This conclusion to the Divergent Series (if you haven’t read Divergent and Insurgent, do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollars, go read them) begins with Tris Prior confused. After bringing down the faction-based society she had known, the alternative society run by the previously factionless seems none too better. So when Tris is approached by a revolutionary group, The Allegiant, and offered the chance to explore the world beyond the fence, Tris is ready. Maybe on the other side of the fence she and Tobias (aka Four) will find a new life without confused loyalties and seemingly endless, painful memories. However, once outside the fence it only becomes more complicated. Have all of their efforts so far been for naught or is this only the tip of the iceberg?
I have been a fan of this series from day one. Divergent broke the mold of the young adult, dystopian, love-triangle novel by framing our story in the context of a young adult, dystopian, love-triangle-less novel: shocking, I know. It’s a small thing, but I appreciated it. When I finished reading Allegiant I was disappointed at first. However, I realized I was only disappointed because the story didn’t end the way I had wanted. It broke the mold, which was one of the reasons I had liked this series so much in the first place. I wasn’t so much disappointed as surprised. In retrospect, the story ended exactly where it should have.
Rated: Moderate. There is intermittent use of mild language. There is some violence, but nothing particularly descriptive, graphic or out of character with the typical dystopian novel. A number of instances of teenage make-outs and one “fade-to-black” make-out which strongly implied sex between teenagers.