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Allegiant

'Allegiant' is the third book in Veronica Roth's 'Divergent' trilogy – and yes, the ending is just as controversial as they're saying.

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Allegiant,
by Veronica Roth,
HarperCollins,
544 pages

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"One choice can transform you. One choice can destroy you. One choice will define you."

There’s been so much controversy over the ending of Allegiant, the third book of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” trilogy, that I’ll start there: The book's close is well scripted but devastating. I wish it hadn’t happened, but I understand. And that’s all I can say without getting into spoiler territory.

And now I'll move on to the rest of the review.

For those who haven’t read the madly bestselling young adult book "Divergent" or its sequel, "Insurgent," here’s a quick recap: The books take place in a futuristic, dystopian Chicago wherein people live in five factions. At 16, children are tested to determine in which faction their personality lies. Each faction embodies one main trait: Abnegation, selflessness; Amity, peace; Candor, honesty; Dauntless, bravery; and Erudite, intelligence.

The series' protagonist, Beatrice Prior, is an aberration known as a Divergent, fitting the profile for three factions. Divergents are considered dangerous and unstable and hide their talents for fear of persecution. Though raised Abnegation, Beatrice joins the wild Dauntless, abandoning her parents and choosing the new name of Tris.

As a Dauntless initiate, Tris renounces her ascetic upbringing for tattoos, weapons, bare-knuckle brawls, and daily defiance of death. While training for the final initiation, she and tough instructor Four (later known as Tobias, also Divergent) fall in love.

Erudite launches a war on Abnegation, using mind-control serums on the Dauntless to create a brainwashed army. The serum doesn’t work on Divergents, so Tris fights to stop the attack but loses both her parents.

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