For those of you following The Divergent movie releases, the third installment is about to hit movie theaters everywhere! Enjoy this post to get an overview of the book, my review, the movie details and trailer.
Published: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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 meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to 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.
There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved for the sake of something greater…
Well I have put Allegiant off for over two years, and I've finally caved and completed the Divergent series. My journey with Veronica Roth started about four years ago when I ranted and raved about her series installment, but as with most series that take so long to publish, my interest waned after the passage of time. So when the final book eventually hit the shelves, and I heard the outcry over the dismal outcome of one of her characters, I was in no rush to continue. However, after seeing the movie releases hit the big screen, I once again found myself diving into this series, and overall I'm glad I did.
It's no doubt that Veronica Roth is a great story-teller and has a way of world-building that easily catapults her audience into another world believing the social rules and back history that make up her dystopic society. I had no problem falling back into the world of Tris Pryor and journeying with this amazing character as she fights to redefine the social order that is breaking down.
In Allegiant, we learn about a group of people who want to leave the city and stay in factions. This group of Allegiants want to keep to the original purpose of their society, which is to send people outside the walls when they have a large enough Divergent population.
However where the last book left off, Four's mother Evelyn and her faction-less group have control over the society and they begin to define a new set of rules that involve getting rid of the factions and closing the walls forbidding anyone to leave.
When Tris and Four escape with a group of their friends, they come across a society outside the walls that includes the Bureau of Genetic War. This group is trying to restore humanity to its previous state prior to the Purity Wars by increasing the genetically healed population know as the GPs - genetically pures, AKA Duantless. They are also making moves to critically alter the society within the walls causing Tris and Four to face some difficult choices about what side they want to declare their alliance to.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Veronica Roth did an amazing job of developing and unfolding her plot. So much was revealed, and just about every loose end was brought to closure.
As with most fans of this series, the only issue I had with the ending was the character annihilation that was so unnecessary. I spent the entire novel hearing how this beloved character did not want to die, so it was quite sad that a sixteen year old character faced her dismiss when her life hadn't even begun yet.
In the end, I'm glad I completed this series because I have every intention of watching the entire series on film. I don't think this book hit me as hard as it should have because I had two years to process what happened in this final installment. I think if I would have read it when it first came out, I would not have been as generous with my rating as I am today. So only one less star for needless character annihilation, but overall well done!