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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

This was the most difficult of the Divergent Trilogy to read, it was slower paced, intense and there was a lot of ugliness. While the battle continues, this new war is more about ignorance and prejudices. The hardest part for me was the lack of faith between Tobias and Tris, while this mirrors how real relationships fluctuate and grow it was difficult to see after all they’d been through in the previous books. The reunion felt real and emotional, as did the growth and changes in the other relationships. Some of the most inspiring passages in this book are about healing. I think that is the greatest asset of this book. While it is not my favorite of the three, it made me think and feel.

From Allegiant…
“If we stay together, I’ll have to forgive you over and over again, and if you’re still in this, you’ll have to forgive me over and over again too,”

[There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn’t.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.
This is the sort of bravery I have now.]

“Yeah, sometimes life really sucks,” she says. “But you know what I’m holding on for?”
I raise my eyebrows.
She raises hers, too, mimicking me.
“The moments that don’t suck,” she says. “The trick is to notice them when they come around.”

If for no other reason, reading these passages and applying it to my own life, this is what this novel gave me. Hope, inspiration and courage–this book has a lot of darkness, anger and fear yet it also has hope, love and strength. This was a great trilogy, uplifting and heartbreaking.

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Insurgent by: Veronica Roth

A little slower paced, this second book in the Divergent trio is just as well written. The main character Tris is suffering from grief and guilt, while it is believable it is a bit depressing. Thankfully Roth brings us out of the melancholy into another fray. It is difficult to read the perils and pitfalls of being a teen in a war-torn community but the hardest is Tobias’ lack of trust or confidence in her. It seems a bit sad that he believed in her more before she proved herself than he does in this book. I liked Insurgent but not as much as the first. I am presently reading Allegiant, the third in the series and find that at the halfway point we are still losing faith with the Tris and Tobias relationship.
Roth keeps me turning the pages, the books are well written and while I may not agree with her path for her characters I am still interested to read to the end. Some of the best stories are not the ones we agree with but the ones who make us argue and think.