Series: Divergent #3
Published by HarperCollins on 2013-10-22
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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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.
Nothing will ever be able to compare to Divergent for me. I instinctively knew that Roth would never be able to produce a second book in the series that would live up to my high expectations. This was as close as she could get though. The writing was solid, the characters stayed true to who they were, and the plot was original and unexpected (except for that scene that everyone told me about… you know the one I’m talking about).
Divergent was filled with world building. Insurgent dealt more with tearing that world down, showing us that not everything was as we believed. Allegiant, Roth had to build a whole new world. It showed exactly how talented she is as an author, regardless of the one star reviews. I think it’s highly unfair that so many people judged Roth’s writing ability solely based on the fact that they didn’t like the ending. I think it’s important that readers remember that just because they don’t like something that happens, it doesn’t make it a bad book. In fact, it could mean quite the opposite. My mother once told me that art is anything that evokes an emotion, regardless on whether it is a positive or negative one. If this statement is true, then Roth has just produced an amazing piece of art. She has given teens (and adults) a lot to think about.
So there was that scene, that everyone was talking about (even though I insisted I didn’t want spoilers. It was kind of impossible to avoid). While reading the book, I was actually able to set aside everything I had heard, and by the time that I had reached that scene, I found that I had completely forgotten about it. Then I thought “Ah. Right. I knew about this.” I processed it and moved on. By the end of the book, though, I was pretty broken. I could see in my mind’s eye this whole other possible ending to the book, where the birds are singing and everyone is happy. That wouldn’t have been true to the series though. This story is not supposed to end with a happily ever after, and I probably would’ve been disappointed if it had.