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I may never be happy ever again.The fun and laughter is over I have finally read Allegiant, and I feel empty inside Empty but accepting, and understanding.This book makes Mockingjay feel like Dr Seuss I had a few problems with it mainly that it spelled out a bit too much for the reader, lacked finesse with the handling of themes, and was sometimes pretty predictable but the character development was breathtaking, the plot was heart pounding and since it s a young adult novel, I think Veroni I may never be happy ever again.The fun and laughter is over I have finally read Allegiant, and I feel empty inside Empty but accepting, and understanding.This book makes Mockingjay feel like Dr Seuss I had a few problems with it mainly that it spelled out a bit too much for the reader, lacked finesse with the handling of themes, and was sometimes pretty predictable but the character development was breathtaking, the plot was heart pounding and since it s a young adult novel, I think Veronica Roth did a pretty damn decent job Most readers are going to love it.You know what Who gives a shit about the technicalities We re all here crying read sobbing our eye sockets dry because of that ending Veronica whispered threats into my ear, aimed a gun at my head, looked away for a moment to lull me into a false sense of security before SHOOTING MY PUPPY IN THE FACEthis is basically me throughout the last half of the book Don t misunderstand, this book was great READ IT NOW But it s like half of me wants to worship this majestic object and the other half wants to fling the beast into the faces of my enemies Just like the characters in the book, the grief wipes away any deep philosophical mulling I might have about what happened in the plot All that matters is the grief and the death in the end Veronica makes that point pretty damn clear War is never romantic Period.Hell, the lesson I ve learnt from 1984, V for Vendetta, Hunger Games and Divergent Romance and anarchy do NOT MIX, 0 10, WOULD NOT RECOMMEND Going against your government STEEL YOUR HEART AND VAGINA GIRL, TOO DAMN BAD Because the subsequent grief man I m still crying.To all those currently reading the book, see you in hell, comrades And to those crying and limp on their beds now, welcome my friends This part is for those who have read the book I disagree with a hell lot of complaints made about this book, and this is why view spoiler Okay, straight up, I know most of us are upset read brutally slaughtered by the character death at the end However, I don t think that just because we hate the death doesn t mean that this book totally sucks Veronica Roth, unfortunately, does not owe us a HEA I m perfectly fine crying on my bed yelling you HORRIBLE HORRIBLE WOMAN YOU RIPPED MY HEART OUT HOW COULD YOU while sobbing into my pillow, but inside, I m able to distance myself from my personal bias and see what this book is trying to say Because of this, I just want to put my thoughts out there about what some people are saying.The genetic project that created the genetically damaged people is legitimateA dystopia is the complete opposite of a utopia, which is a perfect society More fundamentally, dystopias form as a result of utopian societies gone wrong.Looking at our world right now, it s easy to see the flaws in people We look at the government and see selfishness We look at people around us and see pride In fact, everywhere we look, we see the flaws in humanity And most of us are not at peace with it During the American government shut down of 2013, the approval ratings for the republicans was an astoundingly bad 12% We as a society see that selfishness, that irrationality and pride and it makes us angry 47% of people said that congress would be better off if nearly every member was replaced This is our real life response.It is not difficult to see a society dedicated to getting rid of these traits In fact, it s shockingly, astounding easy to That s Veronica s point That s her utopia going bad The failure of the genetic experiment is her commentary on human beings non acceptance of human nature We do not accept selfishness, stupidity, pride, as part of us We want to get rid of it We vilify it And when faced with the chance to be rid of it, we would probably take it.And by essentially playing God, in our rejection of the darkness in each and every one of us, we created bigger monsters.The forming of the factions were a perfectly valid solution to the problem caused by the genetically damaged.This is absolutely crucial to understand This doesn t solve the problem at all Doesn t it just breed MORE genetically damaged individuals It doesn t make any sense This train of thought is exactly Veronica s intention Put yourself in the shoes of one of those who were not genetically damaged Who were still perfectly imperfect The government is going to close off those twisted human beings and basically breed them in large labs, letting them multiply Why not just kill them all After all, they aren t actually human They aren t God s intention They are unnatural Inhuman Man made.Or are they As a result of human s tampering, human beings have have created unnatural versions of themselves The reason why the genetically damaged are prejudiced against and disadvantaged in this society is because they are regarded as less human All those people in those factions, in the eyes of everyone else who knows of their unnatural state, are considered nothingthan experiments gone wrong to so many.The Civil Wars were to eradicate the experiments.However, human beings have a conscience Most of us know, deep down, that the genetically altered deserve a chance to make their own choices Society had made a mistake in playing god once, and suffered horribly for it.Society would not make the same mistake again The American Government in Allegiant would not make two wrongs in hopes of getting a right And eradicating an entire