For the latest Deep Thoughts from Damp Tresses, I read Allegiant by Veronica Roth (the third and final book in the Divergent trilogy).
A whole is made up of individual parts. And while most of us prioritize being a certain thing (intelligent, kind, brave...), we can only reach our full potential when we accept all the parts of ourselves. The Divergent series is a story of what happens when people are only expected to be one thing and how that can cripple an entire society.
***WARNING: Below be spoilers!***
In the end, Tris' death was beautiful and the only way Veronica Roth could have ended her tale. Tris was a product of her parents and although she thought she was rejecting them when choosing to leave Abnegation for Dauntless, she ended up being the perfect model of what her mother was hoping to achieve in giving up her own life to the study of "the experiment". Tris contributed so much to her world and her final act was one of love and sacrifice for the greater good. One can only hope to live a life that full of beauty and purpose.
Amazon's Synopsis: Veronica Roth had her work cut out for her, ending a trilogy that had fans rabid for the final book, and she pulled it off like a champ. Allegiant kicks off right where Insurgent ended, so if it’s been a while since you read that one you might want to re-read the last couple of chapters to orient yourself. The first surprise in Allegiant is that Roth has switched to using alternating narratives of Tris and Four. At last readers get to see Tris as Four sees her and if, like me, you’ve been dying to get inside his head, you finally get your chance. One of the best things about this trilogy is the messy, passionate, and wholly authentic love story between these two. For Tris and Four, there is no love triangle, there are no sides to take--as in life, it’s only a matter of how their relationship will play out. Allegiant answers a lot of questions and also delivers some jaw-dropping twists--readers will go outside the fence, learn the origin story of the factions, and, of course, see how it all ends in a finale that packs a wallop and confirms Roth as a writer to watch for a long time to come.