My Rating: 4 /5
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
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 explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
My Short Summary:
**If you have not read the first two books – Divergent and Insurgent – you will stumble upon spoilers in this review**
Like the second book, Allegiant begins right where the last one left off. Edith Prior’s news of what is outside the city walls has the remaining factions and factionless unsure of what to do. With Tobias’s mother stepping up as leader, the city is doomed to face another tyrannical government. Luckily, the Allegiant is formed. Tris, Tobias, and other friends join and face the world outside the city they grew up in. They never knew how big the world was until they stepped outside. Being outside the city is not what they expect. Government manipulations, damaged genes, experiments, and lots more await these brave young adults.
Narration: First person through Tris and Tobias
Character Development: With Tobias narrating in first person, the reader can understand what is going on in his mind much better compared to the other books. Through this, we see that Tobias has more weaknesses and doubts than we previously thought. His thoughts reveal his reliance on Tris, his anxieties over his parents, and how he handles the consequences of his actions. He is still strong but now the reader can see the little niches that make him human.
Throughout the book we see Tris grow as a person. She tackles with her brother’s betrayal, the fear of still holding a gun, learning who to trust, and how to make her relationship work with Tobias. Each character has to face their past and their fears. They are thrown into world outside their comfort zone – a world where there are no factions. A world where divergent is not some weird trait, and those that are considered divergent might not really be a true divergent.
Plot Development/Flow: The story moved along well. I kind of wish it was given a year of some sorts in the mix of everything (just to gain a little baring while reading it.) The story is obviously set in the future, but it could really be close to the present.
At first I would periodically confuse myself with who was narrating. The other two books where entirely done by Tris, so I would naturally keep reading in that mindset instead of Tobias’s. The more I read into the book, the easier it became. I can understand the purpose of the two views, especially near the end. It would have been impossible to include everything if it was just Tris’s view.
Standalone or Part of a Series: Last book in the Divergent Series