Allegiant (Divergent Series #3)

Allegiant (Divergent Series #3)

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by Veronica Roth
     
 

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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

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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.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
Roth shakes up her storytelling (and will do the same to some readers) in this highly anticipated, largely satisfying wrap-up to the Divergent trilogy. First, the majority of the story takes place outside the city walls, since Tris and Tobias (aka Four) have joined the rebel group known as the Allegiant, whose goals are to fight the factionless and discover what’s beyond the city’s boundaries. Second, Roth alternates between Tris’s and Tobias’s viewpoints as readers learn about genetic tampering that the U.S. government performed generations earlier, which gave rise to the faction system. Roth’s plotting is, as readers have come to expect, intelligent and complex. Dangers, suspicion, and tension lurk around every corner, and the chemistry between Tris and Tobias remains heart-poundingly real. The alternating perspectives are bothersome at times, due to the similarity between Tris and Tobias’s first-person narratives. However, for those who have faithfully followed these five factions, and especially the Dauntless duo who stole hearts two books ago, this final installment will capture and hold attention until the divisive final battle has been waged. Ages 14–up. Agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Oct.)
Rolling Stone
“The next big thing.”
PerezHilton.com
“If you like Hunger Games & Twilight, then get stoked for DIVERGENT! Trust us on this—this baby is going to blow up BIG! And if you chose to remain factionless, then you’re gonna be one lonely soul.”
Los Angeles Times
“A surprise ending that is gutsier and much less predictable than the rest of the series would lead one to expect.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“In the end, this is a world replete with loss, and the heroes must suffer their own in a twist that will break the hearts of many readers but stays true to the merciless dystopia that Roth has created.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062024060
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Series:
Divergent
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
71,526
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.80(d)
Lexile:
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Allegiant


By

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Veronica Roth
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-202406-0


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chapter
one
Tr i s
I pace in our cell in Erudite headquarters, her words echo-
ing in my mind: My name will be Edith Prior, and there is
much I am happy to forget.
“So you've never seen her before? Not even in pictures?”
Christina says, her wounded leg propped up on a pillow.
She was shot during our desperate attempt to reveal the
Edith Prior video to our city. At the time we had no idea
what it would say, or that it would shatter the foundation
we stand on, the factions, our identities. “Is she a grand-
mother or an aunt or something?”
“I told you, no,” I say, turning when I reach the wall.
“Prior is–was–my father's name, so it would have to be on
his side of the family. But Edith is an Abnegation name,

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and my father's relatives must have been Erudite, so . . .”
“So she must be older,” Cara says, leaning her head
against the wall. From this angle she looks just like
her brother, Will, my friend, the one I shot. Then she
straightens, and the ghost of him is gone. “A few genera-
tions back. An ancestor.”
“Ancestor.” The word feels old inside me, like
crumbling brick. I touch one wall of the cell as I turn
around. The panel is cold and white.
My ancestor, and this is the inheritance she passed to
me: freedom from the factions, and the knowledge that
my Divergent identity is more important than I could
have known. My existence is a signal that we need to leave
this city and offer our help to whoever is outside it.
“I want to know,” Cara says, running her hand over her
face. “I need to know how long we've been here. Would you
stop pacing for one minute?”
I stop in the middle of the cell and raise my eyebrows
at her.
“Sorry,” she mumbles.
“It's okay,” Christina says. “We've been in here way too
long.”
It's been days since Evelyn mastered the chaos in the
lobby of Erudite headquarters with a few short commands
and had all the prisoners hustled away to cells on the third

