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.
I have been given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The story is told from both Tris and Tobias’s points of view. I find this type of story telling to be a little off putting and confusing. But that’s just my humble opinion. It does (for me) interrupt the flow of the story and it becomes much more difficult to follow.
Tobias’s mother has established herself as being in charge following the death of Jeannine Mathews. Tris has real trouble with trusting her and knows she is power hungry. Likewise, Tobias’s mother does not trust Tris and thinks that Tobias has broken up with her.
As they carry on their relationship in secret, we see that Tobias’s mother appears a very dominating character. She has to be in total control. It makes one wonder if this is because of the lack of control she had in her married life.
As time moves past, something happens that prompts a small group of people, known as the “Allegiant” set off to leave the city and find out what is beyond the gates of the city. What they find there rocks both Tris and Tobias to the core.
As time moves on, they realise that things are not as they seem, and there are battles to fight and difficult choices to make.
I’ve got to be brutally honest here. Out of the three books, this is my least favourite. The flow of the story was too broken and the ending was not comfortable to read at all. I loved the first two books, they were amazing. Such a shame this one didn’t quite make it.
I’m only giving this book two stars out of five because I loved the first two so much. I’m profoundly grateful to Netgalley for my ARC.