Divergent, book #3. 2013. Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins). 526 pp.
The factions are in shambles, while Evelyn has turned into a tyrannical leader assisted by her loyal group of Factionless. She is insistent no one behave as a faction but, with no other knowledge of how to live, it is inevitable problems will arise within the city. Tired of having to hide their true selves, a small group forms “The Allegiant,” a group responsible for overthrowing Evelyn and restoring the normal faction way of life.
Tobias and Tris feel torn between their feelings for Evelyn, the change she’s trying to impart and the plan presented by The Allegiant. They like the former feeling of belonging and peacefulness amongst faction members, while also sympathize with the Factionless and their homeless problems. However, they don’t agree with Evelyn’s thirst for power and the rules she’s imposed on everyone.
As members of the Allegiant, they are chosen to go outside the walls which surround their city to find the other society alluded to in the video of Tris’ ancestor in “Insurgent,” and gather support for their plans. Since no one has ever been outside of the city they do not know what will befall them, nor are they aware of the terrible trials they will soon encounter.
In this last book of the popular “Divergent” series, Roth pulls out all the stops. Cowardice, bravery, betrayal, love, and friendships are all put on the line while rumors of war continue to escalate. Tobias, Tris, Christina, Caleb, Peter and many others are tested in ways which will cause even the strongest to cry foul, and will call up howls of protest from her loyal readers aged 12-18.