generation of living breathing beings is most certainly playing god, and most certainly on par as wrong.And if they could not kill the genetically damaged, they sure as hell would try and find a way where the genetically damaged could survive, thrive and find their own humanity These subsequent projects involving factions were society s grappling apology They are trying to fix what they have done You do not get to erase the past Correlating with this thread, society would NOT try and correct these genes again Firstly, you cannot CREATE genes when they have been removed Secondly, to alter the genes AGAIN would be playing god, would be being foolish Why would a society which has already suffered the repercussions of playing god repeat the exact same thing againAnd if they could not fix them, and they could not kill them, what other choice did they have This entire book revolves around the question on whether the gentically damaged were less human, and it left YOU to decide for yourself.How could they expect the genetically damaged to just fix themselves by creating random divergents This concept isdifficult to grasp because it requires knowledge in biology Populations can fix themselves as a result of natural selection and selective pressure.Basically, the genetically damaged are less likely to survive, while the divergent arelikely too As a result, the divergents would belikely to survive into adulthood, reproduce and eventually there will be a larger proportion of divergents as compared to the others The Divergent themselves crop up as a result of genetic mutation or genetic healing Your genes can change The world didn t start with one basic template for every trait that ever existed The different hair colors, different physical traits todaylikely began as mutations and then thrived under natural selection and selective pressure.This should have been explained better in the book, absolutely.The whole shebang with the memory serum raises a hell lot of important questions and are not supposed to be a pretty solution wrapped in a silk bow.The conflict Tris faced with the morality of the memory serum is real Is it right to remove one s memory Removing one s memory brings with it dozens of ethical issues Does it remove Free Will Are the memory altered the same people as they were before then Can you convict a person who has done a crime even if they don t remember what they have done Who has the right to alter someone s memory Is it playing God Has technology gone to far today, and should society limit what it could do Do the ends justify the means And does the Greater Good even exist, or are things either just right or wrong These questions are for all of us to think about It s not just a problem solution thing here guys We cannot look at it simply, or we ll be missing the point completely It s not about leaving them to kill themselves It s about giving them a choice to make their own mistakes and staying true to who they are Personally I don t feel like Veronica Roth handled these themes with as much finesse as I would like, but for a YA novel I ll let it go.Evelyn s decision to choose her son over everything she s worked for was monumental.Again, if you look at it simply, you will not see what is trying to be said For me, I think Veronica is trying to show you the power of maternal love a very strong theme in Harry Potter as well , the complexity of humanity, the ability to change your decisions and actions, the effect of abuse and how the abusee can turn into the abuser, and finally the sharp contrast between Evelyn and Marcus.Both Evelyn and Marcus are genetically damaged people, aka deemed less human or inhuman altogether For Marcus, he is the perfect example of how the genetic alteration experiment has created monsters Marcus is twisted and rid of humanity He, we can easily deem as inhuman But one man s twisted character does not determine those of his kind Evelyn is just as genetically altered, and yet she overcame her genetic deficiencies She made herself Her genes did not determine her actions despite the fact that she was designed and made that way Her decision to choose her son was not simply a cheesy act of love It was an epic bitchslap to her genetic makeup Evelyn defied her supposed destiny and carved out another on her ownActually, I was pointed out in the comments that Marcus was Divergent, something I completely forgot That just draws an even sharper contrast between Evelyn and Marcus which better questions just how much control our genetic makeup has over our actions Evelyn, despite being inherently inhuman, was indefinitelyhuman than Marcus, who was altogether healed This just shows us how evil can exist in any of us, just as good can This raises onebig question Is Caleb s betrayal justified because he was genetically altered Are any of the actions of the genetically altered justified Or were they just as much their choices instead of simply their genetic code More questions.And finally, Tris death Hell on roller skates, mop my tears for a sec.To be honest, I don t want to ponder too much about her death because its purpose feels highly subjective to everyone s personal interpretation to me However, I feel like it was right that she died as who she was and not a shadow of herself Tris ultimate sacrifice for love and the greater good was who she is If we were to have our Happily Ever After, we would have with us a false caricature of Tris This is who she is, and we cannot deny our loved ones their own choices and their very nature.I felt that her seeing her mother at the very end was absolutely beautiful, and negates any argument that says that she died meaninglessly She died still swinging and living life true to who she is, and she reunited with her loved ones Hell, this means she probably reunited with Uriah too in the end, and that makes me cry all theharder.Well these are my thoughts, feel free to comment below on your own This is a support group my