I finished this book yesterday, and I've had some hours to put my thoughts together so I could write this. Anyway the truth is although I've loved Div...moreI finished this book yesterday, and I've had some hours to put my thoughts together so I could write this. Anyway the truth is although I've loved Divergent to bits I can't really say that I've enjoyed Allegiant that much. What was keep me going was my desire to see the end of a series that I've enjoyed so much.
Veronica took so long to write this book that I really thought she was going to blow our minds with absolutely amazing plots. Well that wasn't the case. Well… except for one thing at the end.
The explanations and reasons behind everything since the beginning was just silly. I was hoping for something more consistent... And there were so many holes that I was just thinking “is she serious?!” So I was really disappointed about the whole thing.
It was slow pace, there wasn’t a lot of action going on, almost nothing compared to the others. It was more investigative. They were trying to figure out all about this new world and trying to make justice into their own hands.
About Four (yes, I like this name) Well… this book was also told from his pov, which gave us the opportunity to be inside his head…. And let me tell you, that boy broke my heart. I missed the bad ass side of him? Sure! There were only glimpses of it but then again where was the action in the book!? Four is broken, really broken… more than a previously thought. He made some discoveries and because of it he also made some mistakes that had some huge consequences. But although he have changed a bit (it would be impossible if he hadn’t after everything) I still could recognize him as that same guy I used to like since Divergent while I can’t say the same about Tris. Oh about that… in this book we can really see how deeply he loves her… how much she means to him. I dare to say that she’s his lifeline… his reason to live. And that was so damm cute and beautiful to see. I mean, it wasn’t all hearts and flowers… they had some big issues but still...
Tris… well she was also one of my biggest disappointments. That girl from the first book!? She disappeared, she wasn’t there… at least not til almost the end. In the first book I saw a girl who was trying to figure herself out. She was smart, kind, shy, insecure… and she was brave! She was so brave that she made me pride with every attempt she made to overcome her fears and limitations. And then came Insurgent and I saw someone I didn’t recognize at all… She was so self-centered and selfish… even when she went to Erudite headquarters to sacrifice herself, it wasn’t for the right reasons. It was all about her guilt. Allegiant brought back bits of the old Tris and although I’ve seem someone more mature, responsible and really worried about the rest of the world, I still could see that self-centered person. Always thinking she’s right about everything. I mean, the way she judged Four was ridiculous. It was like she was perfect and had never made a mistake in her whole life or on their relationship.
Alright, alright… so about the end… I think you should skip this part if you haven’t read it yet.
You know, I spend the whole book knowing Four would die. I figured something really bad had happened when I read some reviews. And in my head that was the worst thing that could ever happen. So I come to this conclusion and tried to enjoy every single moment while I still got him. And I was so sure of it, I was so mad that it took me a very long time to start this book. So I think you guys can imagine my surprise when I realized it wasn’t his death people were so mad about. And although I understand the angry and sadness about this, because I felt that way myself, I honestly think there wasn’t any better end than this one. It wouldn’t have had this huge impact if Tris hadn’t died, because there wasn’t a lot of things’ going on in this last book, so Veronica had to do something. She died as a truly heroine, she died doing something that old Tris would have done and because of that I was happy. I finally had her back! She redeemed herself so beautifully. She saved her brother and it was all about love. At the end, her love for him was bigger than any resentment she ever had. How could I blame her, while I would have done the same thing for my brother, even if I didn’t had any chance to survive, like she did and her brother didn’t. Okay, he betrayed her and did the worst thing ever. But he regretted it and spent the whole book trying to make things better, even sacrificing himself, because he couldn’t live with that pain and guilt anymore. So it was for sure, a damm beautiful moment. So it made perfect sense to me. My heart broke into a million pieces felling Four’s pain, but I was happy it wasn’t him, it was her… Because her death made sense, it wasn’t just for the sake of it. And Four’s end was sad because of it, but he wasn’t alone. He got his mother back, after all, she choose him. And also have good friends that got his back.
