If you have yet to experience the world that is the Divergent series, you have to hop on that bandwagon as soon as possible. “Allegiant” is the third and final book to the trilogy, and the first movie of the finale was released on Friday, March 18.
From the beginning, the story follows female lead Beatrice “Tris” Prior, played by Shailene Woodley, through her experience of going through what is called a Choosing Ceremony at the age of 16 with her older brother Caleb. Both siblings leave their home faction, Abnegation, for two different factions out of the five to choose from: Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, Erudite and Candor.
The Divergent trilogy is set in Chicago sometime in the far future; however, we do not know what year it actually takes place.
“I am terrible at estimating time and how long it takes for certain things to happen, so I just kept it deliberately ambiguous,” author Veronica Roth stated in an interview with BuzzFeed.
Outside of Chicago is a whole other world to the characters because the circumference of the city is surrounded by a wall, and nobody born inside of that wall has ever seen beyond it.
Characters Tris Prior, Tobias “Four” Eaton, Caleb Eaton, Tori Wu, Peter Hayes and Christina venture beyond the wall to learn of the world their creators come from after receiving a message-in-a-box that only Tris was able to open.
“Allegiant” took a more futuristic turn than it is explained in the book when the characters find their way into the world outside of their city.
Nonetheless, the world is very different from what we know, or are expecting, in the future. Civilization is very low, and any land uninhabited by life is absolutely destroyed to the point of no return.
If you have followed the story from the very beginning and you too are interested in being deeply invested in stories until the very end, don’t allow the reviews to scare you away too much.
For a young adult series to teach the valuable lesson of the truth of existing together and breaking away from categorization, “Divergent” surely makes its point.