Allegiant by Veronica Roth
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.1
The finale is here at last! The novel continues the story of Tris and Tobias through chapter point of views. Instead of a title of a chapter they show the number and whose point of view it is from.
As the factions begin to crumble and chaos rips through the city, what is on the other side of the walls may be their only hope. A group known as the Allegiant have banded together to take down Evelyn, Tobias’ mother, and try to rebuild the city without violence. As a select few set out on a mission to discover the truth of what is on the other side of the city limits. What they find is endless information and history that seems impossible.
Tris and Tobias explore their relationship while constantly on the run and fighting for their lives. They learn of the root of each faction and that despite there no longer being factions, the habits they have grown up with are harder to break than they thought.
I found it hard to get into this book and I even started to wonder what I saw in the series. It isn’t until the last quarter of the book that things really started to pick up for me. As far as I know it was the final book in the series, but I have been tricked before. There is also the short story from Four’s point of view which could be worth checking out.
Looking back on the book now, certain things were expected but the surprise factor definitely vamped up my interest and my opinion of the novel. Although I wasn’t overly thrilled with the ending, I was able to feel some strong emotions which is a great compliment to the author. The Divergent film is set to come out soon so it is the perfect time to read the first novel before you see the movie, depending on which side you are on. It is difficult to say which is better, to read a book first then watch the movie. Depending on the order you choose greatly effects your experience and your enjoyment of the other. Myself, I prefer to read the book first, despite all.
Once again, not entirely wowed, but at least it is an easy read and was able to wrap things up for us.
1. Book summary courtesy of Harper Collins Allegiant Book Summary