friends, we re all in this highly traumatized, post Allegiant state together hide spoiler Here lies the memory of late happiness, aka the life I had before reading Allegiant.I AM SO EXCITED 2013 CANNOT COME ANY SOONER Edit It s already 2013 WHERE IS MY COPY We don t even know the title WHAT IS THIS HELL WHY DO YOU FORSAKE US VERONICA WHYYYYYYYYYY Edit THE TITLE IS HERE I LOVE IT And I m so bloody excited AAAIIIIIYEEEEE Edit on 20 10 13 TWO MORE DAYS GUYS Let us form a circle and dAA AAAANNNCEEE If in your story the wordgeneticscould have just as easily been replaced with the wordmagicorvoodooorpepperoni , your premise may seriously need some rethinking Why do I care Well, education took me on the path from biology to medicine, and so I don t take f cking with genetics lightly Well, now against all odds and against my self preservation sense I finished this series And it was not very good Really, it wasn t It could have been somewhat salvageable if only the aut If in your story the wordgeneticscould have just as easily been replaced with the wordmagicorvoodooorpepperoni , your premise may seriously need some rethinking Why do I care Well, education took me on the path from biology to medicine, and so I don t take f cking with genetics lightly Well, now against all odds and against my self preservation sense I finished this series And it was not very good Really, it wasn t It could have been somewhat salvageable if only the author was able to recapture the unabashed mindless fun entertainment that Divergent was able to pull off But, alas, it lost the fun aspect completely, and what was left when entertainment was removed turned out to be insufficient to fill the resulting void Instead, this book just serves to cement how this series was poorly thought through from the beginning, unsure of its own premise, uncertain of its message, unsure of where it was supposed to be headed, disjointed in its ideas and concepts, and never becoming a coherent whole Just to clarify my disappointment has nothing to do with the widely publicized controversial ending or at least not with the part of the ending a certain character s fate view spoiler Tris dies and that part was not that unexpected given her semi suicidal inclinations and sudden introduction of Tobias perspective in the story hide spoiler that has quite a few people freak out No, my biggest disappointment is with the fickle way this series reached its resolution.You see, far from trying to resolve any of the old conflicts built up in the previous two books, this story decides to just abruptly swing to another issue genetically pure vs genetically damaged , carelessly dismissing the dystopian Chicago world as though it had never happened in favor of the new development As much as I was making fun of the ridiculous premise of this faction based encapsulated society, I really did not appreciate sudden treatment of it as little but an unfortunate afterthought, a setting that doesn t matter much, a place that we abruptly leave and only visiting again as a by the way , thus making all the buildup of the admittedly, ridiculous conflicts of the previous two books absolutely pointless.Instead of resolving the issues and conflicts with the established characters and developing these characters further so that they in the end would not look like cardboard cutouts, we are introduced to the slew of new characters which basically are just mashups of the old characters and are there for reasons unclear but I d at least like to assume are different than Roth simply getting distracted by the new shiny idea.And the end of the huge conflict is done with a Whimper of all Whimpers the slaughter facing the city is stopped by little else than basically a family reunion Because Love heals, my friends Because as long as the character s parents face their conflicts, the entire world becomes a better place to live And no, this is NOT done from the perspective a a five year old And suddenly the world becomes a better place, just because two adults have finally had a conversation Because everyone else will just blindly follow the two semi questionable leaders.We also get a few heavy moralistic lessons and insights into the natures of what s good and what s evil What we learn is that Good is what Tris believes in and agrees with Anything that she is not personally invested in is therefore Evil For instance, it s only EVIL to erase memories of those she cares about Even if the justification for both acts is identical to prevent violence and deaths By this book, Tris is not only the 80 pound badass of all badasses out there she is infallible, flawless, selfless, unerringly perceptible, basically a new Messiah or, if you are as dorky as I am, basically an incarnation of Neo from the Matrix minus the ridiculous but cool black leather duster And I found it to be eye rollingly annoying.This book is mostly told in alternating chapters by Tris and Tobias It does help to read the title of each chapter to remember who the narrator is supposed to be because otherwise their voices are completely indistinguishable Quite a few times I got halfway through a chapter before remembering that the narrator had changed That does not a skillful narration make, my friends.Overall, this series started ridiculous but fun, quickly deteriorated and finished on the note sour enough to give me a semi permanent scowl Nothing too memorable, honestly, except for very poor use of genetics 1.5 stars, rounding up to 2 And for the inevitable few fans of this book and this series who will disagree with my opinion by insinuating that I m not that bright and actually quite crazy, I have the retort by Dr Sheldon Cooper, PhD And if you care My review of Divergent.My review of Insurgent 1.5 StarsBooks are a magical thing They get you invested in people, worlds, scenarios that aren t even real or plausible and they make you care about them If done correctly, I should say Allegiant was certainly the