Book 3 (Book 1: Divergent, Book 2: Insurgent)
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 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.
(Spoiler warning) So there are a lot of deep meaning messages in this book which is nice and thought provoking. However, the plot is so convoluted that you miss out on these moments and a lot of the character story-lines. The novel switches perspectives between Tris and Tobias. I could see that seeing Tobias’ perspective is necessary with the revelation of gentically damaged people (non divergent people/not truly divergent people) but I think would could have managed with just Tris’ perspective until the very end of the book. There were far too many conflicts revealed factions/the allegiant vs. the factionless and the GP (genetically pure) vs. the GD (genetically damanged). There was also a very complex history revealed and even now I’m not too sure if I fully understand it. Tris, Tobias, Peter, Cara, Uriah, and Cristina leave their city and discover a facility where there history is explained. Several generations ago, the government believed that society’s problems resulted from people’s bad genes. In an attempt to create a better society, they began to correct people’s genes with disastrous results resulting in a Purity War. To rectify its mistake, the government set up ‘experiments’, establishing isolated cities across the remains of the United States in the hopes of raising enough genetically pure (Divergent) individuals to fix the ‘genetic damage’ left in the wake of the Purity War. This resulted in Tris’ city which is actually Chicago. There are also a lot of character revelations that could be confusing at times. Overall, I spent a lot of time being confused. To help with this I would probably recommend reading Insurgent right before reading this book. I cried a lot at the end of the book when Tris dies. Though it really keeps with her character it didn’t have the same impact because of the distraction of everything else going on. It truly was a heartbreaking ending to the series.