Friday, February 28, 2014

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Series: Divergent (bk. 3)

Genera(s): Dystopian Sci-fi/Romance

Subjects: mind-control, action, bravery, choices, fear, futuristic, love, utopias, wars

Setting: Dystopian futuristic Chicago, IL

POV/Tense: 1st person, present tense, rotating between Tris and Four/Tobias

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 526 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: HarperTeen: Katherine Tegan

Summary/ product description: “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.”

My Review: I don’t know how I feel about this book. People kept on saying that they didn’t like it, but I think it still deserves five stars. It gave me a lot of feels. It was well written and full of exciting discoveries about the outside world. No matter how sad it ended, I’ll still love this series.

Tobias’s mother has eradicated the faction system and it forcing people to not be in factions and to wear clothes from multiple factions. The dress code thing is kind of dumb, but she’s got the factionless enforcing it like a law. There’s a group called the Allegiant who want the faction system back. They plan on causing an uprising and over throwing Evelyn. Tobias helped his mother get rid of the factions with, but regrets it. Tris, Tobias, Christina, Caleb, Cara, Peter, Uriah and a few others go outside the fence to see what’s going on outside the city.

They drive though the ruin and end up at a compound. This is where they find out that the city they were living in was called Chicago. The compound is at O’Hare Airport. Chicago was part of an experiment and nothing was what it seemed. This is the first time Chicago is actually mentioned in the series. I have no problem imagining their trip down I-90 (the Kennedy expressway) to O’Hare Airport. I’m familiar with the area because my grandma lives in Norridge and we always pass O’Hare when we go there. I’ve never actually been inside the airport though, but there’s plenty of picture online that you can use as reference to imagine the story. The ruins are kind of eerie because they would be buildings that I have driven pass.

On the compound they learn what it means to be Divergent and what happened to create the faction system. It was really interesting. I wonder if Veronica planned this, or only came up with the ideas while writing Allegiant. All this stuff about genes and personality traits seems well researched. There’s also new characters introduced. A few scientist and people who work there. The people are separated in a way different from the faction system, but not everyone is equal. We also get to hear about other cities. I like the part when Tris gets to ride a plane and see how big the world really is.

The book did have action and twists and all the awesome stuff you’d expect from this series. There was romance and kissing. There’s one really steamy part between Tobias and Tris. They also argue with each other, but are able to work it out. No love triangle, but maybe a little jealousy. There was also a few sad parts. Parts that will make you cry and grab a tissue box. The ending is bitter sweet, full of sacrifice and sadness, and new beginnings. It wasn’t the ending I expected. I wanted a happy ending. One with triumph and joy and kissing. This ending was more realistic. Life isn’t about being happy all the time. Sacrifices must be made, and here you see that.

If you haven’t read Divergent, then you should. The movie is coming out on March 21, 2014 and you’re missing out if you don’t read the books first.

Cover Art Review: The red-orange-yellow sky background reminds me of Amity’s colors. The water could be for erudite. That’s O’Hare Airport on the bottom. It’s not close to the city the way the photo shows. I pass it all the time when I got to my grandma’s house.

3-D Google Earth image of O'Hare

My Photos of O'Hare

My Chicago Photos

The Blue-Line Train Station

Sears/Willis Tower

Millenium Park

Near UIC

Driving on the express way

Chicago River

Lincoln Park Zoo

Near Grant Park (You can see Navy Pier and the Ferris Wheel in the background)

Train Tracks

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