final book of a hype copter of a series that left millions of readers invested Like a few other books this past year, it has left a feeling of doubt, anger, and a lot of crying.But for me, I was left with a sort of empty feeling Some of the emptiness was filled by frustration, an 1.5 StarsBooks are a magical thing They get you invested in people, worlds, scenarios that aren t even real or plausible and they make you care about them If done correctly, I should say Allegiant was certainly the final book of a hype copter of a series that left millions of readers invested Like a few other books this past year, it has left a feeling of doubt, anger, and a lot of crying.But for me, I was left with a sort of empty feeling Some of the emptiness was filled by frustration, and for the most part, I don t understand it So if I leave my thoughts, I think I can at least pass on why this book has 1.5 stars and not a glistening five.We start off with the idea that there is a whole world beyond Chicago s fence I mean that s fairly easy to catch But I m concerned as to how anyone could manage to understand the rest of this series, especially when it decides to double onto itself to make THE most convoluted plot I ve ever had the misfortune to decipher in YA Now lemme explain if this convoluted plot actually made sense and didn t leave me wanting to go back to the equally stupid but at least interesting concept of the factions, then I wouldn t be as frustrated as I am Not nearly I ll be stumbling into some spoilers so it s only fair that I slam the spoiler button.Here Comes the Boom Breakdown view spoiler WRITING PLOTWHY THE EVERLOVING FUCK DID THIS TAKE SO LONG.Divergent, as you might of guessed, made me interested in the series because the pacing, while crippling and slow, left a snap to it that kept me incredibly invested in whatever the hell was going on The Factions were originally a stupid idea to me because it easily set up an opening for war No one looks at that system and says, Wow what a good idea It screams disorganization and inequality There s clearly a war to be had.Now Insurgent gave us a smidge of what was to be expected, and while nothing continued to happen, we get dumped on with the idea that this entire society was only a FEW GENERATIONS OLD If I remember correctly, it wasn t even that many generations, like three That could be any stretch of time that could amount to a century Do you know HOW MUCH CHANGE can come through a century You go 100 years ago and you have the start of WWI where helicopters didn t exist and the Titanic sunk two years before that Now we have shit called computers that have as much potential as the baby TV computer telephone things we shove in our pockets.There s no way a system of Factions would last a century without something like the Hunger Games where a war might ve happened and possibly failed.Now I m assuming this was seen as ridiculous, because Allegiant takes this society and makes it an experiment An experiment to bring forth the Divergent, which is actually defined at last It s not just serum avoiding magic, but genetic purity Because because purity is made by fucking around with Mendel Punnett squares There is ALWAYS a way to fix personality without fucking with everything else Just look at fruit flies Now they re all able to avoid our serums Thanks, you adorable squares NO.LEARN A BIT OF BIO BEFORE YOU THINK THAT THIS MAKES ANY SORT OF SENSE.The Factions were formed as a means of living and value, why the fuck does genetic material and serums even matter to VALUES and LIVING SITUATIONS Because those who switch their faction are clearlygenetically pure than those damaged You know, NORMAL people Anyhow, the writing for this is a lot of telling You get that thing I mentioned in the last book s review where the characters are telling me how they act so I can trust them I loved Caleb, but I didn t want to forgive him because I m not a forgiving type I WANT TO KNOW YOUR TRAITS THROUGH SHOW The fact that I still got this was a way of saying, dunno if you know that my character fucking loves the color chartreuse, but I HAVE TO TELL YOU SO HERE It grates on me so hard and it s even worse because I got DOUBLE the telling thanks to the dual POV of Tris and Tobias You d think that because you have two different people talking, you d get some difference between the characters AHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAA are you fucking serious, since when have you had that in YA NEVER YOU FUCKERS YOU CAN NEVER HAVE DIFFERENT CHARACTERS EVER AGAIN.Is it really hard to change the voice of characters That should be the easiest thing in the world, but apparently it s just so hard But yeah, the whole government was all about making city societies to forge these genetically pure people that do nothing but avoid the serums that they themselves produce because whatever There actually is no point to the serums except maybe give the heads in the cities some control THERE IS NO POINT TO THE SERUMS EXCEPT TO BE THERE.Another thing I also wouldn t mind the whole government creation of genetically pure breeding camps if it didn t completely nullify the idea of the fucking Factions The Factions purposefully threw people apart and the ONLY time they intermingled was during Choosing Ceremonies and switching over Like, why establish separation to that extreme and expect pure little genetic babies out of it It s not thought through in the slightest And it doesn t help that Tris and Tobias are told this and barely react to it They react with a cheesy camera zoom in, gasp, and then it s gone and they just accept it because it s outside the fence URRGHH NO I think the worst thing to happen was the characters, so I m gonna go over that way.CHARACTERSTris, first and foremost, is a LOT better than she was in Insurgent Because I finally figured out what the hell she was doing with her life and her own decisions She showed her change into the bravery that she