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Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

The ability for one to hold and cherish memories for a single lifetime is one of the most significant capabilities of the human mind. Memories are a part of life that are not meant to be forgotten whether it comes to making difficult decisions in life, experiencing pain and grief, or even the radiant memories such as love, loyalty and friendship. There is no possible solution to turning off the part of the brain that holds memories, there is no way to remember every detail of a memory in perfect clarity, but there is the circumstance under which any person can choose to live for the moments worth fighting for. These moments that make life the constant tangle of mysterious beginnings and endings that we all live for in the end.

The dystopian society constructed of the five factions is gone. The factionless have taken over with a new dictatorship. The Allegiant have gathered and plan to restore the faction system that some believe is the rightful sense of government for the people. Tris and her friends decide that none of these options are best suited for themselves and decide to find out what lies outside the city. Once Tris, Tobias and their friends have made it to the world beyond their own, they realize that there is nothing but lies in their path. Lies on top of lies make up the truth to the city and the world that created their small and to the government, insignificant city. As the epic conclusion to the Divergent series presses on, you are left with a sense of protectiveness towards Tris and her friends as they find out the truth to our world and how the American society operates. It is very interesting to read about a society that has never existed before, but that once again is always one possibility out of many that our world could one day become.

Roth’s final book to the Divergent series is captivating as you follow the viewpoints of both Tris and Tobias and their messy romance mixed with degrees of friendship, betrayal and new beginnings. There is a binding sense of family values that are brought to the surface in this book as the memories of the past are mixed with the results of the Allegiant unfolding the revolution and Tris and her friends working to find a sense of peace that will keep as few people from dying as possible. I fell in love with this series from the first few chapters of the first book; watching Tris and her brother choose their faction and their new life, but never once thinking that their life would turn out to be a complete set of lies blanketed by experiences of love, friendship, loss, and a new form of society that only some will survive.

I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys characters that bring you as the reader to life when becoming involved in the roller coaster of emotional experiences that the main characters are forced to face when their world is turned upside down. I cannot imagine my world changing in such drastic measures as I was raised that the United States government and ways of life are set and will never change, but it is always enticing and extraordinary to become involved in a fictional world that will ignite a spark of endless possibilities within you.

Reviewed by Nicole Williams

Book Information
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Pages: 544

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