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floor. A factionless woman came to doctor our wounds and
distribute painkillers, and we've eaten and showered sev-
eral times, but no one has told us what's going on outside.
No matter how forcefully I've asked them.
“I thought Tobias would come by now,” I say, dropping
to the edge of my cot. “Where is he?”
“Maybe he's still angry that you lied to him and went
behind his back to work with his father,” Cara says.
I glare at her.
“Four wouldn't be that petty,” Christina says, either
to chastise Cara or to reassure me, I'm not sure.
“Something's probably going on that's keeping him
away. He told you to trust him.”
In the chaos, when everyone was shouting and the
factionless were trying to push us toward the staircase,
I curled my fingers in the hem of his shirt so I wouldn't
lose him. He took my wrists in his hands and pushed me
away, and those were the words he said. Trust me. Go where
they tell you.
“I'm trying,” I say, and it's true. I'm trying to trust
him. But every part of me, every fiber and every nerve, is
straining toward freedom, not just from this cell but from
the prison of the city beyond it.
I need to see what's outside the fence.


(Continues...)

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Veronica Roth is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Divergent and Insurgent, the first two books in the Divergent trilogy. Now a full-time writer, Ms. Roth and her husband live in Chicago. You can visit her online at Twitter, Tumblr, her blog, and her website.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time with the third book. After counting down for the last year in eager anticipation of the release of the third installment, I happily gave up my evening to read the finale. Now, four hours later, I'm left feeling bewildered, confused and betrayed by the contrived end to this series. Some may call it gutsy, but I fail to see the point. What a disappointment after such a strong start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read the first two books in this series several times, I have been awaiting the day for Allegiant to come out. I started reading the morning it came out and by the end of the day I was in tears. I read through to the end of all of the acknowledgements thinking there had to be an error, that it all was a dream. Having read the last 50 or so pages with tears running down my face, I got up and left the room, and actually started all out crying. I knew that I would never read this book again, but I also knew that I would not be able to read Divergent and Insurgent again knowing the outcome of the 3rd book. I no longer had a desire to read the short stories from Tobias' pov, or even see the movie that I have been so excited about seeing. I have no idea why V.Roth would chose to alienate her audience and sabotage a movie that hasn't come out yet. Most authors, I assumed wanted to have successful and lucrative careers. If you want to write the strory that appeals to you...go ahead...keep it in your personal library. What you did was absolutely cruel. I did wait a couple of days before posting this review, so that my emotions would settle a little. That said, the double point of view was confusing. On more than one instance I had to scroll to the beginning of the chapter to see who it was. She did not give as much care to her characters or as much detail as in the previous books. As the final book in the trilogy, we shouldn't have had things left unexplained or explored. People don't read books to feel depressed and sad, they want to feel happy in the end. This reader will no longer be reading any of Ms. Roth's work....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these books, but to have it end the way it did leaves a bad taste.  I feel like Roth took the easy way out in order to be true to the time she was writing about.  It would have been a greater challenge to her writing abilities to have a different ending that was true to the series, and I don't think she was up for the challenge.  Very disappointing.  
2rascals More than 1 year ago
i LOVED the first two books but this one ruined it for me. I'm sad to say i'll never pick up the third book again
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate when authors decide to change the formula of their writing at the end of their series. Writing from both Tris and Tobias' POV was a DEAD giveaway. What a waste of a great concept. I will never read Veronica Roth again and I won't support the movies. I can't believe I waited for this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
****************SPOILERS*****************What a disappointment. Tris' character didn't learn anything or grow from her experiences from the previous books. Also, her taking the place of Caleb was too contrived and predictable. It was just poor writing, and obvious that the author took the bold move not because it fit with the story but because she wanted to be different. Due to the fact that Caleb was a coward, he should've been the one to die, but not so willingly. I think Tris taking over, as predictable as it was, would have been okay if Caleb had turned back and sacrificed himself for Tris. The entire theme of sacrrifice and bravery would've come more together had he actually sacrificed himself for his sister after all he'd done. He should've been the hero in the end, the one who saved everyone. That would've been fitting. So in the end, we get Tris, who doesn't