Originally written on November 19, 2013
Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth
Hardcover, 526 pages
Published by Katherine Tegan Books on October 22, 2013
Rating: 5 stars
Summary (Goodreads):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.
**Note: This review may contain spoilers
Where to begin with this book? It takes the mind on a whirlwind of a ride, making one both feel immense joy and deafening heartbreak.
The story begins with the factions in disarray, and the factionless in charge. The video of the reset of memories has just been shown, and the lives of many are drastically changed. Each chapter alternates between the first person point of view of the two main characters - Tris, the speaker of the first two books, and Tobias, or as others call him, Four, her boyfriend. Queue in the Allegiant, a rebel group who is wanting to reinstate the faction process into everyone’s lives. This is where Tris and her friends end up. They are left no other choice, being unhappy with the choices made by factionless leader, and Tobias’s mother, Evelyn. Grouping up with the Allegiant, Tris, Tobias, Tori, Christina, Uriah, Peter, and Caleb make their way out of the city and into the outside world, a place they have never stepped foot in before.
As they begin to explore the new world, they are taken to a place known as the Bureau, run by the people controlling what is going on in the city they had come from. The city more commonly known as Chicago. They are running an experiment and have been watching them for years, making notes and doing what they can to fix what they call the Genetically Damaged people. This causes many to question all that has happened to them and what their genes really mean, and cause more and more disarray between what they grew up believing and what is actually true. Many more events occur, along with new questions, some shocking answers, and a bulldozer of emotions that bring the characters and their world to a new place - one far different than what it has been.
The story follows a brilliant plot line with twists and turns that will keep you reading until the final page when you finally can start wiping the tears off your face you’ve ignored to stay engrossed in the story till the end.