originally wanted to have way back in Divergent But what I didn t like was that she had to die.The main reason this irks me is because Tris, above anything else, had shown nothing in her arc to suggest that she had to go and kill herself when clearly Caleb had to redeem himself His reaction to the situation was great I think Be scared to commi suicide, realize that s how everyone will be saved, then accepts his death HE ACCEPTS IT THEN TRIS TAKES IT AWAY BECAUSE Now here s how I would kind of understand Tris actions a littleIf she were actually still very caring towards her brother DESPITE his asshole nature and she fought with him to handle the bomb into the Weapons Lab, that d be something I d understand that she is so desperate to save her last family member, that she does what she considers the right thing and takes the explosives from him It d be reckless, but I see it as brave because she channels the sacrifice like her mother channeled the sacrifice Because she didn t care about Caleb at all while also totally understandable , I m left with this conclusion of Uhhh for why Tris took Caleb s position when he clearly chose to redeem himself.TOBY, however, got infinitely worse in this book He melted into a pansy And he was the one to use similes as often as he could as he told other people about his character traits He started to become Cassandra Clare prose basically and that is NOT what I needed in Allegiant.Positives for these two consist of their relationship It is awesome and magical in the sense that they have the struggles of telling the truth and lying to protect each other and they SIT DOWN and DISCUSS these problems A fucking plus because seriously everything is like, No I must protect you now sit your ass down and lemme do it blah blah blah Tris actually sits and ponders if she really wants to deal with Toby if he keeps acting the way he does, and Toby, while a bit sad about that decision making, understands and doesn t infringe upon it You win this round, you two.What definitely pisses me off to no end and this was Insurgent as well was the fact that the side minor characters are fucking nothing THEY ARE NOTHING They have no arcs or situations, and the three people who came close to having such a thing were Christina, Uriah, and Peter.BUT WHAT HAPPENS Peter is so ingrained with being a nosy asswipe and a half but get this, he s really good on the inside He doesn t want to remember what an asshat he was I would be okay with this if this was fucking present in the series at all He hurt and assaulted people in the first book, somewhat gets betterby helping Tris because it benefited him, then WHOOSH he doesn t want to deal with the effects of any of that It comes out of the sky 80% of the way through the book and blows up what his entire character was about I m pissed about this because I enjoyed asshole Peter and the idea that he was beginning a change for the better Erasing your memories is not a good change.URIAH was good, up until he just, you know, got blown up If it felt necessary, again, I would be okay with this I feel like deaths for characters should have some sort of reasoning attached I feel cheated when characters just DIE The upside to this fiasco was that he unless OTHER dystopias that rhyme with Funger Lames had closure Nicely done closure that I can appreciate.This also goes along with Christina She had great building in Insurgent or at least at the start of it She getsdetail with her family, but it s not like it really goes anyway We learn about her but that s kind of it She gets her screen tie and then she s done I m not seeing the love for the characters and that breaks my heart a little STRUCTUREThis was a lot like Divergent where there s a ton of decent writing but not much plot movement This started with a decent jump to outside the fence and before we were a quarter way through the book, we knew what everything really was That was nice But then it just did a plateau and nothing happened until a little over halfway through the book There should be moments that keep you interested that aren t all romantic subplot related This is like, Writing 101 Come on now children.However, I really enjoyed the wrap up of Tris s death despite it being the route that shouldn t have been The closure for Tris was, in my opinion, the best part of the book and interestingly enough, not because it was finally over and done with Uriah had a great close, Christina was a little better and there was actual friend bonding with her and Toby which like never happened until just then in that moment.Eh, minor characters aren t allowed such interactions it seems hide spoiler OVERALLThe half star is devoted to the few moments in Allegiant that caught my attention and made me feel better about the characters plot stuff The rest was just something I want to forget It s way too convoluted and unknowing of what the fuck it wants to be The fact that I want to go back to the Factions as they were is a message in and of itself.I feel like this book scarred me that way, but hey, guess what it did do It made me get way into my own works to go and prove to myself that I can achievethan what this did THE SCARRING WILL PUSH ME THROUGH.TIME WILL HEAL ALL WOUNDS EDIT THE SECOND Well bust my buttons, look at that cover.Holy fuck.Edit Allegiant But itbreaks the pattern outside of sounding similar D LOOK AT MY MASTERPIECE.I should snag a job as a cover artist.NeedsComic Sans shot The book starts off with this epigraph from the Erudite faction manifestoEvery question that can be answered must be answered or at least engaged Illogical thought processes must be challenged when they arise And then fantastically misses the mark Allegiant was so chock full of plot holes, unrealistic situations, contrived character development , laughable explanations, and a whole load of wtf moments And that s not even including the disastrous ending of this book How this book manage The book starts off with