GUEST BOOK REVIEW – Four by Veronica Roth

Guest Reviewer: Ami  (@mama_roach)

If you want answers following ‘Allegiant’, don’t expect them here. What you can expect though is a wonderful retelling of the series, told from Four’s perspective. Roth splits the narrative into the different stages of Tobias Eaton’s life – transferring to Dauntless, becoming Four and meeting Tris, but also includes exclusive ‘never-seen-before’ scenes (which we have, actually, seen before, but not in this way.)

Whilst still being in shock from ‘Allegiant’, this book is a unique way for fans to revisit the series and replenish ‘happy’ levels. I actually enjoyed reading about Four’s transfer, more so than Tris’s. Being a more complex character than I originally thought, Four has an interesting story to tell, before he meets the girl of his dreams. Characterisation is at the heart of this book, with no need to expand the world originally built in the series, but seeing the world from Four’s perspective enables readers to delve deeper into the history of the factions and discover that there was more to Four than being a love-interest.
Having originally wanted to tell the story through Four’s perspective, we can see Roth’s background for Four’s character truly at the forefront, which is never revealed in the Divergent series. It is certainly a worthwhile read, as it changed my perspective of his character completely.

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Out now from HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007582891


GUEST BOOK REVIEW – Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Having loved the first book Divergent and thinking the second book Insurgent was average, I dived into the final book ‘Allegiant’ with curiosity and an open mind, as I was hoping to rekindle my love for this series that the first book generated.
Tris has now joined the Allegiant and decides to leave Chicago, the city ruined by rebellion and greed. However, what is outside the fence isn’t much better. I felt that my questions about the world Tris lived in were finally being answered, but then as I read on, I got a little disappointed, as I was left with more unanswered questions.

We finally hear Tobias’ point of view, but it is not what I expected. It changes my view of him into someone who is not as fearless as we first think. The writing style is too similar to when we read from Tris’ viewpoint. I was hoping to find out more about the fearless Four and who he really is, but he just kept making the same silly mistakes he does in ‘Insurgent’. However, having his viewpoint does help the reader to sympathise with him, which is necessary for later events in the novel.

However, I was gripped to the actual story and characters. Allegiant definitely has more action than the second book and is far more interesting now that we know what is outside the ‘fence’, but I have mixed views about the ending. I can’t quite work it out. I can’t quite understand whether it is good or bad. Having read lots of negative reviews for this, I can agree with them to some extent about the ending. I even read Veronica Roth’s blog, hoping to get answers. But the fact remains there are no ‘real’ answers. I can say that the ending was a shock, but whether I have disappointment or admiration for Roth, I do not know. Ask me in a week and I might think differently. This is what is stopping me giving the book full marks.

This book is definitely memorable though and the world outside the fence and the problems in it really open up the readers’ eyes to their own lives. It is quite realistic in a sense and I do admire Roth for not being afraid to write a book about humanity’s faults. For the gripping story itself, the interesting characters in the dystopian-yet-believable world created by Roth and the overall compelling series, I do recommend it. Just read it with a box of tissues and an open mind.

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Out now from Harper Collins Children’s Books
ISBN: 9780007524273