Book Review – Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Plus Praise For The Divergent Trilogy)

The most heartbreaking novel I have ever read! Best dystopian novel ever!
This is a story about Beatrice Prior (nicknamed Tris) who finally revealed the secrets beyond the fence around the futuristic Chicago which was deadlier than the secrets she revealed before.

While Chicago had some governmental system changes because of a revolution to defy Jeanine Matthews (a tyrant in Chicago), Tris and her boyfriend Tobias Eaton were hungry to see what’s beyond the fence of their city. To leave their city to build a brand new life, Tris and Tobias were helped by an alliance called Allegiant which is lead by Johanna Reyes (the ex-leader of the faction Amity) and Cara (an Erudite born girl). followed by their friends : Christina (Tris’ bestfriend), Uriah (Tris’ bestfriend), Tori, Cara, Peter (Tris’ nemesis), and  Caleb (Tris’ brother who had betrayed her).

Lead by Johanna, they went to The Bureau of Genetic Welfare. There, Tris and Tobias found out that actually Chicago was just an experiment to restore people’s humanity. The Bureau of Genetic Welfare completely controlled Chicago and other experiment cities. They also controlled every cameras on Chicago. That made Tris hated them since she thought that The Bureau was cruel by controlling people’s life.

Tris and Tobias also found out that the word “Divergent” actually referred to people whose genes are ‘genetically pure’, which means they had complete humanity. People who weren’t a Divergent were they whose genes are ‘genetically damaged’, which means they still had bad things in them. And there, due to Nita and Matthew’s laboratory check of Tris’ and Tobias’ genes, Tris and Tobias found out that Tris was a GP while Tobias was actually not a Divergent, he’s a GD.

Feeling depressed because he kinda lost his identity, Tobias made wrong choices. One day, Tris and Tobias were offered to join Nita’s rebel group. It was a rebellion towards The Bureau of Genetic Welfare who was likely to consider the GDs as sick peoples. Tris knew that behind Nita’s explanation about the plan, there was another dark purpose. But Tobias didn’t saw it that way. He thought that Tris was jealous of Nita’s beauty.

On the day when the rebels rebelled, Tobias prepared a bomb to open a door and that caused death to Uriah who got hit by the bomb. Tris got mad to him, she even said that she probably couldn’t ever be able to look at him the same way again.

Tris and Tobias had a break on their relationship. When they weren’t together, both Tris and Tobias learnt about what a relationship is. They realized that forgiveness wasn’t the key of a relationship (since Tris and Tobias fought a lot). They realized that what’s important about a relationship is whether they were still good for each other or not.

Tris and Tobias’ relationship got better and the fellows from Chicago planned to fight against David, the head of The Bureau of Genetic Welfare, who was going to reset the memory of Chicago residents. To succeed the plan, there must be someone who sacrificed his or her life to enter the Weapon Lab. At first, Caleb was the one who should go in. But Tris, even if she still hated him, she loved him and thought to sacrifice her life instead of Caleb’s. Tris entered the Weapon Lab, survived the death serum, but she got shot by David. Tris died with her believes in self-sacrifice, the thing her parents always told her to have.

OKAY. Seriously, I cried when I read this novel. It left me emotionally wrecked after I read this (that’s why I post the book review late while I actually have finished reading it weeks ago).

This book,well, THE WHOLE DIVERGENT TRILOGY, is about family, love, human relation, moral, humanity, bravery, selflessness, etc. Even the book contains a lot of actions and some love story, Veronica Roth managed to tell clearly what she want the readers to know.

What I really like from this novel is that Allegiant is different from other books which contains fighting couples. On other books, the fighting couples often get together again because of irrational reasons without any clear arguments. But here, in Allegiant, there are a lot of arguments to think and that kinda makes me understand some meanings of life issues (if you understand what I mean). For examples (here’s about relationship) :

“If we stay together, I’ll have to forgive you over and over again, and if you’re still in this, you’ll have to forgive me over and over again too,” I (Tris) say. “So forgiveness isn’t the point. What I really should have been trying to figure out is whether we were still good for each other or not.
(Chapter 36)

Since I was young, I have always known this: life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage.
But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.
(Epilogue)

See?

Here on Allegiant, I (and you probably) can learn to feel how people feel. For example, at the end of the book, Tris died and Tobias WENT INSANELY EMOTIONALLY WRECKED (so do I). I cried and so did the whole Divergent fandom. We learn to feel what Tobias felt.

So, I actually kinda sad to announce that Allegiant is the last book on The Divergent Trilogy. Honestly, the trilogy have changed some of my opinions about life and my perspective to face life. I also felt that Tris actually live in a parallel world (?).
Ah. So, if you read the book and you can’t stop crying, check this out: http://cutalima.tumblr.com/post/64959546474/praise-on-allegiant-and-how-to-move-on-from-allegiant. I made that to make me stop weeping on this trilogy.

Overall? This book is A MUST-READ.

Previous book : Insurgent

Title : Allegiant
Writer : Veronica Roth
Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books/Harper CollinsVeronica Roth - Allegiant

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