this epigraph from the Erudite faction manifestoEvery question that can be answered must be answered or at least engaged Illogical thought processes must be challenged when they arise And then fantastically misses the mark Allegiant was so chock full of plot holes, unrealistic situations, contrived character development , laughable explanations, and a whole load of wtf moments And that s not even including the disastrous ending of this book How this book managed to have an epigraph about being logical is a complete mystery to meINCLUDES MASSIVE SPOILERSview spoiler Right from the get go, the book wastes little time with the petty conflict between the factions and the factionless The narrative spends a few convenient moments agonizing over the factionless vs factions dilemma and then decides to venture outside the fence Which, you know, is totally fine because we all assumed that at some point the narrative would come back to resolve that conflict in a reasonable way later on One dead character and a relatively easy stroll through the fence later, Tris and company encounter THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE FENCE Behold, the moment we have all been waiting for As it turns out, the world has apparently been so full of assholes that the government decided to eliminate the genes in citizens that caused dishonestly, selfishness, cowardice, stupidity, and aggression Unfortunately, this backfired and just createdassholes that wereasshole y than before So how does a rational government fix this problem Easy Just construct gigantic city sized behavioural experiments all across the country Get volunteers who had their genes screwed with to have their memories wiped and stick them into a city and force them to choose a faction Eventually these people will reproduce enough times until they finally manage to have genetically pure a.k.a Divergent babies that are free from messed up genes I mean, duh That s, like, the most logical thing ever Because its not like bad genes pass down bad genes or anything Silly science In fact, this department is just so full of geniuses that they decided that instead of using the genetic engineering prowess they already had to modify the genes of the genetically damaged offspring, they were just gonna wait around for 8 generations until the problem just miraculously fixed itself Don t worry Their efforts aren t wasted I ve already nominated them for the Nobel Prize in What The Fuckery From then on, the book actually gets worse Instead of trying to resolve the old conflict between the factionless and the factions, the book tries to take on a whole new conflict between the genetically pure and the genetically damaged, making the plot unnecessarily convoluted and leaving little to no room for proper character development Tris and Four s switching POVs only disorient the reader further because as the book continues, the characters voices lose their distinctions and start to soundandlike each other While Tris may have been tougher in this book than in Insurgent which is literally the only redeeming quality I m willing to give this book , Four s character gets a complete top to bottom deconstruction Gone is the tough, strong, badass we got to know in the previous two books Instead, Roth replaces Four with a bumbling emotional man child who fails to make rational decisions and think straight His judgement is often clouded by his own insecurities and growing fears Before we knew Four as being a character who would never let his fears control him In Allegiant, Four s fears have his neck in a leash and tug him in any which direction and he willing goes without even putting up a fight.Which now brings me to the disastrous ending of this book Suddenly, tensions are rising between the factionless and the Allegiant the group who wants to re establish the faction system and Evelyn decides she s going to use the Erudite death serum to wipe out her opponents But the Department of Genetic Welfare is having none of her shit so they decide that they re just going to wipe out everyone s memory so they don t kill each other Can I also point out here that they used this memory wiping serum before to trick the general population into thinking that the genetically damaged are alone the cause of the world s problems So you know, there wouldn t be massive protests or anything when the government decided to deliberately waste money trying to solve a problem they knew was fucked to begin with A race against the clock ensues where Four goes back to Chicago to try and wipe the memories of his parents to stop them from fighting while Tris stays behind to try and steal this memory serum and use it on the Department themselves The book gets a little preachy right before this part where the characters start talking about how erasing someone s memories is inherently evil unless you have good intentions, of course The Department also has good intentions for using this serum on Chicago and saving the lives of thousands of people, but fuck logic Our heroes would way rather just watch the people they love kill each other And how exactly does the book wrap up the supposedly exciting and suspenseful conflict between the factionless and the Allegiant that has brewing in the background this whole time Easy Just have a nice Eaton family reunion where Evelyn magically just decides that the years she s spent neglecting her son and fighting for her own idea of justice is utterly useless because she s been transformed byThe Power of LoveNo need to rip apart all of Chicago like she s been planning to her whole life All she needs is her son A few supporting characters die in the book, but you don t really care If the author didn t bother spending enough time developing that character, why should readers even flinch when they drop dead Of course, the book makes these deaths a big deal but you re sitting there like Back in at the Department of Genetic Welfare, Caleb is picked for