- Publisher: HarperCollins Audio (Katherine Tegen Books)
- Publication date: 10/22/2013
- Series: Divergent Series , #3
- Format: Audio CD
- Read by: Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford
- Length: 11 hours and 55 minutes
- Source: Audiobook provided by the publisher for review
*This is the third book of the series. My review is spoiler free for the series, but continue at your own risk.
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.
I know that I am way late on getting to this one, but I wanted to wait until the hype died down a little. Also, I have really loved this series and didn't want it to end yet. This was a bit on the predictable side, but I still loved it. I thought that the relationship between Tris and Tobias was done really well. They have a lot of issues, but they care deeply about each other and are trying to find a way to make it work while also trying to figure out what is going on with their old home and their new one. It's hard to know who to really trust, and if they can even trust each other. This is told from dual perspective, so we get to be in both of their heads. I love dual POV because I feel like we get so much more of the story that way and really get to know the characters better.
Tris has always been a character that I liked, even while being irritated with her at times. She is strong both physically and mentally. She is smart and caring, but she is also very confused and sometimes that makes it hard for her to make choices that are hard. Ultimately, she is a great person and she always chooses what she thinks is best for everyone, even knowing it may not be the best for her. She goes through a lot of personal struggles in this and listening to this on audio made me feel like I was experiencing this all with her. She is lost, angry, and determined for most of this book. Her head was hard to be in at times, but it gave such an emotional impact on the story.
Tobias who is a very complex character was a treat to read. I loved being in his head and seeing things how he does. Sometimes he made me unbelievably angry, but when I stopped to think about it, I understood him. He is a massively broken person. Not that they aren't all broken in some way, but he has had a lot put on him. I do think that his mind gets clouded quite often and he doesn't try to see all sides of things before making decisions. He lets his own personal battles go to the front of his head and block out some of the more important things. He makes some horrible choices in this, but it's not because he is stupid, it's because he is doubting himself and who he is. Second guessing his past decisions and what he needs to do. It's a constant struggle for him in this, and his issues with Tris make things that much harder.
The romance I loved. I always have. It's there, but never takes over the story. You can feel it so much all the time, but it never overshadows the important things. Beyond that, it's real. They care for each other, but they know they can't let it interfere with their mission and what they need to do. They know they will both make mistakes and have to forgive each other. They know that it's not easy, but they care too much about each other to not try. They know it's worth it to be together no matter what obstacles they face. There is a lot working against them in this and their relationship is very strained, but being able to be in both of their heads made you know that they still love each other, even if they don't think their relationship can be mended.
I listened to the audio version of this and it was amazing. The narrators were both fantastic and brought the story to life. I felt like I was living their story. I always enjoy when a great book is made even better by the audio. I would definitely listen to audiobooks by either one of these narrators in the future. They make you feel the emotion, the tension, the excitement, and the horror of it all. I was able to feel everything while listening to this. I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster.
As I said in the beginning, this is a bit predictable, but I still loved it. I thought it was a great conclusion to a series that I have loved throughout. It was grim, but hopeful. Things were always intense and it made me dread the things that were coming. I loved the friendships, the way things were revealed, and how things progressed. Overall this series was fantastic, and this last book was great. The writing was easy to get lost in, and the world though dark, was one I could fully imagine. I can't wait to see what Veronica Roth comes up with next now this this story has come to an end.
*An audiobook copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. I did not receive any compensation.