Book Review - Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Not only does this book answer all your previous questions about the past, but gives you fresh shivers about the coming future...
Allegiant by Veronica Roth is the saddening last book in the Divergent Trilogy. 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 has 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.
Picking up from where the plot of Insurgents left off, Tris along with Christina are locked in a jail cell, and Evelynn, Tobias’s mother has taken control of their society and made new rules to ensure she stays in control!
Along with her factionless army, she abolishes the factions, but that doesn’t mean everybody agrees with her. Meanwhile, Tobias is undercover as his mother’s right-hand man is desperate to free Tris.
After being dosed with truth serum, Tris cooks up false lies in place of the truth about the previous week and the Edith Prior video. She is soon released along with Christina and Cara (Will’s little sister).
As the book progresses, we are introduced to violent acts committed by a rebellious group of individuals who want to explore what is outside the gate. Soon Tris is kidnapped and told to come to this mysterious group’s meeting in the abandoned building, and to invite along anybody who might also be interested!
When they do make an appearance, they discover to everyone’s shock that the leaders of the group, named Allegiant, are Cara and Johanna Reyes-the former leader/speaker of Amity. Together with the group along with Peter, Tori, and Tobias plan on how to escape the City and to help get past the factionless guards patrolling there.
Their plan unfolds the very same night, although not everybody makes it out alive…!!
What will Tris and Tobias find outside the gates of their city? How will their divergence play a role in it? Could this escapade end up tearing them apart?
This book is sadly the last one in the divergent trilogy, and definitely, one to leave a scar. Not only does it answer all your questions about the past, but gives you shivers about the future. Starting off with the plot of the book, which has made my nerves snap with every coming event…..
I dare say, how willed I was on knowing what was outside the gates and why Tris’s society was divided into factions in the first place. But the greatest thing about this book has to go to how the main story protagonists have developed a sense of character since the first book. Without giving too many spoilers, the relationship between Tris and Tobias are heartbreaking to read.
As Tris and Tobias get to learn more about their past, and what Divergence really was, it took something away from them, the same something that bonded them together.
In fact, reading the epilogue is like being lowered into your own grave.
“Can I be forgiven for all I’ve done to get here?
I want to be.
I believe it.”
― Tris Prior, Allegiant
I am not being honest if I say I didn’t cry my heart out when it came to the climax.
Something worse than having your two protagonists fight each other, is them slowly losing each other’s trust, going in different directions, and not standing in each other’s shoes.
The death of Tris’s parents had a huge impact on her, and throughout the book, you can see her carrying their legacy forward; always thinking back to how her mother would have felt about her decisions, or her father’s old sentiments and resolutions occupy her thoughts while in abnegation.
I find it beautiful and heartwarming, that she still carries her parents as a part of her that will never fade.
Not only do we get to read about that, but we also get a scoop of her mother’s past life and how she is connected with the outside world, which has definitely left me dazed.
Even after reading the book about a gazillion times, I couldn’t have guessed the ending and although sad, this book is definitely worth the read.
“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.”
― Tobias Eaton, Allegiant
The one thing that this book Divergent has taught me is bravery and self-sacrifice. The entire book series of Divergence are about how it serves both as a blessing and as a curse to the main protagonists while co-existing in the society they are living in today.
However, only a true reader can read between the lines and say how it is about bravery, and how Tris is faced with some of the most difficult choices in the world, and how she overcomes them.
The different types of brave: sometimes it’s just pulling through in hard times; standing up to what you fear the most and not letting it overtake you; choosing in hard times between what’s good for you or for the ones you love; knowing the truth, even when every cell in your body repulse’s it, and finally self-sacrifice and the difference between doing it for selfishness, and doing when it’s the only option left to save the ones you love. That’s what Divergent has taught me!!
“I have never had parents who set good examples, parents whose expectations were worth living up to, but she did. I can see them within her, the courage, and the beauty they pressed into her like a handprint.”
― Tobias Eaton, Allegiant
The final aspect of the story that I would want to talk about is Tobias and the way his relationship with his parents has developed; at first, seems to be cold and unnerving towards them. But as he ventures out of the City, he is forced to make tough decisions and that is something really painful to read about… no matter how much he hates both his parents, he can’t choose just one.
However, as the end of the story approaches, we are able to see how Tobias is never able to forgive his father and on the other hand, ends up developing these unimaginably strong bonds with his mother.
When he first leaves the City, he thinks his absence wouldn’t affect Evelynn.
Although, as the book continues you can see beneath the outer shell and how much she misses him. I believe that more than Tris, this book has transformed Tobias into a new person which he would have imagined himself to be.
In conclusion, I would without a doubt give Allegiant by Veronica Roth a six out of five, for teaching me a life lessons on bravely and trust, two important human virtues -which only a book like this could have truly instilled in me
About the Author
A Divergent Collection). She has also written many other books including The Carve the Mark Duology (Carve the Mark, the Fates Divide), The End and Other Beginnings collection of short fiction, and many other essays. She is currently living in Chicago.