One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
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.
So, this is the final book in the Divergent series about a dystopian Chicago several hundred years in the future. If you haven’t read the first two books, please turn yourself around and exit stage left because there be spoilers.
So, what’s beyond the fence? That’s what I was dying to know…and we thought we knew a little at the end of Insurgent, but it’s so much more and different than what I was expecting. We learn quickly that Chicago is just one city in the country that is being used as a controlled experiment for the United States government to “fix” an issue with genetics, which is them trying to correct a problem they started centuries before. What I didn’t like about the revelation is that it is different from what we were told in Insurgent and I dislike being told one thing in one book and it being different, not just more complicated, but different than what it ultimately turns out to be in the next book. I went in believing what Edith Prior told us, but it turns out she’s lying.
What follows is Tris and Tobias (and some other Allegiant rebels) being taken in by the closest branch of the Bureau of Genetic Warfare and becoming ingratiated into this new reality, and there are suprises around every bend. They have no intention of going back, but they are also kind of lost and dumbfounded by the revelations beyond the fence. There was also a really big sense of “out of the frying pan, into the fire” feel to this new world.
It seems like the rebellions never stop, in the city, in the compound, anywhere. There are just breaths between them, and foolishly, we call those breaths “peace.” –Tobias
“You’re from Chicago?” Rafi says to me.
I nod, still loking at the dark street.
“And now that you are out? How does the world seem to you?” he says.
“Mostly the same,” I say. “People are just divided by different things, fighting different wars.” — Tobias
We get both Tris & Tobias’ POVs in this book (as the quotes above show). Initially, I did not like Tobias’ POV, though I have read Free Four which tells his side of the story for one scene in Divergent and didn’t have a problem with it. But here, it didn’t feel genuine, though I think this may be because his thoughts and feelings were different than what I expected. It did become easier for me to read his POV as the book went along, though.
As for the story, it was interesting where Roth took this. I know it was her intention all along, but there were parts that were different than what we had been previously told and it felt a little to me like she was trying to correct mistakes from the previous books, so that did irk me a little, but I loved the direction she ultimately took. I guess it didn’t hit me reading the first two books just how limited their little world is. They know NOTHING beyond the borders of their home. They didn’t even have a name for their city. What really struck me was how they never really thought to question the borders of where they’re from and if they hadn’t stumbled upon Edith Prior’s message, they probably never would have.
This book was fast paced, exciting, sad, revelatory, and ultimately hopeful. There’s been a lot of talk about how people didn’t like the way it ended, and I’ll leave it to you to determine your own feelings on the matter, but I understood why Roth did what she did and ended the story how she did because, to me, it was genuine. It was completely in character and believable. I found myself being hopeful for their future and wishing we could revisit them in a few years to see how far they’d come. So, Bravo!