“Allegiant” first look

The October release date for Allegiant, the final installment of Veronica Roth‘s international best-selling series Divergent, is looming closer and the anticipation amongst fans are running high with all the movie news and other stuff. Almost two weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly released the first Allegiant quote from. It’s from the book’s seventh chapter which is written in Tris‘ perspective. Now, we get the first quote from Tobias‘ perspective. I’m thinking this is from a different chapter though it wasn’t stated.

Tris Allegiant

Tobias Allegiant

I am totally fangirling over these. Just a few more days initiates. Hold on. Just 40 more days!

And now, some really exciting “Allegiant” news

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Oh, yes! Allegiant is now being printed and Katherine Tegen posted this photo on Tumblr. What’s more, we now have a full back description. Here it goes:

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Author Veronica Roth recently announced during the Divergent movie panel at Comic-Con that Allegiant will be told from both Tris and Tobias’s perspective. Allegiant, the last book in the Divergent trilogy, will be released on October 22. Meanwhile, the first of the four “Four” e-shorts titled The Transfer will be out next month on the 24th. Also, also, voting for Four’s voice (Allegiant audio book) will end soon. Harper Audio has something for the voters, so go VOTE.  And if it helps, below is the four auditions for Four’s voice from Soundcloud.

It’s been a good couple of months for Divergentland. Aren’t you guys excited? I know I am.

Book Review: Marie Lu’s “Prodigy”

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Following the events of Legend, Prodigy starts off with June and Day making a run for Vegas in the hopes of allying with the rebel Patriot group when the unexpected happens – the Primo Elector dies and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic on shaky grounds, the Patriots want to seize the opportunity to strike back and ignite a rebellion. They take in June and Day and bargain with the two – Eden’s, Day’s younger brother, rescue and assistance with their escape to the nearby Colonies in exchange for the new elector’s assassination. June and Day, for lack of options, accept the rebel group’s conditions but as they set the plan in motion they uncover information, things that may just derail their plans.

Prodigy is just as fast-paced and thrilling as Legend. Marie Lu writes action scenes very well. Her version of the near-future world – the strict Republic and the commercially-fueled Colonies – is believable. I can actually imagine a country being divided that way, but let’s rather hope it doesn’t happen.

It still follows the original plot set up in Legend so readers won’t get lost or, at the very least, not too much. I actually put off reading Prodigy for a few months because I’ve been told that it ends with a killer cliffhanger and I already have Insurgent’s own cliffhanger of an ending to haunt me. I didn’t wish to add more to that but as always when it comes to books, I caved in. And here I am, not as much of a mess as when I finished Divergent’s sequel but still a mess nonetheless.

I am happy that we got a glimpse of the Colonies in this installment. It serves as a great point of comparison against the Republic. We are given two different worlds that are both good and evil at the same time.

Marie Lu’s characters grew and became more mature in Prodigy and for me it was the best thing in this book. June and Day both learned to look at their situation from different perspectives and not just through their own biased ones.

It was Tess, however, who made the biggest jump in this story. She’s no longer the little, vulnerable girl we were introduced to in Legend. Tess became self-sufficient and confident, even confident enough to make tough decisions of her own.

The author also gave her readers more insight on some of the other characters like Thomas, Kaede, Metias and most especially Anden. He was only mentioned once in the first book during that celebratory ball for June’s capture of Day but he took on a bigger role in this second book. I guess it is safe to say that Anden will still play an important role in the next book Champion, which is due out this November 5th.

Probably the only thing that I didn’t like much in Prodigy are the love complications. Somehow I felt like throwing Anden with June and Tess with Day was only done to rock the main’s already established connection. But that’s just me. I’m not that big on love triangles, let alone a square.

Overall, Prodigy satisfies. It is a good follow-up to Legend. I definitely recommend it especially if you’ve already read Legend. I can’t wait to get my hands on Champion and see what happens to this trilogy.

Rating: 3.5/5