October 22, 2013 by Alice in Readerland
Today’s the day: Allegiant has come out, bringing an end to the much-loved Divergent trilogy. So, once fellow Divergent initiates, let’s celebrate this much-loved trilogy
with Dauntless cake by taking a look back on Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. In this post, you’ll find my favorite quotes from the trilogy, as well as a few of my thoughts on the series ending, and a discussion question I’m really curious to hear all of your answers to!
See? Even my cat, Figment, was excited when I brought Insurgent home from the library!
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This post will contain some quotes and thoughts that may contain spoilers on the Divergent trilogy. Each section is divided up by book and announced by a white banner so you can skip that section if you so choose. For instance, you can skip Allegiant‘s section if you haven’t read it yet.
Favorite Divergent Quotes
“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”
“I have a theory that selflessness and bravery aren’t all that different.”
“My natural tendency toward sarcasm is still not appreciated.”
“It must require bravery to be honest all the time. I wouldn’t know.”
“I never thought I would need bravery in the small moments of my life. I do.”
“And I’m the kind of person who does not let inconsequential things like boys and near death experiences stop her.”
Favorite Insurgent Quotes
“[Tris talking about Tobias, after being given an overdose of peace serum] I don’t really know why he likes me so much. I’m not very nice, am I?”
“Not most of the time, no,” the man says, “But I think you could be, if you tried.”
“Thank you,” I say. “That’s nice of you to say.”
[Later, when the still peace-serum-happy Tris finds Tobias]
I pout my lower lip for a second, but then I grin as the pieces come together.
“That’s why you like me!” I exclaim. “Because you’re not very nice either! It makes so much more sense now.”
“People, I have discovered, are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them.”
“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.”
[When Peter helps Tris and Tobias escape] I look around. We are inside an [disabled] incinerator…Everything smells like rotting garbage or fire.
“Don’t say I never took you anywhere nice,” Peter says.
“Wouldn’t dream of it.” I say
Favorite Allegiant Quotes
I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me–they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.
If they are persistent enough, even tiny drops of water, over time, can change the rock forever. And it will never change back.
I need to deny them [my fears] the power to control me. I need to know that I am stronger than they are.
There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everyone you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
But sometimes it doesn’t.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.
That is the sort of bravery I must have now.
My Thoughts on Allegiant
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed about how Allegiant was handled, since as soon as I heard that the last book was being told in 2 POVs, breaking from the previous two with only Tris’ POV, I knew there had to be a good reason why the author was breaking from her established format. So I knew what was going to happen at the end. I mean, hello, spoiler alert!
Since Divergent has come out, I’ve always seen the trilogy either compared to The Hunger Games trilogy or called “the next Hunger Games,” and I think it can be agreed that both YA trilogies are hugely popular. Now I know that the ending to Mockingjay was considered quite “controversial” and that there were quite a few who were very upset with how it ended, and I feel that it will be the same with Allegiant. So what I really want to know is: Do you like the ending for Mockingjay or Allegiant better and why?