Fiction - Dystopia
318 Pages
Reviewed on 11/28/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Allegra is a work of fiction in the dystopian genre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Nikita Bloom. Set in a nightmarish vision of the world we know, the story follows a soldier named Aiden who serves in the private army of the dangerous leader of the underworld. Doing what he must to survive after a life of hardship, Aiden is resigned to his role until he falls in love with Allegra who wants more than mere survival. Together the two must fight for a future where they can truly be happy, but with enemies around them and in a world with a hundred other dangers, can they really afford to abandon their former safety?

Effective world-building and consistent lore are two tools that dystopian fiction writers must master in order to develop a story for readers to get lost in, and these tools are amongst the many that Nikita Bloom has in her toolkit. The world of Allegra is brutal and unforgiving, but Bloom never shies away from the human source of much of this nightmare world. This forms the perfect backdrop for a love story about two people who have fought tooth and nail just to stay alive, only to meet each other and be caught up in the fantasy of life beyond mere survival. Allegra and Aiden are beautiful in their personification of hope, and Allegra does a wonderful job of balancing their tender romance against the harsh reality of the world they live in.

Samantha Gregory

Allegra by Nikita Bloom is set in an apocalyptic world. Allegra is a young woman trying to survive and longing for a better world. Aidan, the man she loves, is a soldier. He has been on the streets most of his life and has had to learn to fight in order to survive. When they come together, they discover that they want the same things - more than the life they have come to know. With a plague that wiped out a third of the world's population and a terrible war that followed, society as we know it no longer exists. The story has some eerily similar themes to what is going on today, though thankfully we are not as bad. Yet.

Nikita Bloom has written an entertaining and exciting book with Allegra. The main characters are believable and well-developed. They have grown up in a world where they have to be able to fight. There are no alternatives. Finding love in this broken world is a hard thing to do, but with it, the main characters dream of a better world where they can be together and they don't have to keep fighting. I enjoyed how the story flowed and it moved at a good pace. The opening grabbed me because it made me want to find out what was happening and how that event came to be. I think this book would appeal to young adult dystopian fans and even romance fans because there is a good solid romance story here. I would recommend it.

Pikasho Deka

Allegra is a post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller written by Nikita Bloom. In a not-too-distant future, a deadly virus spreads across the planet dividing the global population into the infected and the immune. After the catastrophic Great War, a totalitarian government rules through strict military protocols. Allegra Lane, a soldier fighting under her father General Lane's army, struggles with her conscience while disposing of people with the infection. In a complicated relationship with a fellow soldier named Eric, Allegra's life turns upside down when she and her team rescue a lost soldier amidst the deserted ruins. However, Aiden Brody is no soldier but a man working for the underworld boss Roy Randall, who sends him to infiltrate the army. But an irresistible mutual attraction makes them fall head over heels in love with each other while buried secrets complicate things further.

Filled with romance, action, and suspense, Allegra is a blockbuster of a novel set to delight fans of dystopian thrillers. Author Nikita Bloom weaves an intoxicating tale of romance and heartbreak against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world where the strength of arms decides the right to survive. The first half takes some time to get things moving as the author sets up the characters and the plot, but midway through, the pace accelerates until it finishes with a soaring climax toward the end. You never see the twists and turns coming, and the reveals keep your eyes glued to the pages. Anyone who enjoys a well-written thriller set in a futuristic dystopia will find Allegra a rewarding experience.

Vincent Dublado

Allegra by Nikita Bloom is a bleak, sensational tale set in a post-apocalyptic future. The first chapter opens with an army squad unit conducting a raid, with the narrator having a crisis of conscience for the given directive of having to kill people. You immediately become alert upon knowing that it has become a world where the guiding philosophy is kill or be killed. The plague began in 2039 and destroyed ten percent of the world’s population. This plague was caused by a process designed to cure cancer—a noble pursuit that caused painful losses. Aiden is a young soldier who is struggling to survive and is forced to exercise blind obedience until Allegra comes along and gives him a reason to have a more hopeful outlook. But Aiden becomes infected, and the protocol in such cases of infection is death.

Allegra offers frightening speculation about how a plague can potentially wipe out a considerable portion of the human population and the ramifications that can go with its results. This novel by Nikita Bloom is skillful at telling the story through the use of the first-person, which has proven effective in young adult fantasy and sci-fi series. It makes it clear that a wide-scale plague can cause division among people, and that viruses also need to survive, so it seems to find a way to jump from one host to another. At the very end of the story, Bloom adds a brief second epilogue that gives you a glimpse of a possible scenario that lies ahead for Aiden and Allegra. It’s a scenario that you will find intriguing enough to await the second installment of this powerful new series.

Stephanie Chapman

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Allegra by Nikita Bloom introduces two sides of the world: Government and Resistance. All her life, Allegra has wanted the approval of her father. After her mother’s death, Allegra becomes determined to help find a solution for the division in the world. She joins the military, only to become disillusioned as she is ordered to kill anyone who is “infected.” After the Great War, an epidemic had swept the planet and those who were infected were systematically killed. When ordered to deliver a shipment of food to Keynes, a stop at an abandoned gas station results in Allegra discovering Aiden. He claims he is a soldier who got separated from his company. After checking his identification bracelet, she offers for Aiden to join her group. Little does Allegra know that Aiden has an ulterior motive to infiltrate the army. Aiden sees his plan altering course when he becomes drawn to the confident Allegra.

Nikita Bloom’s description of the division between the people who were infected and non-infected was vivid. The internal conflict that Allegra had was extremely tense, and I could genuinely understand why she held everyone at a distance. From the very beginning, her friend with benefits, Eric, betrayed her by informing her commander about her reluctance to kill suspected insurgents. I connected with Aiden the most. He was trying to survive and get away from having to kill to survive. I hoped that he would be able to gain Allegra’s trust and eventually show her the life she was missing. The end of the book was shocking and promises this will be a series. The infection that was feared by the government doesn’t show what it was capable of until the end. Allegra is an unpredictable romance novel that will captivate your mind from start to finish.