I am anxiously waiting for the October 22, 2013, release of Veronica Roth’s Allegiant. This is the final book in the Divergent trilogy. This summer, I bought Divergent on my Kindle and as soon as I was finished with the book, I purchased Insurgent. I went to buy the third book, but was devastated to discover that it wasn’t out yet! I was bummed—it ruins the flow of the story when you have to take a break from it. I’ve read a lot of books since then; I hope I’ll be able to jump into Allegiant. Luckily, October 22nd is just around the corner.
In case you haven’t experienced the excitement of Divergent yet, here’s a summary of the book:
Author Veronica Roth sets her trilogy in Chicago—though at an unspecified time in the future. By this point, society has divided itself into five factions. Despite having different ideals, the factions are supposed to help society function smoothly. Abnegation values selflessness which makes them great leaders, Amity values peacefulness and provides crops, Candor values honesty and forms the legal system, Dauntless values bravery and provides security, and Erudite values intelligence and is responsible for technology and medical advancements.
Sixteen-year-olds take an aptitude test to determine which faction will be the best match for them. On Choosing Day, they make the choice to remain with their families or transfer to a new faction. The main character of the story, Beatrice Prior, makes a tough decision to leave her Abnegation family for Dauntless. But really, Beatrice is Divergent—she doesn’t conform to one particular faction and has abilities that would be an advantage for three of the factions. Being Divergent is dangerous. If you don’t fit neatly into a category, you run the risk of becoming Factionless. This group provides menial labor and is not treated well by the rest of society. When Beatrice, who now calls herself Tris, joins Dauntless, she learns that she must go through an intense and physically demanding initiation. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that Tris and her instructor named Four will become an item.
As Tris works hard to become a member of Dauntless, we are reminded that this very structured society seems to be crumbling. Erudite is using propaganda to spread lies about Abnegation. At the end of the final night of initiation, Tris realizes what Erudite has planned and rushes to save those she loves most. Death and destruction ensue as Divergent comes to a close. A film version starring Shailene Woodley will be released in March.
I highly recommend Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy. If you were a fan of the Hunger Games, you will appreciate the fast paced story, dystopian society, and strong female character. You’ll root for Tris and her friends, and fall in love with Four. There are plenty of plots twists to keep things interesting. You’ll want to race to the finish, yet hate when it’s all over.
I know what I’ll be doing on October 22nd.
I’ll be curled up on the couch with my Kindle, reading Allegiant.
Is anyone else waiting for this book as well?