Among thousands of other dystopian novel fanatics, I, rushed to my local bookstore last Tuesday, October 22, to purchase Allegiant, the concluding installment in Veronica Roth’s wildly popular Divergent trilogy. Allegiant is fast-paced and unpredictable, a true page-turner. Unlike its predecessors, Divergent and Insurgent, Allegiant is written from two perspectives. Roth alternates between main characters Tris and Tobias, giving readers a critically deeper understanding of Tobias’ character.
All 544 pages of Allegiant present both heart-racing and wrenching twists as Tris, Tobias, and their companions venture beyond their city’s gates into the unknown. What greets them in the outside world is unlike anything they could have imagined. Conflicts arise, and Tris finds herself caught in another rebellion against yet another corrupt government. She must learn what it truly means to be brave, fusing both her “Dauntless’ and “Abnegation” virtues together.
Roth ends her best-selling trilogy with the biggest youth literature upset since Fred Weasley’s death. The controversial conclusion sparked thousands of angry tweets and reviews – to which Roth replied “Here is all I’m going to say: strong reader reactions, whether negative or positive, are completely fine with me.” Allegiant is by far worth the read. Don’t let negative reviews deter you from finishing the trilogy. Just be sure to purchase a few boxes of tissues on your way home from the bookstore.
Written by Annie Dunlap’15