This book burned right through me. The story line, the characters' struggles and the emotions it evoked. Normally, I get technical when I'm dissecting a book. But I have to fangirl a bit.
I was excited, terrified, sad and damn near brought to tears. There were so many personal battles being fought in this one story that I felt I was going through it with them. There was a point when I had to put the book down and take a deep breath. Of course, I couldn't stay away too long. There was such anguish I felt for each character. For each moment of triumph I would exhale a breath of relief and wiggle with glee. I gotta say, "Sabaa Tahir, you got me with this one".
Ok, that was my blubbering moment. This book had a clear and beautiful writing style that struck the right notes. I could feel their emotions, hear the drums at Blackcliffs and see them in their masks as if I was there. The writing was bold and helped shape the world of Blackcliffs and Sera in a way that was believable. The changes I noted in the dialogue between the different characters was clear. You could discern the relationships as they grew and changed. That's what separates a good book from a great one. A friend of mine actually sent this book to me. Kim, you were right, I loved it.
Now let me make this clear. I am adding Elias to my band of fictional crushes. Tall, strong, masculine with the heart of a lion and soul of fire. Elias is my kind of guy. He was definitely 'an ember in the ashes' that glowed bright and hot. His struggle of being in the world of Blackcliffs but never apart of it, played out achingly beautiful. You know I love a character with a dark side. Elias was strong enough to fight the emotionless warrior they tried to make him.
In the end, it wasn't his stoic, steadfast best friend, Helena who saves him. Although she was in love with him, duty came first. She was made Bloodshrike and her first order was to execute him. Surprise, surprise the once scared slave girl Laia, who got a grip on a dagger, was the one who saved him.
After her world was ripped apart in one night, Laia, the Lioness' cub found her roar. She chose to fight back and save her brother. I saw enough tenacity in her to know that she was her mother's daughter. I mean coming out tougher than before, even after being the personal slave of the commandant of Blackcliffs, says it all.
The twists, turns and shadowy corners in this book left me gasping. I was completely engrossed in the story, the development of the characters and the unfolding of the prophecy.
I give this one a 4.5 stars. Go ahead, read it. I dare you. You won't be disappointed.
I would be lying if I said I knew where to start but I will get right into it and TRY not to give anything away.
Allegiant is the third and final book in Veronica Roth’s dystopian trilogy. It follows the path of Tris, Four and their friends after the founding father’s video is revealed to everyone in their community. They now have to decide if they want to leave the home they have always known in order to discover new land or stay put and try to mend what has been broken.
So now that you have the gist of what the book is about I can start to talk about what I loved and well…LOVED about this book. The first thing is that we finally get to take several peaks into Tobias’/Four’s head, I thought that was refreshing and very fitting based on how the story progresses. We start to understand his struggles and just how deep his love for Tris runs. Of course, this isn’t just a story about two people who are in love, so there has to be ACTION! As we start to understand the factions from the perspective of the ‘founding fathers’ we start to realize that deception is EVERYWHERE! Things should not be taken at face value and are never what they seem in this book.
Veronica had me moving through my feels trying to dodge the tear-spots. I got to connect more with other characters like Cara, Peter and Caleb from Four and Tris’ perspective of course. By the time you get half-way through this book, you won’t know who to trust and who is on the right side, because just like in real life, everyone has a reason for their actions that makes sense to them. The way she rights and describes what is happening is just exquisite. She puts you in the scene and you feel and see everything.
There is a HUGE part of this book that I refuse to mention because I want you to read it. This had me staring at the pages and wondering if something was wrong with my copy (I still think there is). But after I got over my shock, I realized what Veronica did and I think it is BEAUTIFUL! I know now why persons told me I would dislike this book but in fact, I love it even more. It shows me the truth about life, the struggles we face in love and relationships, the guilt we try to fight, the person inside us we wish we could change. She shows me that everyone is struggling with something even if you can’t see it. Even the most ‘put together’ person has a corner in his/her mind that holds the troubles. I loved the fact that this book, in the simplest way I can describe it, is REAL!
Check out two of my top five moments in the book. I absolutely can’t show you #1 because you would FREAK!
This is from Tris’ perspective as she thinks about Tobias. Yes, you guessed right, he did something that she believed was unforgivable. Oh boy!
Just like that, order is restored! I must admit, I am a hopeless romantic and I love to see moments like this in the books I read. I love that Tris knows, love is no fairytale, it takes work and dedication!
So yes! I would recommend that you go to the book store NOW and get yourself a copy. Read this before you watch the movie, form your own view of it and interpretation. It took me a while to finish, because of unavoidable reasons unrelated to the quality of the book and writing, but when I was done I felt GREAT! I must admit a little sad because it is all over, but great because of how it all came together.
Keep your eyes locked on this blog because pretty soon I will be telling you about the prequel to Divergent which speaks about Tobias ‘Four’ Eaton two years before he met the unforgettable Beatrice ‘Tris’ Prior.
It’s Kimberly signing off until next time!
Hello, I'm Tammy and I love books! I love writing and reading them. I love them so much I just can't stop talking about them.