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.Audiobook, 12 pagesPublished October 22nd 2013 by Harper Audio
Four and a half stars: A brilliant and realistic conclusion to an outstanding series.
Tris and Four were shocked to see the damning video left by one of Tris' ancestors. Now the city of Chicago is in chaos since Four's mother seized power. The Factionless are in charge and the former Factions are forcibly disbanded. The city is on the verge of another war. Tris is approached by the members of the secret group known as The Allegiant. The Allegiant want to maintain the factions while sending the Divergent outside as dictated by the city's founders. So now Tris, Four and few others will journey beyond the city confines to see what is on the other side. Will they find chaos and ruin or something far more troubling?
What I Liked:
- This one of the hardest reviews for me to write. I went into this book with great trepidation after months of avoiding it. So many people told me that didn't like this final installment, and I was wary as I know full well how it feels to disappointed by the final installment of a beloved series. Needless to say, my fears were unwarranted as I was completely blown away and stunned by the finale. Sure I can see why readers might be unhappy, but for me it was a realistic, heart wrenching, but believable ending to an amazing series. I loved it, and I can honestly say that this is a series that will remain on my favorite shelf. It is hard to put into words my feelings without spoilers, so I will keep this spoiler free.
- The world building continues to be outstanding. I did have some quibbles after Insurgent, but Ms. Roth got back on track in this final book as she presented some stunning revelations regarding the factions and the world outside the city confines. I loved the surprise! Well done, Ms. Roth. Her ideas are terrific, and I liked how she brought the whole nature vs. nurture issue to a whole other level. I won't get into the details here, but let's just say she brings up a debate regarding pure genes vs. damaged genes and shows what happens when society tries to pin evil behavior on bad genes. Can one so easily separate behavior from genetics? I think not, and I loved seeing how Ms. Roth wove this debate into her story.
- Tris and Four continue to grow and mature and change in unexpected ways. For the first time in the series, the reader gets Four's view point. It was interesting to peek beneath his tough guy facade and see the real Tobias underneath. He is frightened and insecure and still trying to break free of the abused child he once was. He flounders quite a bit in this final book before finding his footing, and it was hard to see the fierce Four reduced to a man struggling with his identity and his past. Tris, on the other hand, continues to grow and mature in new, positive directions. While she may be a Dauntless, she hasn't forgotten her Abnegation lifestyle, and her past leads her to make some tough choices that lead to a heart wrenching choice. I liked seeing her selfless side, especially at the end regarding Caleb. She shows maturity beyond her years, and I was most pleased with her growth.
- The romance..... I struggled again with the romance in this book. I wanted to return to the breathless giddiness that I felt in Divergent. Tris and Four's blooming relationship in the first book remains the highlight of the series for me. Since that first book, the romance has gone through the all too familiar stumbling blocks. I hated seeing the dramatic downturn in this book, but in the end, I was pleased with the final outcome. It ends up strong again, but nothing like the swoon worthy romance I fell in love with. Even though I had issues with the romance, it is true to life. We all want to stay in those giddy highs we experience when falling in love and ignore the realities of building a relationship. So even though I missed the giddiness, I appreciated that Ms. Roth walked us through the growing pains.
- The ending..... I won't go into spoilers here, but I personally thought the series ended realistically and satisfactory. Yes, there are several painful sacrifices and plenty of heartbreak on the way to the end. Fans cried out because they didn't get their perfect happily ever after, but you know what? That is life, we don't always get rainbows and sunshine. Ms. Roth delivers an ending that made sense as it stayed true to the characters. I don't think it could have gone any other way. Tris could never live with the guilt of asking someone else to sacrifice. I appreciated that Ms. Roth made some tough choices, and in the end, she gives us an ending with hope. I was even pleased with the Epilogue, I thought it wrapped up the book nicely. I couldn't have asked for more.
- I listened to the audiobook version of this book and I was pleased with both the narrators for Tris and Four. I had no issues with the audio and would definitely recommend the audiobook, though this is a book that I feel I need to go back and read to fully absorb the information.
And The Not So Much:
- I wish that I had a better grip on the whole Factionless population. Early on in the series, it was indicated that they were nothing more than homeless refugees, but in reality there was so much more to the story. As much time as Ms. Roth spent on developing the Factions, she should have devoted the same amount of time to the Factionless as they ended up playing and important role in the book.
- Once Tris, Four and the others venture outside the city, I was excited to learn all the secrets, but then I quickly grew bored as they were once again drawn into more of the same conflicts. It was a bit boring to have the story reduced to more of the same as it takes on genetically pure vs. genetically damaged instead of the Factions.
- There is a heavy focus on Four's father, Marcus, throughout the series. He once again plays an important role in this book. I was dissatisfied that nothing is resolved with him. I wanted Four to stand up and confront him, and at the very least see him become accountable for his actions, but nothing really happens to him. I was expecting something more from this storyline after all the buildup.
- I was hoping for a bit more redemption as far as Caleb was concerned. I was happy that things took a more positive turn with him, but I still wanted more.
Allegiant delivers a stunning finale to an exciting, entertaining and highly original series. I felt the ending was realistic and I was left satisfied. This final chapter doesn't quite deliver the happily ever after that readers hope for, but it stays true to the characters and the story. I loved the intelligent ideas presented, and I will be pondering on this one for weeks to come. If you have yet to check out this smart, superbly written series, do so. I loved it and I can say I will definitely be revisiting it.
I borrowed a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.