change, Caleb who doesn't change, but Evelyn who must be bipolar because her change was too out-of-character. It was sloppy writing. It seemed like the auther just wanted to get it finished with her big, planned, "shocking" death of Tris, but didn't care about how anything else played out in the story. I wouldn't doubt if the epilogue was written before the end of the book, without care to how those "loose" ends worked themselves out. She was after a shocking moment, but instead lost the trust of many readers. I will never read another book of hers again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looked forward to this book for so long and now I'm just disappointed. Overall not real great and REALLY crappy ending. Wish I hadn't read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first two books and couldn't wait for this one! I am so disapointed. I won't go into too much detail, no spoilers....I was also very confused by the constant changing of points of view. I had to stop reading and go back to the beginning of the chapter to see if it was Tris or Tobias talking to try to make sense of what I just read. I just keep thinking that's not really how this ends is it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was appalled and horrified at this ending. I could not even finish the book. To build a relationship up and then to end it that way... words simply fail. I feel utterly betrayed by the author and will not be reading anymore of her books. As for being original and stepping out of the box, sometimes the box is there for a reason Moronica Roth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the first two books you may want to avoid this book. For me it destroyed my desire to reread the books or watch the movie. Wow I was so looking forward to this book and the movie now I'm just disappointed and frustrated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a very disappointing trilogy. I loved Divergent and Insurgent but this book ruined the story. The plot was pretty weak and I feel the author was just trying to go for shock value when she wrote this story. I normally do not write reviews on books but I have to say I will not be reading another one of this authors books. I understand when authors write and kill certain characters that there is a meaning to it and its pretty clear, but there was no meaning in this book. It annoyed me pretty much that all the author was doing was writing to shock her audience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book ruined the series for me. This was Roth's story, but I hated how she ended it. All this waiting and rereading the other books just to find the story's end made me regret the journey. I know this reads harsh, I normally don't whine about what authors do with their stories. I really got into this series, found it refreshing...was nervous about this third book though...with good reason I guess. No spoilers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So disappointing! **No actual spoilers, but this may reveal more than you'd like, so only read if you're ok with heavy hinting! I have never been more disappointed or upset at a book, especially one I was looking forward to so much.  And considering I've read 400+ books in my life, that's saying something! First of all, the point of view alternations only had one benefit - that they allowed the plot to develop further, by experiencing two different sets of events when Tris and Tobias weren't together.  But Tobias's point of view was not unique at all.  His internal voice sounded exactly like Tris - same thoughts, feelings, ways of processing emotions, etc.  And worse of all, it made him into a completely different character in this book.  It is one thing to be able to see the point of view of such an incredible and prominent character - but it's another to do it in a way that doesn't stay true to the portrayal of his personality in the other two books, so that was very disappointing.  (And frustrating when I had to re-read things as the correct character's voice!) Second of all, The ending was meant to be the natural conclusion that did these characters justice.  In my opinion, it did the opposite, and seemed very forced (which made sense when I read an interview where the author said she had intended this ending from the beginning).  This ending seems like it was purely for a shock factor, and it is very difficult to not let this ending - and the whole book - ruin the rest of the series for me.   The reason I think it is so disappointing is that the first 2 books are incredible, and I expected the same of Allegiant.  But it is not even close to the same quality.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll start by saying I loved Divergent and Insurgent. Loved them, but this book was terrible. I'm not even referring to the ending, which was pretty lame and disappointing. The book itself was not good. It was poorly written, boring, contrived and full of plot holes. About halfway through reading it, I felt an overwhelming urge to Google "does anyone else think Allegiant plot stupid". Guess what! I'm clearly not alone. I'm embarrassed that I ever encouraged anyone to read these books. Now I have no desire to even see the movie, although I'd be shocked if Insurgent and Allegiant ever get made into movies after this disaster of a book. Ms. Roth's decision to have Tris die like some sort of Jesus figure was ham-handed at best, extremely stupid at worst. Ugh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To say the least I am not only sadden by the ending, but that I also waited over a year just to have my heart broken. This book could have been, should have been, epic but it leaves you feeling hallow and wishing you could unread the whole book. Totally ruined my love for this series/characters. I hope you are proud of yourslf veronica roth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So disappointed in how the author chose to end this series. Authors build a relationship with their readers through their characters. To write a trilogy and end it this way is a violation of that relationship. Perhaps it is simply a reflection of the age of this young author, but it was a mistake. I won't be reading any more of her books, that is for certain.