Format: Available for hardcover, paperback, ebook. Also available, there is a box set for the three books.
Series: book 3 of 3 of the Divergent Trilogy
Rated: 14+ for some graphic and violent scenes, sensual scenes
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Before beginning, I did include some plot points, but worked hard at not revealing anything to big. So, here it goes.
The book starts off a little after the 2nd book ended. Tris, Christina, and Cara are in a room waiting to get their trials for their betrayal to the government. Tobias comes in and they devise a plan to save them all.
Tobias is working undercover against his Evelyn trying to learn the truth behind the video. They team up with the Allegiant (who are fighting against Evelyn) and escape to beyond the walls, losing one of their own.
They meet with people outside the walls and begin working with them. But just like before, they are stuck between two sides of a war that are trying to make the perfect gene.
This war seeps into the groups foundation and disrupts everything, challenging Tris’s and Tobias’s relationship not only with those around them but with each other. They find themselves making decisions they didn’t think they would ever make and see the other in a way they never did before.
As the story unfolds, the group is put to the challenge of trying to save the world that they are living and the world that they came from, without causing more destruction, but they learn that the challenge comes with it’s own consequences.
This story is not like the first two books. We get to read the story in both Tris’s and Tobias’s point of view. He got a glimpse into Tobias in the short stories that she’s released in the past year and upcoming.
The story wasn’t as action packed as the other two books were, but it did have enough action to keep you intrigued. In this story, Tobias and Tris really come into their own characters and we get to watch them as they mature in front of our eyes.
The plot line did seem a bit confusing at times and repetative. I see in this book is that it gets a little bit redundant with the layers and layers of government-like structures. It seems that there are like four or five different sides of the story that just gets a little confusing at times.
Another thing that I didn't like is the fact that Roth didn't spend much time developing the minor characters, especially Peter and Caleb. We get a glimpse of Peter in the chapter he argues with Tobias and in the epilogue, but definately not enough to leave me satisfied. And with Caleb, I wanted more, especially considering what happened. There is absolutely nothing to build on for Caleb and it feels that the ending would have been better if I felt more connected with Caleb.
And now to the ending. I am going to try and do this review spoiler free because not knowing about the ending really made this ending amazing. I will say that, like how I feel with every ending at first, I hated it because it didn’t end how I thought it would. But after reading just the ending a second time, I think I will become ok with it. Not right now, but perhaps in the future. Roth did something really unexpected and I think that what she did and I can see why she did what she did.
Overall, I did like the book (and I know I will probably be in the minority here). Most fans are going to hate the ending, myself included, but I resepct the fact that Roth took a chance. Will fans disagree with her? Of course, but when you are writing a triliogy, sometimes you need to do something like she did to make it memorable and I think she did that. She got a reaction from the fans she's going to have people talking about it for a long time.
For the series as a whole, it has been compared to The Hunger Games and it is similar but very different. This series is very complex and has so many levels. What really set the two series apart is the ending and once you read it, you will know what I mean. It’s hard to say if I like this series better then The Hunger Games, and I’m starting to wonder if it really matters. I enjoyed reading this series just as much as I loved reading The Hunger Games, and really, isn’t that what it’s really about?
Recommendations: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Legend trilogy by Marie Lu