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Veronica Roth shows what it means to really be in love with someone in “Allegiant”

What if you found out that your whole world was a lie? That everything you believed, everything you thought, turned out not to be true? What if a single revelation – like a single choice – changed everything?

Veronica Roth turns the dystopian world in her bestselling Divergent series upside down in the thrillingly dark conclusion Allegiant. Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant reveals the secrets that make everyone question everything they ever knew. What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

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The whole divergent series is unpredictable, powerful and insightful, and this conclusion is utterly heart-breaking. The ending is enough to knock the wind out of you, but at the same time, you know there is no other possible way it could have ended.

But, for me, the best thing about Allegiant is its message. Through Tris and Tobias, Roth teaches us what it really means to be in love with someone, and reminds us that being in love isn’t a constant thing.

I’ve always thought that once you loved someone that was it, you always felt the same about them. Maybe It was just I was never with anyone for a long enough time to see otherwise, but this book has made me realise now just how wrong that idea is.

Love, being in love, isn’t a constant thing. It doesn’t always flow at the same strength. It’s not always like a river in flood. It’s more like the sea. It has tides – it ebbs and flows.

Because we are human and alive, and such as, our feelings change from moment to moment, hour to hour, day to day, and so on. Mostly this is a good thing, because life and circumstances change from moment to moment too, and our changeability helps us remain flexible and open.

But the thing is when love is real, whether it’s ebbing or flowing, it’s always there, and it never goes away. And that’s really the only proof you can have that it is real, and not just a crush or an infatuation or a passing fancy.

Which is why love isn’t just a single never changing feeling – even if so many people believe and act as though it is – but also the promise to treat your loved one in a constant manner, regardless of how you may be feeling in the moment.

Near the end of the novel, Tris realises:

“I used to think that when people fell in love, they just landed where they landed, and they had no choice in the matter afterward. And maybe that’s true of beginnings, but it’s not true of this, now.
I fell in love with him. But I don’t just stay with him by default as if there’s no one else available to me. I stay with him because I choose to, every day that I wake up, every day that we fight or lie to each other or disappoint each other. I choose him over and over again, and he chooses me.”
― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

Someone who truly loves you sees what a mess you can be, how moody you can get, how hard you can be to handle, can fight with you, argue with you and fall apart with you, but still wants you all the same.

Love is like an energy. It only transforms but cannot be destroyed. People see love as a feeling but it is actually a choice. It is a will to take care of that person for the rest of his or her life. The feeling of being in love is not constant, but loving a person is an act of choice that can be done in a lifetime.

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