Summary: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 to complexities of human nature - and of herself - while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
She taught me all about real sacrifice. That it should be done from love… That it should be done from necessity, not without exhausting all other options. That it should be done for people who need your strength because they don’t have enough of their own.
Even though I wasn’t much of a fan of Insurgent, the cliffhanger at the end of the story left me on the edge of my seat to find out what happened next. And, I must say, while Allegiant isn’t nearly as good as Divergent, I didn’t find it to be nearly as bad as Insurgent either.
The story starts off where Insurgent ended: with the revelation that the dystopian Chicago Tris lives in was set up as an experiment by scientists generations ago. When she and Tobias decide to leave the city to help who is outside, they discover that there is more to their situation then they could have ever realized.
The entire trilogy the main fault I have seen in Veronica Roth’s books is that the world-building is slim to none. We don’t know the background or history behind this world she’s created.
…every faction loses something when it gains a virtue: the Dauntless, brave but cruel; the Erudite, intelligent but vain; the Amity, peaceful but passive; the Candor, honest but inconsiderate; the Abnegation, selfless but stifling.
In Allegiant, Roth finally reveals how the world was created, but the explanation she gives is essentially illogical and evidently not very well thought-out.
Additionally, unlike the first two books, this installment is told through two perspectives, Tris’ and Four’s. Unfortunately, both perspectives sounded the same and they were difficult to distinguish from each other. I wish more personality was given to each narration so they would sound more personable.
In the end, this trilogy obviously isn’t perfect and it’s not one of my favorite dystopian trilogies, but the entire ride was action-packed from start to finish and Roth’s message is strong and well-intended.
Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.