Allegiant Makes Barnes & Noble’s Best New Books for Teens 2013 List

Barnes & Noble has released their list of the best new books in 2013 and the “Books for Teens” category includes Veronica Roth’s final book in the Divergent trilogy, Allegiant!

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Here’s the complete list of books that made it in the teen category:

— Allegiant (Divergent Series #3) by Veronica Roth

— Asylum by Madeleine Roux

— Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

— The Elite (Selection Series #2) by Kiera Cass

— The Fault in Our Stars (B&N Exclusive Edition) by John Green

— The 5th Wave (Fifth Wave Series #1) by Rick Yancey

— Inferno (Chronicles of Nick Series #4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

— The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

— Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

— Prodigy (Marie Lu’s Legend Series #2) by Marie Lu

— Requiem (Delirium Series #3) by Lauren Oliver

— Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

— The Runaway King (Book 2 of the Ascendance Trilogy) by Jennifer A.
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— Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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#ALLEGIANT Wins 2013 Goodreads Choice Award

The final book in the DIVERGENT trilogy, ALLEGIANT, was voted the Best Young Adult Fantasy of 2013 by Goodreads readers!

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Almost two million Goodreads users voted. ALLEGIANT faced competition from the likes of THE INFERNAL DEVICES, the LEGEND trilogy, the DELIRIUM trilogy, and BLOODLINES, but beat out its closest competitor by 1,430 votes!

Congratulations to Veronica Roth and the rest of the team behind ALLEGIANT!

Veronica Roth Upcoming Tour Stops

Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment

Photo Credit: Summit Entertainment

The series may have ended but Veronica Roth‘s work is far from over, she still has more stops with her tour promoting Allegiant‘. Veronica will be going overseas to Ireland, London and then back to the US in South Carolina just in time for YALL Fest as she shared on her blog.

Here’s the info:

Dublin
Sunday, Nov. 3, 3PM
Eason’s O’Connell St

 

London
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30PM
Prince Charles Theatre, Leicester Square
Hosted by Waterstones

 

Yall Fest
Charleston, SC
Saturday, Nov. 9
details here

‘Allegiant’ Sold Nearly A Half Million Copies On It’s First Day Being Published

Allegiant sold nearly a half million copies on its first day being published! How cool is that?

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Veronica Roth’s trilogy sold nearly a half million copies its publication day, Oct. 22, while over the weekend, the Texas Book Festival saw best-selling authors speak to literary enthusiasts. Read on for more headlines:

Allegiant, the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, sold 455,000 copies globally on its first day across all formats — a record for publisher HarperCollins. The book has a two-million-copy first printing.

Source: self-life.ew.com

‘Allegiant’ Number One On IBooks Best Sellers

Allegiant made it to the top of the ibooks best sellers list!

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Veronica Roth’s much-anticipated closer to her Divergent trilogy, Allegiant, was the top-selling paid book in the Apple iBooks store for the week ended October 28. John Grisham’s newest, Sycamore Row, which features Jake Brigance of the writer’s debut novel, A Time to Kill, landed in the #2 spot. Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game slid up one spot to #3, just days before the November 1 release of the film adaptation of the novel. Last week’s #1 book, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarity, dropped to #4.

Source: publishersweekly.com

Veronica Roth Talks Allegiant Ending in Detail

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Veronica Roth took to tumblr to discuss in detail the ending of Allegiant and the events throughout the trilogy that ultimately lead up to that ending. While she respects fans opinions, Roth explains why she chose the end the series the way she did and says she wouldn’t change a thing.

Naturally, this post is RIDDLED WITH SPOILERS. Beware!

Click here to read!

Some Thoughts On Allegiant

It’s been one week since Allegiant came out and there has been a LOT of talk about this final installment in the Divergent trilogy. There is no shortage of emotions here: Shock.  Sadness.  Anger. Confusion.  If you’ve read it, you know! Here’s are some of our thoughts on the book. Don’t worry: no spoilers here!

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Nat’s Review:

It had been over a year since I read Insurgent but I still remember where it ended and that there was a new place that was going to be explored, a place outside of the realm of the factions as well as the factionless. There were many questions to be answered and I have to say, those questions were pretty much answered in Allegiant. 

Whether or not you liked the answers to those questions is all up to you, the reader. Me, being one of those readers, was satisfied for the most part with the answers, partly because I had not expected the answers that were given. I had speculated, sure, but the world we get to see beyond the borders is just nowhere what I would have predicted. And boy, it really turned me on my head. 