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*SPOILERS* I finished reading this a few days ago and let it sink in before reviewing and I still feel disappointed.The number one problem is that it is terribly depressing. I can be depressed in real life all on my own, thanks, but no thanks. After that, there is just no closure. This book does not sync with the first two of the series. It was not exciting. I was reading and reading just waiting for that big wow factor and then I find myself at the end completely blown away by disappointment. Tris dies, everyone is sad, life goes on, the end. What was the point of Tris and Four finding each other and connecting? So that he could be left to lead the rest of his life in grief? If you are going to do something that major in a story make it mean something! Even if it was the author's plan from the beginning it seemed rushed and not very well thought out. I was so excited for this and the movie. How can I go see this movie knowing that the ending of the story is just blah? How can I watch Four and Tris find each other knowing that they are headed for grief and sadness! No thank you very much! If that was the plan then Four should never have existed in this story. Then her death doesn't leave this already broken person even more broken for the rest of his life. That among many other issues with this finale killed it for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to give it away, but the ending was awful! DON'T READ THE ENDING! STOP AT,LIKE, CHAPTER 40 BECAUSE THE END SUCKS!!! AGGGHHH!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so sorry I even spent money on this book. Yes, even $6.99 was to much IMO.   Book #1 was good and they went downhill from there.  The writing is so poor.  The "reintroduction" to the characters is nonexistent and this book is confusing to follow!  The style has dramatically changed from book to book and a series is no place to try out a new style!     As harsh as it is to say~ I cannot believe the same person wrote books 1, 2 & 3!  Either she had a GREAT editor in book one and fired them for books 2 & 3 or the same people didn't write these books.   The writing leaves MUCH to be desired!   If ONLY the teeny bopper following wouldn't rate it as the "best book ever"  and would actually READ it before rating!  And afterwards use those educational skills to give the book an honest evaluation.  I won't be purchasing any more of her books and was very hesitant to purchase this one.  At this point, I feel like this series was a "1 hit wonder"  in book 1 and she should have stopped there.  I am sorry Ms. Roth, but these should never have made it to print with all the discrepancies and lack of clarity in these books!   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand the author may have been trying so separate her series from other teen series, however, the ending is far too emotionally upsetting and disappointing. I also found reading the book a bit confusing because the point of view kept switching.  After such a strong start, the conclusion of this story was really a let down.  It could have been so much better. I agree with the others--I read the first two books several times, but I will not read the third book again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly don't understand people dismissing the outrage felt by so many of us who have read this book and found it disheartening to say the least. My feelings have nothing to do with being upset about a character's death and everything to do with the sloppy way it was done. I'm sorry, but when you make the decision to kill off a main character, you had certainly better make sure it is justified. This just felt like it was done for the shock value. (I give The Fault In Our Stars as a prime example of a main character's death being relevant and justified. I didn't feel cheated at all by it. I don't EXPECT happy endings.) It was an utter letdown to say the least.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**Spoilers**I finished Alligent around 10 last night and basically stared in silence for a couple of hours.  I've battled the gamut of grief throughout the night and woke up with new perspective. All in all I think I'm landing on "hauntingly beautiful" as my best description.  Sure, everyone loves a "happy ending" and yes...many (myself included) read these types of books for escape and balk at the authors who do not give us the alternate realities we desire.  But rarely, when we reflect deeply enough we are able to also find threads of redemption and cathartic meaning in works of fiction that enage and surprise us.  