Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #3
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date: October 22, 2013
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.
It is SO hard to do a spoiler free review of Allegiant because when I think about this novel all I want to do is talk about it. I mean really talk about it in detail. . . which I did on my YouTube channel, if you’re interested, but seriously, can’t stop thinking about it! Anyway. . .
After the end of Insurgent, I was pretty much on the seat of my pants wanting to know what would happen next and find out what was on the other side of the fence! It was something I’d been curious about since I read Divergent and they first started discussing it in passing. Well, my curiosity was finally satisfied, and I’m happy to say it was not at all what I was expecting.
I also wasn’t expecting some of the twists & turns in Tris & Four’s relationship, but after Divergent it was clear that they’d always have their disagreements. I loved that because it makes their relationship seem more real. Relationships are not always easy, it’s not always flowers & picnics. People fight. Yes, the world as they know it is fracturing before they’re very eyes, and that is bound to put both of them on edge and make them more prone to fighting and disagreements. Major life tragedies can be very hard on couples. Imagine your country swallowed by civil war and finding out your whole world was a lie. That will put a strain on even the strongest bonds, I’m sure.
While I loved seeing the continual evolvement of Tris & Four’s relationship, I didn’t love the supporting characters as much in this one. I found the supporting characters to be very well done in Divergent and outstanding in Insurgent, but there is just so much going on in the plot, the less awesome supporting cast is very easy to overlook.
Speaking of the plot, the hardest thing in the world for me to read was that ending. I don’t even know the last time a book devastated me that much. Was it Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Maybe. I think it might have been Melanie Rawn’s Skybowl. I was just so emotionally drained when I finished reading this one, it’s almost hard to read. You’ve been warned. Read with a box of tissues!