So we come to the third in the Divergent trilogy – Allegiant.
“Every question that can be answered must be answered or at least engaged. Illogical thought processes must be challenged when they arise. Wrong answers must be corrected. Correct answers must be affirmed.” – Erudite faction manifesto
We have followed Tris from when she was Beatrice in Divergent, a warrior in Insurgent and now we follow her and her friends in Allegiant.
“They call themselves the Allegiant…Because they’re allied with the original purpose of our city…”
Once a Chicago, full of factions, a society that Tris once believe in, a society and a life that was all she knew; now shattered. Torn apart and fractured by violence, wars, power struggles, loss and betrayal.
“But now I’m wondering…if we ever really need these words. Dauntless. Erudite. Divergent. Allegiant. Or if we can just be friends or lovers or siblings, defined instead by the choices we make and the love and loyalty that binds us.”
So when she is offered the chance to explore the world beyond the limits she has always known, Tris is more than ready and jumps at the opportunity.
“She wanted us to have more than five choices. Now we have none.”
In the hope she and Tobias may have a chance at finding a simple new life together beyond the fence. A life free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, difficult truths and painful memories.
“Chaos and destruction do tend to take away a person’s dating possibilities.”
However, life beyond the fence isn’t all as it seems and the reality that Tris finds herself in is more alarming that she could ever have imagined.
“It is impossible to erase my choices.”
Old discoveries, old knowledge and old truths are now rendered utterly meaningless. New truths explode onto the scene, changing the hearts of those that she loves.
“Being honest doesn’t mean you say what you want, whenever you want. It means that what you choose to say is true.” “A lie of omission is still a lie.”
Once again, Tris must battle to understand the complicated ways of human nature – as well as herself – whilst facing the most impossible choices of courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.
“Can I be forgiven for all I’ve done to get here? I want to be. I can. I believe it.”
This book is about choices and more importantly, the fact that every choice we make, defines us. Choices that we live and die by.
“I suppose a fire that burns that bright is not meant to last.”
In all honesty, this book disappointed me. There were a lot of plot holes in this story, lack of character development, lots of stories going on with characters but not followed through. There are a few deaths in this book and these are callously overlooked and not thought through and not given the emotion in the book that they deserve. The last couple of chapters definitely seem rushed and the ending doesn’t provide the closure you need to a series like this.
“Death is so quick, so certain. Where we’re going now, nothing is certain.”
Divergent had me hooked from start to end and Insurgent got better through the book but Allegiant disappointed me. 2.5 stars. There were aspects in the book that I liked and if those parts were developed more then maybe this would change my rating.
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing ore than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life. That is the sort of bravery I must have now.”
“Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now I’m learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”
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Until next time,