This final installment did just that. While I could reflect on the circular revelations of each key character, my thoughts primarily land on Tris and Tobias. From the first chapter of Divergent on we see Tris as someone who lives with this deep pitted hole for the lack of selflessness she feels.  While she has countless opportunities throughout the series to display sacrifice, it's never really evident to her (though obvious to those around her) that her actions are truly unselfish and brave.  It's not until her final act when she truly wants to live, has something to live for, yet gives her life in exchange for others, that she is able to yield to her personal measure of selflessness and release herself.  My hope that is in death she finally made peace with this...and I think she does with her final statement, "I believe it."  As for Tobias, his final words and thoughts were gut wrenching passages to digest...(esp. the scene with Christina re: the memory serum).  When his character is introduced and progresses, we see a picture of someone desperately broken.  He was damaged not by his genes, but by the wounds inflicted by those closest to him that chose to hurt and abandon him.  Ultimately and (ironically) he only finds healing (mending) through hurt and loss.  Note that Tris' parting message to him was not "I love you," but "I didn't WANT to leave you".  There is power in that...yes, loss, but also redemptive power. Last year, I lost a friend to a tragic accident.  Over the course of time I have watched her sweet husband grieve her absence.  His honest pain, anger, and yes...his ability to remember her and the impact she had on his life and the lives of others has created healing.  The pain is still there, but there is untold strength in the mending.  Nothing any of us would have chosen, but an immeasurable picture of true, gritty..bravery.  There is so much power in Tobias' final words in the last chapter re: step by step, choosing to put one foot in front of the other and live life kind of bravery.  Some times we get to choose our path and sometimes it chooses us.  What we do with it is where we discover our truest identity and meaning. I for one am thanking Veronica Roth for this bittersweet, redemptive end to a series and characters who captured my heart. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no problem with books that have sad endings. In fact, I enjoy books that leave you with an ending that shocks and surprises. The fact that the ending is unconventional is not the reason why I am giving it one star. I am giving it one star because the book in its entirety had much to be desired. If I was constantly forgetting whose point of view the story was being told from then that means that there must be ZERO character differentiation. This book was not true to the characters at all. Tobias sounded exactly like Tris and vice versa. In previous books, Four is depicted as being so methodical and thoughtful, practical, steady, and not at all impulsive or rash. In this book he is totally unsure of himself, appears weak and indecisive, blindly throws himself into the first plan possible and ends up a traitor. I get character flaws, but characters should gradually grow and develop over time, not catapult backwards and be totally indiscernible from previous books. What happened to his impeccable leadership skills and self assuredness that made him so respectable to the dauntless?? SPOILERS: Evelyn is this horrible power hungry obsessive woman for the entire second book and then in this book all it takes is one page and zero effort from Four for her to be like "Okay welp that's that, time to give everything up that I worked so hard for." ...yeah so believable. So many holes in the plot. Not enough answers. Also Tris is about to let her brother die for everyone then Tobias is like, "Are you okay with your brother sacrificing himself" and she basically responds with "Yeah...oh by the way you're perfect and I love you" followed by an intense make out session....later followed by her taking the place of her brother at the last second on a whim?? Tris survives being shot numerous times, different serums and simulations, countless life threatening situations throughout the series and then is killed to change the memories of a single Bureau that doesn't even consist of the entire government. What??? And then the author just throws in some issues like "should we unplug Uriah" and "is it science's job to try to perfect human nature" etc. Nothing at all adds up. What a COMPLETE disappointment.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author just dug her own grave. Completely horrible and she ruined the entire series. Treid to set herself apart from the rest but ruined everything in the process. Don't bother.. Wish I'd never read any of them. Am throwing my copies of Divergent and Insurgent into the trash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*SPOILER ALERT* Oh, Allegiant. First of all, the dual POV's were confusing and just overall did not work. And then, she killed Tris. In my opinion, all Roth had to do to make the readers happy was NOT KILL TRIS OR TOBIAS (Four). All she had to do were those two things, AND SHE DID. I loved the first two books in this series, and am very disappointed with this one. By my calculations, Roth has killed 11 characters over the course of 3 books---with most being unnecessary. I will never read this book again, and might not even go and see the movie now. This book has RUINED THE ENTIRE SERIES for me. What a shame.