Allegiant (Divergent Series)

Synopsis:

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’ 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.


The Phoenix’s Perspective

After the excitement of the first 2 books, I couldn’t wait to pick up the third installment of this trilogy and begin reading.  We find the characters in the same confused and uncomfortable state we left them in at the end of Insurgent.

The new knowledge of how big the world really is has shaken each one of them – down to the core.  Although some of aspects of their lives have remained the same, so much more has changed. The characters find themselves beginning to question who they are – question the decisions they have made – question their relationships and how far they will go to protect them.

It is amazing how one sentence can change our view of ourselves and what we are worth. “There is a world outside the wall” – all of a sudden the characters feel small and confused. “Divergent means…” – all of a sudden some of the characters begin to lose their idea of self-worth.  How can they (we) move forward in life if we no longer know who we are?

Very often we see ourselves through the mirror of other people’s eyes. Sometimes it is so hard to see our strengths when other people are picking at our weakness. We end up being our own downfall by allowing others to define ourselves.  The key to not falling is believing that we are worth way more than what others see.

Believing that there is a greater purpose to who we are, no matter how we see ourselves, is a very difficult journey. It can be trying and confusing, but there is always a way (it usually comes in spurts) to see our true nature and how wonderful it can be. Sometimes that extra push can come from someone else – someone who sees you as you were meant to be seen.

It was wonderful to see that this book wasn’t just a wrap up to a trilogy, but a story holding many unspoken truths that sometimes we all need to hear. Understanding who we are can be life-changing and sometimes that knowledge can only come through sacrifice. The question is – are you ready to make that sacrifice to change how you see yourself and how others should see you.


Would I add it to the library?

Yes – right next to the other two books. It would be amazing to be Tris and really know how to believe that I can and should do great things. But, until I get there, I hope I can find my own Tris to show me that I can get there and to help me up when I start falling.

 

Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, dystopian
ISBN: 9780062024077
Rating:  good

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