the suicide mission of breaking into the top security vault to steal the memory wiping serum This is only fitting as Caleb is literally the only character who needs to be redeemed for his betrayal in Insurgent I mean, the tagline of the book isone choice can define youso if Caleb doesn t own up to this moment he s basically going to be a selfish, heartless, coward for the rest of the story.Oh wait This book hasn t sufficiently fucked up already so instead of using a perfectly good opportunity for a back stabbing character to redeem themselves, it s just going to unnecessarily sacrifice the freaking main character because life is cruel and heartless goddammit I could literally write another essay on why this particular ending sucked balls, but before some anon messages me saying omgg it s veronica s book and her ending was so tragic but so byootiful don t you know you re not allowed to hate it 111 let me explain myself I have no problem with happy endings, bittersweet endings, sad endings, or even unresolved endings AS LONG AS THE ENDING MAKES SENSE WITH THE BODY OF THE WORK This is literally all I ask of any author of any novel From just a character perspective, it makes sense that Tris would sacrifice herself for the greater good That s just what she, as a selflessly reckless person, would do But considering that there was a perfectly good person involved in this ending that needed to be redeemed cough Caleb cough who didn t offer to sacrifice himself to save his sister, I m questioning the true motive for why this ending was picked We already know that Tris is a character who s willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good Did we learn any new information about her character when she decided to make this sacrifice Wouldn t we have gained a better perspective of Caleb if he had made this choice instead And most importantly, wouldn t sparing Tris s life allow the final conclusion of this trilogy to besound, less rushed, and less overshadowed by the her death Tris s sacrifice comes off as being meaningless because she doesn t save anyone from dying Had she failed to using the memory serum, the worst thing that would have happened was that Chicago would have been reset and the main conflict would have disappeared completely And that doesn t even matter in the end because all the major characters that we are supposed to care about were already inoculated against the memory serum anyway In fact, by stealing the memory serum, Tris effectively tosses up the fate of Chicago in the air If Four hadn t magically convinced his mother to stop fighting then the city would have been in shreds andpeople would have died The careless way her death is written and revealed makes the ending look like it was purely written simply for a cheap shock value Cue the forced emotional and dramatic ending where readers drown in a puddle of their feels as we re forced to read Four s tragic reaction to her death The last few chapters, including the epilogue, are incredibly rushed Literally every single issue in the growing mountain of problems that accumulated over the course of this book are immediately solved without any further complications or commentary because deus ex machina EDIT 7 11 13 The ending is far from being the worst thing about this book, but I did read the author s blog post about what she was aiming for Keeping her intentions in mind, I still think this ending failed in it s execution Primarily, the inorganic way that the events are revealed crushes the effect this ending was trying to achieve EDIT 9 11 13 Another blatant plot hole I m baffled over Tris discovers that her mother was brought in from the outside to rescue Divergents who were being killed by Jeanine s predecessor Then later on, it is revealed that the Bureau supplied Jeanine with the attack simulation serum she used to massacre the Abnegation So the Bureau is apparently so cautious and protective of every Divergent life that they are willing to send in one of their own to save as many of them as possible, but helping Jeanine massacre an entire faction that contains Divergents is totally ok with them Why is this link between the Bureau and Jeanine established but never explained at length Did it show us anything other than the fact that this book is riddled withplot holes hide spoiler 2 10would not recommend Mid book review cos I m struggling to finish this So far Katy Perry does a good job summing this book upYou change your mindLike a girl changes clothes.Yeah, you, PMSLike a bitchI would knowAnd you over thinkAlways speakCriticallyI should knowThat you re no good for me Chorus Cause you re hot then you re coldYou re yes then you re noYou re in then you re outYou re up then you re downYou re wrong when it s rightIt s black and it s whiteWe fight, we break upWe kiss, we make up you You don tMid book review cos I m struggling to finish this So far Katy Perry does a good job summing this book upYou change your mindLike a girl changes clothes.Yeah, you, PMSLike a bitchI would knowAnd you over thinkAlways speakCriticallyI should knowThat you re no good for me Chorus Cause you re hot then you re coldYou re yes then you re noYou re in then you re outYou re up then you re downYou re wrong when it s rightIt s black and it s whiteWe fight, we break upWe kiss, we make up you You don t really wanna stay, no you But you don t really wanna go oYou re hot then you re coldYou re yes then you re noYou re in then you re outYou re up then you re down Update May 2013 The cover s actually good, though I have to admit, some of the fan made covers were gorgeous I m not too sure about the water symbol I was hoping they had all 5 symbols and had them crashing together to create a new symbol Y know new world, new symbol Update Apr 2013 Allegiant Really Did they mean Allergen t Y know, the factionless quest to rid themselves of fleas permanently Grab your nets and bugs spray I can t say that I like being wrong but still looking