The plot is complex and dramatic and intriguing and yes, sad. There’s a lot to think about when you read how the characters have changed and how Tris’ world has changed after. The book begs you to questions the situations we face on a daily basis, to see the similarities and to question how you see things, how you see people, and how society itself sees the world. 

And that’s what’s so good about this book, it dares you to compare because, although we don’t live in a dystopian society, it’s still comparable to life today. It’s comparable to people today, and I hope that the young adults who read this book are able to learn from it. 

The drama between Tris and Tobias never ceases to amaze me. They light each other up in both the way they argue and the way they don’t. It’s kinda crazy to see and scary as well, because these are the type of people that I see could destroy each other as well. 

Then there’s the drama between Tobias and his parents and Tris and her brother, and the idea of forgiveness comes to play very much here, but isn’t limited to just those relationships. 

Of course there’s action involved, but it’s secondary to the drama of all these characters and ethical challenges scattered throughout. All together, it makes for a really good read. 

For the spoilers, check out her complete review on Goodreads!

Jessi’s Review:

A quick, spoiler-free summary: I liked Allegiant.  I enjoyed reading it.  I found it to be fast-paced, interesting, and it kept my attention the entire time—no small feat! Of course this is a bittersweet time; the trilogy is complete and this is the end.   Coming in to this I was most looking forward to finding out what waited for us beyond the fence.  And I have to say, it certainly wasn’t what I was expecting, so it took me a little time to digest the new world I was being introduced to.  However, I’m a BIG fan of answers, so I was happy to get them, even if I had some difficulty accepting all the details.   

The alternating POVs were unique to this book in the series and it took a little getting used to, but it didn’t end up being too much of a distraction, and it does serve a purpose.  While at times I thought the Tobias chapters were Tris chapters ( I was so used to Tris narrating EVERYTHING!) it didn’t detract from the story.  Concerning Tris and Tobias’ relationship—I prefer the Allegiant version of them.  Personally, I found it to be more tender and swoon-worthy, which I love.  I felt like they were more mature, especially after all they had been through, and there are some really sweet moments between the two of them.  I do think the change in their relationship from Insurgent to Allegiant happens kind of fast, as I don’t see the evolution of it being fleshed out entirely; however I can easily overlook this because I really did enjoy seeing them get to be in love with out as much volatility. 

As for  the ending, let’s just say I’m still working through it!  While I won’t disclose what happens, I think most people are aware by now that some notable things do.  Some things I haven’t completely found peace with yet. Sometimes we just need more time :).   I respect Veronica Roth and her decisions, and will continue to do so while I work through understanding them.  I do have to say that the last quarter of the book will fill you with A LOT of emotions.  I felt so many, in fact, it was hard to tell just what I was feeling.  What a ride!   The end gives us answers and a glimpse at the future that does provide closure to the series.  And I have to say, I’m sad to see that it is over! 

Veronica Roth Discusses the End of Allegiant with MTV

Veronica Roth gave her first spoiler-filled interview on Allegiant with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, where she discusses what happens at the end. Seriously, this is FULL OF SPOILERS!  Do not proceed unless you’ve already read the book, or don’t mind being spoiled! You’ve been warned!  If you still want to watch, click on the image below for video.

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Roth also published a lengthy post on her blog today where she goes in depth about the end of Allegiant, which you can read here.

19 Divergent Facts from Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth talked to Buzzfeed about the 19 Things You Should Know About The Divergent Series! This is blissfully FREE OF MAJOR ALLEGIANT SPOILERS!

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5. Roth considered writing parts of Allegiant from Caleb’s and Natalie’s point of view.

At the 2013 National Book Festival, you stated that you almost wrote the book from Caleb’s and someone else’s perspective. Can you tell us who that person was?

VR: I tried out Caleb, I tried out Tobias (obviously that one worked), and I tried out journal entries retrospective from Natalie’s point of view to intersperse with the forward narrative. That couldn’t sustain over the entire book, and it didn’t address the story from the angles that I wanted to address it from, so I had to get rid of that one too.

Was it weird writing from Tobias’ point of view or did you love switching voices?

VR: I thought it was fun because Tris’ voice is very stereotypically masculine, very straightforward, very direct, kind of repetitive. Tobias’ is a little more poetic, a little more descriptive, and he generally shares more. Tris is always withholding, but Tobias shares everything, so it was interesting to see those dynamics and how they turned over my expectations of those people. It was fun, but it was hard.

Click here to see the full list!

Video: Veronica Roth Reads First Chapter Of Allegiant

Here it is guys — Veronica Roth reading chapter one from Allegiant! Enjoy!