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text 2018-08-22 18:35
Noooooo!!!!
Allegiant - Veronica Roth

 

An emotional end to an intensely emotional series.

 

I guess I've still got the happy ever afters in my head from when I used to read a lot of historical romance.

 

I want to smack someone.

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review 2017-02-21 00:00
Allegiant
Allegiant - Veronica Roth Huh...It took me many, many attempts to finally finish this trilogy, even though I liked the first two books. I heard so much anger about the last installment, so I was kind of afraid of reading it. I went into it prepared to be angry or devastated, with a lot of theories about what would happen. I think I was actually spoiled about Tris's death right after the book was released, but I wasn't sure if I remembered it or imagined it, so it was kind of like I hadn't been spoiled, thankfully.

Honestly, I'm satisfied with the conclusion of this series. I'm not angry, I'm not heartbroken, or any other strong emotion like that. I'm a little sad for Tobias, mostly, but that's it. I thought this was better than Insurgent at times, but, even though I read it in a day, it still felt like it dragged at times. That could just be me, though, because I feel awful today, idk. Anyway, I think there was more filler in the second and third book than was necessary, and this probably honestly should have been a duology, or at least a trilogy with a shorter second and third book.

As for Tris's death, I wasn't surprised at all by it. I think it felt more honest and true to who she was than any alternatives would have been. I kept expecting the end to reveal that she was just the subject of experiments in Erudite--with Jeanine still working to find serums that the Divergents couldn't fight--or something like that. Then at the end, when Tobias was considering drinking the memory serum stuff, I was worried he was going to do that and forget, and then it would be revealed that Tris's death had been faked to protect her, kind of Romeo & Juliet-ish. I'm really, really glad none of those things, or the others I imagined, turned out to be true. Maybe if I'd loved Tris I would be more upset by her death? IDK. I just know that I liked her alright, but I wasn't too attached to her.
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text 2016-06-01 15:13
May Reading Roundup
How the Light Gets In - Louise Penny
Because We Are Called to Counter Culture: In a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Persecution, Abortion, Orphans, and Pornography (Counter Culture Booklets) - David Platt
Still Alice - Lisa Genova
Azincourt - Bernard Cornwell
Confessions of a Prayer Slacker - Diane Moody
Divine Collision: An African Boy, an American Lawyer, and Their Remarkable Battle for Freedom - Foreword by Bob Goff,Jim Gash
Band of Brothers: The Game's Afoot - Richard Foreman
Allegiant - Veronica Roth
Dickon - Marjorie Bowen
A Time to Grieve (Journeying though Grief, Book One) - Kenneth C. Haugk

My reading was all over the place this month in terms of genre and did not include anything I would categorize as amazing, but I did get a lot read. In addition to these 10, I finished Kenneth Haugk's 'Experiencing Grief' which did not impact me quite as much as the first book . . . . or maybe that's just where I am. Who knows.

 

Audio Books:

How the Light Gets In

Still Alice

Divine Collision

Allegiant

 

NetGalley:

The Game's Afoot

Dickon (DNF)

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review 2016-05-16 15:32
A good final part to this trilogy
Allegiant - Veronica Roth

A good final part to this trilogy: not as dark as Insurgent although there is still a fair amount of death and tears.  As Tris and Tobias leave the city for the Allegiant colony, they discover more divisions amongst the populace which they find the need to fight with tragic consequences.

If you've read the first two books, it would be a shame not to see the trilogy through to its conclusion. On the other hand, if you've not read hte other two, this will all seem a bit mysterious.

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review 2016-05-13 17:21
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Allegiant - Aaron Stanford,Emma Galvin,Veronica Roth

I have so many questions.

 

Why did I torture myself with reading this after seeing so much negative feedback about it? And why did I think that listening to it on audio would be better? (It's not. The only thing worse than skimming through constant scenes of teenage lust is listening to it. Bleh.)

 

Why is this doomed future world ruled by a bunch of self-righteous teenagers? 

 

Is the moral lesson that it's alright to target an entire community as long as you can make loose parallels between what they are doing and horrific acts of the past? Did I already ask why we're letting teenagers make these decisions?

 

Why do all the characters sound exactly the same (writing not just narration)?

 

Why are there chapters switching points of view when the two characters are always together?

 

Ugh. There is no way that the movie can not improve upon this. At least it will be quicker.

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