forward to how things end Hmmmall the possible titles Option 1 Emergent view spoiler They finally go through the fence and face the real world hide spoiler Option 2 Resurgent view spoiler All the dead find some way to rise again hide spoiler Option 3 Convergent view spoiler The distinctions are abolished and the factions finally come together hide spoiler Option 4 Indulgent view spoiler Tris and Tobias finally give in to their inner desires and get it on hide spoiler Option 5 By popular demand, we have Detergent After 2 books of nothing but blood, sweat and tears, these people are filthy I tell you They need all the help they can get to remove all those tough stains Blood can seriously be a bitch to clean Cast your votes today to avoid disappointment Click here for my review of Divergent Click Here to see the full review After Reading I just don t know how I feel right now Before Reading Edit 3 Here s another awesome cover by a fan |Download ♖ Allegiant ♰ 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 memoriesBut Tris s new reality is even 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 to complexities of human nature and of herself while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and loveTold from a riveting dual perspective, ALLEGIANT, byNew 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 one of the coolest thing I saw at tumblr haha Q Anything else you want to add about the trilogy VERONICA ROTH The third book will be called Detergent , and the tagline will be One Choice Can Disinfect You Okay, that s a lie.LOL one of the coolest thing I saw at tumblr haha Q Anything else you want to add about the trilogy VERONICA ROTH The third book will be called Detergent , and the tagline will be One Choice Can Disinfect You Okay, that s a lie.LOL I understand why people are so upset with this book, but I personally thought this book was raw, realistic, and heartbreaking. Veronica Roth Well, I tried writing this review without there being any spoilers, but it s rather impossible for me, at least So, readers beware.Veronica can do so much better than this, so so much The second Tobias PoV was introduced I knew Tris was going to pull some heroic sacrificial bullshit and get her ass killed I fucking knew it Not a tear was shed from me not a single fuck was given Yes, dear readers, call me a Satanist slash sadist for all I care I saw no point in this move Veronica Roth Well, I tried writing this review without there being any spoilers, but it s rather impossible for me, at least So, readers beware.Veronica can do so much better than this, so so much The second Tobias PoV was introduced I knew Tris was going to pull some heroic sacrificial bullshit and get her ass killed I fucking knew it Not a tear was shed from me not a single fuck was given Yes, dear readers, call me a Satanist slash sadist for all I care I saw no point in this move perhaps Roth wanted to be unique and inspiring with her story nevertheless, it was still unnecessary Apart from that, Allegiant is an entirely different story, entirely different The book was confusing I wasn t pissed whilst reading, I wasn t saddened, hell, I wasn t even bored I was reading this book with a blank expression Constantly I kept forgetting I was reading a book that s a continuance of the Divergent trilogy The terms Divergent and Divergence were a reminder that I was, indeed, reading the final installment I m sorry to say this, but this was the dumbest book I ve read in 2013 Allegiant was a hot ass fucking mess The character development as well as the world building was tragic It was not explained how Tris survived the death serum, we were only given half assed, clouded ideas The romance fell off a cliff and shattered on sharp rocks at the bottom, the relationship between Tris and Tobias failed to impress me The whole BOOK failed to impress me It hurts me to say this because I adore Veronica Roth No one, and I mean no one can change my mind about this book you can write a mile long essay about why you felt this book was perfectly wrapped and poignant, you can say how wrong I am, you can say just about anything and I still wouldn t give a flying Ford Anglia.I remember Roth wrote a blog post about wanting Harry Potter to be killed off because it would have showed the greatest act of sacrifice and love I don t know what her fucking deal is with killing people off because it shows real love No, it doesn t That s not always the route to take there are other ways of showing true love and sacrifice There s always another way The minute the characters went out the fence, the story fell even further into the pit of stupidity Allegiant tried to be preachy The government or should I say the Bureau in here plays or is God We are introduced to superfluous explanations on why we have the factions and the factionless We learn about Genetic Purity and the Genetically Damaged Genetic Purity meaning Divergence Genetically Damaged meaning belonging to one faction with fucked up genes We also find out Tobias is, in fact, not Divergent, but Genetically Damaged which gives Allegiant, yet, ANOTHER twist that s pointless with dramatic arguments Come the fuck ON I am not impressed OH, how can I forget Tris mother was part of this Bureau HOW FUCKING EXCITING OMFG 1 11 sarcasmWhat else do you want to throw in to make this all theamazing and special Honest to God I wish I had something nice to say about Allegiant There s an attempt at a love triangle here between Nita and Tobias, there s an attempt at something unique with this story, but the alternating PoV between Tris and Tobias and everything I ve stated above ruined everything Also, I didn t like Tobias voice here, Roth did not do a good job with portraying a male protagonist I kept hearing a female voice in my head, constantly thinking it was Tris Did Veronica have this all planned out since the first book If it was then it wasn t very good and thorough This book is a flat out FAIL