It was sad, but life goes on. I don’t care about happy endings, I care about good ending’s. And that was one good enough for me. I dare to say that that moment was actually the only “good” part of this book and probably the only good thing since the end of Divergent. So because of it, I’m gonna give it 4 stars. Because this series ended the way it should. It was good but it was also about time to end, there wasn’t any where else to go. (less)
What can i say!? Veronica, you did it again! After a looooong wait. It was amazing. Oh boy there were moments in this book that I didn’t know what to t...moreWhat can i say!? Veronica, you did it again! After a looooong wait. It was amazing. Oh boy there were moments in this book that I didn’t know what to think or feel. One thing for sure, I don’t know what was Veronica’s purpose about our feelings toward Tris. But speaking for myself I wanted to slap her in the face so many times that I lost count by the end. And see? Now I’m confused, I don’t know if I like her anymore. What I know is that when I closed divergent, I realize she was one of my favorite heroines. I rooted for her the whole time. But now?! Good God I didn’t recognize her. She wasn’t kidding when she said she is selfish. Everything was about her. Her guilt, her pain… even when she thought she was sacrificing herself for the others, she wasn’t. She was trying to find an easy away to end her misery. She used her weaknees to pretend to be brave. She didn’t take in consideration what her parents did for her life, or Four. It was like she didn’t give a shit about him. Ugh! She just decide to die and that was it. What about him?! So now I don’t know who she is, and if she’s this girl, then I don’t think like her. She’s young and she trying to find out who she is so I’m not going to be hard on her. But I really didn’t like how she behaved in this book. Then we have Four, and he was great. I wasn’t disappointed with him at all. He’s dealing with his own issues too, but he’s still that guy. And I loved how he treated Tris. It was so nice to see this other side of him. I loved the good moments between them. And I have to say THANK YOU VERONICA for not making a love triangle there. It would be awful because they’re still knowing each other, so it would mess everything up. And to be honest I’m already so tired of it. It was original. Their relationship wasn’t easy and all flowers but it was still just about them, how to make things work between just them. And it was also great to learn more about the other factions and the factionless. It was confusing sometimes I have to admit, but still great. I wasn’t expecting that end. It was a good cliffhanger. Now there is a lot of “who is this”, “what is this”, “what about now”… Oh boy… what are we gonna do now!? this is going to be a long wait. But I have to be honest here. I think Divergent was better. Not just because I liked that Tris more, but because things were more simple. Now everything is so messed up that I don’t even know how to describe it. But I love it. Lots of action, romance, unexpected betrayals, unexpected alliances… It was amazing, a truly roller coaster. I love this world and all those people even some bad guys. So insurgent… 5 stars for sure, if could I would give it more. I don’t care if there were mistakes, for me what is really important it’s what the book made me fell. (less)
God my review for this book took me forever to write, but I finally did it today. And although I have read it a long time ago (maybe 3 or 4 years) I st...moreGod my review for this book took me forever to write, but I finally did it today. And although I have read it a long time ago (maybe 3 or 4 years) I still felt the need to write about this one. You know why?! Because although I have read my fair share of books in all those years, The Host is still in my top 5 list and I think it’s always going to be there.
And now you can say, "what really? A Stephanie Meyer book? seriously?" Yeah seriously! I loved it. No, erase this. I didn't just loved it. I adore this book to pieces. I have read books that made me feel a lot of emotions at the same time, books that made me crazy about it, books that after I finished I couldn't stop thinking about for a long time. But this one?! Hell I never felt something similar for any other. Each book in my top 5 is special for a reason, but The Host I don't even know how to explain. I think this book teared me apart. I suffered with it. Sometimes it was agonizing to read. It touched me very deeply. I couldn't stop thinking about, I couldn't stop reading it, I couln't stop crying... helll I couldn't even know where Wanda started and where I finished (yeah I felt that connected with her).
First, this book surprised me a lot. I didn't thought that Meyer could write such an amazing story again. But damm! she did it. Actually she did even better because for me Twilight doesn't even come close to The Host. Second, when I first heard about this book and found out it was about science fiction, I couldn't care less. I'm not so much into this kind of stories. But when I heard lots of people saying how amazing it was and Meyer explaining that this was a science fiction book for those who don’t like science fiction, I just decided to give it a shot. And thank God I did it! Third, when I started to read it I couldn't understand why people loved it so much when actually I couldn't understand what Meyer was talking about. Yeah this book have a complicated beginning, but once you get the feeling you go with it. I even put it down for a few weeks. But as I don't like to start a book and don't finish it, I decided to give it another shot. And with that beginning I could never imagine what was waiting for me. So this book was a huge and amazing surprise for me. I can tell you three things. 1º I never cried so much with a book before. I really had to put it down sometimes so I could put myself together again. And I had to do it a thousand of times. 2º I never connected and related myself with a character so much as I did with Wanda. Probably that's why I cried so much. It was like her pain, was mine as well. Crazy! 3º It touched me so deeply that I'll never forget this book and what it made me feel. It's definitely going to stick with me for the rest of my life.
