Saturday, November 2, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Divergent #3
"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."

Why do authors of these kinds of books want us to feel this way? This immeasurable amount of sadness we get when things happen to characters we grow to love, it hurts.

The places that Roth took this book, were a surprise to me. I wasn't really expecting it having anything to do with genetically modifying people. But I am mostly surprised as to where she took the end of the story. I would never expect an author to kill off a main character like that, who does she think she is? George RR Martin? This just confirms that authors are evil people that like to see others in pain. It was completely unexpected and a huge risk as an author to do something like that. It was a very bold move, but not one that I think was completely smart. Yes, she died for a reason that she believed in, but was it really her choice to make for her brother? She was risking leaving more behind that she would have lost, had she left the original plan alone and let her brother take the risk. She could have helped more people in the long run had she lived.

I guess I just wanted a happier ending than we got. We all know how fragile Four is, Tris was his strength, and she sacrificed herself knowing, more than she seemed to want to admit, that she'd never see him again. I just have too many feels at the moment to give a more objective review. But now I need to go play with a thousand happy puppies and read a really happy book or two. This book was kind of a sucker-punch to the gut. I haven't felt this emotionally drained after reading a book since Prodigy.

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