Tris Prior and her boyfriend Four is at the Erudite headquarters. They, and most of remainder of Chicago, just learned why Jeanine Matthews was prepared to go to the extreme measures she did for the truth to remain secret. Edith Prior, the woman in the video they watch, tells them that their faction-based society was implemented to try and restore humanity, each faction focusing on a character trait that is needed for society’s survival: Fearlessness (Dauntless), Selflessness (Abnegation), Truth (Candor), Peace (Amity) and Erudite (Knowledge). Now, after Jeanine’s death and the coup of the government by the factionless, led by Four’s mother Evelyn Eaton, Tris, Four and some of their friends need to decide what to do – venture outside the fences and see what is happening out in the world, or try and fight the regime that is threatening the lives they were used to and want back.
Tris is kidnapped by the Allegiant – a rebel group determined to see what lies outside the walls. She and Four sign up to dare the escape. When she hears that her brother Caleb is sentenced to death for conspiring with Jeanine Matthews, she insists he joins them, and Four and Zeke (one of the Allegiant and a friend) break him out. The three of them are joined by Christina, Cara, Uriah, Tori and Peter, the spineless bully who’s live had been saved by Tris on a few occasions. During their escape Tori is killed. After driving for a while outside the boundaries, they are met by a woman named Zoë, and Amar, Four’s Dauntless trainer who was assumed dead. The group learn more about how their society had developed – that the government had tried to restore the genetic faults in humanity by implementing the faction system in some cities, sealing them off. The Divergent that developed had become “genetically pure” and was supposed to mean that society was being restored.
When Four and Tris realize that the Genetics Bureau plan to wipe everyone’s memories in Chicago to re-implement the faction based society, they are panicked – all their friends will lose their memories. They concoct an elaborate plan to save everyone, carrying a huge risk for Caleb – who volunteers to risk his life to steal the Memory serum from the leaders of the Bureau.
Will their plan work and will their society be peaceful once and for all? Will Caleb come out alive?
Allegiant is by far the most impressive book in the series. Everything becomes clear, and Tris and Four finally reaches a place where they can fully trust each other. I found the fact that their society was a huge clinical trial highly amusing because of the environment I work in.
The end was devastating. Without giving away the largest plot twist of the century – I WON’T DO THAT ON THIS BLOG – it was heart-breaking and unbelievable that the author had enough balls to do that. She outstripped JK Rowling and Suzanne Collins in the I’m-a-nutty-author department by a long shot, I will tell you that.
So, go read the books. You will most likely love them, and weep at end.