I was so excited and lucky that a friend ordered this and gave it to me even before she or her son read it as I was something like #141 on the holds list at the library. Then, to my disappointment, I had such a hard time getting into it that it was almost a week before I settled in and got into it. I recall really liking that book #2 (Insurgent) started mere moments after book #1 (Divergent) ended, but when that was the case with this final book in the trilogy, I had lost the details of the story and thus was no longer caught up in the momentum. [When I look at my review of Insurgent, I see that there was an exciting “big reveal”-I honestly didn’t even remember what that was.] I recognized names and the general idea of the story but felt like I was not properly responding with surprise! excitement! shock! because I had no background. Fortunately, I was able to start piecing things together and once it was more about what was happening right then I enjoyed it more. In fact, this book employed one of my favorite dystopian plot points–venturing beyond the know city and discovering what the rest of the world is like. I loved this angle and also how it fully filled in all the questions you had throughout the first two books about how things had gotten that way in their world and what the heck was going on. And you didn’t even have to wait until the end of the book to have those questions answered. Of course, our trusty band of protagonists realize you can’t trust The Man and things aren’t so great on the outside. Cue another insurrection!
I thought this had great adventure, heartfelt emotion (Caleb and Tris, in particular) and of course I loved it that there was an epilogue. This is a trilogy that I would recommend to people to discover now as they could read all three books right in a row, which would be immensely satisfying. Still, I really liked this and thought it was a terrific and strong ending.