I Pledge Allegiance to Divergent

Allegiant, the long awaited final book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, came out in October, and readers were desperate to get their hands on it, as the second book in the trilogy ended on a serious cliffhanger.

Throughout the entire series, the main character Tris has been trying to find out who she is. At first, she thinks she’s a small girl from Abnegation (her original faction), but as she changes factions, she learns she’s much more than that. A faction is a neighborhood based on the personalities of the people who live in the area. For example, the Abnegation faction is a neighborhood where all of the residents are selfless.

In the third installment of the trilogy, Tris finally realizes that she doesn’t need to be defined by the factions anymore; she doesn’t have to be just Dauntless or just Abnegation, she can be both and more. This was something she struggled with throughout the series, and was the source of many conflicts between her and her boyfriend Tobias.

Allegiant also introduces many new characters to the series. The new characters aren’t from Chicago, which is the setting of the previous two books. A few of these characters play a key role in the conflicts of Allegiant, including a man named David, who is the head of the Bureau. The Bureau is a government organization that is in charge of the experimental city of Chicago, Tris and Tobias’s home.

The final book is also written differently than the previous two books. In Divergent and Insurgent, the entire book is from Tris’s point of view. In Allegiant, the point of view now switches between Tris and Tobias.  This can be very confusing if you don’t pay attention to the headings at the beginning of each chapter.

Author Veronica Roth has received criticism for the final book in the trilogy. Many readers were furious with the ending because of the major plot twist. Personally though, I liked the finality of the ending. All of my questions were answered, even though some events didn’t turn out the way I expected.

Allegiant is full of surprises, and is definitely worth the read. However, I would highly suggest getting a box of tissues and reading it alone, as the ending will shock you, probably more than any other book you’ve ever read. Despite the criticism, Roth has created a work of art with this enticing trilogy.