through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.
That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”
Poor Tris, and poor Tobias, his response to hearing that Tris had died broke my heart. As did Zeke and his mother’s response to hearing that Uriah had died. In the end, they reached their goal, but at the cost of the lives of Uriah, Tris and so many others.
Thinking back to this brings tears to my eyes. I did not want this to happen, but I do accept it. This was exactly what I meant with that the ending of this story was raw, but above all real. Like I explained above, war comes with a price.
In the end Tris died as herself. She fought for what she stood for and for what was right. She sacrificed herself for those she loved. Truth is, that’s how Tris was and why we loved her as a character. If it had ended any different it wouldn’t have been Tris anymore.
What I also can’t help but say is that when Tris saw her mother when she died was absolutely beautiful. She didn’t die for nothing and in the end she is reunited with her mother, and probably with all the other loved ones she’d lost. (Here I go crying again, it seems all I’ve been doing is crying over this book!).
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I had no way how to explain my thoughts without these spoilers, so for those who haven’t read Allegiant yet, you really should (then come back and check out what I wrote in the hidden part). This is such a good book that pulls on every heart string, there’s realy nothing more to say.
Now I’ve gotten all of this out of my system. I’ll go back and cry some more.
The only thing that I do take comfort in is that I know I am not alone in feeling this freaking storm of emotions rushing through them.
To all of those who still have to read Allegiant: Good luck! Believe me… you’ll need it.