The characters made this book, they are such an amazing people. Wanda shocked me with her purity and selfless, Ian with his kindness and intensity, and Melanie and Jared with their bravery. But seriously, what was Ian and Wanda?! Dammit to hell! it was beautiful. A beauty in its purest form. It was amazing to see how they grew to love each other. So heartbreaking.
"I held you in my hand, Wanderer. And you were so beautiful." I'll never forget this line.
I fell in love with Ian, such a kind, brave, protective and strong man. What he felt and did for Wanda was so incredible. When everybody hated and didn't believe in her, he was right there to take care, protect and love her. Even when he knew she wasn't exactly a human being. That he could even hold her soul entirely in his hands. What he just did care was the beautiful, noble, pure, kind, selfless person she was. Granted, he didn’t trust her at the beginning, nobody did, but as he got to know her, he saw how special she was. “It's not the face, but the expressions on it. It's not the voice, but what you say. It's not how you look in that body, but the things you do with it. You are beautiful.” And he fought for her with everything he had. “You. Are. Not. Leaving. Me.”
And that's also Wanda. She shocked me. It was so weird when she kept doing exactly what I would have done. She's intense too. She doesn't care about herself at all, she cares about the people she grew to love. And she's the kind of person that is so good and so pure that even when people did bad things to her she could forgive and be understandable. "'You are the noblest, purest creature I've ever met. The universe will be a darker place without you,' he whispered." The concepts she had about humans was actyally pretty funny. She never knew what to expect from them and they amazed her. “And he was my friend. Not that he wouldn't kill me if things turned out that way, but he wouldn't like doing it. With humans, what more could you ask for a friend?”
“This place was truly the highest and the lowest of all worlds - the most beautiful senses, the most exquisite emotions.. the most malevolent desires, the darkest deeds. Perhaps it was meant to be so. Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.”
So see, what I mean?! This story touched me deeply. It broke my heart in a thousand of pieces a lot of the times but especially one scene between Wanda and Ian at the end. And it's funny because even now I still don't know who cried more, him, her or me. Yeah It was that heartbreaking and intense.
Melanie and Jared also had a very beautiful story. They never gave up on each other. It's was inspiring. “If I was given the choice between having the world back and having you, I wouldn't be able to give you up. Not to save five billion lives.”
I remember that when I read this book I felt so bad for all of them. Especially Melanie and Wanda, their situation was so complicated, sometimes I felt like eventualy I would have to make a choice about whose life I would prefer. Not that I already didn't knew, it was never a choice, it was always about Wanda for me but I would have hated to lose Melanie. The relationships in this story was so well build and pure. Wanda/Ian, Wanda/Mel, and Wanda/Jamie were my favorites. Although Mel/Jared and Mel/Jamie were pretty special too. I just know that this was the most different quadrangle I have ever read. lol Wanda/Jared tormented me, at that time I didn't knew what to think about them. I guess that situation just made me sad and impatient.
(view spoiler)[But the way Meyer wrote this story she made everything special. Melanie had Jared's completely devotion and love, and although Wanda fell in love with him too, with the time she grew to love Ian in such a way that it bacame something huge and powerfull. So she wasn't in disadvantage with Mel, because Ian was right there loving her and just her. So each girl had her own guy loving them like they were most special thing in the world. I love that end to pieces. (hide spoiler)]
So well... I don't care if Meyer writes like this or like that, what I do know is that that woman knows how to create a character and how to make me feel the most intense emotions. I was never the kind of person who cares too much about the writing style, what I do care is what the author makes me feel. If she has the power to make me go deep in the story and the characters then this is what makes the book for me. And if she has a good writing style, then it just makes the book more perfect than it already is.
So I don't know what to say more about this one, it's definitely a must read. In fact, I'm not the kind of person that reads a book more than once. But after I finished this book it was SO HARD to let it go, that I kept reading my favorite parts for weeks. And I bought the paperback because this is a book that I want to read in the future and maybe if I have children someday give it to them as well. Because this is such a beautiful, pure and unique story that it must be read and reminded. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)