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Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Every question that can be answered must be
answered or at least engaged.
Illogical thought processes must be
challenged when they arise.
Wrong answers must be corrected.
Correct answers must be affirmed.

– Erudite faction manifesto

It started with a dystopic and chaotic faction based world in the first of the Divergent books and it ends with Allegiant, Veronica Roth’s final instalment to the three part book trilogy. In this final instalment of Divergent, both Tris and Tobias are faced with a number of problems including finding out the truth about the lie that they have grown to call social normality.

On the other side of the fence, beyond the city’s border, lies the Bureau – a government organisation that have been using and abusing the power of science and opening up a new definition to the word ‘faction’. These factions, the pair find out, have been nothing but a result to create a balance between the Genetically Pure and the Genetically Damaged. The Bureau has been behind everything and it’s up to Tris and her fellow companions to fix the wrongs, but how can they do that when there are even quarrels amongst their rebellion?

Roth has presented the final trilogy to the New York Times best selling Divergent series, as a roller-coaster. Unlike it’s second predecessor, Insurgent, the book writes itself for another lengthy number of pages. I was surprised to pick it up and it immediately left off where Insurgent finished. The continuity was somewhat impressive and it still had that fire and passion that Insurgent had but Divergent lacked. As mentioned before, it is a lengthy read at 526 pages including the epilogue.

The only negative in this book I found was indeed the length of it. It took me quite a while to read, even though when finally read I realised the cause of the length of it, but for a book that’s aimed at Young Adults, it’s quite a long book that requires perseverance to read all of it.

Roth adapts the first person narrative approach again, but instead of standing in just Tris’ shoes, she takes on a new character, Tobias (also known as Four) and stands in his shoes. At first I wasn’t sure why this approach was taken, because it felt like it was an uncalled move and felt disruptive to the patterns of its predecessors in the trilogy. But I found soon out why that approach was done and I highly praise Roth for taking the last instalment this way in the way of literary techniques.

There were still little quirks about the book, and certain events that I deemed unnecessary to the plot in its entirety, but I still would like to give it a higher rating than the first book. I would give it to 3 and a half stars. 


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