Also in this series: Divergent, Insurgent
Published by Harper Collins on October 22nd 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian
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Now includes an excerpt from the upcoming Four: A Divergent Collection.
What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
Warning: This article contains spoilers
Unlike the other books in this series, this is the only one that’s from the POVs of Tris and Tobias; it switches between them throughout the story. This is my personal favourite book of this series however; it seems to be the trend online that people actually don’t like the book. I won’t lie and say that this book is an amazing literary piece of work but I personally thought the characters were more likeable this time around.
After showing the Edith Prior video, Tris, Marcus, Caleb, Christina and Cara are arrested. Caleb and Marcus are kept separately from the girls. Tobias pretends to break up with Tris to gain more trust and favour with his mother, Evelyn. The girls are all put on trial under the truth serum, but Tris’ divergence also allows her to fight the truth serum and she manages to lie just a little to ensure that neither she, Christina nor Cara get convicted.
Evelyn has forced everyone to live without factions. No one is allowed to wear their faction colours but instead must mix their colours or wear colours that do not particularly identify any faction. The factionless are the only ones allowed to have guns and people who previously belonged to a faction cannot live in groups of more than 4.
During this time a group calling themselves the allegiant is formed. The allegiant believes in the original intentions of their city. This means staying true to the factions and also, sending the Divergent and others outside the city as Edith Prior had asked of them. They plan to have a group of the most skilful fighters go outside the city while the others remain to start an uprising against the factionless. Caleb is convicted and sentenced to death but before this sentence can be carried out, Zeke (Uriah’s older brother) and Tobias breaks him out. Tobias, Tris, Tori, Caleb, Christina, Uriah and Cara, all leave the city in search of the founders. Zeke stays behind not wanting to leave his girlfriend who was left crippled in a shooting that occurred while they were staying with the Candor. The group leaving the city are attacked by the factionless and, Tori is killed before they exit the city’s walls.
When the group arrives outside they are met by some representatives from the Bureau of Genetic Welfare. They are taken to the compound to learn the truth about their city and their purpose. They find out that Tori’s brother, George and Tobias’ mentor, Amar, both previously thought to be dead, were actually still alive and that they were rescued by the Bureau. Tris also learns that her mother isn’t from her city (which is found out to be the city of Chicago). Her mother Natalie was actually found after she escaped from home and was sent into Chicago to help save the Divergent.
Marcus goes on trial but it is decided that he will not be executed because of his pass contribution to the city as a leader, but he is told to leave the city instead and take his chances on the outside. He doesn’t leave but stays behind with the allegiant to plan the uprising.
Tobias is tested and is found to only have certain divergent traits but that he isn’t really divergent. In the real world people are separated into two groups: Genetically Pure (GP or divergent) and Genetically Damaged (GD). The GDs are blamed for also anything that goes wrong in the country, but it is considered not their fault but the fault of their “damaged” genes. Years ago people started to believe that in order to be the best humans possible, they had to have certain traits: Selflessness, Intelligence, Honesty, Bravery, and Kindness. They manipulated genes to get people who only had one of these traits but eventually this became problematic too and people wanted to fix their genes back to the way they were. Chicago was one of the cities which became an experiment where the Bureau tried to correct their genes. However Chicago was one of the first seemingly successful cities, which was the first to have people living in factions. It was a model city which was now in danger of falling apart. As a part of these experiments the Bureau observed everything that happened in the city through cameras and mics and only intervenes if the city was in danger of being shut down.
Tobias befriends another GD named Juanita and joins in on their plan to break into the weapons lab to steal the memory serum. However it turns out that they really wanted to steal the death serum. During this break many people die and Uriah receives a serious injury that puts him in a coma and requires life support. The leader of the Bureau David is injured in the attack but is saved by Tris. He later invites her to start training as a leader for the Bureau. When Tris starts to attend meetings she discovers that the Bureau plans to use memory serum on everyone in the city to stop the imminent war. The memory serum lets the recipient forget all memory except the unconscious ones like walking and talking. They can then relearn other things and be given a different history to change the way they move forward.
Tris and the group who left out from Chicago then make their own plan to reset the memories of the Bureau members instead and sneak into the city to give the memory serum to one of Tobias’ parents. They also plan to make bring back Uriah’s family to say goodbye before they pull the life support plug. On this mission, Tris, Cara and Caleb will stay behind and execute the plan on the Bureau. Caleb will break into the weapons lab and reset the Bureau workers but instead Tris ends up doing it after she finds out that Caleb didn’t volunteer for the mission to prove he loves her but because he cannot live with the guilt of betraying her and their parents. The mission is considered a suicide mission because if you break into the lab the death serum is released and kills the burglar. However, Tris is able to resist most serums and is also able to resist this death serum. When she gets into the room, David is there waiting and shoots her when she tries to release the memory serum on the Bureau. The shots are fatal but, before she dies she manages to release the serum and everyone’s memory is wiped clean. Caleb and other select persons, who were given immunity to the memory serum, start to re-teach the Bureau employees about a world where the GD’s aren’t to be blamed, but where everyone can live in harmony.
Inside the city, Tobias meets his mother and decides to give her a choice to give up the war instead of taking the memory serum. He asks her to choose him and give up the war, or choose the war. She chooses him, and she and Marcus make a truce in which there will be no war and people will be able to live as they choose. Tobias and the group return to the city. However, when they arrive, they are given the news of Tris’ death and Tobias finds it hard to cope. He goes back to his house in Abnegation and tries to drink the memory serum but Christina convinces him that Tris wouldn’t want him to forget her and to give up.
The book ends about 2 years after these events when Tobias finally confronts his fear of heights by zip-lining off one of the tallest building to scatter Tris’ ashes. Tris and Tobias’ relationship really grew to a level mutual respect. She learnt to respect the choices her brother made and to even forgive him. She discovered the truth about her city and parents and she even managed to save all her people from the experiment and even future people who would be subjected to ill treatment because of their genes. Yes, she did die, but at least she made a difference before she did, and she didn’t die being on bad terms with anyone. I actually liked this ending because it was more realistic. You can’t just escape death forever. No one is a super human and just lives through many near death experiences.
However, after reading this, it really convinced me not to read the other in between stories which are from Tobias’ POV. Not that I didn’t enjoy his POV in this book but it would be weird to read the story knowing in the end that Tris will not make it.