Book Review: Allegiant

Why I picked it:  It's book three!

Synopsis: 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 perspectives, Tris and Four.

Quick take:  I finished book three early this morning.  Allegiant, in my humble opinion, is the best book in the series.  The first half provides a lot of background and a plan, the second half brings the story to an end.

Favorite quote from book three: Life damages us, everyone. We can't escape that damage. But now I'm also learning this: we can be mended, we mend each other. 

Series in summary: I read all three books in five weeks. The story was fresh which may have brought along high expectations for book three (I didn't love book two).  If you can overlook the violence, this is a great series for the YA audience.  The books are filled with references to core values, right/wrong, good/bad, and the idea of bravery.

Divergent: I enjoyed it
Insurgent: okay
Allegiant: my favorite in the series

YA observations: These books are filled with repetition which may contribute to my struggles with the genre.  But I am trying to read the ones everyone's talking about...

Did you listen to Slates Double X discussion last week on female leads, and violence in YA?  If not, give it a listen.  Interesting to hear them discuss Hunger Games and how the boy and girl play opposite characters (strong protector vs caring provider).

Rating: 4 stars
Source: personal copy